A Change is Gonna Come

Hi All,

You may have noticed we have been a bit quiet lately. This is because we are working hard to take our work in new directions to better serve our communities. Part of that new direction is that we will no longer be managing the retreat center in Yorkville. We decided that work was detracting from our ability to create unique programs that serve LGBTQ* communities and individuals.Now, we will be focusing all our efforts on the retreats and conferences that you’ve come to love these last few years, such as TRANScend, Muse, Lavender Leadership, and Xrysalis. Plus, we will be bringing them to you in a greater variety of venues, including some in the SF Bay area itself.

We will have more news soon about upcoming dates and places for these programs. For now, you can save the date for TRANScend, our retreat for trans and genderqueer folks, which will be coming up October 5 – 8 at Saratoga Springs in northern California, a larger and more accessible venue.

And, as a special treat, we are publishing our website content for the first time, for your reading pleasure. Please understand, this is just for you to personally read and be inspired by – it is not available for reproduction or redistribution. All rights are reserved by Groundswell Institute. You can download the published content here.

Groundswell’s website is launched!


A new time is dawning at Groundswell Ecovillage and Retreat Center.


Groundswell is pleased to present its new website. This is now where you can stay in connection with what Groundswell is up to. Over time it will grow as our community and the Groundswell Institute grow themselves. For now, take a moment to look around at the different sections we have created and enjoy some of the spectacular photos of the land. This is an exciting time for us, as we are launching into our first full year on the land.

Check back often for updates to both our blog and our website content. And, make sure to sign up for the mailing list if you haven’t already so you can always be the first to know about Groundswell’s events and programs.