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.

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At the Retreat

Banfora, our dromedary camel. #dromedary #dromedarycamel #camel #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuary #alpinecalifornia ...

Stunning picture by April K. 💚🦚💚#peacock #peacockfeather #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuary #animalsanctuarylife ...

Captured Cheyenne and his toy! #bison #bisons #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuarylife #animalsanctuary #alpinecalifornia ...

Oh those girls! 🥰 #friesian #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuary ...

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Robin, the baby leopard tortoise and Spencer, the sulcata tortoise. We finally named them using unisex names so we don’t have to change later... 😅 #sulcatatortoise #leopardtortoise #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuary ...

Join us for a day of fun! 600 candies hidden throughout the Retreat inside 100 packets. Limited to 1 per person. 😉 #candyhunt #fallfestival #crafts #clothingvendors #soapvendors #jewelryvendor #foodtrucks #foodtruck #coffeetruck ...

“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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