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Camp Haven is a self-sustainable educational campground brought to you by Haven for Humanity 501(c)(3) grassroots non-profit organization. Set up your tent in the 40-acre "Livingston Manor Community Food Forest" and be surrounded by local wild edibles, hiking trails, serene views and streams. 

Visit "The Center for Harmony" community retreat center, our "Sustainability

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Camp Haven is a self-sustainable educational campground brought to you by Haven for Humanity 501(c)(3) grassroots non-profit organization. Set up your tent in the 40-acre "Livingston Manor Community Food Forest" and be surrounded by local wild edibles, hiking trails, serene views and streams. 

Visit "The Center for Harmony" community retreat center, our "Sustainability Workshop" and the "Bio-Energy Greenhouse"! The retreat center has everything you need (even while under construction) including organic produce, fresh Catskill Mountain water, bathrooms (composting toilets) and extra firewood, so you can choose whether to set up nearby, or grab your supplies and hoof it across the 40-acres to set up by Haven Creek. 

Local restaurants and bars are within a 10-minute drive, lots to see and do around the area! Help us make sure you have a wonderful stay by asking us lots of questions! New amenities and fun activities are being added all the time! Come experience life the way Nature intended, at Camp Haven.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
4 sites
Up to 56 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
Have a question? Send Sam a message!
  • 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: 30% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Mountain biking

Boating

On beautiful lakes nearby.

Fishing

None on-site but very close by.

Hiking

40-acre open wood is easily traversable! Hike from the retreat center to the stream for an easy going mid-grade hike. Take a st...Read more

Horseback riding

There are a few farms nearby that offer horseback riding services.

Paddling

Paddle boats are available for rent at local lakes.

OHV

Trails for OHVs are not available on-site but many are nearby.

Snow sports

Cross-country skiing and snow shoeing available on-site if there is enough snow. Bellayre Mountain Ski Resort just a short 40 m...Read more

Swimming

Beautiful crystal clear running water lakes. Swim with nature.

Whitewater paddling

Mild whitewater rafting available nearby on the Delaware River.

Wildlife watching

Everywhere. Always. Bald eagles, foxes, and baby bear are some of the sightings we look out for!

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Camp Haven: Educational Campground in New York.

Forest

40-acre open woods being converted over time into The Manor Food Forest.

Lake

Many private and public lakes surround our area.

Mountainous

Purple mountains majesty.

Prairie, meadow, or plain

Huge meadow with butterflies, fireflies and more!

River, stream or creek

It is more of a creek than a river but it is deep enough to lay down in and take a bath. Bigger rivers close by!

Swimming hole

There are public swimming holes all around!

Waterfall

Just a short drive away!

Farm

Many wonderful farms to visit locally! Plus see our gardens on-site!

Driveway

Beautiful scenic drives along the backwater streams.

The vibe at Camp Haven: Educational Campground

Places to see near Camp Haven: Sustainable Retreat

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Hipcamper Sara + Mike
Sara + Mike (.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 8th, 2018

If you’re interested in an immersive educational adventure in off-the-grid living then Camp Haven is for you! Haven for Humanity is a non-profit with a mission to inspire harmony with nature through educational projects.

It’s a good spot for someone who is interested in an introduction to off-the-grid living and to enjoy a weekend on 40 acres of backcountry woods. Pitch a tent or park, as we did, a self-contained camper van on the property. A stream can be used for bathing in the warmer months.

Be sure to take the guided tour of the property with Sam. The tour will take an hour (or more if you have lots of questions like we did!). The amount of research and design that has gone into the sustainable engineering and building is fascinating. There’s a geodesic dome with a passive solar design. This will be the future home of a kitchen and bathroom. Our favorite building was the greenhouse. It’s a design that illustrates aquaponics and, in the future, will produce biogas via anaerobic digestion to sustain the property on renewable energy.

We’d suggest you get in touch with Sam to understand the on-site options available during your stay. You can also choose to stay awhile and get involved in the on-going projects on-site. The Haven for Humanity website has details on current projects.

The closest town, Livingston Manor, is a short drive away and offers a grocery store, cafe, outdoor shop, trout hatchery, and brewery. This area of the Catskills is also well-known for its fantastic fly-fishing opportunities.

