COVID-19 Shelter in Place Update:

Based on California’s status, we will decide 2 weeks prior to the event whether we can hold it. We will postpone it if unable to hold it in May (most likely until Fall). At this time we ask you to fill out the registration form to let us know if you are interested in being kept informed about this special writing retreat. When we do hold it, taking this time to gather together as we write, reflect and relax in nature will be so important for our well-being. So, we hope you’ll sign up below!

 The Land Knows You’re There: 

A Mothers’ Day Weekend* Writing Retreat

* all ages and genders welcome

with Sarah Juniper Rabkin, Teacher, Editor, Writing Coach

at Condor’s Hope Vineyard in the Cuyama Valley, northern Santa Barbara County

May 8-10, 2020


Cultivate an intimate connection with the land through a series of gently guided practices to enhance your powers of attentiveness and appreciation. The weekend includes camping or rustic lodging, catered meals, tours, walks, relaxing and wine tasting at our solar-powered, off-the-grid vineyard, where five acres of dry-farmed grapes and olives are grown and harvested in harmony with the natural surroundings.

For people of all levels of writing and drawing experience, from absolute beginners to longtime practitioners.


Sarah Rabin photo
About Sarah:Sarah Rabkin is a force of nature. Her mastery of the written word, attention to detail, and eagle-eye view of the big picture make her an asset to any author. Add her knowledge of the natural world to the mix, and she’s a true gift to the outdoor writer.”

—one of Sarah’s students, Dennis Eagan,        Director of Wild Yoga

About Condor’s Hope:

Steve & Robbie under a flowering olive tree

Steve & Robbie under a flowering olive tree

Condor’s Hope Ranch is located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, near Hwy 166 in the Cuyama Valley in Northern Santa Barbara County. Our 5 acre vineyard is in a natural setting adjacent to the Los Padres National Forest. We are off the grid and completely solar powered.

We’re conveniently located in the middle of nowhere for that true get-away feeling!  This will be a special weekend to connect with nature and yourself.

The weekend includes:

  • 4 Workshop Sessions
  • Private meetings with Instructor (optional)
  • Wine Tasting
  • Delicious locally crafted meals 
  • Time for hiking and swimming in our lap pool
  • AND Time to relax and just be!

Click here to see the complete schedule and lodging information.

Registration is limited. To register please complete and submit the form below.

We hope you will join us!                                                                                                                     

Sarah, Robbie & Steve

2020 Writing Retreat Interest

To sign up for the Yoga Retreat, please complete and submit this form. We will then send an invoice to your e-mail for the deposit. Upon payment, we will send you a confirmation of your registration.

  • Yes! I am interested in being kept updated on the Writing Retreat. Please fill in the following information below.
  • How many people (including yourself) do you think will be in your group?
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  • No deposit or fee is required at this time. For Your Information: Registration Fee: includes, 4 group writing sessions plus private sessions, all meals and wine, and all activities. Lodging is separate. Full Registration for Wine Club Members: $305.00. Full Registration for Non-Wine Club Members: $350.00.
    The Wine Club Discount is limited to 2 people per membership. You may join the wine club when you submit your registration. To find out more about our Wine Club go to

    Below is a list of available accommodations at Condor's Hope. For full descriptions please see the weekend schedule at . In addition, The Cuyama Buckhorn is offering a 20% discounted price at their newly renovated inn as a special for our visitors. You can contact them directly regarding room availability at:
  • If you are planning to stay at Condor's Hope, please mark two or more of the choices that you are interested in. If you have a specific preference, please let us know in the comment section at the bottom of the form.
  • Please let us know of any special requests including dietary restrictions and lodging preferences.

    We look forward to sharing Condor's Hope Vineyard and the Writing Retreat with you. We will keep you updated on the status of the Yoga Retreat based on California Sheltered in Place requirements during this time.
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