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.

NOTE: FOR OUR CONVENIENCE AND YOUR COMFORT PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE BEFORE SUNSET

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 2 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: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • 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 Carolyn

Silent, seclusion & synchronicity

Carolyn O.
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September 29th, 2019

Caitriona & Michele made me feel so comfortable upon arriving I felt like family. Their property exceeded my expectations, and the cabin where I stayed within Manzanita was perfect! I needed a weekend to recenter, reflect and focus on a branding project for my business. I was able to completely unplug, going from candles & silence to hopping on my computer when I was in flow to do more work. This place vibrates high with nothing but positivity and creative energy. Was PERFECT for what I was looking for. As amazing as the accommodations were, I’d have to say Caitriona & Michelle made my stay what is was. Their property ticked ALL the right boxes for a weekend away for work and some personal spiritual connection.

Pup felt right at home, playing guard to all the cactiWiFi in the outdoor kitchen, perfect place to get some work done!Built in perchGood morning. Good coffee
Hipcamper Jill

A place to simply be

Jill M.
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January 25th, 2020

With a desire to rejuvenate after the busy holiday season and use our vacation time to focus on deep rest and nourishment, Manzanita Village served as an incredible haven. The kindness of ample sunshine and rustic yet sufficient amenities allowed us to relax in the quiet aliveness this property offers. Caitriona and Michele offered us thoughtful conversation and ample space to enjoy our time. We picked this stay over a similar retreat property because Manzanita Village offered exactly what we were looking for: a simple place to sleep, a place to make our own food, and a place to connect to nature. This is a wonderful place for people who are mindful of living lightly with the land and being enthralled with her beauty.

Hipcamper Caitriona and Michele
Response from Caitriona and Michele, the Host, on January 25th, 2020

Thank you Jill. It was such a pleasure to meet you both.

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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 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 McKenzie

Beautiful land and peaceful

Mc Kenzie R.
recommends this listing.
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 Adam

Wonderful

Adam L.
recommends this listing.
May 3rd, 2020

Absolutely stunning place for some rest and rejuvenation, will definitely be returning

Hipcamper Caitriona and Michele
Response from Caitriona and Michele, the Host, on May 6th, 2020

Thanks Adam it was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for visiting.

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Hipcamper Ian Jaifell

Solitary and serenity

Ian Jaifell C.
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May 26th, 2020

Couldn’t ask for a more remote cabin than this place. Had to get away from the city for a weekend and this place was perfect for my first time astrophotography. Will definitely come back!

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Manzanita Village Retreat
State
California
Country
United States
$80/night
1 Site

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