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

Big Daddy, one of our sulcata tortoises is enjoying his meal. Organic red leaf, dandelions, squash, zucchini’s, romaine. 💚 #sulcatatortoise #healthytortoisediet #animalsanctuary #childrensnatureretreat ...

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Morning feed in the African pasture. Magnificent creatures! 💚 #watusi #zebu #animalsanctuary #childrensnatureretreat ...

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Tinker bell in action!
Our girl is getting fit. She’s making good progress and her diet seems working. Bravo! 😉 #haflingerhorse #horsetraining #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuary

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Sign-up at: https://www.allforgood.org/projects/6Qyx04kZ
#volunteerwork #mlkday #volunteerday #familyday #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuary

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Update on Lilly....
She keeps licking her wound which does not help. She has good appetite as you can see and drinks lots of water, so we keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. 💚 #cow #animalsanctuary #childrensnatureretreat #animallovers

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Those 2 were hilarious! They were so excited to see the mini horses back in their pasture.... #minihorse #minidonkey #animalsanctuary #animalkingdom #childrensnatureretreat ...

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Update on Lilly....
She doing good, eating and drinking, putting weight on her leg. Unfortunately the stitches didn’t not hold. The wound opened overnight. It looks good and we will try to keep it clean. It is a set back but the vets are confident it will heal.
So we are crossing our fingers and pray for her. 💚🙏🏻💚 #animalsanctuary #childrensnatureretreat #lovecows

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Martin Luther King Day - Family Volunteer Day at the Retreat!
Monday January 20th, 2020 from 10am until 3pm.
Sign-up: www.allforgood.org/projects/6Qyx04kZ
Lunch available for $10/adult and $5/child.
Enjoy a family event, enter a chance to win 4 tickets to Disneyland, give back to the community while having a fun day with our animals!#volunteer #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuary

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“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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Children’s Nature Retreat Foundation would like to thank our sponsors and partners!

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Annual Volunteer Day at the Retreat