“Your love of creative life brings me many ways to see my own gifts.”
“You create an aura of loving acceptance. You ask me to feel deeply and respond from that place. Your self acceptance, humor and love of the creative life feeds my soul.”
“I became more aware of what was really going on with me after two sessions with Marilyn than in twenty years of regular psychotherapy. And it was fun! Marilyn has the knack of focusing on just the right word or thought from me to invite expression that unlocks the door to deeper understandings. Layers of hidden emotions and awarenesses pour out onto the paper or burst out in movement. She is a caring and wise jewel.”
“I have a lot of fond memories of being a part of your group, feeling connected to women, art, music, in such a deep, inspiring way. I left each session feeling a part of something bigger than myself and yet I too felt special within the circle. I looked forward to coming to group, anticipating what I might discover, through art, painting, poetry, music, dance, and witnessing the beautiful expression of others. Your group gave me permission to explore my inner heart of longing. I had always felt a shyness to play in front of others and the group gave me a place to share my own original songs, in a safe, loving environment. I never knew that the art of collage could express my feelings better than words. A deeper understanding of life, it's struggles and joys, was tasted; I like to call it the great mystery and I came to understand that I was a part of it too. Thank you so much for opening those doors.”
Marilyn is a wonderful teacher and guide. I went for a creativity retreat in her yurt, but I know she also does workshops and retreats for caregivers and teachers. I was a seriously burnt out teacher, looking for a way to spur my creative juices for the summer. Marilyn tuned in immediately to what I needed and was a wonderful facilitator of workshops and general creativity.
_Thank you so much for the memorable session you created for Samantha and
I. It was just perfect. Samantha and I really needed some good Mother
Daughter time. You have a unique skill of creating and I’ll be forever
grateful for my time there.
Forest View Room
We had a fantastic time at Marilyn's place for the weekend. The room was cozy and surrounded by gorgeous trees! Marilyn gave great directions and was incredibly hospitable. Close access to the headlands and coastal trails leading to waterfalls. Highly recommend!
Let me just say, that one night was not enough time to enjoy all of Marilyn's gorgeous home, hospitality and the Mendocino vicinity. We stayed in the Forest View Room for one night which was very cozy and cool for the following reasons: 1) had whimsical lofts built for her kids. 2) large windows that let in a lot of light in the morning 3) bathroom had a claw foot bathtub large enough to fit the taller of us (6 ft) 4) warm down comforter 5) spacious outdoor hot tub where you can stargaze Oh, and of course! Marilyn is a wonderful host! We really enjoyed meeting her and just hanging out with her, talking for a couple hours. This place is NOT to be missed.
We had a great time with Marilyn. We contacted her VERY last minute but she welcomed us warmly, made us feel right at home. She was a wonderful conversationalist and her house was filled with art work and good books. Bed was really comfortable and she had a killer bath tub on legs that we enjoyed. We lingered as long as our schedule allowed the next morning and she showed us through her beautiful house and yurt. Highly recommended.
We had a really great time up in Mendocino, and Marilyn was a fantastic host. She has a wonderful house, and we had a nice private room upstairs. She was super-friendly, and we had a couple of really great conversations with her. And her bathtub is fantastic! It's huge! We were actually pretty impressed when we got out of the car. You walk up the pathway and there's a giant redwood to your right. My girlfriend and I were saying "wow!" to each other as we walked up to the house. I highly recommend Marilyn's house for a Mendocino getaway. It was great!
We spent a wonderful night at Marilyn's house. The room was very comfortable and very clean (it is true: you wake up at tree top level!). The house is located in fairy-tale like forest. Wonderful atmosphere for nature's lovers. Marilyn hospitality is great and very warm. We felt like at home. We have already decided to keep her address handy for future vacations. Thanks!
Our stay with Marilyn was purely delightful. The room was clean, quaint, and super cozy. Marilyn made us feel so comfortable with her warm hospitality. I recommend renting either of the two rooms and especially the Yurt. The whole Mendocino experience was just devine.
