About Sacred Space at The Refuge
Welcome to The Refuge!
We are excited to share our home with you. whether you are stargazing, making a meal or enjoying the wildlife under the oak and pine trees. We hope you enjoy this very special sacred space. Choose from several sites to pitch your tent, and enjoy the use of our fully-equipped outdoor kitchen and two compost toilets. We are located minutes from restaurants & local spots; 40 minutes from skiing; 1 hr from Yosemite entrance & Big Trees State Park. You are also more than welcome to join any of our community events such as movie nights, meditation, concerts (see our "book of faces" page, therefugejamestown). And, of course, our house is only a minute's walk if you have any questions.
We are an organic farm and community center operating on the belief that the moment has arrived for humanity to shift into a new paradigm. What we are doing here is out of the norm of what most folks expect. Thus, we understand that part of our role is to educate everyone who stays here about how we are choosing to function as part of that shift. Thank you for joining us!
Also, please let us know how we can improve… We are always happy to receive feedback about what you think we can do better.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 6
- Accessibility: Park at listing
- Campsite area: Bring your own Tents, Cars
- Check in after: 3PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Weeknight discount: 25% off
The vibe at Sacred Space at The Refuge
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The Refuge is a peaceful and beautiful spot to savor a meal, rest from a fun day of rock climbing or exploring, and lay your head.
When we arrived, the host Erin greeted us with warm hugs and genuine enthusiasm to meet us. She excitedly told us all about The Refuge. Together with her husband, they have big plans for their special space. Currently there is a well-stocked outdoor kitchen, composting toilets, bathroom sink, tent camping, and RV/campervan camping.
The kitchen has any and everything you could ask for. You don't need to pack pots/pans, utensils, plates, or even salt and pepper. There's a gas stove and large kitchen sink. It's bright and open, with a wrap around counter for prepping food and hanging out with friends as you make dinner. As Erin and Jakob mention in their description, they are "operating on the belief that the moment has arrived for humanity to shift into a new paradigm." I couldn't agree more, and they are putting their words into action by encouraging us all to leave plastic products behind, organic farming, composting, and hosting community events.
On the back side of the outdoor kitchen building are two shower stalls in the works! They aren't yet completed, but when they are they will be solar heated! A hot shower is always such a treat when camping!
Down a gentle slope from the kitchen there's a couple of tables to enjoy your meals under a big oak tree. And nearby there is a perfectly clean (and odor-less!) bathroom with 2 composting toilets and a a sink.
You can pitch your tent anywhere you like under another nearby oak tree. There you are nestled against the oak and a little grove of eucalyptus. It's a very peaceful spot.
The RV/Campervan parking is behind the kitchen and a simple, but flat spot to park.
The Refuge is lovely on it's own, but it also has a lot going for it in terms of location! It's about an hour from Yosemite National Park gates. However closer there's Table Mountain which is a hike with amazing views, and popular among climbers. There's also Columbia State Park which is a historic gold mining town. Big Trees state park (giant sequoias) is another hour (opposite direction of Yosemite). The small town of Jamestown is just 5 minutes away and has a big gas station and Frosty (which is super convenient but you won't feel like your close to town at all The Refuge!) And Sonora (which has big grocery stores) is just 15 minutes away!
This is a wonderful place to spend a few restful evenings! Erin's joy overflows to her campers and I'm so excited for her (and her husband) and the positive things they're doing with their space and community.
This space is pure magic! The host Erin and Jakob are so kind and inviting from the moment that you arrive, till it's time to say goodbye. The spots are relatively level and have tall grass so whether you're staying in a car (like we did) or in a tent, you'll be super comfy! The kitchen is clean and well stocked (pots, pans, cups, plates, bowls, and utensils! No need for plastic!), with plenty of room to cook and to sit and enjoy your meals. There's also a few towns nearby and Erin is more than happy to give you some suggestions for food or coffee. Long story short, if you need to get away from the city then this is the place to go. The property is farmland surrounded by very small cities so there is very little light or sound pollution (except maybe the cows!) and the hosts are wonderful people who make you feel right at home. Thanks again for the memorable trip! Hope to be back soon!