St. Dorothy’s Rest is a 380-acre camp and retreat center in Sonoma County, about an hour north of San Francisco along the famed Bohemian Highway. The oldest camp in California, St. Dot’s has been serving children and adults from all faiths and all walks of life for over 100 years. St. Dorothy’s Rest is proud to be part of the Episcopal Diocese of California.
At the heart of St. Dorothy’s mission are camps for youth, ages 4-18. Beautifully located in the heart of a redwood forest and just miles from the Pacific Ocean and the Russian River, St. Dot’s offers a unique summer camp experience that celebrates the natural world. Hiking, canoeing, and swimming are as much a part of the camp experience as s’mores, campfire songs and archery.
Two weeks of the summer are devoted to “hospital camps.” Kids with cancer or organ transplants come to camp in order to experience a week of complete normalcy. They take part in all the traditional camp activities and bond with kids whose experiences are the same as their own. Hospital Camps do not cost the campers or their families anything.
Likewise, no child will be turned away for enrollment at any St. Dot’s camp because of the inability to pay. The welcoming spirit of St. Dorothy’s is felt by all campers and the result is a transformative experience for many.
Throughout the late summer, Fall, Winter and Spring, St. Dorothy’s is a comfortable and scenic retreat center for groups, large and small. A variety of lodging options are available for retreats with single and double occupancy rooms to dorms that sleep 15-30. St. Dorothy’s can comfortably hold groups as large as 120.
The dining room found in the arts and crafts-style Main House can accommodate up to 80, and the food served is simply delicious. Imagine breakfasts with homemade cinnamon crumble cake; lunches that offer a baked potato bar with all the toppings; and dinners such as Mediterranean chicken, pork loin with apricot stuffing, and always a vegetarian option. In short, the food is hearty, seasonal, and very tasty.
St. Dorothy’s was founded over 100 years ago with the sacred purpose of caring for and rehabilitating sick children in nature, far from the distractions and commotion of the city. Nestled among old-growth redwoods and perched high on a hilltop above the Pacific Ocean, St. Dorothy’s is a unique and breathtaking home to camps for children from all over the Bay Area and northern California, as well as retreat goers from all walks of life.
By visiting the 350+ acres that is St. Dorothy’s, visitors cannot help but experience the quiet of the forest, the majesty of a redwood tree, the pleasure of a long hike in the woods, the glory of a majestic view…and ultimately, the sacred of God’s creation. Wherever a visitor may be on his or her spiritual journey, St. Dorothy’s will be a place for renewal and contemplation, thanks to the unspoiled land. In return for these many sacred gifts from the land, staff and visitors participate in caring for the land and preserving it for generations to come.
Additionally, the arts and crafts-style facilities at St. Dorothy’s reflect the land and its California history. They blend with the landscape and offer a welcoming, homey feel to this remarkable place.