on private 400-acre ranch

Mendocino County, California

Southern view of glass house with greenhouse below

Curved stone wall between living and bed rooms


King’s hole, swimming hole

Pet deer 

Rock cairn

This Educational opportunity is being offered by the Redwood Forest Institute, a 501-c-3, California for Public Benefit Organization providing the opportunity for visitors to enhance their vacation experience, with Seminars on Sustainable Lifestyle skills, tours of the property, seminars, and lectures on how our Redwood Forests should be managed for the benefit of future generation and other related educational purposes geared specifically to each applicant's interests. The fee is a charitable tax deductable donation to the Redwood Forest Institute.

This accomodation was published in the New York Times and it is like living in a piece of sculpture.  It is an educational experience in itself.

We are located halfway between Willits and Fort Bragg. We're far away from people and cars; deer and other wildlife walk around freely and unafraid. You'll find pristine mountain air to breathe, as well as clean spring water to drink, soothing sounds, and stars bright enough to touch.

10 miles off hiway, on a gravel road.

Bring your own food, bedding - sleeping bags or sheets, towels, and personal gear. Please include your flashlights.

Rustic but with most all creature comforts provide. There is a gas Cooking Range with oven - Refrigerator - complete bathroom with Shower, Wood stove.

Policies                                                                            The educational participation fee of $185.00 per night for 2 people represents a tax deductable charitable donation to the Redwood Forest Institute.  

Make checks payable to Redwood Forest Institute, PO Box 2079, Willits, Ca. 95490. Non-refundable full payment is required in order to hold the reservation for the educational seminars being offered unless other arrangements are agreed upon.

Charles Bello

Tel. (707) 459 - 2391


Recommendation from recent guest
Our weekend educational experience and staying in the Parabolic Glass House was incredible. The house itself is a wonder -- the view through the front windows is breathtaking and changes dramatically as the day progresses from sunrise and nightfall. We also thoroughly enjoyed meeting and spending time with Charles Bello, the architect-artist who designed and built the Parabolic Glass House and many other wonders on the ranch. A great swimming hole, beautiful hiking, delicious organic fruits and vegetables -- it's difficult to convey the sense of fun, peace, and relaxation one experiences at the Bello Ranch -- I can only recommend going and checking it out for yourself.

Toby Schadt
El Cerrito, CA

Redwood Forest Institute is a California, for public benefit, non-profit corporation, organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code