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We are an off-grid, solar-powered, 25 acre lakeside venue and permaculture-inspired lifestyle rich collaborative.

Heartland exists where the wilderness of off-grid life meets an artistic collective that sings possibility to the fringe dwellers of the Regenerative Eco-Village movement. Heartland offers people a break from the craziness of what so many call "life" and a


We are an off-grid, solar-powered, 25 acre lakeside venue and permaculture-inspired lifestyle rich collaborative.

Heartland exists where the wilderness of off-grid life meets an artistic collective that sings possibility to the fringe dwellers of the Regenerative Eco-Village movement. Heartland offers people a break from the craziness of what so many call "life" and a view of what can be co-created with each other for each other. As in permaculture, the Heartland model is about doing more with less, it's about allowing our individual and diverse natural Flow states to merge forging new pathways of co-creation that are the true answer to our collective purpose.

Tent #5 is under a huge Oak tree and is set up in the middle of our entire property. You are a 2-3 minute walk from the lake entrance, restrooms, and outdoor kitchen and about a 5 minute walk to showers and 2nd set of restrooms.

On-Site Bonus Attractions:

Want a mind altering add-on experience? We have a sensory exultation tank which offers a relaxation and/or meditation experience not found anywhere else in this world. Step in to a 4 foot by 8 foot dark tank. Soon after you lay down you'll become very aware of a full body vibrational experience, layered with a Bio-Mat offering Far Infrared Rays designed to improve circulation and speed up the healing of soft tissue. If that was not enough, we have you wearing a Woojer Vest offering full chest vibration synced with the audio program of your choice. If that was not enough, we offer you an added Kasina experience, this Pali term refers to an ancient system of meditation that uses visual objects to focus the mind. This visual add-on induces yet more positive mood shifting effects.

Check out our experiences and/or ask about other potential add-ons because we likely have things going on that you'd be interested to join.

Close-by Attractions:

With a 15 minute drive away there is also a really beautiful clear water swimming hole with a tire swing open all year. Another very highly recommended day trip is the famous Yuba river, which is roughly an hour away.


The nearest and best store is 30 minutes away so plan accordingly (Holiday Market, Auburn).

The Seasonal Fluctuations:

We have seasons at Heartland, and due to the high peak heat of August and the coldest winter month of February we hibernate and close the retreat.

*Spring* - March-May

The shire is alive! It's fresh, green, and the lake is (usually) 100% full and less than 5 minute walk. Can't beat this experience and it's something you'll always desire coming back to after it has been experienced once. Nights are often cold, so bring extra layers!

*Summer* - June-July

The northern California Oak Savanna with these expansive views and golden grass canvas brings a deep sense of peace to everyone. The lake is (usually) 50-75% full (5-7 min walk) and during the hottest times of the day there is nothing more soothing than a 1 or 4 ;) hour relaxing float in the lake. BYO floatie ;)

*Fall Notice* - Sep-November

It's gorgeous here, but please know that our lake is a reservoir and it is low between Sep-November. Swimming is still possible but the walk to swimmable water is longer. During this time the bottom of the lake offers remarkable river hikes. 

Bring your own meals for your stay

Bring a cooler to keep your food fresh (we have ice blocks available)

Pet Policy* $100 deposit is required per dog* 1 Small dog under 25lbs is ok and no extra charge* Larger dogs have a $10/dog fee, MAX 2 dogs per tent* All dogs must be leashed at all times while on property* All dog owners must sign a liability waiver before arrival

Safety for everyone is VERY important to us, we invite all guests with or without pets to share any event that is uncomfortable in any way.

We look forward to booking your stay at the Heartland Collective :)

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 3 guests per site
Up to 1 vehicle
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off

You know what would make this trip even better?

Take advantage of these offers available to add to your trip to Tent # 5 - Blue Oak


Kayak Rental

$20 / 4 hrs, $25 / day

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St. Johns Wort Immunity Tincture

Wildcrafted from Heartland. Enjoy a dropper daily to boost immunity. Research...Read more

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InfiniPod Sensory Exultation

We have a sensory exultation tank which offers a relaxation and/or meditation...Read more

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Extra Single Bed w/Pillow & Bedding

Every tent has 1 full size bed w/bedding, and there is room for 2 additional ...Read more

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Adventure Theme Eco-Village

This will be a first hand tour of all processes eco-village. Wether you're in...Read more

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Basic Yoga

This an introductory all levels class. Slow movements, stretch and deep breat...Read more

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Half dozen eggs

Meet the chicks and grab some eggs while you are here :)

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Heater and Propane

You'll have 20 hours of heat from 1 propane tank. Enjoy!

