2018 Fall Retreat

SOLD OUT: At this time, the Rachel’s Network 2018 Fall Retreat has reached capacity.

Please complete the form below to register for our wait-list. The dinner at Chez Panisse on October 23rd has also reached capacity and cannot accommodate late registrants at this time.

Tuesday, October 23 to Friday, October 26, 2018
Yosemite National Park

Our world-class public lands face many challenges, including an $11 billion maintenance backlog, climate change, and encroaching development. When visiting Yosemite National Park in 2016, President Obama also observed that the beauty and benefits of our protected lands are not shared equally: “the national park system belongs to everybody. It is a true expression of our democracy, [yet] we’ve got kids all across this country who’ve never seen a park.”

The focus of our Fall Retreat this year is Yosemite and the Future of Our National Parks. We will hear from park staff, experts, and advocates about what’s in store for our national parks and public lands, the public-private efforts to share Yosemite’s grandeur with a broader audience, and efforts to protect its magnificence with less. In addition, we will have time to enjoy the park, explore Yosemite’s waterfalls and glacier-carved valley, learn its history and see its ancient trees, walk its trails, and experience the sights and sounds of the High Sierra.

We’ll begin our Fall Retreat at 5pm on Tuesday, October 23 in Berkeley, California with a special dinner at Alice Waters’ famed restaurant, Chez Panisse. Our Retreat ends the afternoon of Saturday, October 27, when we travel from Yosemite National Park to arrive in the Bay Area no later than 2pm.

To see the latest version of the agenda (details subject to change), click here.


October 23
Hotel Shattuck Plaza (use this link to make an online reservation)
2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 845-7300
Reservation code: 1810rachel

October 24-27
SOLD OUT – please email jamie@rachelsnetwork.org if you did not make a reservation
Yosemite Valley Lodge
9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
(888) 413-8869
Reservation code: 11C6EH

Please register below and with these hotels by September 10 as space is limited. If you have any questions, email info@rachelsnetwork.org.

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