The Solar Living Center is 12 stunning acres of gardens, ponds, and natural building structures.  It was purchased by John Schaeffer in the mid-1990's from the California Highway Department which had been using the site as a rubble-field.  John's vision and entreprenurial spirit turned a wasteland with only one tree into the beautiful oasis it is today. 

Today the Solar Living Center is a mini green business park - home to the Real Goods eco-store, the 501 (c)(3) sustainable education nonprofit Solar Living Institute, and Emerald Pharms.

Charmingly quirky, the site hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year arriving for lots of different reasons; whether it's a rest stop off Highway 101, an Air Bnb Tiny House guest, a camper, a shopper, a sustainability student, part of a tour group, or as a volunteer, intern or festival goer all are welcome to come and explore new ways to adopt a more sustainable, resiliant lifestyle.   


  • Solar Living Center:  9am - 6:30pm (note:  gates are locked in the evening before dusk and reopened each morning)                            
  • Solar Living Institute:  Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm  Solar Training, Classes, Venue Rental 707-472-2456  Tours, Camping 707-472-2460
  • Real Goods Store: 10am - 6pm daily, to 5pm in winter (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's).  Main desk 707-472-2403  Solar Tech Desk 707-472-2406 & 2407
  • Emerald Pharms:  10am - 6pm daily  707-669-4819


We ask for a $5 entrance fee (or more!) to help maintain the grounds and to contribute to our educational programs.  Thank you.