The Windcall Residency Program takes place in locations immersed in nature. Each one provides unique opportunities for organizers to engage in the transformative healing 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 residency sites since 2006 include:
Windcall on the Marin Coast
Point Reyes, California
The Point Reyes Sanctuary Project was conceived in 2020 as a way for West Marin, CA, homeowners to make a unique and invaluable contribution to the unprecedented social/political upheaval and crises of this time. Steve Costa envisioned the project and serves as a volunteer Project Steward and Suzanne d’Coney serves as Sanctuary Site Coordinator. Together they partner with 5-6 homeowners located along the hills, marshes and coastal areas of Tomales Bay to offer various and unique connections to nature that invite rest and self-care to social and environmental justice organizers and activists – those on the front lines of social change – to strengthen their resilience for the crucial work ahead.
Windcall on the Olympic Peninsula
Pat Welly and Merrill Weyerhaeuser have generously donated their home and property a couple of months per year since 2006. At Windcall in the Olympic Peninsula, the three-person residency cohorts immerse in the raw beauty of the Pacific Northwest, staying in a cosy waterfront home that sits on 300-plus acres on the shores of Hood Canal. Residents dive into nature, reflect while hiking on trails through lush forests, and kayaking on the Hood Canal. There are many secluded spaces to reflect, create, write, and share, including a treehouse. The site is close to the Olympic National Park and Residents often take an overnight trip to the Quileute Reservation near the park. The house is close to Port Townsend, home to yoga teachers, artists, healers, and whale watching trips. Jerry Austen, a Port Townsend chef and artist, gently holds the space for organizers seeking renewal. For ten years, he has served as the site’s host, local guide, and chef extraordinaire.
Windcall at Respite in the Round
Occaneechi Saponi land (Cub Creek, North Carolina)
Respite in the Round is a two-story, round treehouse turned land-based retreat encased in windows offering individuals and small groups a place for rest, connection, creative making, grounding and vision setting. Equal parts woodland, floodplain wetland and pastureland, the Respite sits within a rare alluvial forest in the Piedmont of North Carolina, part of the Upper Tar River Basin. Stewarding 23 acres of Occaneechi Saponi land, shared with partner handewa farms, Respite in the Round offers nature-based space of environmental preservation and immersion with artists, healers, cultural and frontline organizers taking time for restful resistance.
Windcall at Rancho Gallina
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rancho Gallina is a unique “eco-retreat” and 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. Since 2016 it has hosted Windcall Residents and Breathers. 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 in Old Lyme
Long Island Sound, Connecticut
Nestled between the Connecticut and Thames rivers as they open up to the Long Island Sound, a historic shorehouse in the historic town of Old Lyme will soon offer one-week Mindful Breathers in the spring and fall. A short drive to town and New London a bit farther on offer opportunities to explore artists, seaside state parks, hiking, community gardens, yoga, Interplay dance, and more. The shorehouse itself is removed at the end of a point, surrounded by few houses and a forest reserve. There, changing skies and breezes immerse residents in sun/ moonlight and beautiful views. Surrounding sandy beaches flank the point for beach combing, swimming, fishing, kayaking, bird watching and enjoying the elements. The spacious house offers plenty of spaces indoors and out for reflection, creative exploration, cooking, and cozy fireside.
Windcall at And Roses
Topsail Island, North Carolina
Windcall alum and racial justice activist Tema Okun partnered with Windcall in 2018 to host Breathers in the spring and fall at her cozy beach house in Topsail Island. Many organizers in Tema’s extensive network have found rest and healing in the expansive beaches surrounding And Roses for years. The name was inspired from the “Bread and Roses” poem and slogan, in turn inspired by Rose Schneiderman’s speech, a feminist labor leader of the early 1900s. In that speech, she said “The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.” Tema and her family offer their beach house as the “roses” that we fight for and deserve as we fight too for bread.
Residency Sites through the years
Windcall at Blue Mountain Center
Blue Mountain Lake, New York
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 – set in the heart of the Adirondacks, NY. The BMC staff and the energy of the larger BMC community made for very profound Windcall Residencies.
Windcall at Pie-in-the-Sky Farm
Pie-in-the-Sky Farm is an old farmhouse inn located in the middle of the rich cultural zone of North Central Vermont and perched just on the edge of the wild and beautiful Northeast Kingdom. Pie was the first site for Windcall after its original home in Montana. It is owned by Jude Sargent and Jay Moore, who are politically active in the area and hosted Windcall from their own deep commitment to social justice from 2006-2010. Twenty-four organizers did their Windcall Residencies at this site.
Windcall at the Stone House
Mebane, North Carolina
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 organizers 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. 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 site with a thriving organic food and flower garden, surrounded by 250 acres of open space, including forests, creeks and open fields – close to the Pacific Ocean. The Ranch was sold in 2013. We thank owner Nancy Schaub, Program Director Kristin Rothballer, the farm community, and the New Priorities Foundation for graciously supporting organizers at TCR.