history-freestone-03A forty-foot geodesic dome, stained in an earthen-redwood color, nestles in atop one of the rolling hills in Sonoma County, not far from the village of Freestone, and only 15 miles from Bodega Bay and the ocean. Pines and douglas firs, oaks and madrones creep up the nearby slopes, yet from its westward-facing deck, a panoramic view greets the eyes: gentle hills and valleys stretching to the horizon, a lone “mountain” rising in the distance. The peaceful nature – the space – of the surroundings, and the space within the dome lend themselves to the repose and quietude for a spiritual as well as a physical retreat.

Within the dome, a free-standing, glass-encircled, wood-burning fireplace with its towering chimney serves to take the chill off on cool days. Large picture windows on three sides frame spectacular views; and at the east curve of the dome, a double counter marks off space for the McDaniels memorial kitchen. Three sets of pine trestle tables and benches, and four couches with removable foam seat and back cushions – all designed and built by members of the Freestone Retreat Committee over the years – complement the rural setting. Outside, under the nearest of several 200-year-old valley oak trees, is a large redwood platform, complete with rails, tables, and benches with a barbecue pit nearby. Three bedrooms and two lavatories adjoin the dome. Each room can sleep two or more persons on cots and built-ins; with the couches and foam sleeping pads in the dome itself, a maximum of 16 persons can be accommodated overnight. While a stove and a wall heater in the hall between the dome and the three bedrooms are powered by propane gas, there is also a refrigerator and electric hot water heater. Water comes from a new well, drilled in 1992, which provides a plentiful supply of clear, fresh water. In order to help maintain the serenity of the surroundings, there are no phones on the property.  However, cell phone reception is good and pay phones are available in Freestone Village – about 5 miles away.

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Freestone Reservations

UUCB members and groups, and groups from the Pacific Central District are welcome at Freestone Retreat. Follow these easy steps to reserve your space today!

  1. First, check the reservation calendar below to view available dates.
  2. Download the reservation form. You may print a blank form, complete it and mail it to the church, or fill in the form online and then print it. Once payment of the security deposit has been paid, you will receive confirmation of your reservation.
  3. Your confirmation will be sent by email along with instructions for paying rental fees, picking up keys, checking in, and checking out.

Rental Rates

For individuals and families:

    • Base rate of $40.00 per night, plus:
    • $ 20.00 per Adult per night
    • $ 15.00 per Youth (ages 12-18) per night; no charge for children under age 12. Youth groups must be accompanied by two responsible adults.

Group Rates:

    • Base rate of $40.00 per night, plus:
    • $ 15.00 per Adult per night
    • $ 10.00 per Youth (ages 12-18) per night; no charge for children under age 12. Youth groups must be accompanied by two responsible adults.

Security Deposits are:

    • $ 100.00 per family
    • $ 200.00 for groups over 5 persons

All fees are due and payable in advance of your occupancy.

If you have questions that aren’t answered in our literature, please contact us by phone at (510) 525-0302, ext 312, or you can email your questions to us.

Reservation Calendar – Legacy

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Freestone Reservation Calendar

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