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Manzanita Village Retreat

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· Warner Springs, California
20 acres
1 site
1 Glamping
We are co-founders of Ordinary Dharma and Five Changes, and stewards of this land at Manzanita Village Retreat. Twenty-five years ago we were searching for a place where the land itself would be an active support in our of work facilitating workshops and retreats. We were looking for land that was within easy reach of San Diego and Los Angeles, while still being remote and far from the noise of highways. The land is infused with the presence of the hundreds of the hundreds of people who have come here for transformation and renewal. We are now experimenting by opening up to visitors from HipCamp ... let's see how this goes. we look forward to your visit Caitriona Reed and Michele Benzamin-Miki
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Warner Springs, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Caitriona And Michele R.Joined in December 2017
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72 Ratings · 63 reviews
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Scott B.recommends
January 10, 2023
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Rainbow moon cabin
The little cabin was nestled in the rocky foothills near Warner Springs with a profound quiet in the air. It kept warmth without a heat source, had plenty of blankets, and the night sky was sublime, with a double rainbow around the moon one night. Access to the retreat center kitchen and the bathrooms was easy, with plenty of hot water for a shower. The retreat center environment gave off a calming air.
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Jane W.recommends
December 5, 2022
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
I loved my time here! It’s so peaceful and beautiful. The cabin was great and the amenities were clean. Can’t wait for my next stay here!
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Minh Chau N.recommends
September 5, 2022
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
I appreciated the quietness and moments of peace that you can find here. It is a beautiful stay to connect with nature and nurture your spirit.
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Neil S.recommends
May 5, 2022
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
We loved it here. So peaceful and a great kitchen for cooking healthy food. Left feeling calmer and more at ease than we arrived
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Laura W.recommends
February 17, 2022
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Such a gorgeous property and wonderful, kind hosts. Highly recommend staying at their peaceful spot and cozy little cabin.
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Sandy T.recommends
January 13, 2022
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Best Hipcamp Stay Ever
Very beautiful property. I would highly recommend this spot for someone trying to have a mini getaway with access to signal still.
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Kenseth T.recommends
January 5, 2022
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Our stay was so wonderful . Quiet - serene - beautiful - relaxing and meditational. My wife and I brought our dogs and let them free roam the whole weekend . It was a perfect “glamping” location with access to amenities and shower / restroom / kitchen , but staying in private earthship cabin. We definitely want to return asap. Saw more stars at night then in Borrego ! The hosts were awesome and generous . Highly recommended .
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Bri B.recommends
December 27, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Beautiful quiet glamping spot!
Amazing spot far enough from San Diego and secluded enough from the main property. Very quiet, amazing place to star gaze and breathe in some fresh air. The Hermitage was cozy even with lows in the 30s. Beautiful property and will definitely be back soon!
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Martha W.recommends
December 22, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Caitriona and Michele are beautiful stewards of the land and very generous, welcoming hosts! We can't wait to stay again. Thank you!
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Albert L.recommends
December 1, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Friendly and accessible hosts, but also hands off and allow you your privacy. There were no other guests while I was there. Warm overnight in the dwelling, despite overnight lows in the 30s. Excellent stargazing and beautiful views. Extremely quiet with lots of birds in the nearby Chapparral. Bulls and deer in the distance. The communal kitchen is extremely well equipped with fridge, freezer, and a giant stove. Lots of cookware. You can cook anything you could dream of here, no need to stick to typical portable stove camping meals.
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Nancy C.recommends
November 26, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Peaceful Beauty. Good place to reflect and idea farm your creativity. The host was a pleasure. Like being lost in a beautiful place.
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Betty Y.recommends
September 29, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Was a lovely stay & location! So peaceful & quiet. Gracious hosts. I would definitely come again but stay a bit longer! Thank you.
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Leslie C.recommends
September 29, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
The perfect place for a personal retreat. Access to communal kitchen and bathrooms, but with the privacy of your own little house on the hill. Immersed in nature, but more comfortable than camping. Energy feels right for transformational work, but also brings peace and calm. Wish I had more time to spend there.
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Devin D.recommends
August 23, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Desert Dream
So much love was made here. Upon arrival, Caitriona greeted us with so much magic and wonder! Which appropriately set the tone for our entire trip there. The hut on the hill was everything that I could imagine as we disconnected and came one with nature. The howling of the coyotes and overall breathe of the desert was everything that one could ask for. My highlight was dancing among the labyrinth and sealing our stay with sharing a meal with Michele and Caitriona. This stay was really something and I have officially made it my go to retreat when needing an escape from the beach. I am so grateful to come across this listing and know that everyone else who is fortunate enough to have a stay here will feel the same. With so much love…Devin, Leemond and Nicki xo
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Kelsey K.recommends
July 12, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Had an absolutely wonderful time staying on Catriona and Michele’s land. They are so kind and generous and truly care about the land they have and the people they share their space with. Everything is so clean and I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend where my dog could run to his hearts content. I packed food, but it was nice to see a kitchen full of everything you’d needed to cook there. I was glad I packed a headlamp so we could enjoy the sunset from the labyrinth and still explore a little before walking back to the hermitage after it got dark. The hermitage was comfy at night and tucked in a secluded spot. Can’t wait to stay again. It is truly a gem!
