The Land Est. 2017

18501 Van Zandt Resort Road, Philo, CA, USA

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Grab your coworkers, family and friends and head over to this beautiful property in the middle of the forest.
A retreat center with contemporary sensibilities, this 162 acres of Northern California’s most epic forest and fields, with wilderness cabins, a restaurant, rivers, and towering redwoods to enjoy, it’s a rare all-in-one experience.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Camping / Glamping
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Field / Forest / Orchard
Views
Creek
Farm View
Forest
Garden
Lagoon/Pond
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Field
Mountains
River
Rolling Hills
Valley
Vineyard
Waterfall
Style
Eco
Minimalistic
Modern
Romantic
Zen
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Adventure Travel
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Reunion
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

A countryside getaway tucked into the rolling hills, and towering redwoods of Anderson Valley, The Land offers retreats in a health-forward environment that encourage connection not only amongst peers but with nature as well. A few days’ stay on the Land is something unexpected. Rustic, but refined, electric, but quiet in nature. It's a place where everyone can come and experience the power of connection and empathy in a fun and talented community. Coming with a young group of facilitators and great food, the Land offers curated experiences and trainings, hiking in the redwoods, yoga on the lawns, farm-to-table cooking classes and swimming in the river. There are accommodations for up to 250 people in a mix of cabins, cottages and glamping tents, with most groups averaging 35-100 people.

The Land offers yoga, meditation, courses featuring Princess Diana's former voice and presentation coach Stewart Pearce, Agape Internationals Reverend Joanne Coleman, one of the world's foremost experts on the Aramaic transation of the bible, and much more.

The Land is a response to the suggestion that our purpose in life is to create connection, and when we do, great things emerge, both in our lives, in our teams, and in our communities. There’s both poetry and action to the experience of staying on the Land. It’s interacting with nature, not trying to live on top of it. Hence there’s an essential quality to each retreat, each group, and each offsite that is special and unique.

The Land has been a best kept secret for seekers, stars, wedding couples, and companies like Soulcycle, Louis Vuitton, UCSF,  Giphy, Asana, Global Village, and Samasource for the last two years. It is a fast rising star in the destination world.

 
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

Yes

Estimated Price Per Head

from $25 to $120

Additional Charges

We have a full service kitchen that operates 7 days a week providing organic, farm-to-table meals. Please inquire about pricing. 

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
1000
Buffet
N/A
Standing
1000
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2017
Curfew
12 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
No Alcohol Is Permitted
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
Our full property buyout includes:
15 Forest Cabin Units with 32 beds
4 Houses and 25 beds
12 Glamping tents with 2 Queen Beds each

Available for a la carte rental
3 more contemporary homes with 11 beds
 
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
  • Other
Venue Features
The Scene:

The Land is162 acres of California wilderness with winding rivers, swimming holes, towering redwoods, rustic forest cabins, glamping tents, and more. A place where stars can come and not be seen, where individuals come to find inspiration and genius, and where groups  find out what happens when they actually get connected.

Historically, the Land has been a sanctuary for people to gather, break bread, and create community. The Native American Pomo Tribe was there, it was home to one of the first ecologically sound summer camps for the Jewish community in SF, a private retreat for a philanthropist, and later a retreat center attracting renowned teachers like Ram Dass and Rodney Yee.

The Land exists somewhere in between all those things. It's a community of thinkers, artists, and life hackers. It's a retreat center that teaches yoga, meditation, and has established a compelling offering perfect for maverick companies willing to try new ways to get their teams working together in a more connected and cohesive fashion. Companies like Soulcycle, Samasource, Louis Vuitton, and Asana have all sent their teams to the Land.

From cooking classes and harvesting produce from our 5 acre garden, to working with Cliff the mini cow, @cliffthemini and the other animals, the Land offers hands-on experiences that break the patterns that tend to mute life in the city. The Land is designed to be more a co-creative experience than a resort — It is a lifestyle that emerges when you practice a set of principles that allow for intimacy with life. 

 
Design:

The Land has 90, mostly Queen Beds in 15 cabins, 12 glamping tents and 5 houses to accommodate your group. We specialize in groups from 20-60 persons, and can scale up our glamping tents to accommodate groups up to 250.

Cliff the Mini Cow is actually a steer, and has his own Insta page @cliffthemini

The historic lodge was constructed from one redwood on the property in the 1950’s.

The Land has a 118 year old history starting with weekend cabin rentals, a gambling saloon, one of the first organic farms in the valley, a Jewish boys camp, a famous retreat center frequented by Ram Dass, zen buddhists and the Findhorn of Scotland. 

One of our favorite houses is Strawbale. It was the first load-bearing Strawbale house permitted in the state of California, and we recently remodeled the interior. It’s magical.

The cabins, houses have all been remodeled with well-appointed detail, and contemporary sensibilites. The bedding is warm and inviting, and the glamping tents new.

The headwaters of the Navarro River begin on our property and extend all the way to the Pacific ocean.

There are over 50 species of birds that call the Land home, including occasional visits by a Bald Eagle.

