Camping @ Mendo Permaculture Oasis
Camping @ Mendo Permaculture Oasis
4 guests
1 bedroom
4 beds
2 shared baths
4 guests
1 bedroom
4 beds
2 shared baths
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The Solar Living Center is a 12-acre sustainable living demonstration site located in Hopland, Ca and home to the Solar Living Institute, Real Goods Eco-Store, and Emerald Pharms.

Camp sites are nestled under a few redwood trees next to a newly developed area with small oak tree plantings. Campers are welcome to enjoy the public area which is grassy and next to the ponds, water features and beautiful permaculture gardens. RVs, trailers, and van campers do best in our main parking lot.

The space

Camping amenities include: A rustic camp kitchen, one indoor and one outdoor shower (with hot running water), well-kept public restrooms that are used by the rest of the site during the day, beautiful grounds to explore (picnic near the ponds) and a certified organic permaculture garden that usually has an intern or two who can give you a tour or answer questions. Inside the Real Goods store you can shop for gifts and books or get advice on solar and alternative energy. Drinks, snacks and ice cream bars are available for purchase from 10-6pm during summer hours, 10-5pm in winter.

Guest access

The Front gates open between 7-8AM and close between 7-9PM. The gate code is available upon booking. If you need assistance on site, .

Tent/Car: This area is located to the North of the Driveway (look for signs). Tent campers, park in the turnaround and set up camp, any additional vehicles park in the main parking lot. There are self-guided tour maps at the welcome station kiosk in the donation receptacle.

Interaction with guests

To not surprise you, please know that each Saturday night through September there are events at the center. They are a lot of fun, but often do have music playing until around 11pm.

What to eat : Though the town of Hopland is small, it still offers quite a few interesting dining options! Check out Steep Coffee (SLC staff favorite) for your morning brew or the The Bluebird Cafe, a quaint, casual diner open for breakfast and lunch. The beautiful Taverna at the Piazza De Campovida features organic and local meats and vegetables, thin crust pizza from their wood-fired pizza oven, and local hand crafted wines and brews made in collaboration with Oakland’s famed Linden Street Brewery. Hang out at The Hopland Tap House, or go wine tasting at any of the many wine bars or tasting rooms in the area. You will notice that we grow quite a bit of produce on-site. We are happy to share, but please know that this produce is a main portion of our interns food supply, check out the farmstand next to the front entrance of the Real Goods store for fresh produce available to purchase.

The outdoor kitchen and indoor/outdoor showers are located in the Southeast portion of the property.

Self-guided tour maps can be picked up at the Welcome Booth entrance.

Pets on leash only; please clean up after your pet.

Garbage receptacles are located in the main parking lot.

No campfires allowed in the campground. A fire ring next to the main pond is available for use. Bring your own firewood.

The Intern Village and residences in the Southeast and Southwest corners.

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Family/kid friendly

Extra people No Charge
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House Rules
Check in time is flexible


Safety features
First aid kit

1 night minimum stay

13 Reviews

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Shawn User Profile
September 2017
This place is full of lovely characters amd delightful scenery, be sure to check out their schedule and upcoming activities.

Pierre User Profile
September 2017
Nice place to stay ! Really interesting !

Matt User Profile
September 2017
Campsites were cramped but I don't think they get a lot of campers so it wasn't an issue. The facility was magical and we will return!

Jeanine User Profile
September 2017
Real Goods is a wonderful oasis and educational center for alternative energy sources (and has been for decades!! Hooray!!) with lovely garden grounds, creative interactive structures and a fabulous eco-store; yet the accommodations for overnight visitors are poorly maintained. It's as if visitors are an afterthought, instead of potential assets worthy of investment and care. The kitchen and shower room need a thorough cleaning, signage for compost would be helpful, and the area beneath the solar array parking is in desperate need of clearing out and organizing. Rates for RVs/Motorhomes (versus tent campers) need to be clarified in the AirBnB listing. The lack of hot water in the showers in the AM needs to be explained (?? passive solar heating = wait until later in the day to shower??) through signage. The odor in the men's bathroom also needs addressing. Although biodiesel is advertised on a signboard outside the gates, the facility turned out to be inoperable. Would love to see Real Goods do better! Your supporters await.
Staff User Profile
Response from Staff:
An exception was made for Jeanine to park her RV - we do not typically offer RV camping through Air BnB.
September 2017

Christy User Profile
September 2017
At night I rested under Willow trees next to a pond. What a magically beautiful place.

Fabian User Profile
August 2017
The LSI's campus was great to stay at. The campground is new and will be a great shaded area in a few years! It was a great simple stay with clean bathroom, showers, and the awesome Living Solar Center as a backdrop. Even at night the site was cool to walk.

Elina User Profile
August 2017
Camped here for one night, it was nice, quiet, and friendly

Hopland, California, United StatesJoined in June 2012
Staff User Profile

Staff of the Solar Living Institute. If you are interested in the Hobbit Hut, you can contact the builder, Miguel Elliott.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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