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Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

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Address: 15290 Coleman Valley Rd, Occidental, CA 95465-9301
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Appreciating OAEC

A unique, important, and inspirational place, well worth a visit, guiding us to a new and necessary future of local and regional self-reliance!

Reviewed 22 November 2016
Occidental, California
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Occidental, California
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

A unique, important, and inspirational place, well worth a visit, guiding us to a new and necessary future of local and regional self-reliance!

Thank appreciating13
Fullerton, California
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

The people who work at OAEC are the kindest, smartest, lovely people. They are activists healing our planet from the local to global. The center has great diversity in plants, native grasses, forest, even a pond that is perfect for swimming!

Thank KatieCrippen
Guerneville, California
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44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2015

Whether you go here to attend an educational event, view the gardens, eco tourism, or whatever the event, you will love this place. Their gardens are overflowing with abundance. The staff are harmonious and living together with nature, with a good feel. If you are lucky enough to have meals here, they have extraordinary chefs. Chef Holly is one of... More 

Thank NanJo30
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Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

I attended two volunteer Wednesdays at the OAEC. So worth it. The OAEC is a working example of what an intentional community/permaculture garden should look like. Warm, friendly, helpful people, and super tasty vegetarian (mostly vegan) lunch.

Thank Pete R
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2014

This place is not an attraction. It is a community that has found away to combine their resources and passions to create a beautiful of community living. They share their knowledge through OAEC so that anyone who is interested can learn. They do have a nursery that has special hours, volunteer work days and scheduled tours, it you are lucky... More 

Thank Rachel A
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75 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2014

OAEC is an amazing place in rural Sonoma County, Calif. near Occidental. They raise plants, give tours, have events, and the people working there are so informative and helpful. We were greeted at the entry and given instructions on where to go. We visited on a Sunday at a sale which happen several times a year, and are looking forward... More 

Thank tripper45
Occidental, California
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Whether you are an ecologist, a gardener, gardening apprentice, garden lover or just have an appreciation for what can be done with dedication to the outdoors, then a visit at the OAEC is a must. Looking for healthy herbs or/and plants for your own garden, then Stop by on one of the plant sale week-ends and get your top quality... More 

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Reviewed 13 July 2013

Sondra was so sweet, not trying to " sell" us on anything!, of course we bought because their wines are wonderful!!!!

Thank cherilou2004
Occidental, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2012

These are plants you don't find in your local nursery. Dougo is there to help you choose if the names don't ring a bell.

1 Thank Christine S

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