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Yosemite National Park

November 2018

We partnered with Yosemite Conservancy and Mariposa Arts Council to offer the opportunity to work on exciting projects, and provide affordable destination sabbaticals in and around Yosemite National Park. We were joined by 6 creative professionals from across the country to kick off our pilot program and we are thrilled to share more of their work and experiences with you very soon! See below for program details:


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We are currently seeking creative professionals with the following skills & expertise:

  • Visual Designers & Illustrators

  • UX Designers & Strategists

  • Production & Manufacturing Specialists

  • Retail Merchandisers

  • Digital Strategists



Learn more about the experience of Amble.






In the heart of Yosemite National Park, these rustic Wawona cabins are a nature lover's delight. You will stay in a private or shared cabin provided by the Yosemite Conservancy:

  • River Road Cabin

  • Boyer Cabin

Each cabin includes: a bed, desk, kitchen, bathroom, WIFI, and electricity. Family-friendly accomodations are also available for the working parents! 



Less than 1-hour from Yosemite National Park, Mariposa is a gateway town to Yosemite and offers all of the comforts of home—restaurants, bars, shops, and community. A historic gold rush town, Mariposa also offers access to many other natural areas to explore including the Sierra Foothills and Merced River. 

Our Mariposa location sits on a 340 acre old ranch property. This home includes all the amenities of home: a kitchen, electricity, bathroom, WIFI, dining area, living room with furniture, fireplace, and a back patio with mountain views. 


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Community Hosts

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


Yosemite Conservancy

Yosemite Conservancy provide grants to Yosemite National Park based on the highest-priority needs of the park. They fund trail and habitat restoration projects, wildlife-protection programs, scientific research and more to preserve and protect Yosemite’s natural wonders and enrich the visitor experience. They also provide Youth in Yosemite programs which transform the lives of youth of all ages, while youth help transform the park.


Mariposa Arts Council

The Mariposa Arts Council is an incorporated not-for-profit organization, created to promote and support all forms of the cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Mariposa County. Their programs and services are designed to benefit the community in a variety of ways, including: supporting the local economy, positively increase the visibility of Mariposa, provide opportunities for collaboration among individuals, organizations, businesses and civic leaders in Mariposa and beyond—to name a few.




Amble offers a one-of-a-kind experience, as well as affordable lodging in private cabins otherwise not available to the public in Yosemite National Park. To provide affordable sabbaticals, we offer lodging at 30% of the cost of nearby lodging in exchange for your creative talent.

All applicants for this pilot program in Fall 2018 will be offered a special discounted rate, as listed below:




Private Cabin: $2,200
(Regular Price: $2,500)

Private Room (in shared cabin): $1,800
(Regular Price: $2,000)

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Private Room (in shared housing):  $1,800
(Regular Price: $2,000)

Additional Information:

  • Cost does not include transportation or food.

  • Payment will be collected from selected participants in early August 2018.

  • If participant fails to deliver a final project, participant will be charged the full $7,000 market-rate for lodging.

Interested but still have questions?

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Application Process

***Applications for Amble are now closed***



  • Amble only accepts applications from individuals who are able to take this time off—whether having approval from employers or are self-employed.

  • You must have 3+ years of professional experience.

  • Amble strongly encourages applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds, including racial, ethnic, and sexual/gender minorities who are often underrepresented in the outdoor and creative fields.


Selection process

  • Amble will review your application and portfolio in to ensure you are the right fit for available creative projects.

  • If applicants advance to the 2nd phase of reviewal, Amble will contact provided references.

  • Final applicants will be selected on the basis of strength of portfolio, and creative fit to the current needs of the community host.

  • We encourage you to apply again for future dates if you are not selected.

  • Amble will inform all applicants of the selection results by August 3rd, 2018.