Our Story

Heartland is a 25-acre, off-grid, lakeside retreat and educational center, event venue, and regenerative micro-village featuring rustic-luxury facilities with a unique blend of ancient traditions rooted in permaculture, artistry, and a collaborative ethos. Located off the beaten path about 1.25 hours NE of Sacramento, California, hundreds of dedicated hands and hearts have built this destination, shaping its unique essence and character, since 2013.


Offer guests a place geared for personal transformation to launch people into living their best lives.


Activate life purpose.



Inspired to cultivate positive change in this world, this mother and son duo are the driving force behind Heartland where they are building a community of like-minded, freedom-loving people that are interested in growing their own food, raising animals, making art, and working with natural ecosystems to improve the earth and our world.

Heartland Retreat - Team photo - Anders Gustavsson

Anders Gustavsson

Co-Founder and Visionary

Anna-Lena "Shama" Gustavsson

Co-Founder and Visionary

Natalie Houston

Retreat Sales, Marketing & Operations

Luis Solis

Development Chairman