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Day Visits

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Day Visits at Surprise Farm Retreat Center
Surprise Farm Retreat Center is a charming place in the backcountry near Ramona, CA. A short drive from the metropolitan areas of San Diego and Los Angeles, it offers the opportunity to explore small scale farming and outdoor setting close to the city. Surrounded by boutique wineries, the land offers unique heritage (Native AmericanStagecoach Stop. and Gem Mining), and open space preserve. The space allows for the discovery of wild  places, close enough to home. We offer facility rentals for groups but also invite you to explore on your own during day visits.
Explore at your own pace with your own creativity

Surprise Farm Retreat Center is a place to connect to nature, to community and to self.       As a newcomer, we invite you to take a self-guided tour.

  When you visit for just a day, you may spend time in the meditation grotto or walking the labyrinth.

  You may check out the farm plot or indulge in the sensory garden.

  Use your body and senses to explore, let your mind wander.  

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We invite you to visit the "zen den", our office and library. The nature library carries books on plants, birds, rocks and minerals. It provides resources on organic vegetables, herbs and flower gardening. A collection of eco - psychology books explores how nature heals our mind, body and spirit. Let the titles inspire your imagination, browse a book or two, or select one for your reading pleasure, in nature surrounded by birds, of course.

Our Art Hive centers your creativity. The old grain silo is converted to a modern art studio. Day visitors can use the studio equipped with paper, paint, brushes, .... or find inspiration outdoors to create your nature inspired and integrated art project. Create solo or in groups. On demand, we offer tutoring and instruction, provide  inspriation for your creative project to evolve.

“If we speak about a healthy community, we . . are talking about a neighborhood of humans in place, plus the place itself:  it’s soil, its water, its air, and all the families and tribes of the nonhuman creatures that belong to it." 

- Wendell Berry

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  • Tour the land

  • Space and Time for Meditation and Mindfulness

  • A Library for Exploration, Reading and Writing

  • Creativity at the Art Hive

  • Use of kitchen, bathroom and picnic facilities

Suggested Donation $20.00 person/couple, Kids under 15 free.

Register for Day Visit

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