Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary is a learning village, community hub, and eco retreat destination nurturing regenerative relationship with self, community, and earth.

Heartwood is an eco-retreat destination, learning village and community hub at the heart of the Emerald Triangle in Humboldt County, California.

Heartwood is an eco-retreat destination, learning village
and community hub at the heart of the Emerald Triangle
in Humboldt County, California.

Winter is upon us, and with it life giving rain, but also many clear cold nights full of stars! Rains have started the process of renewing the land. It is incredible to watch the bounty of an oak savannah such as ours during a drought year. It’s as if the trees know that the animals need nourishment, and thus put out more nuts and berries than any normal year. From acorns, to bay nuts, to madrone berries, to buckeyes, the land is providing a bounty for the creatures of the forest.

We are still welcoming overnight guests to Heartwood. Come sit in the sauna and soak in the silence of country life. Watch the leaves fall and the wild life fatten up and change their protective coloring for the winter. Feel the crisp winter air flowing in from the Arctic, over the Pacific ocean. Experience the awesome power of a storm.

For artists who need time and space to create, we offer self guided retreats and an artist residency program with a discounted monthly lodging rate. This year we’ve hosted writers, painters, filmmakers, and photographers on our land and they’ve shared some of their beautiful creations with us. Residency inquiries can be emailed to [email protected]

George Lea and the art department are also offering a Spring Ceramics Concentration, there is at least one seat remaining. The course is designed as a total immersion experience. Students will gain insight and experience into the major processes involved in working with clay as a creative medium. The course is taught within the environment of Heartwood’s Ceramic studio, and each student will be assigned a wheel and workbench to form a personal workspace within the classroom. Inquiries for this class can also be emailed to [email protected]

We are also still booking dates for group rentals, events, and retreats in 2022, and dates are filling up fast. This year we hosted meditation and movement retreats, a wedding, family reunions, and birthday parties. A unique wilderness venue for groups from 25 to 100, Heartwood is an unforgettable location to hold your event. Inquiries for dates and rates packages can be found by filling out our group rental form here.

Heartwood is still for sale, and we will be honoring 2022 reservations made before the date of sale, so don’t delay!

The property and business are listed together for $3.5 million dollars.  This includes multiple buildings and infrastructure, along with all the equipment and supplies of the eco-retreat business.  Seller financing with 50% down may be an option.  To view the listing, go to Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary’s Listing (MLS#260154).

Any serious buyers can contact the listing agent, Chris Brannan, by emailing [email protected], by calling his office at 707-923-1100 or calling his mobile number 707-223-9682.

Lastly, Heartwood would like to wish everyone out there a bountiful and family filled holiday season. This is the perfect time of year to remind us of the preciousness of friends, family, loved ones, and community.



Heartwood offers a variety of lodging options. If you enjoy sleeping under the stars, there are multiple campsites around the 200-acre property that coexist with the natural surroundings. For indoor lodging, you can choose between small cabins set amongst the forest or rooms in our Manzanita, Madrone and Sunrise buildings. Our staff is committed to creating an environment for your relaxation. We will gladly welcome you to escape for a day trip, weekend getaway, or we can assist you in booking your large group retreats.



Our delicious, wholesome meals are an integral part of your experience with us. We have found that the higher nutrient content and life energy of fresh food maximizes the healing processes of the body and mind. Our kitchen staff prepares your food with conscious intention and uses whole foods (when possible), fresh produce (much from our gardens) and products to prepare our vegetarian meals. Occasionally, we fire up our wood oven for pizza. Alternatives to “sensitive” foods such as wheat, dairy, and eggs are available for those with special dietary needs. We source as locally and organic as we can.



Education has been a central theme for 40 years at Heartwood, and we now offer many different learning experiences. We invite you to feed your body, mind, and spirit, by joining us for a weekend workshop. We also offer programs from a week, up to four-month residencies. Our calendar is updated regularly with a plethora of opportunities, including Permaculture Classes, Ceramics Classes, Healing Arts Workshops, and more. The remote landscape is an excellent container for focusing on improving your self and developing new skills, to bring back to your community.



During your stay, we invite you to feed your soul. If you enjoy hiking, you can now explore the many short trails around the property, or take a multiple hour walk on the newly opened perimeter trail. Throughout the year, we keep our hot tub and sauna warmed up for our guests. During the summer, you can cool off and relax at the saline pool. Stay with us while you discover the local offerings of Humboldt County, including the California Redwoods and the Lost Coast. At the end of the day, let your cares slip away, as you revel in the brilliant stars passing by in the night sky.



Formerly, Heartwood Institute was a world-class massage school for over 35 years. Even though we have changed our name to Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary, we still nurture space for the Healing Arts. Many people who have trained here, and founded their healing practices through Heartwood Institute, still return to this day. During your stay with us, we invite you to restore personal well-being by scheduling time for bodywork, signing up for one of our many workshops, or simply meditating in our hexagonal Strawbale Temple.

General Inquiries

220 Harmony Lane
Garberville, CA 95542

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(707) 923-5000

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Mon-Sat 12-5pm



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