The Mendocino Woodlands Camp is available for group camping only.
The Woodlands is comprised of three private campgrounds, and is available for many different kinds of group camping events, such as dance, music, wedding, meditation, training, business, environmental, church, and family. The serene setting creates a unique environment for retreats, seminars and nature studies.
Located about 4 hours north of San Francisco on the California coast, the Mendocino Woodlands offers breathtaking outdoor camping nestled in Redwood forest. Built in the 1930’s, our rustic cabins are National Historic Landmarks! Beyond the wonderful group camping activities, there are miles of peaceful hiking trails, sunny meadows, and a swimming hole a short walk along a wooded creek. See also Area Activities.
One-of-a-kind camping experiences for groups as small as 30, or up to more than 200 people!
Each camp is a separate, self-contained area with its own cabins, kitchen/dining/recreation hall, shower/toilet facilities, and campfire circle.
Each of its 46 four-bed cabins is fully enclosed and equipped with a fireplace, closet and balcony. The cabins are clustered in three groups, each group with a hot water shower/toilet facility. The kitchen joins two dining halls with a large fireplace in each hall. There are also two large cabins with electricity, bathrooms, and running water that will accommodate another eight people each. In addition to its main dining/recreation hall, Camp One has an 1,800 sq. ft. recreation hall with a large stone fireplace. Some campers claim it has the best dance floor on the West Coast.
Maximum capacity: 200 (for larger groups, please inquire)
Also see Rental Details and map of camp layout.
When you’ve chosen your camp and checked your preferred dates on the Calendar of Camps, request your Reservation.
This camp has 8 two-bed cabins and 24 four-bed cabins. These are wood structures with screened windows and a closet in each cabin. There is also the “gate house”, which has five beds, electricity, glass windows and a fireplace; the “hill house”, which has six beds, electricity, water and a full bathroom; and 2 four-bed tent cabins. The kitchen adjoins a dining hall, which has a large fireplace at each end. The hot water shower/bathroom building is near the dining hall. The cabins are clustered in four groups with a cold water toilet facility in each group.
Ideal for smaller groups, Camp Three has 16 four-bed tent cabins, each with a wooden floor and canvas tent over a wooden frame. The kitchen adjoins a dining hall with a large fireplace. There is a central shower/restroom. The tent cabins are clustered in two groups with a cold water toilet facility in each group.
Mendocino Woodlands Legacy Camps
Each year the following camps take place at the Mendocino Woodlands— some have been camping here every Summer for more than 50 years! Many of these events are family oriented. If you are interested in joining one of our Legacy Camps, please click on the link for the camp to check their availability. As these camps are run by their own organizations, you must contact them directly. MWCA cannot provide specific information on any camping group.
Razz Ma Tazz Folk Dance Camp ~ June 2-4, 2017
Every year Razzmatazz Folk Dance Club presents a weekend folk dance camp at Mendocino Woodlands with live music by Edessa and guest musicians, dance classes with leading folk dance teachers from the U.S. and beyond, themed “Happy Hour” parties and delicious food and snacks. Razzmatazz Folk Dance Weekend started in 1977 and continues to this day, the first weekend in June.
Scandia Camp Folk Music, Dance, and Cultural Traditions of Scandinavia June 10-27, 2017
Scandia Camp Mendocino, an annual week-long residential camp founded in 1980, presents participants the opportunity to learn in depth about the folk music, dance and cultural traditions of Scandinavia. Over the years, guests (many of them the original researchers and documentarians of their country’s folk traditions) have come from Norway, Sweden and Finland to share their knowledge through daily dance, music and singing sessions, and cultural experiences. In the process, a community has developed of people exploring their cultural roots and of people with curiosity about and appreciation for the rich folk culture of Scandinavia. For a week, the Mendocino Woodlands becomes our common village, a second home.
Balkan Music and Dance Eastern European Style ~ June 24-July 1, 2017
This group offers a unique opportunity to join in a celebration of music, dance and traditions, an enjoyable learning experience in an informal and supportive atmosphere. In addition to instruction in vocal, instrumental and dance techniques, the camp offers folklore presentations, staff and student concerts, jam sessions and incredible evening events with live music. Emphasizing traditional and contemporary folk music and dance from the Balkans, material also may be included from neighboring regions of Central Europe and the Near East. Click here to see their video.