This geodesic dome with a passive solar design serves as the future home of a kitchen and bathroom. It's the community gathering space.The geodesic dome (with a passive solar design) serves as the community gathering area. It is the future home of a shared kitchen and bathroom.Views from near the Camp Haven driveway.Looking back on the Camp Haven driveway.
Hipcamper Adrienne
Adrienne A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 23rd, 2018

HOLY FIREFLIES!!! This land is amazing. Lots of space, great views, hosts were friendly, easy access. The town of Livingston Manor is only 10 minutes away so you can provision on the way in. Only thing to note would be, pick up some dry firewood in advance, the stuff on site is on the wet side and it does burn eventually but takes a while to get going. Will definitely be back. Thanks Sam!

Hipcamper Sam
Response from Sam, the Host, on June 23rd, 2018

Thank you so much for the kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. :) As per the firewood, that was our fault and I deeply apologize for that experience. We realize now that we gave you wood from the wrong side of our pile instead of from the back side that had been well seasoned. Dry wood and kindling is definitely available and for your next visit it's on the house! See you all again soon!

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Hipcamper Heide
Heide V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 9th, 2018

The place was great! Beautiful land. Easy camping. Friendly hosts! I would go back!

Hipcamper Alexa

Really good place to camp.

Alexa O.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 27th, 2019

It was pretty nice being with them. They are very good hosts, always trying to help and making us feel so comfortable.

The place is beautiful, they have a pretty big private area to stay. They have really good water and also electricity. I really enjoy being there and it is near of all the Catskills Mountains. Great for a weekend ! I would totally come back!

You can choose if you want to be inside the forest or not
Hipcamper Sean

The most interesting experience.

Sean G.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 23rd, 2019

Camp Haven was hands down the most interesting place I’ve ever stayed, and probably one of the most interesting experience of my life.

Before I talk about the biodome and farm I want to say that people should be aware that this is definitely primitive camping. We were told that we could camp anywhere on their property; but there were no cleared campsites. Sam offered us a weed whacker to clear some of the tall grass which we gladly accepted. The composting toilet was a 5-gallon bucket with seat-lid. We could not find any trails to the stream, although he woods were beautiful.

While the camping was primitive, the biodome was out of “The Martian”. There was a fish tank that provided fertilizer for the yet to be planted hydroponic garden. The cleaned water fed into a moat where algae was growing; composting algae was used to generate methane, which was then used to power a generator.

Sam and his family a clearly environmentalists, so I’m sure they know how bad methane is as a greenhouse gas and will be developing a process to capture all of it. And humanure...look it up.

Thank goodness for my friends, who are more experienced campers than me, and weren’t thrown off by the primitive camping situation. If it were just me I would have been upset because I felt the reality of the site did not sufficiently match the description. I’m glad I stayed. It was an amazing and educational experience. Folks should try to come on a new moon, the stars were unparalleled.

I hope that Sam and his family clear out a couple camp sites that are less primaries; perhaps with some covered toilets to get out of the elements. I think that the biodome has a lot to offer anyone in terms of an educational experience that broadens your perspective on life.

Hipcamper Sydney

Very rough camping.

Sydney G.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 5th, 2019

This camping is much more rustic than the listing implies. There are no cleared sites, no picnic tables, no firepits, and "eco toilet" means a bucket. As motorcycle campers we had difficulty getting in on what we were told was a dirt road but turned out to be mostly stones and large rocks. We were told we could use their weed wacker to clear any site we like, but also that "ticks are definitely a problem so stay out of the long grass", so that option wasn't particularly appealing. Alongside this, the idea of starting a fire in what was at the time a very dry open field seems irresponsible and we were relying on a fire to prepare our food. I think Sam and Camp Haven mean well, but also have done very little compared to other HipCamp sites available for the same costs. We did not end up staying, forfeiting our costs. If they don't intend to make improvements they should endeavour to make the listing more explicit and clear as to the conditions campers will be getting themselves into.

Hipcamper Kristina D.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 30th, 2019
Hipcamper Lara B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 11th, 2019
Hipcamper Greg T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 7th, 2018
Property
Camp Haven: Sustainable Retreat
State
New York
$50/night
4 Sites
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