From the moment you enter the Front Gate,
you notice a significant difference in the air.
Like a step back in History … to a Sweeter, Simpler Time.
A time when you first discovered Your Romance.
This beautiful 170-acre retreat center in South Orange County, California, is most often empty. Saddleback does hold a few short, half-day and one-day, events. However, this property was donated to them to be used, not to lie dormant. Don’t you agree?
And it won’t be a fleeting feeling.
As you partake of all we have to offer, Your Romance will grow.
Even if it’s been a while since you’ve experienced the Joy of Romance, you’ll instantly know you’re in the Right Place. Because we’re here to help you restore Your Love as God intends it to be!
I’m Dr. Debi Smith, a California Licensed Psychologist who is passionate about helping Christian couples and single adults learn to apply sound biblical principles and the findings of scientific research to everyday life.
The Dream Begins
At the time, I was thinking seriously about retirement. I was burned out, and waltzing away on a Hawaiian beach sounded much more appealing than anything else.
Then I asked The Lord what He had in mind for the rest of my life. I made several ambitious suggestions. At least they seemed ambitious to me. But each time I presented an idea to The Father, He replied,
One day in the spring of 2014, I was sitting in my car waiting to meet a friend for dinner. With time on my hands and no place to go, I pulled out my journal and started writing.
“You want ‘Bigger’?”
“How’s this for ‘Bigger’?”
My In-Your-Face Moment with God
As I sat there in the late afternoon sun,
I scratched out everything I could think of.
Then said, “How’s that?”
The Father simply smiled with pleasure and delight.
How does He do that?
Dining with friends a few months later, I learned that The Perfect Property already exists in South Orange County. It doesn’t belong to us, but we hang out there to pray. To listen for The Lord’s voice. So we’ve posted photos to help you visualize The Dream, too.
I’m happy to share with you The Dream that The Father gave me that day.
How it will happen only He knows.
- Ballroom (Click to learn why it’s high on our list!)
- Welcome Center, Bookstore & Gift Shop
- Classrooms & Consultation Rooms
- Honeymoon Suites
- Prayer Garden
“Twenty-nine years ago, our family gifted the Rancho Capistrano property to Dr. Schuller and the Crystal Cathedral as a place of spiritual hope and training, and since then, other generous individuals have sacrificially joined with us in continuing its work,” said Andy Crean, one of the Creans’ sons. “We are pleased to learn that ‘The Ranch’ fits the aggressive and progressive vision of Saddleback Church, and that their plans for ‘The Ranch’ facility will remain faithful to our family’s longstanding dream to provide spiritual inspiration and renewal.”
Click here to view the current Saddleback Retreat Center Schedule. NOTE: You will notice this link takes you nowhere. Because The Property is mostly unused. Regular church services only, with a sprinkling of Saddleback meetings here and there.