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

We found this emu on Japatul Road this morning. Anyone recognizes him/her? He/she is safe in the barn in a big stall for now. He will stay with us until we found his/her owner. If no one claims him, he will stay with us. ❤️. #emu #lostemu #lostanimal #childrensnatureretreat ...

Today marks what would have been Betty’s 100th birthday. So in honor of Betty's birthday, the #BettyWhiteChallenge has gained momentum around the world. People are encouraged to donate to their favorite animal charity in her honor. We would love our supporters to take part in this tribute to Betty and donate to the Children’s Nature Retreat Foundation.

Animal rescues all around the world know that this would have made her incredibly proud to see her birthday being marked as a special day to support animals in need. ❤️

If you would like to donate in Betty’s honor simply click the PayPal link below or Venmo or you may donate directly from our website
Venmo @childrensnatureretreat


Tomorrow would have been Betty White’s 100th Birthday ❤️ In her honor, people will donate to non-profit organizations helping animals in need. Please, consider donating to the Retreat. We will be honored to receive your donations for the #bettywhitechallenge She was such an incredible animal advocate. We will all miss her dearly. ❤️ #animalsanctuary #childrensnatureretreat #animallovers #farmanimals #exoticanimals #donate ...

Betty White loved all animals! We believe she would have enjoyed very much meeting our animals and learn about what we do here at the Retreat. In her honor, you may choose the Retreat to donate $5 or $100 on her 100th birthday ❤️ #bettywhitechallenge #donate #makeadifference #animallovers #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuary ...

We captured the magic of the Retreat yesterday. ❤️ ……………………………………. #watusi #watusicattle #sunset #sunsetphotography #animalsanctuary #animalsanctuarylife #beautifulscenery #beautifulscene #nature #naturelovers #animallovers #childrensnatureretreat ...

After struggling with multiple infections over the last year, we decided that the best decision was to schedule a mastectomy. Today was the day. Precious did fantastic and is going to recover in the barn for at least the next 2 weeks. Before waiting for this to become unmanageable, we opted to have the surgery now to give Precious the ultimate odds at recovery. We love our animals and we always choose the best medical course of action regardless of costs. ...

Bamboo…. Relaxing……………………… #animallovers #animalsanctuary #childrensnatureretreat #exoticanimals #farmanimals #zebra #africananimals ...

“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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