Welcome to the Lab

at Commune Topanga

At the end of the end of the end of a road, nestled in a remote valley of the Santa Monica mountains, is Commune Topanga — a laboratory for living and learning on 10 acres of meandering paths, oak trees, and organic gardens. 

Our Lab is where the ideas and practices embraced by Commune play out in real life. It is a gathering place for inspiring teachers and thought leaders. It is a setting to slow down and shift your brain to long-wave thoughts. It is a place to practice, plant, and cook. But, most of all, the Lab is designed to foster deep levels of connection between people, face-to-face. It is a place to commune. 

Scroll down for a peek into the many events and projects percolating in the Lab: lectures series, solar installations, soil regeneration, beekeeping, yurts, and much more.

Upcoming Events

Communion Weekend Retreats

with Schuyler Grant & Jeff Krasno


Join Jeff Krasno and Schuyler Grant for an intimate weekend of the good life – sweaty yoga, scrumptious food, thoughtful discussions, and nighttime storytelling. Springtime is glorious in Topanga and a perfect time to pollinate mental and physical wellbeing. Schuyler will focus on developing your physiological strength and flexibility with a blend of challenging and introspective modalities. Jeff, host of the Commune podcast, will lead a discussion on holistic health (with a special guest TBA) and treat you to evening fireside readings of some of his favorite Commusings essays. Throughout it all, the Commune Topanga chef will delight with farm-sourced, nourishing fare.

JOIN MAY 12-14

Take a Tour

The Lab at Commune Topanga is available for private events, retreats, and film shoots. For more information, please contact us here.

What's Happening at the Lab

Tour Our Video Set

It’s amazing how the yoga studio fills up with gear when it’s time to film!


The Joys of Yurt Living

So, why live in a 314-square foot, off-grid yurt? Let us count the ways...


Building Our Cob Art Barn

This natural building technique is climate-friendly and fosters community.


Digging a Waffle Garden 

We are getting inspired by traditional methods from the arid Southwest.


Chicken Tai Chi 

Our baby chicks are quite affectionate, but navigating the coop requires finesse.


What Happens When You Compost a Fake Plant

The microbes are not fooled.