On Saturday November 19th I attended a fundraiser at the Venture Retreat Center in Pescadero. I had never been to the site before and was blown away by the beautiful and peaceful facility. Several local bands played and in spite of rain and wind a great time was had. Cryin’ Shame played indoors while Jack and the Hitchhikers, John Henry’s Farm, Bundy Browne, and DB Walker all braved the cold and rain under a big tent. There were several “Tweeners” including poetry and storytelling. The staff provided tons of food and drink. I hope to do it again with better weather!
In 1964 a group bought the property and was part of a group that became known as The Human Potential Movement. The original plan was to support affordable extended personal growth retreats. For quite awhile the center was just being rented out to various groups. Now they are involved in creating some of their own programs and are committed to reaching out more to the local community. Venture Retreat Center has a beautiful five bedroom lodge with full kitchen and dining area, and a huge meeting room with a large stone fireplace. There is a large pool, a hot tub, a yurt, a two bedroom cabin and 22 acres of beautiful woods and meadows with lots of camping. It is a perfect place for weddings, music events, parties, etc. up to possibly a couple of hundred people. To find out more about the center and their Yoga and Massage programs check out their website at www.ventureretreat.org