Marilyn's place is such a retreat that provides us to "disconnect" from the city for a few days. The location is awesome, close enough to shops, restaurants, markets, parks and beaches, yet far enough for us to enjoy the beauty of nature since it is located among redwood trees and no neighbors surrounded
My sister and I stayed at Marilyn's home for two nights and had a wonderful experience! Her home is beautiful and so peaceful. Marilyn was an excellent host prior to and during our stay. Her directions to her home were very easy to follow, and the binder she has made of Mendocino resources and recommendations for her guests was very helpful. Marilyn's tips helped us have a great and completely unique visit informed by her experience as a long-time resident. While we spent most of our time exploring the area, we had a very pleasant conversation with Mairlyn before we departed. She has a wonderfully warm and welcoming personality, and we are so glad we had the opportunity to stay with her!
Best choice I could have made traveling alone needing rest and peace on sabbatical! Having the sense of being held in a redwood nest, I stayed an additional night. Currently she has an amazingly healthy organic garden of salad greens; this made my little heart sing! I experienced Marilyn as an attentive host with great advice based on what she heard I was looking for in the Mendocino area. If you are a caregiver looking for time away to care for yourself, consider staying a Marilyn's. She has incredible personal experience and gave me the opportunity to browse her resources related to caring for aging parents. This touched an unexpected area of need that has recently surfaced. Her home provides lots of character, privacy and peace. Love it!
Oasis in the woods! Wow, Wow, Wow! If Mendocino was not enough, to have this amazing retreat in the woods with a MOST WELL INFORMED host like Marilyn, was just the cherry on the top. Her guidance from everything from food to shopping to enjoying the outdoors on a limited time schedule was so helpful. The seclusion of the woods, just a few minutes from town was the perfect combination. Wish we would have had more time just to sit and converse, a real pleasure.
Marilyn was a gracious and warm host and her house is charming, comfortable and peaceful. She was wonderful to talk to and get to know--her presence soothing and calm. She offered a great selection of teas and fruit and yummy breads for breakfast. We would go back there for certain...and stay longer next time!
Garden View Room
A wonderful place and a great host! The room is spacious,high ceilings, lots of light, a truly great bed and green views all around. Excellent shower in a clean bathroom with plants and more light. The house sits on a small clearing surrounded by forest and is an easy 5 min. ride to town, the headlands, state parks and beaches. Highly recommended.
Marilyn and her property are fantastic! The Garden View Room was peaceful and comfortable, the house is beautiful, and the land is magical. It's a treat to wake up in this place. Everything was clean and well cared-for, the house is out in the middle of a stunning forest, yet only a few minute drive from town. Marilyn was a gracious host full of good recommendations and tips. Also, it was just a delight for us to have some great conversations with her. We'll be back!
We had a lovely experience staying in Marilyn's home. The room itself is lovely with open windows to the sky and her home is beautiful and located on a beautiful property right near downtown Mendocino, which is a very cute little town. The coast is gorgeous! It is also fun to go up to Fort Bragg. Marilyn herself is a gracious and kind host and we enjoyed getting to know her.
We were on the search for a quite, romantic and peaceful place to stay in Mendocino for two nights. Marilyn's home gave us exactly what we were looking for. She offers a very comfortable room with a beautiful bathroom in her unique house. The house itself is surrounded by forest and is placed in the center of a small clearance. The hot-tub in the garden makes the gateway perfect. Marilyn is a great host! She was very thoughtful in helping us planning our trips and dinners around the town and had great insights about the area to offer. We recommend Marilyn's home, it was a wonderful stay. If we ever return to Mendocino, we definitely will come back to Marilyn's place!
Of a 6 week trip around the USA our stay with Marilyn in Mendocino was the highlight. We had been travelling and researching a project and the final week was set aside to relax and catch up with ourselves, Marilyn is a relaxed and warm host who could not have made us feel more welcome. Matilda and Iris our 3 and 1 year old daughters were catered for with toys Marilyn saved from her now grown up sons and the girls spent many hours sat on Marilyn's knee having stories read to them. We were made to feel completly comfortable using the family kitchen (v well equipped) and enjoyed our time with Marilyn as our paths crossed. The house and location are wonderful tucked away just up the road from Mendocino with the redwoods providing a wonderful meditative surrounding. It was a week I will never forget made particularly special by the host. The perfect family retreat 5 star+++ Dont miss it.
