Plan Your Retreat

Retreat Center Availability

The Retreat Center at Camp Stevens is available for rent by non-profit, educational, and religious organizations from September through May.  Due to our summer programs, we are unable to offer the Retreat Center to groups during the months of June, July, or August.  To check the availability calendar, please call 760.765.0028 or email

Planing Your Retreat

Retreats in this beautiful mountain setting are one of the best ways to launch a new project or season, or integrate new members into a group. They also help participants strengthen their relationships with one another and deepen their commitment to the group. Retreats can be designed for any religious or non-profit group, including men’s or women’s groups, families, boards, vestries, youth and choirs. We are not available to for-profit entities.

To get you started, here are a few tips to make your retreat successful:

  • Create a committee that represents a cross-section of your group and develop goals for what you hope to accomplish with the retreat.
  • Determine what facilities and/or program would best suit your group and contact us to find out what is available.
  • Return the contract and deposit within 30 days of receiving it.
    Contracts cancelled 90 days or more before the date will only incur a $100 cancellation fee.
    Groups cancelling less than 90 days before the event will be charged 50% of the contracted cost unless a replacement group can be found.
  • Begin publicizing at least 3 months before the retreat and collect a deposit from each person attending.
  • Organize a scholarship fund or fundraisers if your group or individuals need assistance paying for the retreat.
  • Determine if you would like program assistance from the camp staff.
    Each group receives 1.5 hours of complementary staff time. Ask about the staff leading a hike, archery, craft, or garden tour.
    Additionally, we can offer team building, challenge course activities, and tailored programs for an additional fee.
  • Make sure everyone brings a sleeping bag or bedding, a towel, and flashlight.
    Our weather can change quickly and dramatically – bring a hat, gloves, warm jacket, rain protection and an extra pair of shoes.
    Hiking boots, binoculars, and a camera can increase your enjoyment of the beautiful woods.
  • Create a list of things to bring and provide a map and/or detailed directions to camp.
    Encourage group members to carpool if possible and to arrive early enough to miss the rush hour traffic in urban areas.