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15290 Coleman Valley Rd, Occidental, CA 95465

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Recommended Clothes & Personal Items

Please bring the following:

  • A flashlight, a travel mug and water bottle, sturdy shoes or boots for walks on the land, a bathing suit, and slippers (we generally remove shoes while inside buildings here).

  • You will spend lots of time outside here. The weather is variable during all seasons, so consider dressing in layers and bringing weather-appropriate gear (rain jacket, a sun hat, sunscreen).

  • Wear sturdy shoes. The land is hilly and there are no paved paths. Please contact Paul (info below) immediately for more information if you have accessibility needs.


OAEC supports change makers and communities to design for a resilient future.

We live in a time of profound challenges that require immediate, courageous and strategic responses. We are confronted by global ecological and climate crises, by widespread social injustice, and by economic and governance systems unwilling and unable to correct the course.

The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) is an 80-acre research, demonstration, education, advocacy and community-organizing center in West Sonoma County, California that develops strategies for regional-scale community resilience and the restoration of biological and cultural diversity.

The land that OAEC inhabits is the territory of the Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo peoples.  When you visit OAEC, we invite you to join us in honoring and continuing their legacy of land stewardship.

Since the 1970’s these 80-acres of organic gardenswildlands, onsite intentional community, and education center have served as a living laboratory for research, collaboration and forging the transition towards ecological and socially just human settlement.  In developing and collectively caring for our home, we hope to reveal a place of beauty that is deeply connected with nature and full of examples to inspire you to bring regenerative practices back to your own community.


OAEC cultivates ecological literacy and builds the capacity of civic and social movement leaders and organizations to guide their own communities to an ecologically regenerative, economically viable, and socially just future.