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. 

Kitchen has refrigerator, stove etc. We do not provide food.

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: Vegan, plant-based food only. .No meat, fish, eggs or dairy, 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 wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
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: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Neil
Neil S.
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May 5th, 2022

We loved it here. So peaceful and a great kitchen for cooking healthy food. Left feeling calmer and more at ease than we arrived

Hipcamper Caitriona and Michele
Response from Caitriona and Michele, the Host, on May 5th, 2022

Thank you. It was a pleasure to host you.

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Hipcamper Laura
Laura W.
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February 17th, 2022

Such a gorgeous property and wonderful, kind hosts. Highly recommend staying at their peaceful spot and cozy little cabin.

Hipcamper Sandy

Best hipcamp stay ever

Sandy T.
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January 13th, 2022

Very beautiful property. I would highly recommend this spot for someone trying to have a mini getaway with access to signal still.

Hipcamper Kenseth
Kenseth T.
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January 5th, 2022

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 .

Hipcamper Bri

Beautiful quiet glamping spot!

Bri B.
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December 27th, 2021

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!

Hipcamper Martha
Martha W.
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December 22nd, 2021

Caitriona and Michele are beautiful stewards of the land and very generous, welcoming hosts! We can't wait to stay again. Thank you!

Hipcamper Caitriona and Michele
Response from Caitriona and Michele, the Host, on December 26th, 2021

Thank you! We look forward to seeing again.

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Hipcamper Albert
Albert L.
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December 1st, 2021

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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Hipcamper Nancy
Nancy C.
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November 26th, 2021

Peaceful Beauty. Good place to reflect and idea farm your creativity. The host was a pleasure. Like being lost in a beautiful place.

Hipcamper Betty
Betty Y.
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September 29th, 2021

Was a lovely stay & location! So peaceful & quiet. Gracious hosts. I would definitely come again but stay a bit longer! Thank you.

Hipcamper Caitriona and Michele
Response from Caitriona and Michele, the Host, on September 29th, 2021

Thank you Betty. It was a pleasure to meet you. Caitriona

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

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