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.
Ways to Interact with Fancyland:
As part of fancyland’s mission to foster queer and radical communities and individuals, here’s some ways you can utilize this community resource:
- Come visit, relax & rest
- Inquire about seasonal stays (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
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. Visitors use a cooler with ice blocks. 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.
Welcome! This is our home, as well as a community resource. 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.
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
WINTER: $10-20/day per person (includes firewood)
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? Whether you are visiting or hosting an event, costs are minimal. Expenses are toilet paper, propane for cooking & showers, lamp oil, ice for coolers, firewood, laundry for bed sheets, and miscellaneous supplies.
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.
Sleeping Spaces Available: 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 (more info under “facilities/details” tab). Inquire to see which of the three indoor spaces are open
What to Bring: Bedding and blankets are provided in each indoor sleep space. 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: 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 land 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Let us know how you heard about the place
- 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 you want to camp
- We’ll let you know if the dates work
- We’ll pencil you in & reserve a space & send you directions
Consider how you value the space and what it provides beyond the material and think about how you can support the project so that others can continue to share in it
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, 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 predominantly 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 personal boundaries, and rights to privacy, solitude, quiet and security and negotiate the use of communal space
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