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.

Hello Heartwood family,

Delphina and Bennett, who have owned the Heartwood property and businesses since 2006, have made the difficult decision to sell Heartwood and pass it on to new stewards. We thank them for their many years of service in maintaining and upgrading Heartwood into the beautiful sanctuary and community hub that it is today. Their love and energy will live on here.

We are reaching out to the people in our Heartwood network first to see if that special someone or special group of people possess the vision and resources to take on stewardship of Heartwood.

On August 14th, the property will be listed for 3.5 million dollars. This includes the property which contains 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.

A summarized list of what the facilities have to offer is as follows; 
200 acres of meadows, Oak woodland, and Douglas Fir forests
Rebuilt giant cedar sauna and hot tub under the stars
Crystal Saline swimming pool with a diving board
Remodeled Commercial Kitchen and Lodge dining area
Remodeled Lodge deck, new Lodge roof
Three large multi purpose classrooms/meeting spaces
Eco-remodeled rooms and cabins (34 listed as overnight rentals currently)
General store & Welcome Center
Multiple residences with their own bathrooms and upgraded kitchens
Updated fire suppression and water systems
Customer base for retreats and workshops
Working permaculture farm
Alternative building structures which include the crowning jewel—the glorious Strawbale temple

A short list of the business equipment and supplies is as follows;
Vehicles(including a low hour skidsteer with many attachments)
Facilities equipment and supplies
Innkeeping equipment and supplies
Office and Tech equipment and supplies
Highspeed Internet and WIFI campus wide
General Store & Welcome Center equipment and supplies
Booking systems for lodging
Ceramics equipment and supplies
Digital Arts equipment
Farm equipment and supplies
Commercial Kitchen equipment and supplies
Guest Kitchen equipment and supplies
Healing Arts equipment (zafus, zabutons, yoga mats & props, etc…)
Furniture for all guest rooms, and to support events
And so much more…

See a virtual tour of Heartwood’s campus

The current staff consists of 10 onsite residential staff members, and 2 staff members who live off of the property. 10 members of the staff have worked with Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary since 2018 supporting events, workshops, meals, residencies, and so much more. Our team has created a strongly passionate crew that takes pride in hosting guests with COVID safety measures in place for the safety of the staff, guests, and the greater community always in mind. Depending on the direction the next stewards take with the land, it may be possible that some, if not all of the current staff, would be open to continuing in service to the land, buildings, infrastructure, and systems here.

If anyone in the Heartwood network has serious interest please directly contact the listing agent, Chris Brannan, at [email protected]

Delphina and Bennett would love to pass Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary on to someone who will continue to foster the central tenet of Heartwood, “Service is Love in Action”. Anyone who has ever visited knows the unique nature of this piece of land, with its blessings and challenges. Heartwood has had many incarnations, as a healing arts school, intentional village, permaculture demonstration site, retreat center, community hub, and rural getaway. The only thing certain in this world is change. Thank you all for the support and love that has been given to this magical place in all its forms. We look forward to a sustainable and regenerative future in the evolution of this land and it’s next stewards.

At this time, the staff are continuing operations providing overnight rentals for lodging & camping, retreats, and pool use until the end of October. Check out our website to book your stay and/or register for upcoming offerings at www.heartwoodhub.com.

To reserve the pool, you can email Nathan Wise directly at [email protected]. You can also leave a message at the Welcome Center by dialing 707-923-5000, and we will return your call as soon as possible.

With eternal gratitude,
Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary 



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

Welcome Center Open
Mon-Sat 12-5pm



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