Mendocino Folklore Camp Folk Music and Dance ~ July 17-24, 2017
Every summer since 1962, folk dancers from across the United States and beyond have gathered here to share a unique celebration of ethnic dance, music, and culture. Folklore Camp, pioneered by Madelynne Greene, was the first folk dance camp to use the Woodlands, and today carries on the tradition and spirit of this event. The morning dance, music and singing classes are enhanced with afternoon choices of folklore sessions, special dance workshops, crafts, sight-seeing or relaxing. Special theme days highlight the diversity of cultures. It amazes people how the Woodlands is transformed with decorations, ethnic food, and activities to celebrate cultural traditions. The evening dances are enlivened by superb international dance bands. Late night revelers can enjoy request dancing or musical jam sessions by the cozy fire in the kafana.
Middle Eastern Music and Dance Music and Dance of Asia Minor, North Africa and the Middle East ~ July 8-15, 2017
Workshops offering a program covering a broad spectrum of music and dance traditions from this tremendously diverse geographical region. Middle Eastern folk dance classes, belly dance classes, instruction on Middle Eastern classical and folk instruments, gatherings with live music, ensemble coaching, concerts, performances, Middle Eastern cuisine.
Mendocino Sufi Youth Retreat ~ July 11-15, 2017
Sufi youth ages 18–29 gather together for their fifteenth retreat in the beauty of the redwoods to dance, sing, and pray together. Guest teachers Pir Shabda Kahn and Rebecca Welsh will help guide retreatants in practice, contemplation, and the wealth of Sufi lineage through the Dances of Universal Peace, zikr, conversation, and music. There will be time to explore the beauty of the forest! All youth are welcome.
Mendocino Sufi Camp “Eternal Now ~ This Breath Is the One that Counts” ~ July 16-23, 2017
We welcome you to join us, a community of spiritual friends and seekers from many walks of life, at the annual Mendocino Sufi Camp, a warm-hearted and joyful camp for all ages. The Sufi’s aim is to remember the Divine in all aspects of life, and to serve humanity with love and compassion. Toward that goal, we offer classes and gatherings (yoga, turning, singing, writing, meditation, esoteric studies, and others) as well as fun-filled programs for children, tweens, and teens (who are also welcome to delve more deeply in mysticism by attending adult classes). We hold a universalist world view, which sees and honors the truth in all religions. Click here to view “Mendocino Sufi Camp – A Deep Forest Experience”
Spiritual Director 2017: Pir Shabda Kahn
This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you. — Hafiz
Lark Camp World Music & Dance Camp ~ July 28-August 5, 2017
This camp has over 100 of the finest music and dance instructors from many cultures. Imagine idyllic days and nights in the magical redwood forest filled with all the music, dance, and good times a person could possibly stand. Campers are free to take as many or as few of the workshops offered as they like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. There’s plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation. It’s truly a unique, total immersion into the joys of nature, music and dance. Many workshops are for the professional as well as the beginner. The Voice Of America spent a week recording music and interviewing people at Lark Camp for a special 2 hour show for broadcast in Eastern Europe to illustrate life in the United States. Click here to see their video.
Elderflower Womenspirit Festival ~ August 9-13, 2017
Ever August since 1989, women and girls have gathered at the Mendocino Woodlands to honor feminine spirituality through the Goddess. Join us in celebrating our spirituality by sharing knowledge, music, arts, ritual, laughter, and delicious catered meals. EWF is purely a grassroots organization; all the workshops, activities and performances are created by the vibrant group of women who participate. We are committed to providing a welcoming and empowering environment for all women, regardless of race, color, religion, orientation, or income status. For this year’s festival dates and more information, visit our website, www.elderflower.org.
Camp Swing Swing Dance ~ October 20-22, 2017
Some of California’s best swing dance instructors host this event and collaborate to create an inspiring program for dancers of all levels. 25 different classes feature Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Shag, Balboa, Jazz, Latin Dances and more; great live music.
CAMPING FOR INDIVIDUALS
The Woodlands provides camping for groups only. Here are some other ways to Experience the Woodlands:
•Contact one of our Legacy Camp groups. Many are open to new campers!
•Let the Mendocino Woodlands to host your wedding, family reunion, anniversary party, birthday, or other special event! See our Celebrations page for more information. Please refer to our Resource Guide for a list of local businesses that can assist in planning your event.
•Day use access is only allowed for hiking or biking the trails. Parking is provided below the entrance to the park along Big River. Maps and informational brochures are located on a kiosk at the day use area. Please be advised, there are no public restrooms at the Mendocino Woodlands Day Use Area. Most trails wind through Jackson State Forest and are rustic in nature.