About Groundswell

Lounging by the pond at Groundswell Institute northern california retreat center

Be rejuvenated by nature and community. Be celebrated for your authentic self. Be inspired to create change in the world.


Groundswell Institute is a nonprofit retreat center dedicated to helping LGBTQ people lead healthier, more fulfilled lives and giving them to tools to create positive change in the world. We produce more than a dozen unique programs each year, ranging from leadership conferences to artists’ retreats, and all geared towards strengthening LGBTQ individuals and communities. Our nonprofit retreat center is partnered with a residential LGBTQ ecovillage and farm located right across the creek.Two lovers embrace at Groundswell Institute northern california retreat center

Just 2 hours north of the SF Bay and lying in the Anderson Valley at the intersection of redwoods, oaks, and madrones, Groundswell is over 200 acres of pristine Northern California beauty. A year round creek splits the land between the retreat center and ecovillage, and provides refreshing swimming holes throughout the summer. Steep redwood forests give way to rolling oak hillsides, and a grove of incense cedars crests the land. A quarter-acre spring-fed pond rests uphill from the main camp which has been the site of many summer pond parties. Our retreat center features 10 cabins with sleeping for more than 70, a dining hall with attached commercial kitchen, bathhouse, firepit with amphitheater, indoor event spaces, and a very large hot tub. The facilities are available for rent to other organizations and individuals.

Grace Towers leads queer storytelling around Groundswell's campfireLGBTQ people are three times more likely to face depression or other mental health issues. Groundswell helps people heal the damage done by an often violent society by teaching them to celebrate their authentic selves. Through a mixture of workshops, retreats, skillshares, dances, collaborative projects, theatrics, and classes, our programs grow individuals’ skills, knowledge, and confidence.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved with Groundswell, including our programs and events, monthly work parties, or even renting our facilities for your own transformational event. Feel free to contact us with any inquiries you might have.