Hipcamp host erin & jakob
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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 small camper- we don't have space for large RV's), and enjoy the use of our fully-equipped outdoor kitchen and Continue 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 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. 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 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.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans
No. of sites
2 bookable sites
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 6 people per site
Potable water available
Tap
No fires
Access to a propane stove or grill
Toilet available
Pets allowed
On leash
No showers
Bins available
Compost bin, recycling bin, trash bin
Picnic table available
No wifi
No RV hookup
No RV sanitation
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: None
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
Biking
Hiking
Climbing
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Boating
Fishing
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
OHV
Snow sports
Surfing
Whitewater paddling

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Hipcamper Joleen
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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.

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Response from erin & jakob, the Host, on February 5th, 2018

thank you so much for your glowing review, Joleen! it was such a treat to meet you and show you around The Refuge. we really look forward to having you and your friends visit more often! thank you, too, for the gorgeous photos... we love them!

Hipcamper Melissa
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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!

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Response from erin & jakob, the Host, on March 1st, 2018

thank you for your very kind words, Melissa... we're so glad you enjoyed staying with us! it was truly a delight to have you two here... your thoughtfulness, curiosity about our area and what we're doing here at The Refuge, and delight in the outdoors are wonderful. we really look forward to hosting you again sometime, so you can visit more of the great places in our area and we can share another cup of tea (and maybe even a meal)! :-) many blessings to you!

Hipcamper Merritt
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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!

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Response from erin & jakob, the Host, on May 13th, 2018

thank you for your lovely review, Merritt! it was so wonderful to meet you two, and we very much hope you can stay with us again sometime. maybe next time it will be a little less busy! :-) thank you for being so thoughtful and such a wonderful communicator, too. sending blessings, erin

Hipcamper Weston
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Amazing place and Wonderful people Ten stars for the overall experience. Tranquil and healing. Close to great towns. :) :) :)

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Response from erin & jakob, the Host, on May 15th, 2018

thank you, Weston! it was a pleasure to host you and your family, and to share the blessings of the garden and sacred spaces with you. we look forward to your next visit!

Hipcamper Laura
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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.

Hipcamper erin & jakob
Response from erin & jakob, the Host, on May 16th, 2018

we're delighted you enjoyed your stay so much, Laura! we really love knowing that we can share our beautiful space with folks who appreciate the beauty of nature, and it's very clear that you do. please visit us again sometime... hopefully, we'll be able to share a cup of tea together! (and sorry about the bugs... they are fierce this year!)

Hipcamper Elizabeth
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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!

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Response from erin & jakob, the Host, on May 21st, 2018

thank you so much for your very kind review, Elizabeth! we very much enjoyed meeting you and hope you two can visit us again sometime... maybe we can even hang out a bit! sending blessings and hugs!

Hipcamper Diana
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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

Hipcamper erin & jakob
Response from erin & jakob, the Host, on June 4th, 2018

thank you for your comprehensive review, Diana... we're glad you enjoyed our kitchen space and apologize for the loudness of our music (i didn't realize our concert rehearsal was so loud, but will be more mindful of that next time!). , being new-ish to Hipcamp, we also didn't realize that we had a setting on that allowed for more groups than we intended; we have remedied that now, so it should be more manageable down there in terms of spaciousness and numbers of people. glad you felt safe, though, and hope you can stay with us again sometime!

Hipcamper Erin
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We had a great stay here! The hosts were so helpful, and the place was neat and well-kept.

Hipcamper erin & jakob
Response from erin & jakob, the Host, on June 4th, 2018

thank you, Erin! it was great to host you and we very much hope you can come back again sometime!

Property
The Refuge
State
California
$50/night
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