The Windcall Residency Program takes place in locations that are deep in nature. Each one provides opportunities for organizers to engage in the practices that make Windcall so impactful. Some sites are generously donated for Windcall’s use (click here if you’re interested in being a site partner); others are arrangements with highly supportive allied organizations and small businesses. Windcall’s program sites since 2006 have been:
Windcall in the Olympic Peninsula
This location has been a Windcall site since 2006 through Pat Welly and Merrill Weyerhaeuser’s from-the-heart donation of their home and property. Twenty-nine organizers have been renewed and transformed at this amazing site. At Windcall in the Olympic Peninsula, the three-person Residency cohorts are very distant from urban life, staying in a waterfront home that sits on 200-plus acres on the shores of Hood Canal. Residents dive into nature and reflect while hiking on trails through a lush forest and boating on the Hood Canal. There are many secluded areas and space to reflect, create, write, and share. The site is close to the Olympic National Park and Residents often take an overnight trip to the Quileute Reservation near the park. Windcall on the Hood Canal is close to Port Townsend, home to yoga teachers, artists, and healers who are resources for the program. Jerry Austen, who lives in Port Townsend, gently holds the space for organizers seeking renewal. For five years, he has served as the site host, local guide, and cook extraordinaire.
Windcall at Rancho Gallina
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rancho Gallina is a unique “eco-retreat” on a historic ranch just south of Santa Fe off the Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway. The ranch operates as an inn and houses retreats for everyone from social change activists to yogis. It became a Windcall site host in September, 2016. The hosts, Leslie Moody and Mitch Ackerman, each organized for 25 years in both elected and organizer positions in labor and social change movements. After raising their children, they shifted gears, bought the ranch, and renovated it to minimize its overall carbon footprint. The ranch is powered by the sun and heated/cooled by the earth. They compost, recycle, conserve and re-use water every way possible. In addition, Mitch went to culinary school, so they serve great food with a commitment to healthy, delicious, locally grown, organic produce. With numerous hammocks, a hot tub under the stars, yoga mats and videos, cozy nooks for quiet reflection, a variety of musical instruments and art supplies, as well as plenty of nearby running, walking, and cycling, there is much for Residents to expand mind, body, and spirit at Rancho Gallina.
Windcall at Blue Mountain Center
Blue Mountain Lake, New York, (www.bluemountaincenter.org)
Blue Mountain Center hosted Windcall Residents from 2010-2016. Seventeen organizers had their Residencies at BMC through the generosity of the Center’s Board and staff, led by Ben Strader and Harriet Barlow. BMC is a working community of writers, artists, and activists – particularly those focused on social and ecological concerns. BMC is set in the heart of the Adirondacks, the largest state park in the continental U.S. As a part of its cultural commons, the center exists to provide a peaceful and comfortable environment in which guests are able to focus on their work, free from the distractions and demands of normal daily life. For Windcall Residents, their “work” at BMC is to leave their daily organizing lives and renew their energies and perspectives. BMC is an especially wonderful site for Windcall Residents interested in exploring their creativity and also provides access to abundant wilderness with canoes, lakefront access, and hiking trails. The BMC staff and the energy of the larger BMC community made for very profound Windcall Residencies at this site.
Windcall at Pie-in-the-Sky Farm
Marshfield, Vermont, (www.pieinsky.com)
Pie-in-the-Sky is located in the middle of the rich cultural zone of North Central Vermont and is perched just on the edge of Vermont’s wild and beautiful Northeast Kingdom. Pie is owned by Jude Sargent and Jay Moore, who are politically active in the area and host Windcall from their own deep commitment to social justice. Pie was the first site for Windcall outside of its longtime home in Montana. Twenty-four organizers have had their Windcall Residencies at this site. Pie is on one hundred acres of land with three ponds, woods, a field divided by old stone walls and an old orchard. Deer and sheep are part of the animal kingdom on the land. Residents can hike and boat outside and there is plenty of room in the old farmhouse to read, reflect, and create. The region is home to long-time farmers and loggers as well as artists, writers and craftspeople who are resources to Windcall Residents. Jude and Jay are adept at finding resource people to foster Residents creative thinking and reflection, working with area cooks to provide healthy and nurturing meals, and holding space for organizer renewal.
Windcall at the Stone House
Mebane, North Carolina, (www.stonecircles.org)
The Stone House, now closed, was a place of sanctuary, community and spiritual training where thousands gathered to share strength, stories, food, strategy, and practice in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Board member Dothula Baron was the Site Host in 2013 and 8 Residents had their Residencies there in 2011 and 2013. Meditation and body movement work was a special focus of the Stone House, particularly during their Soul Sanctuary Retreats – modeled after Windcall. Like other Windcall sites, there were nature-focused activities with nearby hiking and swimming, an art room to create and play in, as well as visits to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in nearby Greensboro. Stone House hosted a Windcall gathering in 2013 where alumni in the region exchanged ideas on engaging in ongoing practices to support resiliency.
Windcall at Tunitas Creek Ranch
Half Moon Bay, California
Tunitas Creek Ranch was a Windcall site for six Residents from 2011-2012. The Ranch was a magical Residency site with a thriving organic food and flower garden, surrounded by 250 acres of open space, which includes forests and creeks and open fields – all in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The Ranch was sold in early 2013. We thank owner Nancy Schaub, Program Director Kristin Rothballer, the Ranch’s farm community, and the New Priorities Foundation for graciously supporting organizers at the Tunitas Creek Ranch.