Camp Stevens provides a welcoming home for retreats, education, and adventure. Groups of 10-120 persons can use our retreat center for the weekend or midweek events. Our summer and year-round programs are designed to form and deepen connections among people, between people and the earth, and for individuals and their spiritual journeys.
Our caring staff encourages participants to find emotional, mental, and spiritual distance from everyday stress and distraction, and to work towards closer connections with others. Through teaching positive communication skills, conflict resolution, and positive interactions in groups, our programs help shape the character of the participants, instill healthy community values, develop greater self-esteem, and teach skills for living harmoniously with others from diverse backgrounds.
Our 256 acres of woodland filled with wildlife, meadows, ponds and our two-acre organic garden offer guests of all ages’ the opportunity to explore, learn from, and enjoy the serene natural setting. Through facilitated workshops, small groups and individual discovery, participants can learn basic principles of ecology, gardening, environmental awareness, and conservation.
Since 2000, Camp Stevens organic garden has grown from a small kitchen garden into two, year-round, productive sites with about 2 acres under cultivation, providing spaces for reflection, inspiration and learning as well as physical nourishment for our guests, campers, and resident staff.
Our Kitchen Garden continues to produce fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers for our chef right out the backdoor of the camp kitchen. A few steps away in our Orchard, apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, pluots, persimmons, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, asparagus and much more are cycling through their various, seasonal stages and producing an abundance of healthy snacks for children and guests; as well as year-round habitat for a huge variety of micro-organisms, insects, birds, reptiles, and mammals.
In 2007, on a sunny, warm, south-facing slope to the north of our main garden and camp center, we broke ground on a new one-acre site called the Phoenix Garden. The terraced fields of this warm garden provide excellent growing conditions for the year-round production of seasonal vegetables, which are alley cropped between perennial stands of grapes, apricots, figs, lavender, insectary plants, dynamic accumulator plants, and native/habitat plants.
We lease another acre of land about a mile down the road from Camp Stevens, on a site that houses a mobile greenhouse, as well as greens, carrots, onions, raspberries, strawberries, corn, and more throughout the year. The Volcan View Farm property is also reachable by hike from Camp Stevens.
Please inquire about opportunities such as tours, compost seminars, volunteer workshops, and more, available to you in the Camp Stevens garden.
“To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves.”