California

Located in the pristine headwaters of the Russian River in Mendocino County, Frey Ranch and Vineyard is known for being California’s first organic and biodynamic winery. In addition, it is home to a multigenerational community of people working to live together in harmony with the land. In 2017, the fall wildfires raged through the property, burning much of the farm infrastructure and personal homes. Along with this devastation however has come incredible resilience and new growth within the community and landscape alike.

As Kroka West’s new basecamp location, we participate in the rebuilding of the farm, gardens, and homes at Frey Ranch, as we join together in celebration of the spectacular biodiversity the Frey’s four-decades of organic stewardship has cultivated. Students will participate in farm work with the animals, tending the garden beds, and shaping the forest landscape through holistic forestry practices. In combination with this, we will eat fresh farm foods and explore the mystical creeks, mineral springs, and redwood forests that surround our basecamp home. Each night, we will come together around the fire to share a meal and reflect on the day’s adventures.

Upon arrival to the Frey Ranch and Vineyard, you will meet your Kroka instructors, make home, and settle in to life on the ranch. Afterwards, we will come together around the fire to set the stage for our upcoming adventures.

Each day will begin with work projects on the land, such as weeding and planting in the gardens, building and turning compost, working in the forest, and caring with the animals. Our work here is balanced by magical adventures in the redwoods and surrounding streams. We will end our days with a hot meal followed by gathering around the fire to reflect on our experiences.