Hermit Springs Art Residency

Funky little hideaway for artists and nature lovers needs your help.
Matt Jordon
Los Angeles, California
United States
1 Team Member

Hermit Springs Needs Your Help! 

Hermit Springs is funky stone cabin within minutes of downtown Palm Springs, CA. I'm planning on using it as a residency for artists, writers, film makers, and outdoor enthusiasts who desire a secluded retreat within a couple of hours from home.

I'm 95% of the way to the finish line, please help me to fully turn my dream into a reality! There are three projects left to do.  

  • Metal Roof
  • Privacy Fence
  • Landscaping

In exchange for your help, I'll offer a variety of valuable perks including discount accomodation, guided hikes, and more.   

About me:

  • Hiking guide
  • Actor & part-time stunt man.
  • Search & Rescue team member
  • 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate
  • I also know how to laugh and have a great time 

Donating to this cause enhances the accessability of Mt. San Jacinto and the surrounding area. With your help, this house can again be a rest-stop for travellers as it was back in the days of the Pony Express and the Well's Fargo Stagecoach. Visit in person and see what I mean! 

 What We Need & What You Get:

My goal is $2000, but I'm happy going over also! 

  • I need about $6000 to rebuild the roof in metal and cap the eaves
  • I need about $3000 for a metal fence and gates
  • I need about $1000 for some landscaping and irrigation. 

In exchange for helping me, I plan on opening up my doors to hikers, backpackers, writers, artists, acoustic musicians, and photographers. Basically, creative folk that want a pleasant escape without the overhead of owning your own cabin. Think of it as a joining a club when you help me in completing this project. This will bring us together. 

If I don't reach my goal, I will be happy to credit the ammount donated to the whichever figure is closest. For example: if I only recieve $800 - I'll use that money to install some much needed landscaping. If I recieve near $5000, I'll put on a new roof and continue to the best of my abilities.      

Other Ways You Can Help:

Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:

  • Ask folks to get the word out and make some noise about your campaign.
  • Know some roofers, fencers, or landscapers? Maybe we can work something out
  • Remind them to use the Indiegogo share tools!



Close to Palm Springs, Closer to Nature... 

Writers, outdoorsmen (& women), artists,  - you'll love it here.

Only 9.4 miles from Palm Springs, yet, quieter, darker, and cooler. The air is fresh, the views are unparalleled, the cabin is quaint and comfortable - a home for the traveling outdoorsman - or artist that want's some much needed inspitation. 

"The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!"
                          -John Muir, (Founder of the Sierra Club)


Hermit Springs is a stone cabin located right outside of the vacation city of Palm Springs, California. It lays within the 272,000 acre Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument where you will enjoy beautiful unobstructed views of the 10,835’ north face of Mt. San Jacinto and have unparalleled door front access to the world famous Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) which stretches over 2,600 miles from Mexico to Canada.

In addition to staying in a unique environment that is perfect for hikers and photographers, other optional outdoor activities here include alpine climbing, bouldering, dune exploration, paragliding and more.

Hermit Springs is located at 1,200' elevation - making it a consistent 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the rest of Palm Springs year round.

This little stone 'cottage' has recently been refurbished - it now features reclaimed and custom milled mesquite hardwood floors, hand-plastered walls, an open beam wood ceiling, two wood-burning fireplaces, a designer stainless steel kitchen with a massive farm sink, a professional stainless steel range, and a full-sized modern stainless steel refrigerator. For eating: an acacia and steel pub table is perfect for sharing a drink while discussing adventures, playing games, or journaling your thoughts for the day.

You'll also enjoy a massive custom built 4'X6' tumbled travertine bathtub with dual 8" brass rain shower heads. Three, six-gallon carboy glass bottles set in the west wall light up the shower in the late afternoon, yet provide total privacy while enjoying a refreshing dip.

The bathroom features an antique baroque mirror, a hand-hammered Indian vessel sink and a vintage cabinet from the 1800‘s with a solid granite top. Two fir shaker-style pocket doors provide privacy and easy access from both the bedroom and the living room. Extra toiletries can be found therein.

An extra long bed with antique solid oak head and footboards accommodates two comfortably and two more guests can stay in the living room on an air mattress. Extra blankets and sheets are in the walk-in closet where you can also store your luggage and provide extra space for jackets, backpacks, or other bulky items.

Outside is a six-seater iron furniture set placed in natural desert landscape. In the yard are barrel cactus, aloe, agave, palo verde, desert willow, nolina, cholla, prickly pear, yerba santa, creosote, cottonwood, etc. Many have amazing blooms in the spring, but others bloom in the summer. There is also a classic Weber kettle BBQ charcoal grill for outdoor grilling during the cool of the day.


Hermit Springs is special because of the unique history and landscape surrounding this property. Timothy Leary and John Barrymore Jr. were both occupants at one time and the mountain views are spectacular. Huell Howser of “California’s Gold” even visited this little cabin at one point for a special on PBS. In addition, there are not many homes with this sort of view that also happen to be on the Pacific Crest Trail.


  • Near the 2600+ mile Pacific Crest Trail -- walk to Canada from here! 
  • Close to Palm Springs, Cabazon Premium Outlets, and Casino Morongo
  • Large custom shower with roman bathtub
  • Wood fire heating in the winter
  • Professional quyality range & stove
  • Located in the San Jacinto National Monument 
  • Close to Palm Springs nightlife, but in awesome nature 
  • Private getaway, yet close to L.A. and San Diego
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This campaign ended on May 18, 2013
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  • $10USD

    You will receive a lot of appreciation and your name be credited on the official website.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $20USD
    Postcard of Love

    Receive a signed photo-postcard from Hermit Springs and get credited on our website. Receive 20% off your 2013 visit to Hermit Springs also for up to a $120 value!

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $30USD
    Featured Artist

    We'll decorate Hermit Springs with a unique reclaimed object or feature a local artists work. Submit your own!

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $40USD
    Guided Hike in Whitewater

    I'll personally guide you on a four-hour outdoor hike near Palm Springs or donate a hike to a stressed out artist, writer, photographer, or musician. Who doesn't like nature?

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $50USD
    Original Hermit Art

    Receive an original hand-drawn 8"X10" cartoon of the Hermit (by the Hermit) as well as a very nice 8"X10" photograph of Hermit Springs. Your support gives back and inspires others to do the same.

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $100USD
    One-Night Midweek Getaway

    Visit Hermit Springs mid-week for a one-night personal getaway. A $150 dollar value!

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $150USD
    Two-Night Midweek Getaway

    Visit Hermit Springs mid-week for a two-night getaway for two. A $300 dollar value!

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $200USD
    Adopt An Artist

    Sponsor an artist for a two-night stay at Hermit Springs. Receive some original art in exchange for your awesome contribution to mankind.

    0 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $200USD
    Weekend Residence

    Visit Hermit Springs before the end of September - stay two nights for the price of one! A $400 value!

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $1,000USD
    The One Week Residency

    Receive a one week stay at Hermit Springs and have your name engraved on a memorial along with 9 others who have contributed at this level. Donate your trip to an up and coming artist if you can't make it - they'll be glad you did. You will also receive a signed print featuring a professional photograph of Hermit Springs as your personal thank you for going the extra mile as well as a fun night of socializing with the Hermit over your favorite BBQ dish.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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