STS Summer Retreat, June 30th-July 2nd, Marin Headlands CA

The Annual California STS Summer Retreat is back and we want you to join us! This is an amazing way to meet other STS grads and faculty from across California, share ideas and walks and tips about publishing and otherwise making STS part of your life. It takes place on a beautiful beach with fresh cooked food, big meeting space, and collective activity.

After having to cancel the retreat in 2020 and a way too long hiatus, the retreat will be held again in Marin Headlands from June 30th--July 2nd, 2023. We will gather at NatureBridge Beach Campus:

NatureBridge at Golden Gate

Beach Campus
1033 Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965


Following a very productive and well-established tradition the retreat will include a variety of workshops and social activities over the course of the days. For now, these will include:

- Two (2) minutes mini-introductions

- Discussion sessions focusing on dissertation / research project proposals 

- Professionalization sessions for both students and early career faculty

- Workshops (topic oriented) led by faculty (TBA)

- Theory walks around campus (i.e., on the beach and hike trails up in the hills)

- Delicious meals, coffee (included), great company and conversation



Through collaboration between the Department of STS at UC Davis (which provides a subsidy) and NatureBridge the cost of this year’s has been set at $170.00 per person. This cost includes lodging, meals and Internet access. The retreat has been designed to host up to 60 participants (including faculty). Due to this restriction, spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please REGISTER now and PAY by May 30th. Your place in the retreat will be reserved only once payment has been received. Due to the nature of the partnership with NatureBridge payment is also NON-REFUNDABLE. Note: If there’s a waitlist and your circumstances change, you may be able to find a replacement.

Cash payments should be in the exact amount —no change given— and must be given in person to:

Wilson Xieu

Department of Philosophy

1240 SS&H

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616


Check payments should be payable to UC Regents and sent to Wilson Xieu to the mail address above. 

Registration: Please REGISTER here:



Workshops: Faculty or postdocs: please let us know if you are interested in guiding an STS workshop (1-2 hours). The workshop can be on a topic of you choosing, which can be as inventive or straightforward as you like. We are developing some workshops already and will announce them as soon as they are confirmed.

Photographic materials: If you have participated in previous retreats, we would like to ask you to support our ongoing efforts to document past retreats and illustrate a new website by sending photographic materials. We’ll make sure you get proper credit following a Creative Commons framework.

You’ll be able to find updates about the retreat through these two websites:


Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need questions answered or if you ran into problems with the registration form.


Joe Dumit ( & Andres Barragan (

Published: 05/18/2023