On the north grounds of the 187-acre National Chavez Center stands the recently renovated 17,000 square foot Villa La Paz Conference & Education Center. Cesar Chavez's dream of an educational center to train future generations of dedicated activists became one step closer to reality with the grand opening in 2010 of this sprawling world-class conference and educational center in the restored mission-style structures where he held community gatherings and sessions with movement leaders and staff.

The confrence center is where Cesar presided over meetings with the United Farm Workers' executive board, hosted hundreds of field and boycott organizers and other union staff, and brought farm worker leaders from their ranches together for planning or training. During the late 1970s, he used the facilities to operate schools that trained professional UFW negotiators, organizers and contract administers. The large halls on the east and west sides of the complex housed a Montessori school and numerous weddings and other special gatherings.

The complex was originally built as a county-run tuberculosis sanitarium in 1929.
 
It has the capacity to host corporate and organizational conferences and retreats, educational seminars, exhibits, weddings, receptions and other special events. Also available are catering and beverage services, event planning, a business office and Wi-Fi.

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Highlights of the Villa La Paz Conference & Education Center
 
The Facility

Villa La Paz can accommodate between 20 and 400 people in two large meeting and banquet halls, breakout rooms, a fully-equipped lecture hall/theater, an executive boardroom, gallery spaces, a multi-purpose room with a fireplace, a full-service cafe's lounge and bar, covered porticos and walkways, an outside patio with a fountain and stage, verandas and lush lawns for outdoor ceremonies.
 
Seating Capacity Chart

Location-Location-Location

Set above the fog and haze in Kern County's scenic Tehachapi Mountains, Villa La Paz offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of every day city life. With easy access just off the Hwy. 58 freeway, it is 15 minutes from Tehachapi, 30 minutes from Bakersfield and two hours from Los Angeles.
 
Catering

The center offers a wide selection of diverse catering and beverage options from an industry leading on-staff kitchen department. Villa La Paz works hard to make sure all requests are satisfied, including vegetarian options. Many guests at Villa La Paz also enjoy having breakfast or lunch at the historic Keene Cafe in the mountain hamlet of Keene, just off Hwy. 58, which is also run by the National Chavez Center.
 
Please click here for Sample Lunch and Dinner menus.
 
Lodging


Villa La Paz offers over-night accommodations for groups of 25 guests or fewer on the grounds of La Paz. Lodging for larger parties is not a problem: The center partners with nearby local hotels to provide discounted rates.
 
Planning an Event?
 
Call or contact Villa La Paz and provide your wish list! Organizing and planning an event, conference or retreat can be overwhelming. Villa La Paz can help customize a gathering that's just right for any organization.

Phone: (661) 823-6271
E-mail: Monica Parra mparra@chavezfoundation.org
 
Operating Hours
 
Villa La Paz is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Directions to Villa La Paz at the National Chavez Center
 
From Los Angeles (coming from the south):
Take the I-5 N towards Sacramento

Take the State Route 14 N exit towards Palmdale/Lancaster

Merge onto CA-14 N
Continue onto CA-58 BUS W 
Turn Left to merge onto CA-58 W

Take exit 139 toward Keene

Turn right toward Woodford-Tehachapi Road
Turn Right at Woodford Tehachapi Road
National Chavez Center will be on your left

Google Maps URL: http://g.co/maps/dqnpv

From Bakersfield (coming from the north):
Take the CA-58 E/Barstow-Bakersfield Hwy/Blue Star Memorial Hwy
Take exit 139 toward Keene

Turn left toward Woodford-Tehachapi Rd

Turn right at Woodford-Tehachapi Rd
National Chavez Center will be on your left

Google Maps URL: http://g.co/maps/6drtp


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