Fancyland is a small queer land project in Northern California. It is set on 12 acres of hilly terrain in the mixed fir and oak woods of Humboldt County, a half-hour east of Arcata. The land was established in 2001 as the dreamchild and rural home of Sacha Marini. With the intention of building and growing a vibrant rural landscape by and for queer and transgender people and allies who share a common goal of dismantling oppressions, addressing privilege and keeping up the fight. It is a home and resource to extended radical communities.
It is a space for collective do-it-yourself type living where visiting and resident folks can pursue their political and creative activities as well as land-based endeavors. Fancyland also fosters queer and radical communities and individuals by being a small-scale rural resource for learning and sharing useful rural living skills such as alternative building, appropriate technology, gardening, and land stewardship; giving people a chance to live with simple technologies; and being a destination for visits, artist and activist retreats, and host to small groups and events.
Fancyland is inspired by the goals and visions of anti-authoritarian, anti-oppression, anti-racist, radical feminist, & grassroots social justice liberation movements. Fancyland is off the grid. Prissed out. In the woods, in the hills. A small place with big heart and big lamplit dreams of resistance.
How Big is Small?
Small means that at any time there may be only 1-3 people living here.
What Does Off the Grid Mean?
Fancyland does not have electricity. There are no light bulbs- only oil lanterns. Structures are heated by woodstoves only. There is a propane stove & oven. Hot running water in the bathroom. The solar panel here can only charge one laptop at a time or several small items such as cell phones. There is no internet.
How Much Does it Cost to Visit?
There is no set fee for visiting, you can just self-assess your impact or use $5/day per person as a guide. In the winter, firewood is an additional cost: $9 per 1.5 x 1.5 sq ft
Ways to Interact with Fancyland:
As part of fancyland’s mission to foster queer and radical communities and individuals, here’s a brief outline of the ways you can utilize this community resource:
- Come visit, relax & rest
- Inquire about seasonal stays or internships (1-4+ months) or becoming a resident
- Schedule an Artist/Activist Retreat
- Rendezvous here with your friends
- Attend a summertime event
- Book an event or group use of the space
- Check out an archive of past artist retreats
- Please be in touch if you have ideas for how this space could support your organization or movement-building
Fancyland likes visitors, we just ask that you make arrangements in advance. Whether you are just passing through or looking for a longer stay, invite yourself for a rest, a rendezvous with a date, help out with gardening or land projects, meet up with your pals here, or just simply visit and enjoy the magic and calm brilliance of the place.
Length of Stay: Visitors are welcome for up to a two-week stay, though longer stays (one month or more) can be negotiated. Just be in touch, and we can talk about the details.
Costs: There is no set fee for visiting. You can self-assess your impact or use $5/day per person as a guide. In the winter, firewood is an additional expense: $9 per 1.5 x 1.5 sq ft. Unless other arrangements have been made, just bring your own groceries and be fairly self-sufficient.
What Kind of Costs are We Talking About? Whether you are visiting or hosting an event, costs are minimal. Expenses are toilet paper, propane for cooking & showers, Fancyland food staples (if used), lamp oil, ice for coolers, laundry for bed sheets, and miscellaneous supplies.
Spaces Available: Inquire as to if one of the three indoor spaces are open (see “facilities/details” tab): Upstairs Studio has a double bed; Guestroom (the boathole) has a queen bed; Guest Cabin (the parlor) has a double bed. Otherwise, there is room for camping outside.
What to Bring: Things that are good to have here, especially in the summertime: sunscreen, headlamp or flashlight, 3 AAA batteries (as there are extra headlamps here), insect repellant, long-sleeved and light weight shirts and pants for mosquito and poison oak protection, a hat, sunglasses, earplugs, water bottle, tent, pillow, sleeping bag and pad, sturdy shoes, swimwear, and towel.
Expectations: You don’t have to work trade or do any kind of exchange to visit. It’s helpful if you want to pitch in on a few chores, but you can just do your own thing. Resting is a great way to use the space. If you want to work on projects, there is opportunity to participate and you can find out what is going on. Just ask! In the warm months (May-Oct) is when projects typically happen.
How To Visit:
- Call or email with some dates in mind
- Communicate what you hope to get from your stay
- Check the “facilities/details” tab and let us know if you would like to reserve a particular space: guest room (the boathole); upstairs studio; cabin (the parlor); tree platform (the jolly roger); or if camping out is okay
- We’ll let you know if the dates work
- We’ll pencil you in & reserve a space & send you directions
*If you want a longer stay, we can send you further information about such arrangements
- Please respect that we are trying to foster an anti-oppression and healing environment on the land, with intentional space for discussion and engagement around racism, oppressions and privilege. We ask that non-targets of oppression be open to learning, not perfect. We understand that we are all human and injuries may occur, mistakes made. And we believe that holding each other accountable, including ourselves, should be a compassionate process. Additionally, we have received feedback from several people of color that because Fancyland is intimate and isolated (including being located in a rural, white-dominated county), it can be unnerving/unenjoyable to be the only person of color here. It may be important to know that historically Fancyland has been accessed by majority white people.
- Respect other peoples’ feelings and emotions and take responsibility for your own
- Utilize respectful forms of communication with others, hear what others are saying to you
- Respect your own and others’ right to privacy, solitude, quiet and security in their personal space and negotiate the use of communal space
- Respect personal boundaries, touch others appropriately and refrain from violence
- Care for individual and communal property
- Respect for the community infrastructure, decision-making processes, and the vision, goals and policies of Fancyland
- Cover repair costs that you cause
- Be responsible for communicating your ideas, needs and feelings. If you need support in handling oppressive behavior on the land, let residents know and we can assist
- Be conscientious of your presence in regards to the areas where you are a non-target of oppression