The remoteness of Ratna Ling offers guests the opportunity to unplug and surrender to the healing power of nature. However, because of our remote location, GPS systems and Internet maps (such as Google or MapQuest) are not always accurate for this area. You will want to be sure to follow our driving directions below otherwise it is easy to get lost.
It is imperative that your car is in good working condition, and you that have a full tank of gas when you leave Jenner. There are no services North of Jenner, and cell phone service is spotty at best. It will be difficult or impossible to make or receive phone calls, text messages or e-mails from your cellular device, so please be sure to take care of correspondences ahead of time. Remember, telephones and WI-FI are available once you reach Ratna Ling.
Mileage does not directly correspond with travel time, as roads on the ridge are windy and only one lane in some areas. It is a good idea to allow yourself more driving time than you think you will need to ensure a pleasant, safe journey and prompt arrival.
Please note that Ratna Ling has a Cazadero mailing address though technically is NOT in Cazadero. Ratna Ling is actually located approximately 30 miles northwest of Cazadero between Fort Ross and Stewart’s Point.
Driving Directions from the Bay Area and Points East
Travel CA Hwy 101 North/Redwood Hwy past Santa Rosa exits
Take exit 494 for River Rd toward Guerneville/Calistoga
Make first left onto Mark West Springs Rd/River Rd
Continue west to follow River Rd for about 27 miles
Make a slight right to head north on CA 1 towards Jenner.
Continue along highway Route 1 for approximately 14 miles past Jenner, passing the Fort Ross sign on your left.
Turn right onto Timber Cove Road to make your way up the ridge (just before Timber Cove Inn, which is located ocean-side almost diagonally across from Timber Cove Road. If you pass Timber Cove Inn, you have gone too far.)
Continue up the incline for 2 miles. Timber Cove Road will end at the top of the hill, where the road splits.
Turn left here onto Seaview Road.
In about three miles, Seaview Road becomes Hauser Bridge Road. Kruse Ranch Road will be to the left; remain to the right/straight to stay on Hauser Bridge Road.
The road will narrow slightly, and you will continue until you see white fencing that runs along the length of the Ratna Ling property. You will pass a small gate on the right and a larger gate on the left, but continue on to the Main Gate, which will be on your right. You will see a brown sign with our name, Ratna Ling Retreat Center, and a large gated archway on the right. The gate will open automatically. If it does not, back up and try again, steering your car towards the left side of the driveway.
Once you enter the gate look for a sign that indicates the lodge & registration, which is to your left. Take the circle driveway, on your right.
Driving Directions from the North
Take CA-Hwy 1 South past the town of Gualala (from Gualala, you will remain on Highway 1 for approximately 23 miles). Continue past the small villages of Sea Ranch and Stewarts Point. When you see the Timber Cove Inn on your right (approximately 12 miles or 23 minutes past Stewarts Point), be prepared to turn left almost immediately onto Timber Cove Road to make your way up the ridge.
Once you have made your left turn onto Timber Cove Road, continue up the incline for just under 2 miles. Timber Cove Road will end at the top of the hill and bisect Seaview Road. Turn left onto Seaview Road. In about three miles, Seaview Road becomes Hauser Bridge Road once you pass Kruse Ranch Road to the left. Remain to the right to stay straight on Hauser Bridge Road. You will soon see white fencing which runs along the length of the Ratna Ling property. You will pass a small gate on the right and a larger gate on the left, but continue on to the Main Gate which will be on your right hand side.
You may enter through the main gate which is white and is flanked by an archway with a gold painted design with our name, Ratna Ling Retreat Center. This gate will be on your right-hand side. You can also look out for a sign with an arrow that indicates retreat registration.
When you drive up to this gate it will automatically open. Enter the gate and take a sharp left and follow the drive-way to the right. Please proceed to the front of the Lodge where you may park on the paved circle and then enter the lobby. Kindly remove your shoes and continue through to the Reception Area to the desk where staff will greet you.
Travel by air to Ratna Ling
San Francisco International and Oakland International airports are approximately three hours south of Ratna Ling by car. Alaska Airlines flies to and from Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa which is approximately 1.5 hours from Ratna Ling by car.
Public transportation to Ratna Ling
Unfortunately, there is currently no public transportation that can bring you directly to Ratna Ling. We suggest checking corresponding airport websites (check the above air travel section for direct links) for more information on car rentals and taxi or shuttle services.