About this listing
Our beautiful organic, sustainable, & 'certified green' GUEST NEST is a private eco-green sanctuary in the heart of West Marin. Near Spirit Rock, Fairfax, Nicasio, & Pt. Reyes beaches, we're 45 minutes from San Francisco's Golden Gate. Come & Relax!
Welcome to the Findhorn Dweller's ORGANIC, Sustainable, ecoGreen, the-eco-nest a MARIN County & Bay Area CERTIFIED GREEN BUSINESS.
*** Our preferred guest is ONE SINGLE VISITOR at a time, although we do host couples. We can not accommodate more than 2 people. We prefer a 2-night minimum stay on weekends.
The ecoNEST is nestled in a forest of redwood & madrone 5 minutes from SPIRIT ROCK in West Marin's SAN GERONIMO VALLEY & 20 minutes from Point Reyes National Seashore. Only 45 minutes from San Francisco's Golden Gate, this valley is a nature lover's paradise populated by artists, musicians, restaurants & environmental activists.
The NEST is CHEMICAL-FREE & MOLD-FREE. We do not have a microwave, smartMeter, WiFi, TV. We have free cable internet, floor-to-ceiling windows to the west, & doors & windows on 3 sides to provide beautiful natural light & fresh air. We use earth-friendly cleaning products.
What's ORGANIC in the NEST?
Everything with an asterisk * is * ORGANIC *, & everything else is sustainable or recycled.
*Cotton & Silk Bedding
*Private Bathroom with Large Travertine Tile Shower
*EL Foust HEPA charcoal air filter
*Low energy Cozy Legs electric radiant eco-efficient space heaters
*Lasko Ceramic (Green Company) oscillating heater.
POINTS OF INTEREST
~ 2.6 miles to Spirit Rock Meditation Center
~ 1 mile to Cafe Arti, fabulous Organic Indian Restaurant
~ 5 minute walk to local pub with pool table, awesome juke box & sometimes live music - the Papermill Creek Saloon
~ 10 minute drive to Fairfax CA with SOLAR-POWERED movie theater (5-plex), Good Earth Natural Foods, Hummingbird Cafe (amazing breakfasts), Community Wellness Center, Frogs Hot Tubs, Yoga, many restaurants, shops, and music venues
~ 20 minutes drive to Pt. Reyes Station - 30 minutes drive to Blue Waters Kayaking (neighbors) on Tomales Bay. Point Reyes National Seashore & beautiful beaches feature indie bookstore, Saturday seasonal Farmer's Market, organic cheese from local grass-fed pastured animals, unique boutiques, art galleries, yoga
~ 1 mile to award-winning beautiful SGV Golf Course offering Friday night live music & dinner
~ 1 mile to Thursday night "Sweat Your Prayers" 5 Rhythms Dance (1st time's free)
~ a few miles to Samuel Taylor State Park - hiking, biking, swimming holes, camping, dog-walking
~ 1 mile in each direction for delicious breakfasts - either at Two Bird Cafe or Lagunitas Deli
~ 1 mile to Paradise Healing Retreat Center
~ 45 minute -1 hour drive to Napa - vineyards & wine tasting
~ 1 hour to Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
WHAT TO BRING - Please bring slippers or heavy socks to wear inside the nest & leave your street shoes at the door. A flashlight (we don't have street lights here and evening walks can be dark). If you want to go to the beach or sunbathe, please bring your beach towel. Always bring warm clothing for cool evenings, even when the days are hot.
SEPTIC/WATER MINDFULNESS - We are on septic system. Please be mindful of water usage for showers & flushing. Please don't throw anything down the toilet except toilet paper. Please use the propane fireplace mindfully & shut propane heater before getting into bed and when leaving the NEST, even for short trips.
We are in a HIGH FIRE AREA bordering open space. Please NO SMOKING of any kind on the property, and no candles or open flames.
Shoes off at the door keeps the NEST free from one of the main sources of indoor pollution (your shoes).
The NEST is very private. With windows & doors on 3 sides, a huge deck & private balcony you'll fell like you're in your own shangri-la tree house. The NEST is connected to our home, and you may hear occasional footsteps or dog barks.
We live in a QUIET village in the forest. If you're looking for a relaxing time in a quiet & serene space, book with us. If you're looking for a place to play loud music & party, we're not your place.
* FOOD: We have a refrigerator and kitchen sink for prepared food or cold food. We offer organic coffee, organic tea, & organic instant oatmeal. NO COOKING in the NEST.
ARRIVAL TIME: Between 3.00 PM & 9.00 PM.
DEPARTURE TIME: 11.00 AM
We welcome you to our sanctuary, the ecoNEST.
Namaste, Marcia & Andy
NATURE, tons of beauty, and a safe space, free of chemicals, with a great organic comfy mattress, books on sustainability and health, beauty, quiet, great tiled bathroom, beautiful silk furnishings, original artwork, privacy.
Interaction with Guests
Sometimes we meet & interact with guests and other times we never see guests. Each situation is unique. We have a lot of repeat guests with whom we've become friends.
