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. PLEASE NO LITTER! THIS INCLUDES YOUR TP. PACK IT IN. PACK IT OUT.
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!
Mentally unstable owner, don’t stay
I booked this campsite for a quick escape for the 4th as most state run campsites are closed. Regular state run campsites are normally $25-35 a night and include garbage bins, fire pits, and bathrooms. Because the properties on Hipcamp are private property, they tend to be more expensive but are also more private and well kept. This campsite advertised in the photos on the listing is not how the site appeared in person. These photos are several years old, and show a more full pond. On the listing Elizabeth says you can go for a dip in the pond, and you can clearly see this is not an option by the recent photos., showing a dry pond. Also it was a very confusing site, the area is a long and thin levee on a somewhat steep hill which was not quite enough room to comfortably set up a 4 man tent without feeling like you were going to fall off the side of the hill. The campsite advertised says it fits 8 people comfortably. We had 7 and this was not true in the slightest.
The private bathroom that is boasted about, is not private in the least. It's right outside of the yurt and campfire area. Everyone can see you. It's an outhouse without walls, where you poop into a 5 gallon bucket that they didn't remove the entire weekend. A bathroom that everyone at the campsite used. It was disgusting. It's also a pack in and out car camping site. There is no place to throw any garbage away. Also, there is NO CAMPFIRE OR GRILL access for this site as advertised. It's for the YURT PROPERTY as "shared", but it's not really meant for everyone as it's not close. We brought firewood and didn't use it because it was purely accessible to the folks at the yurt. For $100 a night, I expect to have a trashcan and an actual working bathroom and fire pit. Also it says it's COVID friendly, I didn't see her wear a mask once and saw one hand sanitizer in the disgusting bathroom situation.
These things, while pretty inconvenient and annoying, weren't the worst part of our experience. Despite everything, we were having a good time and got pretty loud and didn't know what time it was on our first night. Elizabeth came up to tell us we needed to quiet down and was really nice about it. It was 11pm and she said quiet time started at 10pm. We felt really bad as we had no idea it was past quiet time but she didn't make a big deal about it so we thought that was it.
The next night though, at 9:30pm, she came up to berate our group from the night before and became a completely different person. She claimed we were screaming into the night until 1:30 in the morning. This was not at all true, as my group quickly dispersed and went to bed shortly after 11pm once she let us know it was quiet time. She continued to argue with us about this. At this point in the conversation, she told us we parked in the wrong spots and had our tents out in places they shouldn't have been. At no point did anyone come up to tell us where to park or put our tents, even upon arrival, it made no sense to have this complaint right before 10pm on our second night - especially since there was zero guidance on where to park or set up, and she never came to check on us after getting there as she said she would. She told us we weren't welcome, and that she was "disappointed" in us as guests. While my group and I agreed saying we would never come again, the whole interaction was extremely rude, and unprofessional. To add to this pettiness as she drove away Elizabeth made sure to proclaim out the window "don't forget to take your trash!"
I also wanted to point out that it's incredible how all the reviews on Hipcamp are 5 stars for her property, while all of the reviews on Google are awful. She threatened to hit someone in the face with a rock 4 days before our trip. This person created an updated review on Yelp where she details the exchange with the police department who said she is very well known and has documentation for domestic violence. She is a mentally unstable person who needs to be reported. She should not be running a business and Hipcamp should not be promoting her until she is cleared by a mental health professional. There are children staying there! It isn't safe. She was extremely unprofessional and I hope people don't get suckered into paying $100+ a night for her property that isn't as advertised (apparent in many other Google/Yelp reviews).
Don’t waste your money on this unpermitted poorly run parcel of land. I feel bad for the animals and hope they can be rehomed to someone who can take care of them free from drama.
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!
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.
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!
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.