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Valente T.recommends
June 12, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Caitriona is a wonderful host. Their place is a beautiful and quiet get away from everything with no distractions except of one gorgeous sky.
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Kelly S.recommends
April 28, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Peace
Just what I needed! All the basics are covered. Huge full kitchen, bathroom and shower, sweet covered patio to lounge at A few cozy blankets, the books and the instruments some food and I was set for a weekend of complete relaxation. Beautiful views from the valley. The little adobe shack stayed pretty cozy. Felt safe and peaceful.
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Joshua B.recommends
April 17, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
It was a quiet, beautiful, and restful retreat. Thanks again Caitriona and Michele!
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Mai N.recommends
April 8, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Caitriona and Michele were wonderful hosts! The accommodations were comfortable and had everything I needed for a much-needed weekend getaway. I can’t wait to go back!
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Zachary K.
March 18, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Gorgeous with Room for Improvement
Absolutely beautiful location and friendly host. The solitude was magical and most of what I needed was provided for. A few ways to improve: my room did not have a heater and it got very cold at night. The wifi in the main house was incredibly slow, and I could hear rodents scurrying back and forth in the walls and attic! Cleanliness was a major issue, and the men's bathroom especially was in very bad condition. And overall I believe that the cost was too high for what I was offered.
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Shannen E.recommends
March 2, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Reflect, disconnect and unwind
For anyone looking to be in nature, meditate, reflect, and disconnect I would 100% reccommend staying with Caitriona and Michele. Kind and welcoming, the hermitage is nestled back away from everyone else for ultimate privacy. My partner and I went up there for only one night to get away after a hectic work week and even after a short time there we felt so much better, and at peace. The land is magic! :)
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Diane S.recommends
February 26, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Amazing and serene
Amazing! Will definitely be coming back. It’s so quiet, serene, and incredibly set up. You have everything you need. It so incredibly private and the room is spacious. You could see the stars so well and the drive isn’t too bad either!
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Abigail Y.recommends
February 20, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Wonderful stay
Wonderful stay! Property was absolutely beautiful and very private. Would love to come and stay again. The hermitage is very private with two twin beds. It stayed very warm during our visit despite the 35 degree low. Wonderful stay!
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Sarah J.recommends
February 19, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Tranquil. Beautiful. Refreshing.
The grounds were absolutely beautiful and peaceful. I appreciated all of the reviews that helped us feel extra prepared! The kitchen was fully stocked, including a full-size shared refrigerator. The hermitage truly did stay warm at night, we just used one layer of blankets and didn't need to sleep in multiple layers of clothes, even in February. Definitely bring a headlamp to walk to the bathroom at night otherwise you're going to wish you did! :) The stars were absolutely BRIGHT and STUNNING! <3 We had an absolutely tranquil night away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There truly is something special about this property and the wonderfuls etting Caitriona & Michele have created. We will definitely be back!
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Stephanie G.recommends
February 18, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
What a beautiful place to stay! The cabin was so cozy, perfect for my partner, my dog and I, and with such a beautiful view, peace and quiet, and so much open land to enjoy. The stargazing was incredible, and my pooch loved running around off-leash. Caitriona was very welcoming, informative and helpful. She showed us around when we arrived and was responsive to our messages throughout the stay. We didn't see any of the other residents on the property after the initial meeting so it felt very secluded and COVID-safe. The kitchen has everything you need to cook a delicious meal. We enjoyed visiting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Borrego Springs nearby, as well as a couple of very cute little wineries just 10 or 15 minutes drive north on 79 from the property. We will definitely be staying here again!
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Rilee B.recommends
February 9, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Relaxing and Beautiful
If you want to get away, come here. Beautiful land, hosts were very hospitable, and everything you need is within reach at Between Palomar & Anza Borrego.
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Joshua B.recommends
February 3, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Caitriona and Michele were friendly and helpful hosts, and I had a wonderfully peaceful and quiet stay in the hermitage. The grounds were well kept, the kitchen and bathroom were clean, the hermitage was comfortable, and the views were fantastic. I would definitely stay here again.
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Shauna G.recommends
January 20, 2021
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Book this place now!
This was such an amazing and unique experience! I loved everything about this, especially the water (so fresh and clean and perfect). I would absolutely recommend this place!
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Jamie G.recommends
December 20, 2020
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
A special place
Michele & Caitriona’s place was nothing less than AMAZING. The property has “desert meets vineyard” vibes. Cacti & big rolling green hills. My friend and I had a private humble abode that was PERFECT. It kept warm at night since it’s large windows bring in the sun. I will absolutely be going back... maybe once every three months for a “reset”! The land’s spirituality is palpable. I can’t wait to go back & get more in touch with nature, the land, and myself.
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Cassiel A.recommends
December 4, 2020
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Peaceful Serenity
Caitriona and Michele's remote oasis is such a special place. I haven't heard such quiet in a long time. Incredibly peaceful and beautiful. Unplug and reconnect with yourself and/or loved one. Thank you both so much for sharing your space.
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