River's Bend Retreat Center asks all visitors and guests to kindly call ahead to schedule a visit, overnight stay or retreat.
We have sufficient parking space for cars, however we strongly encourage guests to carpool! Guests may drive to their cabins or to the campground parking lot, drop off luggage and are then return cars to the main parking lot. Four small parking spaces are available at the campground.
River's Bend does not allow guests to bring pets on the land. If you are visiting just for the day and need to bring your dog with you, you must keep your dog on a leash and only walk around the parking lot and meadow trail to campground - do not take dogs to the swimming hole or buildings. We ask guests to respect our intention to keep this a sanctuary for wildlife and other guests.
- What to Bring
To ensure a comfortable stay, please click here for a list of what to bring.
A few essential items: Flashlights, comfortable shoes, lightweight jacket for cool coastal evenings, a towel and bedding if you are in a Rustic cabin or Tent Cabin.
- Minimal Wireless Internet is available in the Library, which is a common space for all guests. We have minimal bandwidth in rural areas and can't buy more unfortunately. This means guests can use this service for basic email or web searches only, but no downloading of files, streaming of video or music.
River's Bend has a delightful swimming hole in the summer at our bend in the Navarro River. There is no lifeguard on duty at the river, so parents are required to be present with minors and swimming with a buddy is always recommended.
- Fishing -
The Navarro River is spawning ground for steelhead and, while there are plenty of amazing birds and wildlife to watch, no fishing is allowed. Folks who are looking for a place to fish can go further towards Mendocino. Click here for more info on fishing in Mendocino
Stewardship of the Land
- Stewardship Offering - Retreat groups and individual guests are encouraged to give an hour of time as a stewardship offering, by helping in the cultivation of the garden, harvesting or preparing food, or other project that provides a way in which to share the spirit of this place and offer mutual support. Stewardship offerings must be arranged prior to arrival to coordinate staff availability.
- Conservation - River's Bend land is part of the Anderson Valley Land Trust; a conservation easement on the land ensures habitat protection for fish, animals, plants. We also protect our beautiful night sky with minimal night-time lighting. We ask all guests to support our efforts to create a habitat for all creatures here by conserving water, electricity, following trails, and by following a general ethic of "be mindful and leave no trace!"
Hendy Woods, Anderson Valley and Mendocino
- Hendy Woods State Park (Click here for information on Hendy Woods)
Hendy Woods surrounds River's Bend on two sides, and a small section of the state park can be
accessed through a short hike in the woods from River's Bend. During the summer, guests can cross the river at our bridge and walk into the large groves in a 1.5 -2 hour (round trip) hike. The big groves and camping areas can also be accessed by driving just up Highway 128.
- Anderson Valley - Click here for information on Vineyards, Restaurants, activities and more.
- Mendocino is just 45 minutes away, continuing on the 128 West. Click here for activities and restaurants in Mendocino
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