Current Invitational Fellowships
The Bernstein-Parker Activist Writer Fellowship supports activists who work on the front lines of environmental and social change change, offering them time and space at the Mesa Refuge to recharge surrounded by quiet and natural beauty before going back out into the world to do their important work.
In these times, an ongoing, steady effort by activists of all kinds has become critical. Refuge for Activists is our first residency dedicated to supporting those who need a place where they can recharge their batteries before returning to the world with renewed focus and resilience.
Bob Friedman came to the Mesa Refuge in the spring of 2017 as the Leo Barnes Fellow for Economic Writing. While working on his book, A Few Thousand Dollars: Building the Opportunity Economy, 1980-2030, he was moved to create a fellowship to honor his parents and to support the work of future residents working on issues of inclusive economy.
The Michael Pollan Journalism Fellowship supports emerging journalists in print and other media who offer thoughtful coverage of connections between humans and nature.
The Terry Tempest Williams Fellowship for Land and Justice supports an outstanding writer focusing on our relationship with the natural world to work at the Mesa Refuge each year.
- 2017 Sadia Hassan
The Richard Kirschman Free Thought Fellowship supports the work of writers, filmmakers and radio/television journalists working in the area of free thought, particularly individuals dedicated to the separation of Church and State, atheism and agnosticism.
- 2016 Rob Boston
The Pamela Krasney Moral Courage Fellowship supports Mesa Refuge residents whose writing shows moral courage.
The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law partners with the Mesa Refuge to create the Human rights Fellowship, in which fellows are selected to participate in a two-week writing retreat at Mesa Refuge.
The Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellowship supports writers working as healing artists or in the healing arts fields.
The Alice Dorrance Spiritual Writing Fellowship supports the interpretation of connections between our inner and outer worlds in all genres.
The West Marin Community Fellowships support the creative projects of people nominated by West Marin’s rich network of non-profit organizations. In these fellowships, not-for-profit partner organizations in our West Marin County area are invited to nominate one writer they know to be doing excellent work in the Mesa Refuge's priority areas.
The Jeanette Pontacq Investigative Journalism Fellowship supports journalists and authors serving as whistleblowers in our society.
- 2016 Nicole Perlroth
The Poetry Fellowship supports poets writing on social and ecological themes.
The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation Health Writing Fellowship supports writing on creative approaches to health and well-being, particularly those with particular interest in those with no or severely limited income, cultural differences, lack of English language skills, lack of health insurance or inadequate health insurance, limited access to health care services, mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration and exposure to trauma.
The Jonathan Rowe Fellowship supports non-fiction writers of essays and books about the under-appreciated wealth we share.
The Regina Barnes Fellowship supports writers (preferentially women) of books and dramas about struggles for economic and social justice.
The Leo Barnes Fellowship supports writers of books and essays on economics that are lucid, innovative and aimed at the betterment of all.
The Climate Solutions Fellowship advances original and effective climate change solutions at all levels. Such solutions may involve land use, building design, transportation, public policies and changes in our economic system.
The Mesa Refuge partnered with the Point Reyes National Seashore Association for a pilot program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts to support artists creating work to further awareness about the issues of climate change.
The Sustainable Arts Foundation Parent Writers Fellowship supports emerging writers with children at home.
The Literature of Restoration Fellowship is a call to infuse language with those rhythms, sounds, meanings and resonances that restore the world by their very presence.
- 2015 Stan Rushworth