Best College Retreat Near Los Angeles

College students are on a journey to find themselves while preparing for their future. Because of the pressures and distractions associated with campus life, they often need to take a step back. Lots of organizations take time to allow students to connect with others and reconnect with themselves.

At Pali Retreat, we allow students to unwind and rewind, without everyday distractions.

As an event planner, planning your next retreat shouldn’t drive you to distraction. So let the experts at Pali Retreat show you why we are the best college retreat near Los Angeles.

Gorgeous Location

Our retreat is in beautiful Southern California in 250 acres of pristine mountain forest. This is the ideal setting for outdoor enthusiasts to relax and take time away from the distractions of modern campus life.

Experts say that we should slow the pace of life, which can improve both your physical and mental health. It helps to change locations and daily routines.

Taking time to refocus can also help with other aspects of life. Natural surroundings help create an overall balance, helping with job performance, self-awareness and commitment.

Space for Your Agenda

Have you experienced the traditional conference room with four walls and folding chairs? Did you pay a premium price for the experience?

How about a meeting space under the stars? Pali has meeting rooms that fit 30 to 700, indoor and outdoor. The best part is that we can assign you private space for the whole group, breakout sessions or even a space to wind down after your formal activities. Exclusive use of the whole retreat can be arranged for groups of 450 or larger.

With 250 acres of space, it is possible to have several groups sharing Pali retreat grounds without interaction. Our spaces include amenities such as amphitheaters, fireplaces, classrooms and much more. Our group cabins and classrooms come in several sizes to accommodate any group size.

Lots of Activities

If your guests are ready to take in the fresh air and enjoy their surroundings, we have a ton of activities that are fun for everyone. Round out the overall experience of your attendees with leisure activities or teamwork and leadership exercises. Our facilitators can provide a full program or just offer complementary programs to your formal agenda.

Some of our activities include:

  • Archery
  • Campfire with S’mores
  • Dessert Classes
  • Gaga Pit (Better than Dodgeball!)
  • Paintball
  • Ropes Courses
  • And so much more

Adding different activities will help each participant round out their experience, offer a change of pace and have a blast.

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Knowledgeable Staff

When learning a new skill or activity, it’s essential to have a great facilitator. At Pali, we have only the best when it comes to instructors. They’re not only knowledgeable in outdoor education. They are also fully certified safety personnel when it comes to fun activities like the Axe Throw or abseiling down a rock face.

Every group has their own staff member to liaison with our on-site services like a/v equipment, dining, housekeeping or recreation.

Affordable Package Pricing

Having fun and taking time away from distractions is vital for a successful retreat. But if you are struggling to pay the bills the following month, then it’s not going to contribute to leadership development.

While the cost of holding a retreat off-site can be considerable, Pali Retreat offers all-inclusive prices up to a year in advance. A small deposit is all that is required, with full payment in installments prior to arrival.

We can take care of everything, from airport transportation, to food, accommodations and activities. Just remember to tell your group coordinator what you want and we can include it in our package price.

Luxury Camping

Many retreat sites offer bare bones camping and mess hall chow, but not at Pali Retreat. We offer our retreat organizers communal housing (reserved for just your group) in climate-controlled cabins with 2-3 private bathrooms and showers.

Cabins are furnished with comfortable twin bunks .Your guests may bring their own sleeping bags or linens can be provided for a small fee. A limited number of single person rooms are reserved for trip organizers.

Dining at Pali Retreat is in our state of the art dining facility, Huckleberry Hall. Up to four buffet lines offer fresh, made from scratch menus daily. Our packages don’t skimp on anything, and all of your meals, activities, lodging, and equipment is included in the final price.

The Pali Retreat kitchens include and on-site bakery for fresh breakfast pastries, cookies and desserts. Our chef can accommodate many special dietary needs, including halal, vegan. gluten-free, dairy-free, organic, and nut-free. Just be sure to let us know when you’re planning your retreat.


Pali is about 90 minutes away from Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties high in the San Bernardino Mountains. Transportation is available from Ontario International and Los Angeles International Airports

Although Pali Retreat feels isolated, the town of Running Springs is within a short driving distance. Emergency responders like police and ambulance services are four minutes away, the hospital only seven minutes.

We also have a registered nurse who is on-site and trained first aid available, in case of an emergency at all times. Though it seems like we are far away from the modern world, Pali Retreat is a self-contained facility with educational, living and leisure spaces.

The Best College Retreat Location

We understand how stressful planning the perfect retreat for your organization can be, so our planning experts are here to assist you. We can help you with transportation questions, budgeting, lodging, even speakers and team-building exercises.

Ready to learn how Pali Retreat is the best college retreat location for your group? Click the chat box on the right to connect with a representative right now!

A well thought out retreat is the perfect way to get away from it all and enjoy some relaxation, without breaking your budget. Not only can it help your guests relax, but having a well-planned retreat will make your guests look forward to their next one. Head on over to our website today and see why we are the best college retreat near Los Angeles.