NATURE - we border thousands of acres of forest land of Redwood Trees, Madrones, California Oak, Bay Laurel. It's beautiful here. We have great local music & art with venues ranging from 3 - 15 minutes including Rancho Nicasio, Fairfax Local Music Vibe, galleries, great ORGANIC FARMS and restaurants. We're about 20 minutes from Tomales Bay and 25-30 from the Pacific Ocean, with great biking and hiking, yet only 45 minutes from San Francisco & 20 from San Rafael, 60 from Napa - you get the picture! We have a local organic Indian Restaurant about a mile from the NEST & Sam Taylor Park and Golden Gate Parks within 10 minutes. A great neighborhood with much natural beauty.
The West Marin Stage Bus from San Rafael, San Anselmo, Pt. Reyes Route 68 will take you to beaches and into town with connections to the Larkspur Ferry and San Francisco, or bus directly into San Francisco from Fairfax or San Rafael.
Other Things to Note
There's no cooking in the NEST. We do not use chemicals. We are organic and sustainable. We recycle. We use land phone lines and do not have WiFi. Some guests who have chemical and electro-magnetic sensitivities can find a safe haven at the ecoNEST.
~ We look forward to having you relax and enjoy the fragrance-free NEST.
~ No Smoking/No Candles.
~ We have a septic system - please don't put anything except toilet paper down the toilet or kitchen sink. We DO NOT HAVE a GARBAGE DISPOSAL in the kitchen. We don't have an oven or stove.
~ We recycle, compost, use only organic fragrance-free products & request that no perfumed or scented products in the NEST to keep it clean for the next guest.
~ There is a refrigerator & sink in kitchen with coffee maker & electric tea kettle, organic coffee, teas, instant organic oatmeal.
~ Please call or email us with your estimated times of arrival & departure as you near your check-in and check-out date/time. Thank you, Marcia
We had a great ECONEST experience. The apartment was very clean and inviting and the location was super convenient for a quick drive to Pt. Reyes, Samuel P. Taylor Park, etc. Marcia was very prompt and communicative and provided a great list of recommendations (food, hikes, etc.) in the area. We also brought along our dog, a mini-poodle, who had a nice time too.
Hi Emily, Sorry I didn't get to meet you and Adam and HEART. I saw Heart out the window yesterday. What a beautiful dog. Thank you for leaving the NEST so clean. It's nice having hypo-allergenic dog breeds. There was no fur or hair anywhere, and HEART was very quiet (unlike our dogs). Hope you come back and I get to meet you next time. Thanks for being perfect guests. Marcia
Marcia was a very gracious hostess. The hostess with the mostest as they say.
I loved the space and was very comfortable there. The area is DIVINE. I can't wait to come back.
Marcia was very accommodating, fixing things and checking up on us via email to see if we needed anything. The listing was exactly what I expected. No surprises. I loved the NEST. It is located in a very safe, cute, and quaint neighborhood. I fell in love with this quiet, secluded area. Perfect place to get away.
Hi Shawnee, Thanks so much for your stay and your review. Yes, the water heater collects sediment from our hard water on the inside, and because it's stainless on the outside once people handle it, it gets fingerprints, etc. but we always clean it between guests, and we do our best to remove the sediment from the inside, but it's not dirt, it's just the salts from our water. We replace it frequently too because of that. Glad you enjoyed and hope you return. Thanks, Marcia & Andy
I had a wonderful time relaxing a day and night away in the EcoNest. Marcia was incredibly helpful before my stay and was able to suggest places to go for short and long hikes along with food recommendations. I was impressed with their hospitality and would definitely stay again.
Marcia and Andy were great. Andy helped us unload our car when we got there. They pretty much kept to themselves but whenever we saw them waved and said hi. Forest Knolls is a lovely, serene and quiet spot. We truly loved our time at the ecoNeSt. We will definitely be coming back.
Sweet, peaceful space amidst trees and birdsong. I came to the eco-nest for recuperation after school session ended. Marcia and Andy are very kind people, thoughtful, welcoming, helpful. I was able to bring my cats, which was really a blessing. This sanctuary is close enough to Pt. Reyes if you're up for a hike or visit to the ocean (25-30 min drive)... you can also easily drive into Fairfax for a nice meal or cup of coffee. I was very happy on the balcony absorbing the sun and the views, reading, writing, and blissing out Great place to stay.
Thanks Jennifer, and thank you for leaving a bit of your creativity on the refrigerator. I love the way you arranged the magnetic poetry. We're really glad you got what you came for. Your cats are beautiful. Sorry I didn't get a picture of R. My sister, who has a Maine Coon, kept asking me about him. If you happen to have one, would you email it so I can show her that I was not telling a tall tale (or tail)? Thanks, Marcia & Andy
Marcia and Andy's Eco-Nest was the perfect weekend getaway for us. The space was immaculately clean and very comfortable, and close to Point Reyes and other places well worth exploring. The neighborhood becomes a redwood forest just up the road, and is filled with birds and deer and other wildlife. We particularly enjoyed spending time on the patio, and ended up getting really restful sleep.
Marcia was an excellent host, communicative and flexible, and sent us lots of great tips and ideas for places to visit which we acted on. A lot of attention to detail was paid with this space and it shows. Highly recommended. Hope to come back someday!
About the Host, Marcia
Former member of sustainable intentional community Findhorn in Scotland. Retired college/university faculty, flutist, painter, floral designer. Andy is a friendly Harvardian. We enjoy providing lodging for fellow alumni and others with appreciation of environmental & sustainable lifestyles.