TRANSPORT, HOUSING, MEALS & COST
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.
more pictures of the site, click
you plan to stay overnight near the San Francisco
Airport click here for a comprehensive list: http://www.san-francisco-sfo.com/hotels.html
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMING
NOTE: The following times are for the standard 5-night Intensive, see below* for 3-night weekends.
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.
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.
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 3 night weekends (e.g. Aug 27-30, 2010) please arrive after breakfast (9am Friday) and plan to stay until 5pm Monday. For such weekends meals from Friday lunch through Monday lunch are included.
Marin County’s full list of transport services
from the airports, including door-to-door vans,
here or see two good airporter bus options below:
SFO TO MANZANITA MILL VALLEY: The easiest
airport is San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
Marin Airporter Busses pick up passengers at SFO every 30 minutes,
on the hour and half-hour, between 5:00 and midnight.
No reservations are required.
destination is “Manzanita Mill Valley”.
Look for the buses with the rainbow. For bus photo
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 $18.00, as of the summer of 2008.
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".
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 "Airporter".
the Manzanita Mill Valley bus stop a taxi would
take 12-15 minutes and cost about $15+tip.
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),
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 private, semi-private and dormitory bedrooms - all with shared bathroom facilities. 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. Ralston White has a number of private bedrooms with two twin beds that may be used for one person or shared for an additional price of $250 per room for the week (or $125 per person if shared). If you are interested in this option, please coordinate with your 'roommate' (if any) and inform our Registrar, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are specifying your roommate.
we encourage you to stay at the retreat site with
us, for en suite bathrooms there are alternative
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.
Given the incredible food
at Ralston White, we have negotiated a reduced combination
rate for commuting and Lunches. $175 in 2009 ($185 in 2010) for the 5-day week ($148 for the rare 4-day, 3-night weekend) includes LUNCH for five days, coffee service, facility and trail use and parking.
are mouth-watering and received great reviews. 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
sample menus here.
Single, Twin, Dorm and Commuter prices are in addition to Tuition (or Auditor Fee) , and each package price is listed on the registration page for each 5-day week (Sunday from 4pm and dinner through Friday at 3pm) and the rare 4-day weekend (e.g. Friday 9am through Mon. 5pm). These include coffee service, registration handling fee and free internet wifi if you bring your laptop. If staying overnight (all but commuters), these also include towels and linens. Click here for costs and registration information.