Site Info & Hotels




We are thrilled that the Solar Living Institute will be hosting the Convergence again! You will love visiting this inspirational 12-acre renewable energy and demonstration site, complete with an eco-gift shop, one of northern California’s largest grid-tied solar arrays and an edible garden. The Institute is located on Highway 101 in Hopland, CA, approximately 2 hours north of San Francisco. Established in 1998 by the founder of the Real Goods Trading Company, John Schaeffer, the Solar Living Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission of “Promoting sustainable living through inspirational environmental education”.

The Institute manages the Solar Living Center, a 12-acre renewable energy and sustainable living demonstration site that is visited by 200,000 people annually. To learn more about visiting the Solar Living Center for a tour, click here.


Established in 1978, Real Goods was the original “green general store,” focused on providing quality products to the budding back-to-the-land movement. In 1996, the current retail store was constructed at the Solar Living Center. At 5000 square feet of straw bale and other natural building materials, the Real Goods Retail Store walks its talk – educating and inspiring beyond its function as a sustainability store and show room.

The store sells a number of eco-friendly basic necessities, including: bamboo eating utensils & plates, beverage containers, camping supplies, healthy snacks & drinks, Plastic Free Challenge items to promote living a more sustainable, plastic-free lifestyle.

The Real Goods Retail Store is open every day from 10am – 6pm PST. Click here for more information.

Download a site map of SLI.



The closest airports to the Solar Living Institute are:

  • Santa Rosa Airport (in Sonoma County, airport code: STS, 47 miles)
  • Sacramento International Airport (airport code: SMF, 140 miles)
  • Oakland International Airport (airport code: OAK, 170 miles)
  • San Francisco International Airport (airport code: SFO, 175 miles)


If you are not interested in camping and would like to spend your nights in a nearby hotel we have a number of options listed below. The hotels are 20 minutes/10-15 miles north of the Solar Living Institute.


piazza de campovida Inn
13441 South Highway 101, Hopland CA

  • 7 suites
  • Rate: $175-$210/night + tax 
  • King bed, Private balcony, Fireplace


Comfort Inn & Suites
1220 Airport Blvd, Ukiah CA

  • 30 assorted non-smoking rooms with Kings & Queen beds
  • Rate: $124/night + tax – Standard room
  • Rate: $144/night + tax – Suite
  • Free WI-FI, breakfast included

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ukiah
1140 Airport Park Blvd, Ukiah CA

  • $159/night + tax (normally $194) – ask for Neil
  • Free WI-FI, breakfast included

Hampton Inn Ukiah
1160 Airport Park Blvd, Ukiah CA
707.462.6555 x 505

  • 10 rooms with 2 Queen each
  • Online rate: $158/night + tax (price is subject to change)
  • Call-in rate: $176/night + tax
  • Free WI-FI, breakfast included
  • AAA members – ask for discounted rate
  • The hotel has 5 rooms on hold; they are on a first-come, first-served basis

Quality Inn Ukiah
1050 S State Street, Ukiah CA


  • 10 rooms with 2 Queen beds each
  • 30 non-smoking rooms 

  • Rate: $ 87/night + tax (1 bed per room); $97/night + tax (2 beds per room)

  • Free WI-FI, breakfast included

Travelodge Ukiah
1720 N. State Street, Ukiah CA


  • 20 non-smoking rooms (15 rooms with double beds, 5 rooms with one Queen or King)

  • Rate: $102-$110 + tax (up to 2 people)

  • The hotel will be flexible depending on the needs of attendees who call.

CAMPING (Off-site)

Camping is available on-site, but if you would like to stay off-site here are few recommendations:

Dutcher Creek RV Park and Campground
230 Theresa Drive, Cloverdale, CA 95425

  • Twenty minutes south of Hopland, CA.
  • Tent and RV sites available: 25 acres in wine country, just one-half mile off Highway 101, surrounded by trees and nature.
  • Tent or RV $45/night for 4 people & 2 tents with full hook-up. Children under seven are free.
  • Pool, laundry, showers, charcoal grills, and Wi-Fi are available.
  • No open fire pits.
  • To make a reservation, call (see above) or email them or go to their website

RV Camping

Redwood Empire Fairgrounds RV Park
1055 N State Street, Ukiah, CA

  • Twenty minutes north of Solar Living Institute in Ukiah, Ca.
  • 40 spaces, all have water and electricity, some have sewer (first-come, first-served)
  • Full hook-up RV is $30/night – discounts for Good Sam or Escapee members and 65+
  • No tent camping is allowed
  • Stay limit is 2 weeks
  • For more information or to make a reservation, call them. To make a reservation, email them at, or go to their website