Our Story

Our Story

Drawn by Mendocino’s beauty and an opportunity to create a family business, we were not expecting the powerful and transformative energies we found here. Soon after taking over the inn, some of our guests came to thank us for their experiences here, each explaining that they had had an epiphany: a life changing realization. We soon learned that this land is a natural center for healing.  And the land changed us. We realized that we could live more gently: loving animals, we quit eating them; adopting sustainable practices, we returned part of the land to farming, creating edible, organic gardens; and believing we could do more, we adopted other vocations. Joan commuted to Sonoma State to become first a Montessori instructor and later a board certified art therapist. Jeff adopted a practice of active meditation, became involved in energy work – earth and human, and later was ordained a minister. We sought to create a context for visitors not only to experience what we experience here but also provide supportive wellness services, beginning with massage and yoga in 1991. Today, we have joined with a group of talented practitioners.

Joan & Jeff Stanford | Founders