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Green Oaks Creek Retreat Center
Setting and Location
Green Oaks offers retreat space for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Our 63 acre farm is nestled against the Santa Cruz mountains, borders Green Oaks Creek, and is replete with riparian areas, rolling meadows, coastal live oaks, redwoods, hiking trails and ocean views. We are a half hour drive south of Half Moon Bay, CA and overlook Ano Nuevo State Reserve.
Goal for the Retreat Center
Our purpose in offering retreat space is to offer a beautiful, natural environment with a farm setting to help all of us remember our connection to nature, ourselves and our food source. We have therefore created simple rental facilities on our farm that are available for individual/couple retreats, family farm stays, and group events.
Our rental facilities lie adjacent to our vegetable and flower fields and have beautiful views of the Santa Cruz mountains. Our newly built modern barn can be used as a meeting room for up to 75 guests. A shelter made of strawbales and earth plaster houses an outdoor kitchen that includes a fridge, stove, sink, cabinets, cookware, and service for 50 people. Catering is not provided. However, for an additional cost, visitors are welcome to harvest fresh seasonal produce from the farm to create festive meals together.
Next to the kitchen there are picnic tables, a campfire area, and an outdoor, private shower with hot water.
In addition to the modern barn and kitchen area, visitors are welcome to explore and meet in the many undeveloped , wild areas of the land. Hiking trails meander through rolling open meadows, past ancient oaks and a majestic redwood grove, finding their way to an awe inspiring ocean view. An enchanting, extensive medicinal herb and flower garden can be enjoyed by guests. This garden, with a profusion of colors, scents, and sounds, is a lovely place to hold a wedding ceremony.
Tours and School Group Visits
We offer tours of our farm for people of all ages. Tours can range from preschoolers to college students to adults and are tailored in content and length to the desires of the group. Discussions can include such topics as organic agriculture, pasture management, the links between soil-plant-animal-human health, medicinal herbs, etc. Activities can include exploring the farm, feeding the animals, sowing seeds in the greenhouse or the fields, studying the compost piles, harvesting, studying the soil, learning about medicinal herbs in the extensive herb and flower garden, etc. We would be happy to work with any subject or lesson plans the instructor presents.
Our overnight camping trips are primarily for students in the 6th grade or older. The extra time a one or two night trip provides allows for a more in-depth experience of the many aspects of the farm and surrounding ecosystems. In addition to the activities named above, we like to involve the students in harvesting vegetables to prepare some of their meals in our outdoor kitchen. We feel this helps students attain a closer connection to their food source. Hikes on our farm, at the many nearby state beaches, and at the three nearby parks (Ano Nuevo State Reserve, Butano State Park, and Big Basin State Park) provide wonderful opportunities to learn about the diverse ecosystems in our area. At night we offer a campfire area and evening programs that help students appreciate the night sky, learn about local nocturnal animals, and become comfortable in the dark.
The retreat center is available on both weekends and weekdays. Prices are as follows (children 12 and under are free):
- For short usage (i.e.tours): $5 / person
- A half day: $10 / person
- A full day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.): $20 / person
- Overnight - camping: $5 / person
- Overnight with breakfast - in yurt: $150
- Weddings/Large Group Events: 50-100 guests = $2,500; more than 100 guests = $2,500 plus $10 for every person above 100