Pond campsite: The Enchanted Pond Campsite is generally reserved for larger groups of 6-8 people. Pitch your tent by the pond to swim on a hot day or hear a chorus of frogs at night. Located at the top of the hill, the pond camping spot provides a great overlook perch of Shanti's Coleman Valley. Friendly sheep, chickens, ducks and Cosmo the llama welcome yo
Pond campsite: The Enchanted Pond Campsite is generally reserved for larger groups of 6-8 people. Pitch your tent by the pond to swim on a hot day or hear a chorus of frogs at night. Located at the top of the hill, the pond camping spot provides a great overlook perch of Shanti's Coleman Valley. Friendly sheep, chickens, ducks and Cosmo the llama welcome you watching and feeding them. The Enchanted Pond site can accommodate up to four small tents.
The compost toilet and outdoor shower nearby the yurt may be utilized by both Shanti Pond and Forest campers. The campfire is also communal and campers may come and enjoy it until 9-10 PM, unless you and the yurt guests mutually decide otherwise. Please feel free to introduce yourselves to the yurt guests. Also, we recommend all guests unload and then park below in the horse arena for the best feeling of isolation in nature.
A note about summer heat: The pond is rain fed only. It gradually dries out throughout the summer. In 2016 and 2017, it dried out almost entirely. Elizabeth found a six foot plastic dinghy at the bottom of the Enchanted Pond two years ago! It is important to note therefore, that the level of the pond fluctuates with nature and cannot be guaranteed. Check with Elizabeth prior to your arrival to see how the pond is doing in 2018. Hopefully the ground stays saturated with moisture from the rains this winter and the pond stays more full in 2018!
Looking forward to having you at the farm!
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 25% off
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I had an awesome stay at Shanti Permaculture Farm! I arrived right before sundown so it was really cool to see the whole area in its peak glow. The pong camp is right up the hill from the parking lot. It isn't a hard hike up the hill at all but Elizabeth, the host, kindly helped me take my things up with her truck. In the future, she'll be able to take guest up on a 4 wheeler if they a lot of things too. The pond camp is nestled next to the yurt but far enough to have privacy. The pond was dried out when I was there but was still pretty to be around. The sun through the redwoods really give the whole top of the hill an incredible glow. There are also lots of friendly free roaming farm animals. SPF also has a farm stand out front if you would like some fresh produce during your stay. I highly recommend staying at SPF for an awesome and peaceful getaway!
We really enjoyed Elizabeth's hospitality along with the rest of the crew that showed us around the farm! It was a wonderful experience being surrounded by so many farm animals and we even got to feed a bottle to a baby sheep!
Great spot! The host is so nice and there are a few spots comfortable to pitch a tent either near the pond or in the redwoods. The animals are super friendly and may join you in your camp for a bit so don't keep food in your tent. Beautiful starry views!
Great location between ocean and Russian River beach towns. It's fun to check out the farm and all of the techniques being employed to create a sustainable farm, including the inquisitive goats and sheep. A private spot without other campers is a nice vibe. We recommend 4 wheel drive for getting up to the campsite and a smallish footprint tent because the possible spots aren't bug.
Just got back from an amazing one night stay at Shanti Pond. Elizabeth was a wonderful host - showed us all around her farm and property, introduced us to her animals, and made us feel right at home. The property is beautiful and peaceful - amazing views of the farm and countryside below from the camp spot, and beautiful redwood trees all around. Wishing her the best of luck in continuing her goal towards complete sustainability, and many thanks for her warm hospitality!
This was a very pretty spot, and Elizabeth and the volunteers were very nice and helpful. It was cool to camp among goats and llamas, and nice that our dog could run free on the farm. Overall we had a good time, but a few words of warning. First, there isn't much flat ground to put a tent. There are a couple of workable spots but they are spread out. If you wanted to pitcher a bigger tent or a couple of tents close together it would be tough. Next, some of the amenities (fire pit, shower, bathroom) are right next to a yurt that is rented out separately. So if this is rented out you'll end up camping away from them, and it's kind of awkward to go ask the people camping there if you can use them. Likely from their perspective, these amenities belong to the people who rented the yurt. Fortunately the group there during our stay was friendly and offered to share.
Our stay at the Shanti Farm aka. Enchanted Forest Pond was incredible! It's in a great part of the North Bay, very close to cute little towns to explore during the day. We came in on Friday night after sun down and Elizabeth and her current woofer were there to greet us and show us to our site. They gave us a tour of the amenities, which are close to the Yurt. I was nervous it would be a problem sharing the shower (in a tree!), compostable toilet and campfire, but it was no problem at all.
There is a lot of land at Elizabeth's place to roam and hang out with her animals. We heard there was breakfast and were not disappointed. It was $20, but it was worth the experience to hang out in her place, have fresh cooked food from her farm, and to hear Elizabeth's story. Also at breakfast, she gave us a ton of wonderful recommendations of areas to explore. When you camp here, be sure to take advantage of the fact that you are in the middle of redwoods and the sea.
We brought a couple headlamps and our solar lantern because (as all great campsites are), it gets pitch black dark at night. Perfect to see the stars on a cloud-free night. Also, if you are new to camping, make sure you have a rain fly and footprint since it does get wet even if it doesn't rain :)
We loved the campsite at Shanti. We ended up in the forest site, which was truly special.
It felt secluded and quiet and it was amazing to stay on a working farm. It’s just a short walk up the hill to the outdoor shower and composting toilet.
I would recommend parking and walking up for the tour...it’s a steep gravel road, and our city car was not made for it. The campsite is barely up the hill and it’s possible to park and walk your gear up.
The host offered a delicious Farm-to-table dinner. It was wonderful to dine with other campers.
The overall area has many charming towns, both inland and along the coast.
We had the best time staying at the Enchanted Pond! Elizabeth was great; very friendly and helpful. Available when we needed her but gave us plenty of space as well. The yurt and the camping space are in the same area and were quite lovely with a very remote feeling. Beautiful redwoods all around you. The pond was pretty dry due to time of year but the awesome farm animals more than made up for it. Loved having the animals around. Would def recommend the Yurt if you have the opportunity! Will look forward to staying here again!