Our entire experience staying in Marilyn’s home was tranquil and comfortable. It was exactly what we needed arriving after a long days travel and after days spent out and about Mendocino. The setting, the house and the room were all especially beautiful and quiet yet only a few minutes from town. The room felt like home and invited us to linger every morning. As hostess Marilyn was superb. She understood the purpose of our visit and was sensitive to our needs and schedule. Her place will be our first choice the next time we visit the Mendocino Ft. Bragg area.
Our family rented all three of Marilyn's rooms for the weekend, and could not have been more delighted with our decision. Nestled in a forest just a couple of miles from the Shoreline Highway and Mendocino, Marilyn's spacious, yet tidy, house is beautifully decorated with art and family pieces. The yurt/art studio offers a bit of seclusion among the trees and a unique experience to remember. We were treated like old friends, and enjoyed our stay far more than we would have at an expensive hotel. We certainly plan on returning—hopefully in the near future.
NOTE: Though guests no longer stay in the yurt, I have left these recommendations here as they give a flavor for the experience of the yurt.
Here is the best thing about the Yurt: it doesn't leave you hanging as far as activities go!! Usually when you travel to places like that, you are on your own as far as activities go; you can go hiking, explore the nearby town etc. But as soon as you get back, there is not much to do. In this Yurt, you will not be bored! From musical instruments to painting to the jacuzzi outside, this is the whole package!
The yurt is magical! Marilyn is a really wonderful person. I went up there with my two teenage daughters, both slightly grumbly at the outset, but the amazing energy of the yurt, plus the piano, the painting supplies, the forest, the hot tub, etc. etc. etc. had them literally jumping for joy by the end of our (altogether too short) stay. We came with our "Oakland faces" on, and left with our "yurt faces" instead.
We had the best time in the yurt! Marilyn was an awesome host and had the best pointers for places to go in and around Mendocino. I couldn't have imagined a more kindhearted host! The yurt was the perfect getaway from San Francisco and a nice place to call "home" for a couple of days. It was a one of a kind experience!
We had a wonderful time at Marilyn's yurt! The space is much bigger than it appeared in the photos and was just a friendly, warm place to be. The yurt is perfectly situated about a 45 second walk from the main house so it feels secluded without feeling isolated. The path to the yurt is lit with a string of twinkling lights that looks so idyllic you'll want to pace the path a few dozen times before heading into the yurt. Inside the yurt is warm (there's a heater in there and she never lets it get too chilly due to the piano that rests against one edge) and comfortable with two lazy-boy-style chairs and a surprisingly comfortable air mattress. The air mattress is one of the tall ones with separate settings for the edge and the middle and it has been dressed with plush coverings. The best part, Marilyn has filled the place with musical instruments and art supplies that she allows you to use. We played with the paints and tried out a few instruments who's names I can't be sure of. We had a great time and can't wait to head back! Enjoy!
This place was magical in every way possible. It is located on a beautiful piece of land in the woods. The yurt was way nicer than my expectations, peaceful, cozy, filled with art and musical supplies. Marilyn was great, helpful,kind, attentive. There was even an outdoor jacuzzi that looks into stars. I hope to return on a regular basis. I painted with her tempera paints and played with a few musical instruments.....yey Marilyn....you are making a lot of people happy!!!
Marilyn's Yurt/Art Studio in Mendocino is a perfect home away from home. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in every way. Marilyn is warm, friendly and inviting. She was great to bounce ideas off of for local places to visit and eating possibilities. The Yurt is clean, spacious and comfy with lots of things to play with. It was a definite highlight of our trip and we would recommend a stay in Marilyn's Yurt to anyone.
