Welcome to Commonweal

Commonweal is a nonprofit health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California. Founded in 1976, Commonweal conducts programs that contribute to human and ecosystem health—to a safer world for people and for all life—through a program focus in four areas:


Environment and Health


  • The New School at Commonweal—convenes conversations with people working to encourage awareness of the deep interconnectedness of personal and planetary health
  • The Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal Garden—offers a new model of ecological education and training in regenerative design and construction practices


The Commonweal Retreat Center is an integral part of Commonweal’s work. The Retreat Center, which houses up to 22 people, is available for personal or professional retreats, conferences, and workshops when not in use for Commonweal programs.