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Winter in the Redwoods – a Tranquil Time at Enchanted Hills Retreat

Winter in the Redwoods – a Tranquil Time at Enchanted Hills Retreat

Photo: A cabin surrounded by redwood trees at Enchanted Hills.

Redwood trees love the rain. They get greener, release aromatics into the air and you can almost hear the growth in their needles. And the many creeks that snake through the 311 acres of Enchanted Hills become full and raucous, a wonderful thing to behold.

Come experience the beauty and natural cacophony of Enchanted Hills in the winter months. Throughout the rest of the year, Enchanted Hills is a bustling place, full of blind campers having fun, trying new things, meeting mentors and other blind kids like them. But in the winter, things on Mount Veeder slow down a bit and it’s a perfect time to hold that family reunion, church retreat or corporate off-site you’ve been planning. With indoor amenities, lodging and delicious meals, Enchanted Hills Retreat is an affordable and beautiful place to bring your group of 30 to 100, and there are discounted rates during January and February.

And you know what’s even better? Your retreat in Napa supports the life-changing programs for blind campers at Enchanted Hills.

To take a tour or check availability call (415) 694-7310 or email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org. For photos and more information visit www.enchantedhillsretreat.com.

Get Away from the Hubbub: Take your Group to Enchanted Hills Retreat

Get Away from the Hubbub: Take your Group to Enchanted Hills Retreat

It’s been an outstanding summer at Enchanted Hills. Camp sessions focusing on intensive learning like Music Academy and STEM Camp have been sandwiched between traditional camp sessions for kids, families and blind people of all ages.

Now that the campers are going home to school and work, there are some openings for groups to come and enjoy the beauty and solitude of Enchanted Hills. And your family reunion, wedding, religious group or company gathering will support the life-changing programs of Enchanted Hills.

Enchanted Hills Retreat is intimate and private. Time goes a little slower on Mt. Veeder, filled with peaceful walks through the Redwoods, games of horseshoes, gatherings in the KIVA and delicious meals in our dining hall. There is WIFI if you need it, or you can totally unplug.

Accommodations feature 6 duplex cottages and other lodging. You can even have a campfire and s’mores at your request.

Want to take a tour or check if the dates you are interested in are available? Call 415-694-7310 or visit www.enchantedhillsretreat.com.

Enchanted Hills Retreat in Spring – Spend an Enchanted April, May or June in the Heart of Napa

Spring in Enchanted Hills. One of the many paths through the grounds – this one surrounded by verdant green grass, vivid yellow flowers and graced by one of the local goats who help us with brush clearance.Did you know that Enchanted Hills, our historic camp for the blind and visually impaired located on Mt. Veeder in Napa, also accepts reservations for retreats, getaways and events of all sorts?

A stay at Enchanted Hills Retreat will make you and your group feel renewed and the clean air and babbling springs will make you feel refreshed. Your retreat sojourn also supports the unique programs of Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. This summer these offerings include our annual Music Academy for young aspiring musicians, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) camp for budding blind scientists, horse camp for blind horse aficionados and hands-on wood working in our new Arts Barn.

To reserve Enchanted Hills for your get-together of 30 to 120, please call (415) 694-7310 or go to enchantedhillsretreat.com.

Outdoor Educators Learn the Ropes at Enchanted Hills Retreat

Members of the Outdoor Educators Institute (OEI) participate in a low-ropes challenge course at EHC. All under training shades, they support three members who are balancing on a single rope raised a few inches off the ground.In November members of the Outdoor Educators Institute (OEI) visited Enchanted Hills for a two-day training to learn more about how to adapt outdoor recreation activities to include the blind community. We provided instruction on human guide technique, myths and facts about blindness and philosophy of inclusion. Participants had a chance to meet with LightHouse Board and staff on issues of accessibility and discuss best ways to instruct blind students.

“We learned so much this weekend. Thank you to Enchanted Hills Camp and LightHouse for the Blind – San Francisco Bay Area for showing us how you create access to the ‪#‎outdoorsforALL”
-from the OEI Facebook page

Enchanted Hills Camp Director Tony Fletcher said, “I was extremely impressed by the enthusiasm and competence demonstrated by the students. The opportunity for Enchanted Hills Camp to partner with OEI, gave both our organizations the chance to build a partnership that will truly benefit the blind community in inclusive outdoor education.”

An OEI student explores a tree carving tactilely.

The Outdoor Educators Institute provides a 3-month long professional and workforce development program training the next generation of outdoor leaders. Their leadership training includes wilderness backpacking, sea kayaking, ropes course facilitation, environmental education, group management, professional skills, conservation skills, and equity, diversity, and inclusion trainings.

Are you looking for a retreat setting for your company training or other group outing? Please call us at (415) 694-7310 or learn more at www.enchantedhillsretreat.com.

In the Dining Hall at Enchanted Hills, Camp Construction Manager George Wurtzel, complete with feathered hat, takes time out to chat with members of OEI.

