I’ve connected to the lineage of this place, all those writers whose names are inside the closet door. I’ve kept the door open the entire time to be reminded that I am a link in a chain going forward. -Tara Austen Weaver, Alum
The Mesa Refuge Experience
Imagine an inviting library, a generous kitchen and a room of your own in a house that sits above a vibrant wetland.
Now add colorful gardens and winding paths to explore on the way to your personal writing cottage, where you can work, undisturbed, stopping to observe birds flying above.
You have arrived at the Mesa Refuge: a place for retreating, thinking and writing at the edge.
There are no formal requirements except to pursue your work at your own pace, though many residents offer to interact with the larger Mesa Refuge community at public programs.
The Mesa Refuge houses three writers at a time. The common areas include a Gathering Room, kitchen, patio and gardens. The house is well equipped for the needs of retreating writers and other creatives.
We provide some meals and supplies. Beyond that, each group of residents decides how they would like to handle meals, cooking or eating in one of the excellent local restaurants in West Marin. Find out more about the restaurants, shops, activities and services in our community here.
The atmosphere at the Mesa Refuge is one of retreat….and as if in support of this position, communication devices can have a frustrating way of not working reliably in our remote area. A landline with an answering machine provides contact with the outside world.