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Manzanita Village Retreat

· Warner Springs, San Diego, California
20 acres hosted by Caitriona And Michele R.
1 lodging site
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Enjoy the comforts of home—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
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99% of recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp felt private.
We are co-founders of Ordinary Dharma and Five Changes, and stewards of this land at Manzanita Village Retreat. Thirty 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 thousands of people who have come here for transformation and renewal. We are now open to visitors from HipCamp -- we look forward to your visit Caitriona Reed and Michele Benzamin-MikiStay 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. PLEASE NOTE: Vegan, plant-based food only. No meat, fish, eggs or dairy, alcohol or non-prescription drugs. No exceptions. 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.    NOTE: FOR OUR CONVENIENCE AND YOUR COMFORT PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE BEFORE SUNSET
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84 ratings · 73 reviews
Jason B.recommends
May 31, 2024
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Staying in the Hermitage was a blissful and grounding experience. The earthen cabin was comfortable, the futon was lovely to sleep on, and the place stayed cool in the day and warm at night. I loved wandering the grounds, looking for wildflowers and feeling the breeze on my face. Caitriona is welcoming and kind, and the common kitchen area was clean and well appointed for all my cooking needs. I felt totally alone while at the Hermitage, and I spent my time writing, reading, and napping. Highly recommend for those wanting to get away to a part of California that feels empty and wild.
Jacob W.recommends
February 22, 2024
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
The small adobe cabin on the hillside was a wonderful place to spend a peaceful evening. Two single beds that were comfy and extra blankets if needed. The setting is stunning, highly recommend waking up for the sunrise. Had a great time walking around the rest of the property as well including the labyrinth. Communal kitchen down the path from the cabin is well stocked with any tools or cooking ware you might need. Bathrooms were clean and water hot, make sure to bring your own towels if you want to shower. Highly recommend Manzanita Village in Warner Springs.
Ben S.recommends
December 17, 2023
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
The cabin, views, and hosts were all amazing. Strongly recommend this retreat space as a way to disconnect and enjoy a calm peaceful experience.
Rachel P.recommends
November 8, 2023
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
Small haven
The area and view are beautiful - love being able to see mountains in every direction. The small house is so very cozy. I enjoyed walking the labyrinth and watching the sky and clouds change in the valley throughout the day. Communal kitchen is very well stocked and had everything I needed. Overall enjoyed my solo stay here and felt rested and surrounded by nature.
Alex A.recommends
October 3, 2023
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
I loved staying at the cottage on the hill at Manzanita Village. It was cozy and peaceful. The mornings were bright and quiet, and the sites were unforgettable. I loved the view from the large window, it was a great way to wake up. I also enjoyed the built in bench at the front of the cottage. I played out my yoga mat and blanket and gazed up at the stars one night. I would definitely return.
Jenna H.recommends
May 30, 2023
Between Palomar & Anza Borrego
I had a very relaxing time at Caitriona and Michele's place. They were responsive to questions and helpful if I needed anything. The directions to get there were clear and it was easy to find. The hermitage had beautiful views and was a wonderful and quiet refuge. :)
Warner Springs, San Diego, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Cupeño First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Caitriona And Michele R.Joined in December 2017
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within an hour
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