We we do not serve or allow alcohol.  In our experience, the absence of alcohol has allowed for a deeper level of experience for the groups. We have developed a sophisticated elixir bar with drinks like rosemary lavender soda from our garden, medicinal herbs,  sparkling rose water, and fun drinks like Dr. Pepper with coconut cream shots.

    Standout Venue Features:
    Historic trees of up to 1000-years old dot the property, with the renowned Redwood Grove in Hendy Woods State Park, accessible from The Land by trail. The headwaters of the Navarro River is a significant feature of The Land experience. Bordering the property for thousands of feet with the Rancheria, Anderson and Indian creek tributaries in close proximity to the property makes for great swimming holes and river walks. The miles of forested trails are great for hiking and exploring.

    Designed and established with the guidance of the Findhorn mystics, and the local Daily Bread landscape team, The Land’s 5 acre garden is a popular wedding ceremony location, and a wonderful place for teaching and demonstration. 

    The Food!

    While calling The Land an eco-retreat might be going too far, our decisions are always guided by our imperative of being responsible stewards of the land and good neighbors. We’ve always loved old buildings and old things, and like to think these objects possess a spirit of the past and that history has some weight and substance. Secondly, it just makes sense from several perspectives to reuse our resources whenever possible. Most of the buildings at The Land are old.

    The fields and grounds are managed for the 50 species of birds, the deer, wild turkey (we have quite a few), wildflowers and the natural faun and flora on the Land.

    We realize there is a long way to go and many efforts we can make, and we do believe we are headed in the right direction

    Eats & Drinks
    Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
    Food, Restaurants, Cafes:

    About the Land Kitchen (open 7 days a week)

    Food is a communal experience on the Land, and our kitchen is its heartbeat. Crafting the menu for your event with the Land kitchen team is a fun and inspiring process. We love creating in the dream room, trying new recipes and writing custom menus that include your favorite foods. We approach each project like a new adventure, uncovering every stone until we arrive at a fully realized menu. Everything from casual BBQ rehearsal dinners to expertly crafted ethnic meals are offered. Central to Mendocino County’s abundant farm culture, we have a wide variety of local providers that support the produce we collect daily from our organic farm.

    The Following is a sample of past menus:

    Breakfast

    French Toast with whipped cream. Fresh berry and stone fruit sauce. Bacon. Parmesan, cured meat, and chive scrambled eggs. Polenta. Hot oatmeal. Cereal/Homemade granola bar. Milk and OJ

    Bagels and Toast, Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese, Dill Cream cheese. Olives, Capers, shaved red onions, Sliced tomatoes. Sliced Avocado, Sprouts, fresh jam and butter. Granola. Sliced Melon Plates. Slightly fried eggs with bacon.

    Chilaquiles with red sauce, queso-fresco, and cilantro. Griddled potatoes. Toast station. Oatmeal Bar.

    Poached Eggs and Avocado on Toast with garlic infused olive oil, grated parmesan, sesame seeds and sprouts. Maple pork belly, and toast. Coconut rice, sesame seed, chopped fruit. Hot oatmeal and toast

      Lunch

      Garden chopped salad. Lettuce from the garden. Grilled chicken Breast . Collard greens, GF Mac and Cheese, Steamed veggies and rice, Sliced assorted Melons and Pluots, and Ice Tea.

      Bahn Mi Bar (sandwiches). Baguettes. Vietnamese Flank Steak, Chicken, Tofu. Mint, Thai basil, Cilantro, sliced Jalapeno, Glass noodles, Edamame beans, Shredded vinegar carrots, and daikon, radishes, sprouts. Nouc chaum (chile vinegar lime). Siracha Aioli. Cabbage sesame slaw

      Philly Cheese Steak with Fresh Hoagies. Sliced griddled Tofu. Chips or Potato Salad Arugula salad. Whole fruit like bananas and apples.  

        Pesto Chicken Salad and Arugula on a Brioche Bun, Lemon Mint Iced Tea, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Mixed Green Salad, Champagne Dressing

        Bahn Mi Chicken Sandwich with vietnamese slaw, sweet chili aioli, cilantro on a soft roll, Peanut Butter Cookie, Mixed Green Salad, Lime Dressing, Iced Tea

        Mozzarella, Basil and Tomato on a soft roll, Mixed Green Salad, Dressing,  Chocolate Chocolate cookie, Chamomile Iced Tea

          Dinner

          Grilled Korean short ribs, Sauteed Baby Bok Choy and Broccoli. Chopped Cucumber, Carrot, grapefruit salad. Sticky rice with sesame seeds.

          BBQ strip steak with dry rub. Hot baked mac and cheese. GF version. Corn on the cob with chili butter. Green Beans, Red Leaf lettuce, Goat cheese, Roasted peppers, onion, olive, cucumber, red leaf salad with sweet basil dressing. Cornbread.

          Pho Bar: Made from chicken bones and flank steak, with vermicelli rice noodles, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, thai basil, jalapeno, hoisin, Siracha, soy sauce.

          Pan Seared Salmon. Jasmine rice. Grilled Sweet potatoes. Roasted vegetables. Grilled Romaine salad.

           

             

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            The Land

            18501 Van Zandt Resort Road, Philo, CA, USA

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            18501 Van Zandt Resort Road, Philo, CA, USA

            Created in partnership with our friends at The Land

             

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