Retreats & Stays
Hold Your Event on Our Beautiful Sierra Foothills Campus
We are located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California, a 90-minute drive from Sacramento and a 15-minute drive from the historic towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City.
Our campus offers 240 acres of meadows, woods, streams and ponds for our guests to enjoy. Groups of up to 60 people (Covid restrictions may apply) can easily be accommodated overnight in a variety of spaces on our grounds. Check out our Sierra Friends-Trail Map! Camping is available for special events that reserve the entire campus on an exclusive basis. We also have areas available for day use.
We welcome retreats, workshops, conferences, classes, and gatherings for groups seeking meeting spaces indoors or outdoors, as well as a variety of group and private accommodations from premium to rustic. We offer additional amenities to our guests such as yoga classes, mediation sessions, and guided hikes, to give you a taste of what a special place Sierra Friends Center really is. Whether you are a non-profit organization or community group, a yoga studio or meditation center, a church or Quaker meeting, we would be happy to host you!
To start planning your event, please contact our Retreats Manager at 530-273-3183 x13 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in a personal retreat or a weekend getaway to the Sierra Foothills with your family? We can offer you rustic accomodations surrounded by nature, peace and quiet. Please visit HipCamp and AirBnB to book your stay.
Our Facilities Include:
This iconic mid-centery modern building was designed by architect Ken Kern and built in the late ’60s. The Stone House is ideal for small retreats and meetings or as part of larger gatherings. A round building with stone walls, flagstone patio, seven bedrooms with semi-private bathrooms (2 full and 2 half), a large central room with a hearth in the middle, a carpeted living room, a kitchen, and dining area, the Stone House has an overnight capacity of 21 in both dorm-style and private bedrooms, and a meeting capacity of 30.
Located on central campus next to the Dining Hall and a two-minute walk from the Stone House and A-Frame Cabins, the Meetinghouse offers a simple and flexible multi-use space with convenient ground-level entrance access. This configurable meeting space can seat 125 people auditorium-style and is well-suited to performances and lectures, as well as memorial services and celebrations. It also has a small caterer’s kitchen.
Our simple, wood-heated cabins are on the edge of central campus, footsteps away from trails that wind through our 230 acres of woods and meadows. Similar to cabins you might find in Yosemite or California State Parks, our cabins are rustic and cozy. Camping is reserved for large groups that need overflow accommodations.
Our Dining Hall can seat up to 75 people at family-style round wooden tables, and during the spring, summer, and fall, an additional 75 people can sit at picnic and folding tables on the deck and nearby lawn. The connected kitchen can either be rented by groups who want to provide their own meals, or we can provide meals for your group. Our meals are generally vegetarian and always have vegan and gluten-free options, and much of our produce comes from our very own farm. We strive to serve organic foods and source from local and sustainable farms whenever possible.
In addition to facilties rental, our 30-acre, groomed Campus is also available for groups to rent for gatherings of all kinds. The Campus includes large grassy meadows dotted with several landmark oaks, bench circles for group meetings, hiking trails that follow a creek through a wild wooded area, and Mel’s Pond for swimming and picnicing.
The cost of your group’s stay at Sierra Friends Center depends on the number of people in your group, the length of your group’s stay, and whether you reserve our Dining Hall and/or Meetinghouse. We charge nightly rates for all of our sleeping accommodations and overnight, day use and half-day use rates for the Dining Hall and Meetinghouse.
Retreats and Workshops Fee Payment
Once you have booked your Retreat or registered for a Workshop you may pay online here.