Campsites are located on 49 acres of mixed second and third growth redwood/fir forest.
Grounds are used as a Natural Building school, where straw and earth building techniques (among others) are taught.
Sites cluster around and share common composting toilets and there is a communal kitchen and shower area at the top of the hill. During various times during summer months, Natural Building workshops are taught on the grounds; at which time, camp sites may be unavailable.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 35% off
The vibe at Sundog Natural Building School
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Sundog Natural Building School is such a unique place to camp! There are several campsites to choose from, all within the beautiful redwood/fir forest. You can drive down a dirt road to the campsites to park/unpack your gear (4WD recommended during winter months!). We stayed at the camp directly across the road from the communal toilet. It was quiet and private with all the trees surrounding the site.
The communal kitchen is at the top of the property, with a fully stocked kitchen (gas stove, sink, fridge, + cooking tools), cob pizza oven, and dining area. The lovely outdoor shower is also near the communal hang out area. The host, Kirk, showed us the new cob sauna and kitchen he and his students are in the process of building down by the campsites. It's a neat experience to learn more about natural building and see what students have created here! Can't wait to come back and try the sauna! :)
Off the beaten path in beautiful Gualala. Real nice folks at the well equipt common kitchen. Kirk was a really cool guy doing some good things for this world. Place is about 5 miles inland so warmer than the coast. Not ideal on this insanely hot weekend but would be good on colder days. Though road to the place was well marked and smooth, road on the actually property is quite rough. Doable in my Mazda3 but only by driving very carefully and definitely scrapped the undercarriage a few times. Campsites are mostly just off said rough road, some have parking spaces, some do not. If there isn't a space you just park in the road. They all have a small, level cleared spot for a tent. Next day walking past noticed some sites that were a bit more off the road that were probably nicer. Composting toilets were not for everyone but fine. One on the road was more private than one in the common area. Overall good option if you don't want the noisy busy state campgrounds but not for everyone.
Kirk was a fantastic campsite host and a great guy to hangout with. He was even kind enough to let us use his cooking area and show us around all the amazing buildings he has built on his property.
Campsites were great and in beautiful tranquil forests with toilets & showers not too far.
Very interesting and unique location, the shared kitchen is a real bonus. We didn't bring cooking gear and could cook a full meal. The sites are down hill from the kitchen so be mindful of a short uphill walk to the kitchen if you are going to use it. Kirk was a great host. We had a ton of interesting conversations about the region and his natural building work, so if he's around when you visit, it's worth chatting with him.
Sundog Natural Building School is a great place to stay. Host was very friendly and the natural building at the site is amazing. There were plenty of camp sites to choose from, even on a holiday weekend. Although the campsites didn't have a table, the outdoor kitchen was not far away and there were plenty of areas to sit and eat around it. Highly recommend!