The Retreat

The Children’s Nature Retreat is located on 20 acres of stunning terrain approximately 40 minutes outside San Diego.


We strongly believe in the ethical treatment of animals and we are extremely passionate about the well-being of our furry friends!


The retreat is specifically designed to help children develop a sense of wonder for nature and its inhabitants.

Wellness Center

Our luxury, private oasis overlooking the Retreat offers deluxe packages that will suit your next seminar or exclusive event.

“I just wanted to thank you for the great time that Laina had meeting you and visiting your nature retreat last Friday.  I think it really was the first time that Laina smiled and even giggled at a zoo or wild animal park.  We have visited many parks and most of the time the animals are so hidden or there are usually children standing in front of her wheelchair to even see anything.  She actually got to see the animals this time and smiled when they started to walk up to the fence!

Thank you so much for that experience!  It made me so happy to see her smile.   I am sure her caregiver and/or I will make sure Laina comes to visit once a month.”

-Sandy R.









Our Vision

In our increasingly digital-dependent and urbanized world, we are loosing touch with nature.

With this in mind, we believe the Children’s Nature Retreat offers a rich connection to the earth, its plants and animals.

We allow guests to step away from their fast pace life, reduce stress levels and find their balance in nature.

Our Blog

At the Retreat

Those of us here at the Retreat are so thankful to SDG&E for donating the funds to build this new structure! This add-on to our ticket booth makes sure we can keep operating, rain or shine, and comply with CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. We are so grateful to the generosity of our community for supporting us in our mission to provide a safe, loving home for animals in need and give children and adults alike the chance to connect with nature. ❤️ ...

Are you coming to our gala tomorrow evening? If so, you’ll have the chance to bid on this one-of-a-kind work of art, created by the internationally selling artist Ambra Tesori. She is incredibly talented, and her work can be found all over the world, in countries like Germany and Italy.

It’s going to be a fun evening! Can’t wait to see everyone there.

The incredibly talented artist Tyler McPherson created this beautiful 30x40 painting of our zebras, Hope and Bamboo. Interested in adding this gorgeous acrylic and charcoal artwork to your collection? It will be available to bid on during the silent auction at our gala here at the Retreat on Saturday night! Tickets to the gala are available on our website until midnight tonight. Only a few seats left, if you want to see this masterpiece in person and get a chance to meet the artist, hurry up and get your tickets now! ...

✨ We are now on Patreon! ✨

Become a monthly donor for as little as $5 a month and help us give our animals the very best life possible! Your $5 a month donation will feed our littlest friend, Crackle the quail, for two whole weeks! How amazing is that?

And starting at just $10 a month, you’ll receive special gifts, like stickers, mugs and t-shirts with your favorite furry friends on them!

Become a Patron (that means monthly donor!) today for as little as $5 a month and get access to exclusive photos and videos of the animals here that you won’t be able to see anywhere else!

As a Patron, you’ll also be the first to know about any new rescues that come to the retreat, and help us pick their name!

Thank you all for the continued support. We can’t do it without you! Every little bit helps.

Link in bio to become a Patron today!

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Pearl and all of us at the Retreat are grateful for our freedom today and every day. ❤️🇺🇸❤️ ...

Pearl, sweet girl, you are beautiful. ❤️ ...

“My family and I loved it! Our favorite was Burkina. She was so sweet and followed us around from her enclosure. Also, we met the owner Agnes. She was super nice and chatted with us about the animals.”
Cindy U., El Cajon, CA
“The children’s nature retreat-is not just for children. it is a magical place where one is reminded how powerful nature is-the animals and the park like setting restore a sense of awe and wonder to all of its visitors-including the grown ups.”
Eileen L., San Diego, CA
“This was a very fun getaway! Close to home yet far enough you feel out of the city. The grounds are maintained very well and all of the staff are very friendly l. I can’t wait to go back.”
Amber N., Tucson, AZ


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