Pleasant Valley Sanctuary is located on a secluded and truly charming stretch of the Sierra Nevada foothills in Northern California. We are a small, spiritual community living our highest ideals and sharing that process with others. Living off-grid since 2002 has allowed us to develop our own harmonious, workable homesteading model, that is centered around authentic experience of the Divine through meditation and yoga. We welcome those who want to experience the gifts of such a lifestyle for work exchanges or internships. We also have a busy schedule of structured retreats led by both residents and our extended spiritual community.
We believe that small, spiritually committed communities with a cooperative spirit are both powerful tools for our own spiritual growth and the key ingredient to uplifting the planet.
Adjacent to state park land, the retreat acreage is a scenic blend of meadows, seasonal creeks with waterfalls and picturesque views of the rolling foothills that line the Yuba river canyon.
The retreat center serves as both the facility for visiting guests and as a sustainable homestead for the current long-term residents and co-founders.
Solar panels provide electricity, an artesian well flows with sweet water, and a large, booming garden/orchard yields much of the food year round.
The atmosphere is informal and homey, appealing to those who do not feel drawn to organized settings. The facilities in general are simple, this is not a polished yoga resort. No saunas, hot tubs or lavish studios, just enough comfortable space to gather for meals, classes or events and a wild and diverse wilderness to enjoy all around us. Think high-vibration rural homestead, with a touch of elegance.
The true beauty of this place is the setting that it provides for developing a deeper spiritual practice, away from the day to day patterns that can so often keep us habit-bound. There are a number of sacred spaces on-site, including the main temple and a private cave, that carry a very deep vibration from many hours of intense meditation over the years. These spaces are a huge support for meditators at any level.