Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Green Gulch Retreat, February 8th-10th, 2019, Creative Getaway at Green Gulch Muir Beach, Thurs. Feb. 7, optional

Date(s) - 02/08/2019 - 02/10/2019
3:00 pm - 9:30 am

Green Gulch Farm
1601 Shoreline Highway - Muir Beach, CA 94965

SCBWI SF North & East Bay Presents  


Green Gulch Creative Getaway Retreat 


Our Creative Getaway Retreat is Friday Feb. 8 & Saturday, Feb. 9th, 2019, checkout Sun. morn. Feb. 10th, with optional Thursday night Feb. 7th and available to members only.

No speakers, no programs, just time to write or draw surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Muir Beach and the Pacific Ocean, plus informal evening readings and critiques.

Green Gulch Farm is part of the San Francisco Zen Center. The farm is located off of Highway 1 north of the Golden Gate Bridge, in a valley that opens out onto the Pacific Ocean.

The accommodations for the retreat are at the Lindisfarne Guest House. The Guest House is a distinctive octagonal building with twelve (12) rooms on two floors surrounding a 30-foot sky lit atrium. The atrium provides a relaxing sky lit sitting area where guests often gather to read or sit with a cup of tea by the fire. The building is constructed in a traditional Japanese style and heated with a central wood-burning stove and passive solar system.

The Guest House rooms are simple yet comfortably furnished, with large windows opening onto landscaped grounds. Each pair of rooms shares a half bathroom and there is a centrally located shower.

There is wifi, but no cell phone reception except down on the beach.


Rates have increased slightly this year due to an increase in Green Gulch fees.

Single rooms, including meals, are $360 for 2/8 – 2/10.

Optional Thursday night is $110. There is limited availability. You may check-in at 3 p.m. or come earlier and work in the library (if not in use) or on the grounds at Green Gulch until check-in.

Vegetarian meals and snacks (including the amazing Green Gulch bread) are included, along with gluten free meal options.

If you have attended this retreat before and know the room number you wish to have, email Natasha , after you have registered. Specific room requests are on a first come/first served basis

Note: The retreat begins at 3 PM Friday, and ends at 9:30 AM Sunday. You can check out of your room on Sunday and continue to work in the library or on the grounds. The optional Thursday night begins at 3 PM on Thursday.


Refunds requested before Jan. 8, 2019 will be made in full less a $20 administrative fee. After Jan. 10, 2019, refunds less the $20 admin fee will only be made if a substitute can be found. (We make every effort to fill cancellations because people so love this retreat.) This retreat is available only to SCBWI members. Email Natasha to cancel.


Take Highway 101 to the Highway 1/Stinson Beach exit. Turn left at the Arco station onto Highway 1 (Shoreline Highway). Follow the green signs for Highway 1/Stinson Beach. After 2.5 miles the road forks – bear left towards Muir Beach. Go 2 more miles and you’ll see a eucalyptus grove and large sign on the left indicating the driveway, “Zen Center/Green Gulch Farm/Wheelwright Center.”

Questions? E-mail, Natasha, Co-Assistant Regional Advisor

After registration and closer to the retreat, we will email further information and instructions.

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