Spirit House is a private hilltop retreat home overlooking a gorgeous Northern California valley that is close to San Francisco yet feels like a world away. The surrounding hills and small town of Woodacre below offer a protected yet open feeling, and the open space trails above beckon you to vistas of sun and moon rises across San Francisco Bay, and to enchanted walks through forests and wide open meadows.

Spirit House itself is cozy and welcoming with lots of natural wood and south facing passive solar windows, beautiful gardens, and perhaps the best private hot tub deck you’ve ever seen, complete with an outdoor hot and cold water shower. Bedrooms at Spirit House are shared, with multiple beds in each bedroom. There is a large yurt — a round semi-permanent tent-like structure — on the property where groups often hold meetings, do yoga, dance, or otherwise gather together. There are goats and often cows in the adjacent pastures. Wildlife is generally abundant around Spirit House — including raven, deer, wild turkeys, and other animals.

Frequently Asked Questions


Where is Spirit House located?

In the hills of West Marin, in the town of Woodacre, approximately 25 minutes west of San Rafael, CA and a 60 minute drive from downtown San Francisco.


How many people can stay at Spirit House?

Spirit House comfortably holds up to 18 people. There is bed space for a few more than this, but the dining room area gets cramped at anything over 18. We charge additionally for any guests over 18.


Can I rent Spirit House for a day, or a single event?

No. While sometimes our rentals include a special event or party — such as a wedding and reception — we have a two-night minimum for everyone who wishes to rent Spirit House for their gathering.


How much does it cost to rent Spirit House?

Our rental prices are set based on both our two-night minimum and the fact that we do not wish to rent to more than one group per week. So additional nights over the first two cost less than this base amount. We update our rental prices from year to year and unfortunately do not update this page to reflect these changes. Please contact us for more information.


What are the best days of the week to rent Spirit House?

While this is not a fixed rule, we have a strong preference for our guests to arrive on a Thursday or Friday and depart on Sunday or else early the following week. In a few cases each year groups rent Spirit House for a longer period of time than includes overlapping weekends.


What types of groups tend to rent Spirit House?

We mostly have groups here who offer a variety of spiritual exploration — yoga, drumming, and many other forms of inner work. We also host some groups of friends or families, some of whom come back year after year. And we host an occasional small wedding/reception weekend, usually with the wedding party and their family and/or friends staying together at Spirit House, centered around a wedding and reception for generally up to no more than 50 people.


Can I have a party or play dance or other loud music at Spirit House?

We do allow wedding receptions and other events for up to 50 people. Any group wanting to rent Spirit House for a weekend or longer than includes a party, reception or other event with more than 18 but less than 50 guests will be asked to pay a premium for this special event. In addition, we wish to be mindful of our neighbor’s desire for peace and quiet, and so we have limits on the use of loud, thumping music after 10PM on weekdays and 11PM on Friday and Saturday nights.



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