SAN DIEGO — I went to animal heaven! I visited the Nature Retreat... a 20-acre animal sanctuary in Alpine.
This is a safe haven to more than 120 animals from around the world, including Bison, camels and peacocks.
The sanctuary was started just more than 2 years ago by Agnes B. who just had a love for animals! She initially started the retreat to bring kids back to nature --but the sanctuary is open to everyone! She's been rescuing these animals... some who needed to be saved, others who were relinquished by their owners.
Let me tell you, I saw first-hand her connection to these beautiful creatures. When she calls them by name, they come right to her. She's clearly created a strong bond where these animals feel safe and have the room to roam. She does not force them to do anything -- no tricks, just food and love.
The Children's Nature Retreat is open to more than just kids--you can get guided tours, host a birthday party--or even get an annual membership. It's a non-profit, so the money goes to protect and care for the animals.
You can also check out the Flow With Nature Retreat every 4th Saturday -- yoga, lunch, guided tour of the animals, etc.