Gathering Ground Retreat is an incomparable wedding and event venue situated in the mountains of Carmel Valley, California. This pristine rustic paradise is perched in the hills overlooking the Los Padres National Forest, boasting grand oaks, wildflower covered fields, stunning sunset skies and sweet starry nights. An ideal option for bespoke events, where the open land and unique glampsite can be curated with vivid details to bring magical events to life. Perfect for couples who delight in the simplicity of nature, with two ceremony sites situated against epic mountain backdrops, and the freedom to create the event of your dreams. Awe and serenity are the essence of the Gathering Ground Retreat experience. With all this in mind, this unique setting makes a great choice for eco-conscious couples looking to celebrate their wedding day. FREEDOM TO CREATE Gathering Ground is a rustic retreat and mountaintop event venue offering 20 acres of rolling oak woodlands. Secluded within the hills, this is the perfect place to escape into nature, gather with friends and family and make memories. We offer two ceremony sites with majestic mountain views, a rustic glampsite for the wedding party, bridal suite, pre-/post- ceremony mini receptions or private parties. This venue is ideal for small weddings and events of up to 75 guests. Transform the blank canvas of our land and glampsite into the event of your dreams… Let the magic of this stunning natural sanctuary become the backdrop to your union, ceremony or celebration.