Enchanted Hills Retreat – Weekends are Filling Up Fast

The dining hall at Enchanted Hills sits across from Lake LokoyaDid you know that Enchanted Hills, our historic camp for the blind and visually impaired located on Mt. Veeder in Napa, also accepts reservations for retreats, getaways and events of all sorts?

EHC is much quieter during the fall and winter months, which makes it an even more idyllic setting for escaping from the day-to-day of city living. It’s also a time when we spruce up the grounds and prepare for a new year. We’ve just demolished the old boat dock and started the project of building a new floating dock, designed to rise and fall with the water level as we work towards sustainable solutions for drought and storm months.

In other news, PG&E has just installed new power lines to wire the upper barn, meaning that George Wurtzel and his cohort of blind woodworking students will have all the energy they need to thrive during this month’s woodworking class. Last weekend, the Kiwanis Club had a BBQ to celebrate the one year anniversary of “K-Day,” their pledge to have a monthly volunteer day here at camp.

With all this, weekends are filling up fast — in fact, there are only a few weekends available for rental between January and May of 2016, and once summer hits Enchanted Hills is hopping from June through the end of September. That said, it’s always worth checking in to see if we have an opening or cancellation. Call us at (415) 694-7310 or learn more at www.enchantedhillsretreat.com.

Volunteers Make Enchanted Hills the Ideal Retreat Destination

Volunteers Make Enchanted Hills the Ideal Retreat Destination

This September we’re extremely pleased to be hosting a group of volunteers from the legendary apparel company Timberland, who will come from around the country to lend their time and effort into making Enchanted Hills Camp an even more picturesque, comfortable place to be. They’ll be dousing fences and handrails with fresh coats of paint, building picnic tables, and more, as we prepare for a beautiful autumn full of not only events for the blind, but private events, weddings, and other corporate retreats.

This is only one of the many outside groups we’re hosting this summer and fall. Many come for team-building purposes, special events, or just to kick back and relax. We’re now booking for 2016, and with all of our regular summertime camp activities, space fills up fast. The secret is out: Enchanted Hills is one of the most peaceful, affordable, and accommodating retreat destinations Napa has to offer.

For more information about Enchanted Hills Retreat, or to reserve your space, call (415) 694-7310.

Made a New Year’s Resolution to Get Healthy in 2015?

Lake Lokoya at Enchanted Hills

Hold a Wellness Gathering at Enchanted Hills Retreat in Napa.

Enchanted Hills on beautiful Mt. Veeder in Napa is rustic, affordable and gorgeous place away from it all (but only 8 miles from downtown Napa). Whether it is yoga, meditation, hiking or another type of spiritual or wellness retreat, Enchanted Hills is the place to come together with like-minded people and immerse in your practice. We have available a yurt, a covered geodesic dome and several indoor program spaces for your workshops. Rounding out our special Retreat Package are healthy, home cooked meals, comfortable cabins and 311 acres of forest, creeks and trails to explore.

Last year Sally Mitchell from Body Flows held a yoga retreat at Enchanted Hills and told us, “Everyone had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful camp, doing yoga, hiking on the nature trails and sharing positive energy with the group and staff. The staff were fabulous. Thanks again and we look forward to continuing to work with you and the LightHouse in the future!”

By holding your wellness gathering at Enchanted Hills, you’ll feel good because you’re treating yourself right, and because your rental of Enchanted Hills Retreat supports the life-changing programs of Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind, providing opportunities for blind people of all ages to make friends, explore and create for over 65 years.

To reserve Enchanted Hills for your get-together of 30 to 120, please call (415) 694-7310 or go to www.enchantedhillsretreat.com.

Retreat Guests Laud their Enchanted Hills Experiences

“The staff was wonderful, they couldn’t have been nicer –and they really took care of us. The food was very, very good. Friday’s dinner was outstanding, as were the breakfasts. All the fruits and veggies were much appreciated, but please don’t ever stop making those chocolate chip cookies. The rooms were clean with plenty of hot water. And, the forest was absolutely beautiful. Next year we will set aside time for a second hike.”

Every year Enchanted Hills Director Tony Fletcher receives scores of thank you letters from retreat customers complimenting the tireless staff, excellent cuisine and outstanding natural environs of Enchanted Hills Retreat. The quote above is from one group that loves to come to Enchanted Hills for group bonding and training. 4Paws is an organization based out of Santa Rosa, CA dedicated to improving lives through the human and canine emotional bond.

In addition to staying with us during their own yearly training session, 4Paws returns to Enchanted Hills with their dogs to interact with our blind and low vision kids during summer camp sessions. Their visit is enjoyed by all.

Discover what Joanne is talking about. Enchanted Hills Retreat is an affordable place to enjoy the quiet beauty of wine country, with rustic accommodations, great food and shady nooks to explore. Are you looking for a place to come together with your group of 30 to 120? Reserve now for a family reunion, spiritual group, wedding or company retreat. Call 415-694-7310 or visit www.enchantedhillsretreat.com.

Young camper David DeGrande holds a dog visiting through 4PAWS