Retreat in  Ukiah's Oak Woodlands

Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish.  It is a place to change, to grow and learn.  What started in 1971 as a private alternative school has evolved into a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the enrichment and education of people of all ages by providing a unique opportunity to be in the natural world, to relax, to learn, and to reflect.

The Mariposa Institute holds land and its associated facilities to nurture and support educational programs that will promote a humane, equitable, sustainable and regenerative human culture that can coexist on this earth in harmony with all life. The facilities and land should be made available for use to local and regional programs that aim to promote this mission. 

About the Mariposa Institute

What We're Here For

THe Land

One hundred and fifteen acres of creeks, forests meadows, and gardens to adventure in. 

the facilities

Rustic, hand-built wooden buildings offering cozy refuge to rest and commune.

the community

People building a mindful human culture that can coexist on this earth in harmony with all life. 

Upcoming Events

  • A Day of Mindfulness
    Sun, Oct 27
    The Mariposa Insitute
    The Sugarplum Sangha offers a day of meditation, rest, and healing with practices from the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism. Visit for details.
  • Youth Retreat
    Fri, Oct 04
    The Mariposa Institute