Best LGBTQ-Friendly Retreat in Southern California

LGBTQ folks like to travel, probably moreso than anyone else – let’s face it they add style and panache to everyting they do.. According to the Travel Trends Report 2018, there has been a significant increase in the number of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual tourists, as more resorts and retreats become more friendly towards the LGBTQ community.

Groups throughout the community enjoy reconnecting with  their inner selves, are very social, and recharge after going through the hustle and bustle of their own personal journey.  As many as one in five people self-identify as LGBTQ, so a significant part of the traveling public wants to feel welcome . . . especially in their leisure time and with large discretionary spending income to lavish on their chosen travel destinations.

According to SRI International, health and wellness travel has been booming with more than $440 million spent each year.  Resorts, camps and other facilities for group retreats are competing for a piece of the pie.

Planning your group retreat shouldn’t be a stressful task. Let our experienced staff help you plan the best LGBTQ retreat from start to finish, so all you need to worry about is relaxation.

Why is Pali Retreat the best LGBTQ-Friendly Retreat Center in Southern California?

Stunning Location

We are located in beautiful Southern California on 250 acres of stunning mountaintop forest, which is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who requires some reconnection with nature. Our location limits the distraction of  city lights, noise and traffic.

Pali Retreat is between Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy clear, dark skies, to watch the stars in a bright, sparkling night, and soak up sunset vistas at the end of a day; that are included in the experience.  Choose a retreat that gives individuals the ability to detach from the stresses of their everyday lives and turn inward with friends and family

a line of forest trees in front of a mountain on a sunny day

Meeting Spaces

We have a wide variety of private meeting spaces to fit the needs of each group. Small and large meeting rooms are available, depending on the type of retreat you have. We offer exclusive use of our entire facility at 450 guests.

Don’t forget to consider breakout sessions, both formal and informal activities, and time for everyone to wind down from their meeting.  Even if your group is not large enough for exclusive facility use, we can offer areas and activities separated from any other groups on the property that include  enchanting wooded enclaves and stunning mountain overlooks.

Booking the wrong size venue can change the feel of the retreat. Choose a space that matches your needs while you’re there and that it matches the intention that you’re seeking.

Tons of Fun Activities

Guests can enjoy a variety of activities such as swimming, yoga, and meditation. In addition, many retreat organizers arrange for activities to complement the retreat purpose and organized program.  At Pali, we offer a variety of fun things for groups to do, that includes:

  • Kinetic Team Building
  • Ropes Courses
  • Zip Line
  • Hiking
  • Field Games
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Archery
  • Deer watching
  • Campfires and S’mores – even Vegan Marshmellows

And a whole lot more. You can choose between self-led or guided activities. Our well-rounded and knowledgeable instructors are happy to adapt to your formal programs or to present complementary retreat activities.

two people traversing a ropes course

Friendly and Knowledgeable Facilitators

Spending time with instructors is an essential part of the learning process, and you want to make sure that you’re a fan of their work. Research them, by checking out the philosophies they share on the internet and see what experiences they’ve created in the past.

We have friendly event facilitators who are experts  in their profession. They take a great deal of time with each organizer to make sure that the retreat experience is exactly what they envision. They have years of experience and are there to help you with every turn you make.

We Are Affordable

You want to have fun and relax, but not if you cannot afford to pay your  expenses the following month. The cost of retreats vary, so be sure to find one that includes ALL of your costs- accommodation, food, facilitators, and myriad activities.

At Pali, our retreats are affordable to a wide range of groups, and we allow you to register up to a year in advance to make sure you have the budget.  Many of our package costs include group transportation to and from the airport, meals, activities, and accommodations.

Several Packages Available

Just because you want to save money, doesn’t mean you should skip out on the amenities. We offer package deals to our visitors that will give you the best bang for your buck. Unlike other places, we believe that everything, including meals, housing, A/V equipment, and activities, shouldn’t cost you extra money.

We have a variety of packages to choose from, including some amazing all-activities access where guests can try dozens of new experiences. You never have to worry about meals, because we include them in your stay.

We cater to special dietary needs, including halal, gluten-free, kosher, nut-free, and vegan. Just make sure that you contact us before your visit so we can accommodate.


We are within 90 minutes of Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles Counties. We are within 10 minutes drive to Running Springs, where there is a hospital, as well as police and ambulance services. We also have a registered nurse on-site in case of emergencies.  Mountain Transit buses are available at the base of the mountain in San Bernardino and up the hill to Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.

While it seems like we’re far away from civilization, we run a self-contained venue where all meals, programs, and leisure take place within a LGBTQ-friendly mountain communities setting.

Let Us Help You Plan Your Next LGBTQ-Friendly Retreat

We know planning your retreat can be a daunting task, so we’re here to help you plan the perfect getaway so that you can focus on everything else. You should:

  • Get that must-have list in order and set a budget
  • Make sure  to sketch out your meetings, firesides, breakouts, and other activities
  • To include formal and informal activities,
  • Choose the perfect setting for your retreat
  • Focus on making your attendees comfortable and away from distraction

A perfectly planned retreat is the best way to reduce stress and to fit your desired budget. It will also help you look forward to planning the next one. Find out why we are the best LGBTQ retreat center in Southern California, by clicking the chat box to the right!