About

COVID-19 statement (April 2021): Things continue to remain uncertain in regards to the pandemic, but we are able to host guests in a covid-safe manner by not sharing any indoor space. Currently, due to covid-19, the lodge indoors is not shared space and guests use the outdoor kitchen and shared deck, outhouse, and outdoor bathing facilities. Guests use a cooler with ice. Please feel welcome to inquire further about 2021 details.

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Fancyland is a small off-the-grid queer home on Whilkut/Redwood Creek unceded indigenous land in Northern California. It is set on 10 acres of hilly terrain in the mixed fir and oak woodlands of Humboldt County, a half-hour east of Arcata. It was established in 2001 as the dreamchild and rural home of Sacha Marini, who is a white cisgender female queer. It is a home that opens itself up to the larger communities through artist/activist retreats, restoration, and opportunities to visit.

fancylandproject at gmail dot com

Ways to Interact with Fancyland:

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 has a small solar system. The guest cabin only has oil lanterns. Visitors use a cooler with ice blocks. Structures are heated by woodstoves. There is a propane cookstove. Hot running water inside the lodge, but not in the outdoor kitchen.  The internet is elusive.

Visit

Welcome! This is a home, with community access built in around that at the core. The guest cabin (The Parlor) is open for visitors to book. Help out with gardening/projects or just simply visit and enjoy the magic and calm brilliance of the place.

How Much Does it Cost to Visit?

There is no set fee for visiting. You can just self-assess your impact and pay what you can or use these sliding scales as a guide:

SUMMER: $7-20/day per person (less if you camp out)

WINTER: $10-20/day per person (includes firewood)

*If you are QTBIPOC, you can disregard the costs and stay for free.

If you have helped build this place or are a pal, please disregard these costs and enjoy! If you help work on the place while you are here, factor that in.

Please bring your own groceries, unless other arrangements have been made

If you participate in shared meals, think about how to contribute beyond the sliding scale. And if you need to use basic staples, just pitch in extra $

What Kind of Costs are We Talking About?  Costs are minimal. Expenses are toilet paper, propane for cooking & showers, lamp oil, ice for coolers, firewood, laundry for bed linens, and miscellaneous supplies.

Length of Stay:  Visitors are welcome for up to one week depending on what’s going on, though longer stays can potentially be negotiated. Just be in touch, and we can talk about the details.

Sleeping Spaces Potentially Available:

What to Bring:  Bedding and blankets are in each indoor sleep space OR bring your own.  Bring a towel, headlamp/flashlight, extra batteries, water bottle, sturdy shoes.   Additionally, in the summertime: sunscreen,  long-sleeved and light weight shirts and pants for mosquito protection, hat, sunglasses, earplugs, swimwear…

Expectations:  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 around the land, there is opportunity to participate and you can find out what is going on. Just ask!

How To Visit:

  1. Check the Calendar 
  2. Email with some dates in mind: fancylandproject at gmail dot com
  3. Let us know how you heard about the place
  4. Communicate what you hope to get from your stay
  5. We’ll let you know if the dates work
  6. We’ll pencil you in & reserve a space & send you directions

Guest Policy:

  1. Consider how you value the space and what it provides beyond the material and think about how you can support it so that others can continue to share in it

  2. 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 social and racial justice. 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, can 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 predominantly white people.

  3. Respect other peoples’ feelings and emotions and take responsibility for your own

  4. Utilize respectful forms of communication with others, hear what others are saying to you

  5. Respect personal boundaries, and rights to privacy, solitude, quiet and security and negotiate the use of communal space

  6. Care for individual and communal property

  7. Respect for the community infrastructure, decision-making processes, and the vision, goals and policies of Fancyland

  8. Cover repair costs that you cause

  9. 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

  10. Be conscientious of your presence in regards to the areas where you are a non-target of oppression

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