For 8 years, Jon and Karin developed and operated Bell Valley Retreat while living in Berkeley. With the help of their dedicated Boonville staff, they slowly expanded the retreat center drawing on permaculture principles.
In 2020, the family moved to Bell Valley during the pandemic, grateful to be spending more time learning from the land and its many inhabitants. Jon could also finally begin implementing the regenerative land practices that had been in the planning stages for years. In this time, while the world unraveled and climate change’s encroaching shadow grew larger, the vision for Whispertree was born.
Built on a foundation of values inspired by Karin and Jon’s passion for social justice, and informed by their 20 years of psycho-spiritual practice and their love of the land, Whispertree is their response to our pivotal historical moment — a retreat center with a re-doubled commitment to serve the regeneration of people and land, one that gives voice to the land and beckons to us as humans to slow down, gather with intention, and listen.
Our greatest hope is that guests at Whispertree find their inspiration to give back to a planet that asks for so little, yet gives us so much. Whispertree is our gratitude. It is our invitation for you to listen to what you can hear beyond what you know, to reconnect with your true home, and to find your voice in courageously crafting a new story, one that honors the Earth and re-envisions what it is to be human on it.