A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

The meditation pavilion sits below the house and is anchored to its south-facing slope with piers and grade beams to preserve as much vegetation as possible.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

Outside the meditation pavilion, sculpted earthen walls lend a sense of mystique and privacy.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

Gravel paths, indigenous plants, and earthen and stacked stone walls make visitors aware of their natural surroundings.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

Deep overhangs shade the south-facing deck in summer and allow for solar gain in winter.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

A floating reclaimed teak deck extends the interior when the south and east facades retract into the walls. The lodgepole pine trellis, a waste material, provides shade and helps the building blend with the trees and scrub.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

The cedar siding repels water and insects. Much of the building’s yearly electrical load is offset by a photovoltaic array hidden near the bottom of the south slope.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

Composed of board-formed concrete columns, a gravel floor, and a repurposed pipe ceiling, the dining pavilion frames views of the foothills.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

Plants are drought tolerant and minimally irrigated. They are ornamental and manicured near the dining and pool terraces, becoming wilder toward the bottom of the compound.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

The pool uses salt instead of chlorine for purification and is heated with a solar hydronic system.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

The pavilion’s form is defined by a series of rustic cedar boxes that serve as counterpoint to the landscape.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

Ivy-covered curved walls and a lodgepole pine roof trellis help to hide the meditation pavilion.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

View from the pool terrace toward the meditation pavilion.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

The pavilion contains an outdoor shower and exercise room.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

The pavilion’s south elevation.

A Sonoma retreat nutures nature, body, and soul

The pavilion was designed around concepts of privacy, safety, and refuge.

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