Retreat Venue for educators in July

Hi, 

I have been asked to coordinate a retreat for 35 elementary educators for this July. This is so last minute, and I would like some recommendations. The venue must have meeting space (one large meeting room to accommodate 40 adults for two days), and we prefer for the venue to have on site over night stay. We are looking to arrive July 25th and check out on July 26th. We would also need to have meals on site. 

Can anyone suggest a place? We have been to the Marconi Center for the past 3 years and would love to try another venue. Livermore, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, and such areas would be great. 

Do you know suggestions? 

Thank you in advance. 

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Some places I've been to a group "retreat", which meet your criteria, though I've no idea whether they'd be available on short notice:

YMCA at Point Bonita. Dorm accommodations with rooms that have 4-12 bunks, dining hall, two meeting rooms (one might have a capacity near 40, the other is quite large and can hold at least 100).  Beautiful setting on the hill overlooking the ocean near Rodeo Beach.

NatureBridge, formerly known as Marin Headlands Institute.  Down the hill from Pt Bonita, near the lagoon and the beach. Dorm accommodations mostly in large rooms, a few smaller. Dining hall has truly excellent food.  Three (?) meeting rooms of various sizes.

Walker Creek Ranch, west of Petaluma in a forest setting that feels quite remote from any kind of traffic or ordinary city life (but does take longer to get to from the urban Bay Area than the places in the Marin Headlands!).  Cabin/lodge style accommodations mostly 4-6 people per room in separate buildings with separate exterior entrances rather than on a hall or in one big dorm room. Camping available. Dining hall and large meeting space.

Good luck!

   Have you considered Asilomar in Monterey?  

Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg has meals, large meeting areas and overnight stays. They do camps in the summer though, so not sure about availability.