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What to Bring for Your Stay at Sequoia Retreat Center:

Here are a few things to consider that will make your stay more enjoyable:

  • As is typical in retreat housing, you will be sharing bedroom space (unless you have a single room) with others and therefore less is more. We advise loose, comfortable clothing and layers for warmth. California is typically warm (there is an 80% chance of temps over 60 degrees...75% chance of us having mostly sunny days; average high temperature this time of year is 65, with an average range of 53-83; average low temp is 44, with a range of 32-58) Buildings are heated and air conditioned.
  • Linens, pillows and towels are provided for your bedroom/cabin.
  • Bath soap and shampoo are provided. If you need a hair dryer, please bring your own.
  • There is a no-smoking policy in all of the buildings as well as in the cabins and on the trails. The only designated smoking area is on the lodge patio, which will be pointed out to all participants during registration. Because of a drought, the fire danger is very real and this policy is necessary to protect everyone’s safety.
  • Cell phones generally work here. The facility phone number is 831-336-5060 if you want to give a number to others. The owner’s cell phone, Diane Myers-Lipton, is 510-508-5383.
  • Sequoia offers 3 delicious meals each day. Snacks, teas and coffees will be available all day. If you have any special dietary restrictions that you did not indicate when you registered, please email Howard Fradkin with these by March 16th at hfradkin@columbus.rr.com . We do our best to accommodate any special requests. The more specific you can be, the more clearly we can communicate to the Sequoia staff.
  • Please bring your own flashlight, as we will be in the middle of a redwood forest and it gets dark at night. There are plenty of walking trails so bring appropriate walking clothes and shoes.
  • This is optional: Please bring one plain white t-shirt (not a tank) you would be willing to donate to our male survivor clothesline project. The clothesline is displayed during future weekends and also at MaleSurvivor awareness events and conferences...during the weekend, we will give you time to decorate your t-shirt with a variety of art supplies...absolutely no prior art experience or design ability is needed for this...
  • Any lost & found items will be mailed back to you on request, and Sequoia will ask to be fully reimbursed for the postage.
  • MaleSurvivor and Sequoia have a no alcohol or non-prescription drugs policy. Please be sure to bring any prescription drugs you need as drug stores are quite a ways off.
  • Feel free to bring your camera for taking nature pictures. Sequoia is a very picturesque site, and hopefully some of the spring foliage will be out; plus it is always fun to capture a tall redwood tree on film. We request you reserve taking pictures of participants until the last day when we will arrange a group picture time.
  • Feel free to bring any musical instruments/drums you want to bring, as we’ll have an optional drumming circle on Saturday evening
  • Feel free to bring any furry stuffed animals to keep your company. The facilitators will also bring a stash of friends in case there isn’t room in your suitcase.
  • We’ll be providing each of you with a journal to use during the weekend. You can of course bring your own personal journal if you prefer.
  • We regret to inform any physically challenged participant that Sequoia is not wheelchair accessible, and there are a number of hills to get to lodging. MaleSurvivor uses several other sites during the year which are completely accessible, including the next weekend in May at the Center for New Beginnings near Atlanta.
  • Please get the directions off the location page of the website at www.sequoiaretreatcenter.com

TRAVEL TIMES: These times will vary depending on traffic, however Santa Cruz airport is about 20 minutes away; San Jose airport is about 45 minutes away; and Oakland and San Francisco are both 90 minutes away. Please consider these travel times when making plane reservations. And a reminder: Only make your travel arrangements AFTER you have been formally accepted, which will be after your phone interview with one of our staff.