2 or 4 weeks
Paid by host 

Accommodation, Board, Dinners are provided five nights a week by Tomales Bay Foods.

Paid by artist 

Individual traveling expenses

Application guidelines 

Complete application information can be found online at our website  www.mesarefuge.org where you can also download an application form




Fall 2014

The Mesa Refuge

The Mesa Refuge


The Refuge offers two and four-week residencies to writers who need the solitude essential to creative work. Essayists, journalists, economists, naturalists, screenwriters and authors of memoirs -- all are welcome.

The Mesa Refuge invites people to think and write about the intersections between human activity -- capitalism in particular -- and the natural world we are obliged to preserve. A Mesa Refuge residency is an opportunity to develop ideas and projects so that they may be published and transformed into practice.

Residents are offered the gift of time and space. There is a settling in, a letting go, a connecting with nature’s muse, and a finding of creative rhythm.

Accommodation Information 

The Refuge hosts three residents at a time. Each enjoys a private room in a spacious shared house. A printer is available for common use; however, residents need to bring their own computers and writing supplies. A single telephone is available on a limited basis and its use is discouraged. E-mail use is similarly discouraged, but dial-up access is available for a fee.


The Mesa Refuge is located on a bluff overlooking Tomales Bay, California. Activities include hiking, kayaking, beach-combing, bicycling, bird watching and yoga, as well as gardening, tennis and ping-pong. The town of Point Reyes Station is a 10-minute walk away.

c/o Common Counsel Foundation,
678 13th Street, Suite 101
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
+1 510 8342995
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