What is SOMA Camp?
SOMA Camp is an annual gathering of mushroom enthusiasts sponsored by the Sonoma County Mycological Association. This three-day weekend is held in January, and is an almost non-stop event with activities, lectures, and workshops focused on learning about wild mushrooms.
The camp, a benefit for the SOMA Scholarship fund, is packed with mushroom forays, specimen tables, slide shows, and top-notch speakers.
Nestled in acres of oak, madrone, tan oak, redwood, and Doug-fir near Occidental, California, we will move breezily from class to woods to dining feasts, enjoying it all. There is so much to take in!
Mushroom forays, gourmet mushroom cuisine, classes and workshops on mushroom identification, cooking, dyeing, paper-making, medicine making, photography, cultivation, and more. Classes and workshops include
- mushroom cultivation
- mushroom and lichen dyeing and polypore paper-making - download SOMA News article for more info
- medicine making
Check out the current class schedule and register for classes:
2015 Schedule & Class Registration
And, of course, there will be excellent wild mushroom cuisine. Check out the menu Julie Schreiber created for last year's Sunday feast, and just try not to salivate:
2014 Camp Menu (13 KB)
Location and Accommodations
The CYO lodge. Photo © Darvin DeShazer.
Bunk beds in the CYO Camp cabins. Photo © Darvin DeShazer.
Lodging is in shared, heated, upscale cabins with hardwood floors, designer bunks and personal cubbyholes. There are six bunks per cabin, although all beds are usually not filled. The cabins are bright, clean, and airy. The shared restrooms and showers are, in most cases, a short walk from the cabins. Elders are lodged close to the restroom facilities. Vehicles may be parked near the cabins.
Shared cabins are not suitable for young children, so unless your group is large enough to occupy a cabin by itself (minimum of 8 in the group), please do not register children under 4 years old for onsite accommodation.
Please note that CYO does not allow pets -- no dogs, no cats, not even if you keep them in your vehicle or RV or camper.
Off-site lodging options are also available nearby.
What to Bring
Here's a list of things we suggest you bring to Camp. What Should I Bring?
To get details on the work exchange program and submit an application, visit the Work Exchange page »
Want to sell stuff at SOMA camp?
- Fill out the Vendor Agreement Form and either FAX to (707) 820-8154 or send it via snail mail:
P.O. Box 7147
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
- Please tell the SOMA Camp Director to expect your application via the Contact page.
For more general camp info, email the SOMA Camp Director