Mesa Refuge

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Mesa Refuge


The Mesa Refuge has supported more than 800 writers and other creatives mostly focused on “ideas at the edge” of nature, human economy and social equity. Our alums include established thought leaders like Michael Pollan, Terry Tempest Williams, Anna and Frances Moore Lappé, Krista Tippett, Natalie Goldberg, Raj Patel, Lewis Hyde, Rebecca Solnit, and Van Jones—along with many emerging and creative writers of books, films and other media.

A Mesa Refuge residency is an opportunity to develop ideas and present them to the public. We give priority to writers focusing on nature, the human economy and social equity. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. The Mesa Refuge offers the true gifts of time, space and support—no daily fees are charged for residents, though many make donations. Find out more about the Mesa Refuge experience.

To apply to be a resident at the Mesa Refuge, fill out the online application form. There is a non-refundable $50 fee to have your application considered by our staff and selection committee.

Some things to know:

Travel to Point Reyes is the resident’s responsibility.
There is no smoking on the Mesa Refuge property.
Mesa Refuge is not set up to accommodate overnight visitors by guests.