Upcoming Work Parties
- June 22nd - 24th
- June 29th - July 1st
Our work parties aim to bring together communities and skill sets in the development of a ground-breaking vision for this special and historic ranch: a retreat space like no other, offering its guests an opportunity to reconnect to what it means to be a human on this planet.
This vision connects retreaters to the earth, inviting them to enter the farm to table process in the seedling stage, allowing them to both experience sustainability on the ranch and take home their findings so the seedlings spread and grow beyond. It introduces them into new relationships with animals and other people so they can open into these friendships, learn new levels of self-care and care for other creatures, and begin to create intentional community that builds and grows into life outside the ranch. It calls them to get grounded and centered with yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices, aligning thought and intention with action. We are dedicated to this vision and hold deep belief in its future benefits and impact for individuals, the local community, and for a stronger, happier world-wide community!
Here's a glance at what we will be working on during our upcoming work parties:
Tent/Casita Platform Sealing and Step Construction
Casita Tent Erection and Decor
Finishing Painting the Lodge and La Casa Piso Rojo
Bathroom Facilities Construction
Garden Building and Gardening
Beautifying and restoring the iconic swing set and the historic landmark watering hole and ranch namesake, La Pila
Readying Pool & Pool-Side Yoga Deck: Sure to be a main attraction for all future guests of La Pila!
Volunteers are also invited to relax and enrich with bonfires and yoga and meditation practices!
A total of 40 spots are available for each set of dates, so each volunteer must RSVP individually. We regret that not every registrant will be able to join us for these dates, but we will keep everyone who expresses a longing to be there in the loop on future events, please make sure to add yourself and others who may be interested to our mailing list!
If you can't attend the work party but would like to donate to the ranch project, we are filled with inspiration from all your interest and support, thank you so much for the love! Muchas Gracias!
Schedule for next work party:
8:15 - 9:00 AM Volunteers Arrive & Morning Meeting
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM Work Session 1
12:15 - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 PM Work Session 2
5:00 - 6:30 PM Free Time
6:30 - 8:00 PM Dinner
8:00 - 10:00 PM Campfire & Music
7:00 - 7:30 AM Morning Meditation
7:30 - 8:15 AM Breakfast (Happy Mother's Day!)
8:15 - 8:45 AM Morning Meeting
8:45 AM - 12:15 PM Work Session 1
12:15 - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 PM Work Session 2
5:00 - 6:00 PM Cleanup
6:00 - 7:00 PM Closing Words & Departure
What to Bring:
Cash for toll road (Approximately $2 two times on the way down and back)
2 gallons of water
Closed toed shoes
Pen and paper
Personal food if you have diet restrictions
Rancho La Pila is Located at 32°07'12.8"N 116°48'56.0"W
From San Diego, you can cross the border into Mexico at San Ysidro or Otay Border Crossing. Be sure to bring your passport!
Find yourself on Carr. Transpeninsular/México 1 (1D) South toward Rosarito. You may encounter several toll stations. Be prepared for approx. $2 USD tolls at each station on the way down and back (stations accept Pesos and USD).
Pass through Rosarito and continue about 25 more minutes South on 1D (22m/36km) and take the right-hand exit toward La Fonda/La Mision/Plaza Del Mar, and make an immediate left onto parallel 1 South, which will curve inland as it takes you under an overpass into the town of La Mision. In 2.9m/4.7km, you will see Tacos Magana on the right and Ferreteria Mercado De Materiales hardware store on the left. Make a left at this intersection onto a dirt road, and continue past Ferreteria Mercado De Materiales.
The dirt road (Camino a San Jose de La Zorra) will take you about 3m/5km to a set of green gates on the left. The gates may have to be manually unbarred and opened to pass through, but remain unlocked 24/7. After passing through the green gates, veer left and follow the winding cobblestone road around a few houses. Look for a white limestone arrow on the ground when the cobblestone comes to and end directing you into a private home surrounded by a stone wall.
Shuttle weekends: Look for signs for La Pila Work Party Parking lot, continue into the private home surrounded by a stone wall and find a parking spot on the grass. Contact the posted personnel when you arrive for a shuttle out to the ranch from here!
No shuttle weekends: You'll have to drive or carpool out to the ranch! From the parking lot, continue down the dirt road, making the first right after the driveway to the home surrounded by a stone wall. You'll come to a little intersection marked by a cow skull posted on the fence ahead, make a left here and continue up toward a little yellow unfinished house. It will curve around to the left, pass a few more houses, then hairpin sharply and steeply up to the right and away from all the houses. Continue on this road through a set of gates accompanied by a hand-painted sign that reads No Pase, Private Property. You'll reach the ranch at the end of this road!
Rancho La Pila is still a primitive site. Thank you for understanding that the infrastructure needs our help to support the amount of visitors that will be joining us for the work party! Some things to keep in mind:
La Pila has 2 working toilets connected to a septic tank. Please refrain from flushing paper or other items to help maintain the health of the existing septic system!
The water on La Pila comes from a natural spring. Although the water is from a ground source and not the Baja plumbing network, it is still not advisable to drink as we're currently sharing (untreated) with the animals, and it may also contain trace microbes our guts aren't used to dealing with! Please bring your own water supply, and La Pila staff will help supplement!
La Pila is a no service zone, so don't be down if you can't text or post while on site (post your photos from the weekend afterward on our evite!) Come prepared to make use of the same precautions you would while out in the wilderness. A satellite phone will be on site for emergency use only, so contact a staff member immediately in case of emergency.
All of the electricity on La Pila is currently solar, and some gas generators will be provided to run machinery for the work parties. This limits the amount of power we have to use, so please refrain from using the power outlets for personal charging and bring your own battery powered items and solar chargers.
The kitchen is still under construction and is itty-bitty, so please allow staff this space for food prep and clean up. Dish washing stations for volunteers will be set up outdoors near the kitchen.