Staying in Marilyn's yurt was unlike any experience I've had! Not only is the yurt filled with art, art supplies, musical instruments, comfort and good vibes, but it's located on her beautiful property in the Redwoods! Sleeping and playing in the yurt was a trip within itself, and I only wish we could have stayed longer! Marilyn is a wonderful host and a delightful person to speak with. She was also very helpful in her suggestions of where to eat and sights to visit during our stay in Mendocino. I look forward to returning again the next time I'm passing through Mendocino!
Marilyn has created a beautiful, magical haven in the forest. My family and I felt completely restored and cared for. Marilyn herself seems more like a sweet, familiar neighbor than a proprietor. I absolutely cannot wait to go back and I'm telling all of our friends about this special place and special woman.
We love staying with Marilyn, and her yurt is wonderful--this is our second visit! Do check it out...now new and improved with hot water! ;-) The yurt is pleasant, warm, and cozy even in the rain and wind (which we had a bit of this trip), very quiet, all sorts of art supplies, musical instruments, and creativity books to inspire you, as well as two comfortable recliners (ahhh!) and a very snug bed with down comforter. You wake up to bird song and the whisper of wind through the trees (which you can watch through the little round skylight at the apex of the roof)...it's lovely! There's a porta-potty about a 30 second walk down a well-lit forest path; you also have a private bath and shower in the house (about 30 more seconds of walking). No food allowed in the yurt, but you're welcome to use Marilyn's kitchen and dining table, plus a shelf in her refrigerator.
Wow! A heated yurt in the forest! And even better, a spacious heated forest yurt with musical instruments & art materials that we were welcomed to use. Coming from San Francisco, this was just the nature fix I needed. With the stars and the wind in the background, I don't remember ever sleeping so well. Marilyn, our hostess, is a lovely individual. She made my boyfriend and I feel right at home. We look forward to returning to this very special sanctuary.
Back to San Francisco after three days of road trip in the Napa Valley and Mendocino and I have to admit I already miss Marilyn wonderful place. We just had one of the most peaceful and delightful moment of our life. Not only Marilyn's house is one of the most beautiful house I have ever penetrated but the yurt is just the coolest place you can imagine sleeping in. I have to say, first I was a bit scared in the middle of the forest but whoooouah after two minutes in the yourt, you feel that you are living something exclusive. you are in the middle of the forest in a bed, that is close to heaven or like a soft cloud (!). I slept like a baby. Marilyn is one of the nicest person I have met. The kind of people you met and will remember. I will 200% recommend this place. My only regret is that I live to far to go and retreat every month in Marilyn house.
This place is incredible!! Not only are you ensconced in a gorgeous yurt in a redwood glade, but that yurt is chock-full of wonderfulness: a cozy bed with fluffy down comforter, a couple of comfy recliners, a heater (which kept us plenty warm in January) and running water (cold now, but the hostess is plans to install a water heater)...all sorts of musical instruments: an upright piano, native american wooden flute, a sitar (I think), singing bowls, a kalimba, and a basket of assorted percussion and woodwinds....shelves full of books...and art supplies galore, which you're encouraged to use, while watching the birds flit about and the deer browse outside. I had to tear myself away to go to my planned activities (kayak tour, hikes, Glass Beach, shopping at Mendocino)--once you get in the yurt, you'll wish you'd reserved it longer--it's like your own personal retreat! Plus, your hostess is a trained art therapist, so you can even arrange a professional session if you wish. Marilyn's wifi doesn't reach the yurt, but limited wifi is available in the house (don't try watching a YouTube or lots of graphics-intensive pages, but email and FB should work). Many cell phone services won't work at this location, but you can make local calls from the house phone, and cells work in town. But you wanted to get away from it all--right? ;-) The bathroom is a few steps away from the yurt--you have to walk a lighted forest path for less than a minute to get to the privy, or another 30 seconds to get to your own bathroom in the house, which includes a shower. Food isn't allowed inside the yurt, but you can eat in the house.... Marilyn is a wonderful host, and you'll love your stay in her yurt!
Me and my wife Val stayed there for 3 nights. The Yurt is a magical place surrounded by beatiful trees and Marilyn is a wonderful host, she gave us many great suggestions and delicious breakfasts. We greatly enjoyed our stay, despite the rainy weather. The yurt has many little objects to discover. My Val played the piano and painted in the yurt, while outside it was raining. Highly recommended to anybody going to that area, this stay exceeded all my expectations.
