Polcum Springs is a wild land sanctuary with a permaculture homestead where friends and allies are pioneering a land and community stewardship model to support personal and cultural transformation.
2015/2016 Workshops and Events
Tree of Life Women’s Rites of Passage — October 4-8th, 2015 (private event)
Tree of Life Rites of Passage Weekend Renewal — January 15-17th, 2015 (private event)
Perseid Meteor Shower Campout — August 12 – 14, 2016 (private event)
Airbnb Accolades: Peaceful Yurt at Polcum Springs
My family and I started using Airbnb to find places to stay when we travel because we appreciate unique accommodations, enjoy meeting interesting people, and feel more connected to local culture. It’s a welcome alternative to sterile franchise hotels and uninteresting overpriced accommodations.
In summer 2015, my family and I became Airbnb hosts and began hosting guests in the Peaceful Yurt at Polcum Springs. We hosted delightful people from New York, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, Stockholm, and other locations. It was a fun way to meet new people – many of who were on interesting journeys – and to share Polcum Springs with others for retreat, renewal, and nature connection. Many of our guests spent time hiking on the trails, bird and animal watching, and stargazing during the height of the perseid meteor showers. A farm-fresh breakfast from the land was offered each morning, highlighting something from Polcum Springs’ seasonal harvest (eggs, blueberries, apples, cucumbers, tomatoes, greens, etc.)
What brought our guests to an off-grid solar powered homestead in northern Mendocino County? About half of our guests were traveling the west coast, staying in local accommodations along the way. I enjoyed hearing their travel stories and plans, whether it be the sailboat they stayed on in Monterey Bay the night prior, or anticipation of the upcoming urban loft experience in Portland. For many of our other guests, Mendocino County was the destination; they were here to visit the Redwood forests and Mendocino Coast, or simply for a weekend getaway away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We offered them locals’ tips and top picks – like taking Branscomb Road from Laytonville to the coast or getting lunch at the Peg House on their return from Avenue of the Giants. Additionally, several of our guests were visiting Laytonville to drop off their children at Camp WinnaRainbow – the renowned performing arts circus camp – or were in the area for music festivals at neighboring Black Oak Ranch.
Offering the Peaceful Yurt for retreat is a natural extension of Polcum Springs’ mission: to care for our land and each other, and to support land and community-based activities, including rejuvenation and reconnection. Our guests shared with us that after just one night on the land, they felt more connected with nature and themselves. Through the eyes of first-time guests, I myself was reminded of how special this place is. The hosting experience accentuated the gratitude I feel for the diverse plant and animal life that provides a constant reminder of nature’s dynamic balance; for the elements that enliven the landscape with their forces; for the frogs and the turkey whose summer song entertained many this summer; for the fruits and veggies grown from the living soil; for all the people that have contributed to Polcum Springs over the years.
Gratitude is also extended to our guests, for being kind, open-minded, and adventurous. They provided us with excellent feedback and good ratings that resulted in being granted Superhost status by Airbnb. The Superhost program celebrates hosts who have reached a set of qualifications that reflect their commitment, responsiveness to travelers, hosting experience, and the quality of their listings.
Check out the Peaceful Yurt listing for a full description and pictures of the yurt and amenities. At this point, we are only hosting Airbnb guests during the summer months, however returning guests may be able to book accommodations directly through a Polcum member. For more information on personal retreats at Polcum Springs, or renting our grounds and facilities to host your own event, visit our retreat link on the homepage.
Finally, I extend praise to my dear friend, and Polcum member, Kari Stettler, who brought the yurt to the land, and whose vision has guided its use for retreat, healing, rejuvenation, and connection.
We envision a culture that empowers people to embody their full potential to live abundantly as free, open-hearted beings in our co-evolution with Earth.
To care for our land and each other, and to support land and community based activities, such as:
- Regenerative earth care
- Heritage food production
- Sharing and Learning
- Observation and Reflection
- Rejuvenation, Reconnection and Celebration
- Creating Beauty