Wildwood Conservation Foundation & Retreat Center
PO Box 78, Guerneville, CA 95446

History of Wildwood

To many who visit the property, Wildwood is a place that simply feels right; a place that was meant to be. A true home.

It is a big beautiful place infused with the ineffable; big and beautiful enough, it would seem, to cradle the profound.

Through modern history, Wildwood's redwood forest has been storied with fortuitous happenstance and inexplicable turns of fate; the ground itself, in fact, can feel fated as if the land and the work that is done on the land inform each other, complement each other, exist for each other.

Not so poetic, however, is the land’s origins – as a chicken ranch.  “Before the ecstasy, the laundry,” to paraphrase the Zen saying.   Given the isolation and attendant hardships the property can yet present, the phrase is as apt today as it was decades ago.

Following is a short history of recent decades at Wildwood...


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Wildwood Conservation Foundation & Retreat Center

PO Box 78

Guerneville, CA 95446


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WCF is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization


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"to conserve the beauty and tranquility of Wildwood, and to use the land to nourish the physical and emotional human spirit."

To conserve the 210 acres of land in its rural, natural state, WCF created a conservation easement to preserve this unspoiled wilderness from development in perpetuity. We are a not-for-profit charitable 501(c)3 organization. To make a tax-deductible gift to Wildwood, CLICK HERE

Giving Levels

A one-time donation of $125 annually offers the benefits of membership

Donations totaling $1,000 per year offer membership as a Friend of Wildwood and your name added to our list in the Lodge.

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