Welcome to The Refuge!
We are excited to share our home with you.whether you arestargazing, making a meal orenjoying the wildlife underthe oak and pine trees. We hope youenjoy this very special sacred space.Choose from several spots to pitch your tent (or park a van or small camper- we don't have space for large RV's), and enjoy the use of our fully-equipped outdoor kitchen andContinue reading...
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 spots to pitch your tent (or park a van or small camper- we don't have space for large RV's), and enjoy the use of our fully-equipped outdoor kitchen and two compost toilets (please follow instructions on the toilets, as they are special). At the moment, we have spaces for 2 groups to camp at the same time, but may offer more in the future. Weekends tend to fill up, so if you wish more privacy, we recommend visiting during the week.
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.
Please note: this is a rustic space! Although we have a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, there is NO hot water in the sink- only COLD water. Also, we live in a dry, dusty area and there are critters... that's country living! We always do our best to give everything a quick wipe down before guests arrive, but the kitchen can get dusty in a matter of hours during the dry season and you may find some mouse or bird droppings. If you have a hard time with that, we don't recommend staying here. We understand.
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 storytelling/poetry nights, meditation, concerts (see our facebook page, therefugejamestown). And, of course, our house is less than a minute's walk from the camp space if you have any questions. 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.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Biking is wonderful on our country roads!
You can fish and enjoy other open water sports at nearby melones dam.
There are abundant hiking spots 20 minutes to 2 hours from the refuge.
You can paddle and enjoy other open water sports at nearby melones dam.
You can windsurf and enjoy other open water sports at nearby melones dam.
There are world-class climbing spots less than 30 minutes from the refuge.
Dodge ridge is a 1 hour away, and bear valley is 2 hours away.
Pinecrest lake is 45 minutes from the refuge, and there are other great swimming spots nearby.
We have lots of wonderful wildlife nearby, especially birds of all kinds. you may also hear an occassional coyote and spot the ...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Sacred Space at The Refuge in California.
Prairie, meadow, or plain
We are surrounded by rolling hills of tuolumne county's farmland... oak woodland in fields of gorgeous green in the winter and ...Read more
We have an organic, permaculture garden from which we donate most of our produce to local food co-ops, as well as chickens (and...Read more
Our driveway is short and guides you easily to the camping space.
Places to see near The Refuge
The vibe at Sacred Space at The Refuge
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
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!
Stunning property with great views! Clean bathroom and clean outdoor kitchen which was a plus! They host events, during our stay they hosted a sweat lodge Friday night and a Peruvian sound circle Saturday night. We weren’t necessarily expecting the events but they were cool and we got to participate in Saturday nights event! Erin & Jakob are soo so sweet and great hosts. If you’re looking for total privacy camping and a little more off the grid this may not be the best place, but definitely a great experience at The Refuge!
We got in pretty late after spending too long in San Francisco but Erin was super helpful and responsive, she even left the cute mason jar lights on for us at the kitchen to see our way. The kitchen area had everything we needed for coffee in the morning and more if we wanted to cook and the composting toilets were clean. We loved waking up to soooo many birds chirping. The vegetation, rolling hills, and the working farm/gardens felt like we were back home on the East coast. I wish we could have spent more time here since it was so relaxing. There is a space to hang up your hammock next to the mulch tent pad but bring bug spray. It's lush vegetation and a little humid so there were some mosquitos.
My girlfriend and I were only able to stop by The Refuge for one night, but it was unforgettable. We didn't have to pack or worry about much, and having the outdoor kitchen available was a blessing! Everything was well organized and the zero-waste system Erin and Jakob have here was so inspiring. We slept under the stars in the bed of our truck, and the weather was perfect. Overall, we could not have asked for a better get-away at such a welcoming and beautiful space, along with amazing hosts!
Thank you for a lovely stay in central CA. This was great for a last minute decision for a weekend away from Oakland. We used the refuge as our central camp as we explored Yosemite , pine crest and local nature. It’s a bit far from Yosemite , but worth it if you’re coming from a long driving distance. The outdoor kitchen was incredible . It was really beautiful and well kept. The site itself was a bit small and we were a bit on top of the other campers and the hosts had a lot of people over on the Saturday night with lovely, but loud live music. We felt a bit separated from them and not quite welcome to their joyous festivities. Overall, it was a nice base camp and the hosts greeted us a
With a hug. We appreciated a kind , safe nice location to camp for Memorial Day
This space was really great. The kitchen and bathroom setup are very well done. It's really easy to get into town if you need any supplies. The hosts were super welcoming. You could feel the insane amount of love they have put into the space. Will definitely come back at some point.