Starland Retreat Center/Campground

Yucca Valley, California, United States

  • Last updated: February 29, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Retreats/gatherings/community building

Community Description

Starland is a campground/retreat center located in a Southern California high desert setting near Joshua Tree. It is run by a resident and non-resident community. Residents live in their own trailers or cabins and share common facilities.

Our facilities are available for group retreats, workshops or other events as well as for individual visitors. We are located on 10 scenic and private acres. Facilities include a 27’X36′ assembly hall, a lodge house with a kitchen, dining room, lounge, sleeping room and rest rooms, a large outdoor dining patio, a hot tub, labyrinth, shower building, dome, hiking trails, several cabins and trailers and ample space for tents and RV’s. Most of the property could be clothing-optional. For larger events, the adjoining property can be available, which consists of a large 2 bedroom 2 bath house on 3 acres with full RV hookups and a 600 square foot garage which can be used as an additional activity space. We are ideal for events with 20-50 participants.

We serve as a Southern California home base for Network for a New Culture, Radical Faeries, Burning Man and other groups and organizations. We are affiliated with the Shadow Mountain Cohousing community in nearby Joshua Tree.


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 14 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned number of residences: 8
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)
  • Additional Comments:

    Co-op shares in corporation

    also small cabins and trailers

    members can buy or rent adjacent or nearby homes


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Percent Women: 21-30%
  • Percent Men: 61-70%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us to arrange a visit.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Prospective members can reside as visitors and request membership at a quarterly steering committee meeting. Generally, full residential membership requires a 6 month trial period and approval by the steering committee and current residents.

  • Additional Comments:

    We have many non-resident or part-time resident members.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    voluntary steering committee


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $5
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 6
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Various membership levels starting at $10/yr

    Annual dues and resident members contribute to expenses

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Hope to create community garden

    Intoxicated behavior and illegal drugs strictly prohibited

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Emissaries, Quaker, Native American, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Rainbow Family, Humanist
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We have a large membership of non-residents who visit our facility on a regular basis. Some of our members own adjoining or nearby properties which can serve as annex space for larger events.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Southern California Intentional Community Alliance, Network for a New Culture, Radical Faeries

Community Affiliations

Shadow Mountain Cohousing, Riverside Raincross Cohousing, Mt. Joy Ecovillage, New Culture Communities


retreat center, campground