Stay at the off-grid straw-bale hermitage at our retreat center five miles from Warner Springs. You will be secluded from, yet close to the convenience of our retreat center, surrounded by 180,000 acres of wild-land, in the chaparral forest of back-country northeast San Diego county. You have a panoramic view of Mount Palomar and the valley between us. Walk the stone labyrin

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Stay at the off-grid straw-bale hermitage at our retreat center five miles from Warner Springs. You will be secluded from, yet close to the convenience of our retreat center, surrounded by 180,000 acres of wild-land, in the chaparral forest of back-country northeast San Diego county. You have a panoramic view of Mount Palomar and the valley between us. Walk the stone labyrinth, enjoy hiking trails. Ideal for a personal or writing retreat. The hermitage sleeps two. Has 12 volt  solar system for lighting. You have use of showers, bathroom, and kitchen at the main retreat house. We can accommodate extra guests in a second guest house close by.
The land here has been used for deep transformational work for the past quarter-century. People tell us that the atmosphere is infused with an otherworldly sense of stillness and meditative calm. People often use the hermitage for personal spiritual retreats; writers and artists also come here for writing or creative retreats, or to spend time in personal reflection.   PLEASE NOTE: Vegetarian food only.  (eggs and dairy okay). No alcohol or non-prescription drugs. No exceptions.

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 5 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 2 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Brie
Brie W.
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March 25th, 2018

This is a great place to come for peace and quiet to relax or have solo time away to write and take in the quiet. Catriona and Michele are excellent hosts. Very helpful and accommodating. Clean facilities and a great communal kitchen to gather in and cook meals. Very warm and inviting. Breathtaking views. They have put a lot of creativity and mindfulness into creating their retreat center.

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Hipcamper Ryan

Story book nook

Ryan L.
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March 21st, 2019

This is such a wonderful place. We had a lovely time. The dirt road leading up to the location is out of a story book. And the host's are so sweet and informative, and really hands-off. Which we loved. Definitely going to come back in the fall. thank you so much for letting us stay here. Really thankful that places and people like this exist!

Hipcamper Piper
Piper H.
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November 5th, 2018

It was such a delight staying in the Hermitage at Manzanita Village Retreat! Our hosts were kind and welcoming and the location was incredibly peaceful. My friend and I stayed only one night, but being on the property renewed me in such a beautiful way. We greatly appreciated the access to a full kitchen and clean bathrooms. Can’t wait to come again!

the hermitage. secluded and peaceful, sitting up in the hill.
Hipcamper Caitriona and Michele
Response from Caitriona and Michele , the Host, on November 7th, 2018

Thank you so much for your visit - it was a pleasure to meet you both. We hope to see you again. Caitriona

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Hipcamper Hosanna
Hosanna C.
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November 6th, 2018

We loved our stay here! The area is beautiful, and so quiet - it's perfect for a weekend getaway. Michele and Caitriona were very welcoming - I'd book this again!

Hipcamper Caitriona and Michele
Response from Caitriona and Michele , the Host, on November 7th, 2018

Lovely guests. Hosanna and Piper left everything in perfect shape - you'd never guess anyone had ever come to stay. They were a pleasure to meet. Thank you for visiting!

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Hipcamper McKenzie

Beautiful land and peaceful

Mc Kenzie R.
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March 25th, 2019

Beautiful land around the property, and we loved exploring the hills. There's a nice overlook at the top of the path to the cabin as well, perfect for coffee in the mornings or contemplative moments. Things are bare bones and rustic, accurately described. No electricity or lights around the cabin, and the way is hard to find in the dark, so I would bring a flashlight and stationary lights next time visiting. Loved being able to let my dog off leash and roam around the property, and the kitchen and bathroom made things easier than traditional camping.

Hipcamper David W.
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January 24th, 2019
Property
Manzanita Village Retreat
State
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$80/night
1 Site