A warm and cozy home away from home set in a breathtaking forest just a five minute drive from lovely Mendocino. Marilyn is a hostess extraordinaire, going above and beyond to make our stay a wonderful experience. The woods encircling the yurt are viewable from the generous windowed areas, creating a feeling of peace and solitude. Highly recommended as a space to relax and be creative.
My fiance and I spent a wonderful night in the yurt. It was very romantic and incomparable experience. It is very cozy and full of small treasures like musical instruments from all over the world which you are welcome to try. And Marilyn is a wonderful person it was pleasure to talk to her. I will recommend anybody to get this experience. And I will probably go there again with my friends.
My stay at Marilyn's far exceeded my expectations. My husband and I stayed in the yurt this past weekend and had a wonderful time. The yurt is much larger than in the photos. One of the best parts of the trip was Marilyn herself. She is an incredibly warm person who makes you feel right at home in her space. Because she is an expressive arts therapist and uses the yurt as a workspace, it is full of art supplies and instruments. I spent part of the weekend painting while my husband played the piano. It was such a healing and restorative weekend. I highly recommend a stay here!
The yurt is a magical accommodation and exceeded all expectations. Warm, cozy, clean and bright. Marilyn provides warm hospitality and stimulating conversations. We will definitely visit again!!
Staying in Marilyn's yurt felt magical. We arrived just after dark, so while we sensed the height and silence of the surrounding trees it wasn't until dawn that we realized the yurt is literally dropped into a forest of redwoods. We felt like Keebler Elves. The coastal drive to Marilyn's is amazing, the bed is very comfortable and Marilyn is a hospitable and generous host with a warm, comforting presence. We loved talking to her about her time in Northern California over tea in her awesome kitchen. You'd be silly to pass up the opportunity to stay at this special place. Thank you for sharing your yurt with us, Marilyn!
One of the most uniquely wonderful experiences we've ever had. Staying in the Yurt was at the same time thrillingly rustic (you are quite literally sleeping in the middle of the woods), and extremely comfortable (locked door, carpet, heat, comfy bed, lots of cool toys to play with). Don't be fooled by the word "Airbed" as It is one of the best most comfortable sleeps we had all trip. Marilyn was the perfect host. She was wonderful to talk to, gave us plenty of privacy, and was very informative. Her beautiful home is in a great location, only minutes from the main town of Mendocino and the Headlands Park, but it feels like your a million miles away. If you are staying in Mendocino and want a truly one-of-a-kind experience, look no further!
Staying in the yurt was a wonderful experience. Clean and comfortable in every way! Surrounded by the majesty of the redwoods, yet just a few minutes from downtown Mendocino, the yurt is a charming and unique experience. It's hard to say what was the best part of our stay, chatting with the effervescent Marilyn or the peace and privacy of the yurt. I'm going to call it a tie. Don't miss an opportunity to chat with Marilyn, she is a rare gem with a kind heart and a ready smile. The yurt, well, you'll just have to see how magical it is for yourself.
My wife and I booked two nights at Marilyn's yurt in the woods recently. What happened was, we changed our itinerary, stayed for four nights,traveled up the coast, and made a point of staying with her on our way back down to San Francisco and on to Canada. It was quite magical at Marilyn's. To wake up in this space in the forest was very special. The bonus being, that Marilyn is such an intelligent, kind, and caring person. We have been back home for two weeks now. My most vivid memories of California are from Mendocino. We stayed at other airbnb's in California, but I don't remember them.
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“Your marvelous teaching helped me to listen to myself as well as my music.”
"Your love of creative life brings me many ways to see my own gifts.”
“I just sat down to play a few Christmas songs and I played for an hour. I just wanted to thank you for teaching me the “Joy of Music.”
“You create an aura of loving acceptance. You ask me to feel deeply and respond from that place. Your self acceptance, humor and love of the creative life feeds my soul.”
FOR THE JOY OF IT! Creative Arts Center, Mendocino, California