Rockside Ranch is tucked between the Marble Mountains and Trinity Alps of far Northern California. Roughly two miles outside the small town of Etna, the ranch is on 100 acres of woodland and pasture—the ideal setting for students to retreat from the distractions of a modern world and step into a rugged experience in nature.
Farm life is central to the program. The daily rhythms of the farm foster responsibility and compassion. Students experience a rare physical connection to life and land that is both deeply challenging and highly redemptive.
Students take part in growing and raising their own food, cutting and burning their own heat, and identifying and solving a host of problems that come with living so close to the land and to one another.
Photo Credit: Rockside Ranch