Need Time and Peace to Write?

23 Nov

The Mesa Refuge for Writers


Are you wishing sometimes to be in solitude, writing on your manuscript all day long, have no appointments and no distraction from anyone and anything, no emails, no cell phone … If you really want to concentrate on your writing: The Mesa Refuge is a writers’ dream retreat, located in Point Reyes Station, CA, north of San Francisco.  It is one of the few retreats in the United States that supports people writing about nature, economics and social equity.

The Refuge offers two and four-week residencies to writers who need the solitude essential to creative work. Essayists, journalists, economists, naturalists, screenwriters and authors of memoirs — all are welcome.

Invited are especially people to think and write about the intersections between human activity — capitalism in particular — and the natural world we are obliged to preserve. A Mesa Refuge residency is an opportunity to develop ideas and projects so that they may be published and transformed into practice.  Now Receiving Applications for the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation Health Writer in Residence Program  –  Complete Applications Due on Monday December 2, 2013.

California Location
Residents are offered the gift of time and space. There is a settling in, a letting go, a connecting with nature’s muse, and a finding of creative rhythm.  The Mesa Refuge is located on a bluff overlooking Tomales Bay, perched on the edge of the Point Reyes National Seashore, an ideal place for contemplating many things.  See a video about the Mesa Refuge on YouTube.


The Refuge is misty bluffs, hummingbirds and herons, winding paths of lavender and sage, daisies and roses, solitude, the company of other writers, and the blissful absence of noise, demands, and daily chores. Residents are encouraged to enjoy the many attractions of the Point Reyes area. Opportunities include hiking, kayaking, beach-combing, bicycling, bird watching and yoga, as well as gardening, tennis and ping-pong. The town of Point Reyes Station is a 10-minute walk away.

newspaper wrote about the area:  “If you are looking for heat relief, it would be hard to find a cooler spot in Northern California. The regions famous fog hangs along the Point Reyes shoreline nearly all summer, then miraculously lifts in late summer and early fall.  And whether you want to hike a mountain or walk on a beach, paddle a kayak or pedal a bike, the nearby Point Reyes National Seashore offers an ideal place.”
The Point Reyes Bookstore hosts author talks almost every weekend and publishes an annual literary journal, the West Marin Review. It really reflects the incredible creativity in this community, said bookstore owner Steve Costa. “Not many communities of this size publish their own literary journal.”

The Refuge hosts three residents at a time. Each enjoys a private room in a spacious shared house. A printer is available for common use; however, residents need to bring their own computers and writing supplies. Room and most dinners are provided at no cost, however donations are welcome. Travel to and from Point Reyes is each resident’s responsibility.


Application Information
Complete application information can be found under: Residency Guidelines.  For more information on availability and rates, please contact Juliet Kirkham at

Spring Session 2014 Residency Dates

  • Session 1: March 28 – April 10
  • Session 2: April 11 – April 24
  • Session 3: April 25 – May 8
  • Session 4: May 9 – May 22

Fall Application Process

Complete Applications Due Monday June 2, 2014

Fall Session 2014 Residency Dates

  • Session 5: September 19 – October 2
  • Session 6: October 3 – October 16
  • Session 7: October 17 – October 30
  • Session 8: October 31 – November 13

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” – Albert Camus




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