Let us acknowledge the Coast Miwok people, on whose traditional territory the EarthRise Retreat Center is located. We acknowledge their leaders, past present and emerging. We encourage you to visit the website of The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, a federation of Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo groups recognized as a tribe by the U.S. Congress. Please make sure to read about the history of the Graton Rancheria Indians, especially the efforts made by the U.S. government to terminate their tribal identity which they only regained in 2000.
The Land & Indigenous People
Dandelion 2019 will be held at the EarthRise Retreat Center at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, CA.
If you have questions about accessibility at Dandelion, please contact us here. The facility is on mostly flat, paved grounds. It is an approximately 0.25 mile walk from most sleeping rooms to the Dining Hall and parking lot. There are wheelchair accessible and ground level sleeping rooms that will be reserved for those who have indicated their need. We will be asking questions about specific accessibility needs at registration so that we can meet needs.
Please see the map below for sense of how the campus is laid out.
EarthRise at IONS accommodates 100+ overnight guests in eight buildings. All housing accommodations are situated near to one another, and are located next to the West Room and are a 0.25m walk from the dining hall and other meeting rooms on mostly flat, paved ground. The housing is described as modest and simple. Single and shared rooms are available; most rooms have two twin beds, some have one full/queen bed. The bathrooms in each building are located in the hallway and shared with other guests. Bedding, linens, and towels are provided.
From the EarthRise website:
The dining hall at EarthRise provides indoor seating for groups of up to 90, with additional outdoor seating expanding our total meal capacity to 120 guests most of the year. Local ingredients are the inspiration for our cooking and include luscious organic fruits and vegetables, free range poultry, hormone-free meat and dairy products, and extraordinary cheeses. We use organic produce from local farmers and our own permaculture garden whenever possible. Our chef draws upon flavors and techniques from around the world to create a diverse cuisine with alluring flavors.
The kitchen staff at EarthRise will be working with us to create options for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans, and those who are gluten free. You will be able to note your requirements during registration.
Numerous meeting spaces welcome both formal and informal gatherings. Five indoor meeting rooms accommodate groups of 5 to 120 and can easily be configured for yoga and movement activities. All indoor spaces are air-conditioned and heated. The largest room, the West Room, is right next to where we will be sleeping and features a beautiful deck. You can see the meeting spaces at this link.
Connection with the land is fostered through hiking trails on the 194 acres of rolling hills, a beautiful natural oak glade used for outdoor meeting space and group ceremony, a small permaculture garden and multiple sitting areas for quiet contemplation. A beautiful meditative labyrinth made of river stones lies high on the hill overlooking the valley below.
If you are traveling from out of town, the following airports are within driving distance of Petaluma:
Sonoma County Airport (33 miles)
San Francisco International Airport (46.4 miles)
Oakland International Airport (48 miles)
San Jose International Airport (77.9)
Sacramento International Airport (88 miles)