TRANSPORT, HOUSING, MEALS & COST
Our class site
is a beautiful mansion nestled among redwood trees on the southeastern
slope of Mt. Tamalpais about 20 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge
(see location of site on map
of California or get driving
directions). The 14,000 square foot home has three stories, a
number of balconies with spectacular views and beautiful furnishings
throughout. This location provides an exceptional opportunity for
dream incubation and contemplative exploration through dreams. We
invite you to bring your dream journal and enter into the dreamworld
dialogue as part of the overall Intensive experience.
For more pictures
of the site, click
AND DEPARTURE TIMING
The package price
includes Sunday dinner through Friday lunch – with our program
ending at 3pm Friday. The site is always booked on weekends so it
is not possible to check in an extra day early (Saturday) nor to stay
an extra night (Friday) at the end.
Please plan to
arrive at the site between 4pm Sunday afternoon and dinner time –
or at least by the start of the intensive at 8:50am Monday morning.
Please plan to
depart the site promptly at 3pm Friday so that the staff can prepare
for the next group arriving for their Friday dinner and weekend. We
will try to match those with cars with students needing a drop-off
at the airporter bus stop.
For Marin County’s
full list of transport services from the airports, including door-to-door
here or see two good airporter bus options below:
SFO TO MANZANITA MILL VALLEY: The easiest airport is San
Francisco International Airport (SFO). Busses pick up passengers at
SFO every 30 minutes, on the hour and half-hour, between 5:00 and
midnight. No reservations are required.
is “Manzanita Mill Valley”. Look for the buses with the
rainbow. For bus photo click
here and for bus schedule click
here. The driver may even ask if he should arrange a taxi for
you upon arrival in Mill Valley. It makes one stop en route, and often
not even that stop. The minimum travel time is 45-50 minutes. Adult
fare is $17.00.
For all domestic
flights, the pick up point for Marin Airporter is outside of baggage
claim (located on the lower level), on the center courtesy island.
The busses stop at the "Marin/Sonoma County" sign, next
to the large blue pillar labeled "Airporters".
From the International
Terminal, the new pick-up point for Marin Airporter is on the arrivals
(baggage claim) level. To find the bus, cross to the center island,
and wait at the green and white striped curb. Look for the sign saying
From the Manzanita
Mill Valley bus stop a taxi would take 12-15 minutes and cost about
FROM OAKLAND AIRPORT: This is less convenient than SFO airport
but “Sonoma County Airport Express” buses costing $20-22
do leave every 2 hours 6am to midnight (6am, 8am, …) and take
1 hour to get to San Rafael (Third and Heatherton), see
schedule. Buses pick up and disembark passengers at the Ground
Transportation Center platform marked "4E Scheduled Buses."
The location is directly outside baggage claim across four lanes of
traffic between the two terminals. Take the bus to San Rafael. From
there the taxi would take about 20 minutes and cost another $20-25.
The large, three-story
mansion can accommodate 45 overnight guests in semi-private and dormitory
bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities. The more private 3rd Floor
will probably be set aside for women and the 2nd floor for men. The
spacious building layout
of interconnecting rooms, nooks and porches (and movable beds) has
diverse options for you to consider upon arrival. We will have the
facility to ourselves and can spread out to give more privacy. Private
rooms are typically not available for individuals - though we do have
a limited number of private bedrooms with two twin beds that may be
shared for an additional price of $250 per room for the week (or $125
per person). If you are interested in this option, please coordinate
with your 'roommate' and register with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will send you an email Google Invoice for payment as soon as we
are able to confirm your semi-private space.
While we encourage
you to stay at the retreat site with us, for en suite bathrooms there
hotels around Mill Valley and one
close alternative hotel. Please note that Ralston White Retreat
Center charges a daily site fee to cover their many costs to run and
maintain the location. After our first experience of the incredible
food at Ralston White, we have negotiated a reduced combination rate
for commuting and Lunches. $175 for the week includes LUNCH for five
days, coffee service, facility and trail use and parking.
If you prefer
not to join us for lunch, the commuter fee is $150 which includes
coffee service, facility and trail use and parking (please contact
our office and we will generate an invoice for this option).
Meals are mouth-watering
and received great reviews from our inaugural attendees. Meals are
included in the package price and served buffet-style in the mansion’s
dining room. There will be a set menu for each meal (a vegetarian
option is always available) and you may view
sample menus here.