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McGee Creek Lodge

1561 Crowley Lake Drive

Crowley Lake, CA 93546

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Ready for falling stars and long soaks in steaming waters? The back side of the Sierras is a magical and stunning place and Mammoth is our destination for this next Good People Retreat.

This time we are taking over the entire McGee Creek Lodge near Mammoth Mountain, about 5 hours from San Francisco over the Tioga Pass of Yosemite National Park.

Rooms will be given first come, first served, so arrive early on the 10th for best pick.

If you would like to join us and camp on your own or find your own lodging nearby, please contact and we can arrange a discount.

Mammoth is about equal distance from San Francisco or L.A. and both are spectacular drives. The town also has it's own small airport and flights from LAX and SFO. Nearby lakes and forests include amazing hikes, climbs and waterfall viewing.

We'll visit one or two of the nearby hot springs for some soaks.

Ticket price includes:

  • A cocktail reception starting at 4:00 on August 10th. Plentiful and complimentary drinks of all kinds, hot and cold stuff
  • A professional chef will prepare a dinner feast each night (sample menu soon, lunches on your own on the mountain).
  • Three night's stay (or arrange your own camping at McGee Creek)
  • Hot breakfasts each morning.
  • Facilitated discussions each evening around the fire.

Each night we'll have our gathering starting around 5:00 and a family style feast around 7:00, with a conversation by the fire after dinner. Wines will be thoughtfully paired with the menu, provided by our friends Ali and Andy of Bee Hunter in the Anderson Valley.

About GOOD PEOPLE: Most of the enjoyment we gain from an experience has more to do with who we're with than what we're doing. Good People is about inspiration, community and friendships. Who are good people? They’re our best selves, when we rise above tribalism and explore big ideas.

THE CHEF: Matt Toomey is a lifelong chef in the eastern Sierras and the founder of two restaurants that epitomize the best fresh and local food you can get on that side of the mountains, The Whoa Nellie Deli at the Tioga Mobile Station and Toomey’s in Mammoth. His rich and flavorful signature dishes include bison meatloaf, elk steaks and local trout tacos. He’ll be preparing our family style dinners each of the 3 nights at the McGee Creek Lodge.

THE MENU: These sample menus give you some idea of the 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners you’ll enjoy at the inn. Lunch will be on your own in town or up on Mammoth Mountain.

Breakfast by the proprietor of the
Eastside Bakeshop, Elizabeth McGuire

  • Organic coffee and tea
  • House made granola
  • Selection of milks
  • Vegetarian and non-veg quiche made with free range eggs and organic ingredients
  • Apple streusel and selection of other baked goods (gluten free available)
  • Fresh local fruit

Dinners by Chef Matt Toomey,

Founder of Toomey’s and the Whoa Nellie Deli


  • Traditional Caesar salad
  • Organic spring mix w/chopped vegetables, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Mediterranean hummus and vegetable platter w/ warm pita bread
  • Baked brie w/fresh fruit and apricot berry glaze


  • Buffalo meatloaf w/ green peppercorn, red wine sauce
  • Mustard /herb crusted pork loin w/ wild berry glaze
  • Baby back pork ribs w/onion, blackberry bbq sauce
  • Seafood jambalaya, fish, shrimp and scallops and French baguette
  • New Zealand elk rack chop “Roger Whalen Classic”

Killer carrot cake
Bananas Foster, flaming bananas with French vanilla ice-cream, New Orleans style

If you're vegetarian or have other dietary needs, please contact Raman at least two weeks in advance of the retreat. And remember to introduce yourself to the chef when you arrive so that s/he can send you your requested meals.

OUR SPEAKERS: Each night we'll gather around the fireplace and a friend will kick off a discussion on a specific topic. You can come or go from the fireside discussion whenever you want. It's an organic conversation.

NIGHT ONE: Our friends Ali “from Anderson Valley” and “Bear Eater” Andy are accidental experts in conscious rural living.

Resident today in a NorCal redwood forest, in a home Andy’s dad built with his own hands, with a wine cellar full of healthy mold, they’ve learned how to homestead, how to live off the land in Libertarian California.

Ali’s journey was a story of leaving suburbia behind, from her Florida roots to the wilderness. She’s learnt and taught lessons now in self-reliance and worked to build a supportive community in and around the Anderson Valley.

What do we learn when we have to help each other all the time, when professional services and convenience aren’t an option? What’s better about this kind of life and what do Andy and Ali most miss about urban density and indulgences?

NIGHT TWO: On our second night at the McGee Creek Lodge, our friend Nolan Love will lead us into a discussion on emotional intelligence, helping us to consider tools we might use to cultivate civility and compassion in our relationships not with others, but with ourselves.

Nolan wrote:

I have noticed that as communal creatures, we exercise a social intelligence and an interpersonal morality that comes very naturally. It turns out that by applying these same tools toward our relation to self, treating oneself as the respected other, we can find greater peace with our own shortcomings, greater compassion for our own humanity, and greater respect for who we are actively becoming. In what way do you treat others better than you treat yourself? How can you visualize yourself as worthy of that same care?

NIGHT THREE: Our friend Alessandra Ross will kick off our discussion on our third and final night at the McGee Creek Lodge near Mammoth, California.

Alessandra is an orthopedic sports surgeon, former professional athlete, veteran, and single mother of two.

We’ve asked her to share some of her experiences from her deployment overseas. In leaving, Alessandra faced the biggest fears of her life, leaving two young children at home and traveling to a NATO base in Herat, Afghanistan to serve during wartime.

Hers is a story of how in preparing for the possibility of her own death and confronting who she was independent of the contexts that usually defined her, this challenging experience became a journey of personal metamorphosis and love.

Alessandra returned a different person.

What might this mean for the rest of us who find ourselves yearning for major life changes or transformed through trauma, windfalls or failures? Do we have to experience difficulty to become more aware of what matters most? What else might catalyze us to live from a place of deeper purpose, to be every day in service of the greater good? Can you imagine how different the world would be if we each and every one of us were empowered do this?

We recommend you drive through Yosemite from San Francisco via Tioga Pass (spectacular drive!), then take 395 south.

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1561 Crowley Lake Drive

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