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Tent # 5 - Blue Oak in California.


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Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth C.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2022

My son me I had a very wonderful time it was our first camping trip and we couldn’t have chosen a better place to do it at. It was peaceful and calm throughout the day and everything was there that you needed. The lake was a close walk. Shama, Justin and Joel were all very kind. We will be returning.

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Hipcamper Tina
Tina L.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2021

Lovely off-the-beaten path place to relax and float in the reservoir. Even in the extreme drought it was a special spot. Peaceful location and friendly hosts.

Hipcamper Kerri

Absolutely love it.

Kerri J.
recommends this listing.
July 20th, 2021

I absolutely loved my stay. It was exactly what I needed. As a single woman camping alone I felt comfortable and completely safe the entire time. Anders and Shama are the kindest people who Ive ever met. All of the tent sites are amazing spots and the scenery is gorgeous. The Infinipod was an amazing experience and i highly recommend it. I will definitely be making a regular habit of visiting here.

Hipcamper Jess

Eco-healing paradise

Jess C.
recommends this listing.
July 6th, 2021

I booked their one-of-a-kind Infinity Pod that was a sensory deprivation float tank used to train the military to communicate psychically. They turned it into a "sensory exultation" tank where you wear LED light show glasses and a vibrating vest, while laying on a vibrating bed and listening to a meditation that will make you feel like you're in the 3D credits of a 1980s film!

I'm glad I brought my less-toxic, plastic-free, all-in-one Booda Organics shampoo/face/body/shave/dish soap bar because their cold shower water goes straight on the land. If you bring plastic, they can't recycle it. I also appreciated that they use less-toxic dish soap like Seventh Generation.

I'll be back for a tour of their medicinal, permaculture garden and to learn more about their bio-filtered toilets with enzymes that eat your poop and pee.

I can't wait to swim again in the warmest lake I've ever been in and lay in their face sculpture and look at the stars.

Hipcamper Christopher
Christopher P.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2021

Great place to stay. Host were super friendly and checked on us a couple times but definitely gave us our space. Would come back for sure

Hipcamper Amelia
Amelia T.
recommends this listing.
June 10th, 2021

Super sweet little camp! Very outdoorsy and rustic, with everything you need for simple living including amazing star gazing. The lake is a fairly short walk, and we caught a couple of cat fish with chicken liver! Such a nice time at Heartland and many beautiful and kind people that keep up the camp. Certainly a camping experience, and off grid- remember your food, ice chest, etc. Its a good 40 min drive to the closest store. My honey and I would certainly return, especially because we can bring our pooch with us. Thank you again for a peaceful getaway!

Hipcamper Greg

Great vibe at heartland

Greg F.
recommends this listing.
June 4th, 2021

We really enjoyed the vibe at Heartland. The property is beautiful, including nice outdoor spaces and even a large swing that my kids played on for hours. Also, the hosts were very welcoming. The only negatives on our trip were the 100deg+ weather (at the end of May) and the multitude of loud power vehicles on the lake (which was likely more than usual because of the Memorial Day weekend).

Hipcamper Matt

A place to decompress and exhale

Matt T.
recommends this listing.
March 15th, 2021

I can’t think of a better place to unwind and get away from it all. The owners and staff are wonderful and super friendly. The Saturday night campfire was a magical time to meet our fellow campers, tell stories, and sing songs. It felt like a home away from home; a time to heal and reflect. Even the chickens were super friendly and fun to hang out with. Heartlander is very eco friendly, with beautiful views of the reservoir and stunning sunsets. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a remote getaway from it all. 😀❤️

Our mood lit tentSunset behind the treesCampfire circleAnother beautiful sunset
Hipcamper Tabatha


Tabatha G.
recommends this listing.
September 9th, 2020

Hidden gem! Wonderful land and people!

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