spring 2019

Nestled amongst the blue oak woodland landscape and intoxicating spring wildflowers of the Sierra Mountain foothills, the Martin Wildlife Preserve is a tranquil, historic ranch that offers a remote and private 300-acres for your creative sabbatical in central California.


Follow the cattle paths for a peaceful hike through the property or a take a short stroll to one of the property’s nearby ponds, home to ducks and herons. Before you settle in to view an incredible sunset from the front porch, say hello to Titan, the resident horse ready to greet you after exploring nearby Preserves and local sites like the table mountains.

Our spring session will take place during a magical time of year in the Sierra Foothills as lush, vibrant and diverse wildflowers blanket the landscape. Following our 2018 pilot program in Yosemite National Park, this program will serve as our second and last pilot before expanding the program.


Community host

Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Amble's community hosts are our local partners and collaborators in need of creative services in our sabbatical destinations. These organizations are nonprofits and conservancies whose missions are to serve, protect, and enrich the communities and natural environment around them.


SFC is a nonprofit and land trust rooted in the local community with a mission to:

  • Protect wildlife & preserve native flora and historic rangelands

  • Provide educational and recreational opportunities for the community

  • Promote scientific study of foothill ecosystems

  • Maintain open space and beautiful vistas

From the snow-capped Sierra to the Central Valley floor, expansive landscapes, important habitats, and clean water resources are conserved and managed to ensure continuing public benefits. SFC supports a thriving land-based economy while promoting a conservation ethic that spans generations.



We are currently seeking creative professionals with the following skills & expertise to complete small creative projects:

  • UX Design & Strategy

  • Branding, Marketing & Communications

  • Content Strategy & Copywriting

  • Business Development & Strategy

  • Photography and/or Videography



Learn more about the experience of Amble.



Our community host’s lodging options often provide an authentic window into living in a rural and rustic environment. We ensure these accommodations are safe, clean and comfortable, as well as stock them with the essentials you might expect from a bed and breakfast—such as beds, linens, and towels.



Sierra Foothill Conservancy is offering our creatives full use of their private 4-bedroom, 3 bath ranch style home nestled amongst the Sierra Nevada foothills, home to the Tallman family dating back to 1934.

The home is brightly lit with windows overlooking the 300-acre Preserve, and includes a nicely appointed great room with standing wood stove fireplace, a fully equipped large kitchen, a reading room, and work space. This home has (2) master suites with private baths, and (2) additional bedrooms with a shared large bath.

This property also includes: heating & AC, WIFI and printers, on-site washer and dryer, and is compatible with most accessibility levels. This home is:

  • 1-Hour from Yosemite National Park

  • 2-Hours from Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park

  • Within 15-20 minutes of numerous SFC Preserves

  • Approximately 5 minutes from the Towns of Prather, Auberry & Tollhouse

  • Approximately 30 minutes from Fresno and Old Town, Clovis

Do be prepared for the unexpected, as surprises can arise living in a rural environment that require a sense of humor and a flexible, patient and optimistic mindset. Something’s not working or need help? The resident caretaker is SFC’s Rangeland Manager, who lives next door! Additionally, we will be available around the clock to help you with your accommodations and project work.


The grasslands, foothills, and forests between Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks provide land for farms and ranches, a home for native plants and wildlife, and a source of clean water.



Amble offers a one-of-a-kind experience by providing access to unique and exclusive private lodging and landscapes otherwise unavailable to the public for your destination sabbatical.

We work with our community hosts to leverage existing assets to bring in top-notch talent who are eager to help them solve some of their biggest challenges. All applicants for this Spring 2018 pilot program will be offered a special discounted rate, as listed below:



Private bedroom with private bath and/or shower
$1,600 (regular price $1800)

Private bedroom with shared bathroom
$1,400 (regular price $1600)

Our program fee covers the cost of lodging, programming, materials and management of projects for one month—and your work with our community hosts on a small creative project helps to reduce your costs for a destination sabbatical.

This program fee includes:

  • Full access to private home and 300-acres of private land for 1-month

  • Access to the over 60 hikes and classes presented by SFC, as well as any private donor events, staff or docent trainings held during your sabbatical period

  • Tours to many of the over 32,000 acres in Preserves & Conservation Easements can be arranged, based on staff availability

  • ‘Welcome’ and ‘Farewell’ dinners for Amble creatives and community hosts

  • Programming for Amble creatives (TBD)

Our program fee totals to approximately $50/day for one month.

Additional Information:

  • Cost does not include airfare, car rental or meals.

  • Transportation to/from Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) can be arranged.

  • Payment will be collected from selected participants in early February.

  • If participant fails to deliver a final project, participant will be charged a penalty fee of $2,000, which will be made as a donation to SFC.

Still curious?

Check out the experience of our fall 2018 Yosemite National Park cohort!



Ready? Let’s go!

Applications are now closed.

We are no longer accepting applications for our Spring 2019 session. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed about future sabbatical programs.


Still curious?

Check out our 2018 pilot in Yosemite National Park!