Seven Circles Retreat Center

Seven Circles has been helping youth, multi denomination religious and Spiritual groups, familes, and individual visitors to the southern Sierra Nevada find a quiet pristine place for inspiration and renewal.  

Located on 24.2 acres, near the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, we offer secluded and inspiring hikes to views and vistas to the east and west.  Our eastern view is of the beginning of the southern Sierra Nevada, a dramatic sight indeed.  To get there, you can walk through two Manzanita tunnels that are striking in their unique beauty.  

We have always felt there is a special feeling or "atmosphere" on this land.  A couple years after we began operation, confirmation of that feeling came from the local first nation elders whose tribes lived near this land.  They explained that there are no grinding holes in the granite rock to grind corn anywhere on Seven Circles because our land was the Spiritual gathering place for their people.  That may have contributed to the special feeling we all sense there.  We hope you can experience this too, as so many groups, families and guests have before.

(The Managers are Chris & Jim at 559-337-0211)

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Latitude: 36.631336 Longitude: -119.011389 Elevation: 3086 ft
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Lodging Style and Amenities

Our lodging is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It is simple with a rustic charm, and very comfortable.  Every guest room has been lovingly remodeled to provide comfort in this mountain charm.  We have a warm and inviting lodge with a professionally stocked kitchen that can be used for catered meals by our staff or you can use it to prepare your meals. 

We have a pool that is quite unique, fashioned in the shape of an Irish Shamrock.  Our most special and unique meeting space is our large Yurt which is a round structure that is quite comfortable and beautiful inside.   Internet access with WiFi coverage is available in all the rooms.

Seasons Open

Year Round

Recreational Opportunities

Onsite activities include hiking, sports and our shamrock-shaped swimming pool. Sports include badminton, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, a swing set and playing field.

Seven Circles is near two spectacular National Parks - Sequoia and Kings Canyon. These feature hiking, fishing, cavern tours, bird watching, rock climbing, river rafting and kayaking, horseback riding, naturalist programs, winter snowshoeing, cross country skiing and sledding.

Kings Canyon Highlights

  • Grant Grove – General Grant Tree and other giants along a gentle trail; visitor center and restaurant nearby
  • Boyden Caverns - The caverns have a picnic area by the Kings River, gift shop featuring rocks, and ice cream available
  • Buck Rock – One of the last fire lookout stations in the southern Sierra Nevada
  • Zumwaldt Meadows – with a natural wading area in the Kings River

Sequoia National Park Highlights

  • General Sherman tree, Giant Forest Museum, and Big Trees Trail
  • Crystal Cave
  • Moro Rock – View of the Great Western Divide via steps cut into this granite dome
  • Tokopah Falls – 3-mile hike to spectacular falls

Also close by is Hume Lake with a white sand beach, rental boats and canoes.

Rate Range

$30 to $50 per night per person

Driving Directions

DIRECTIONS TO SEVEN CIRCLES FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

At Fresno, follow signs for Hwy 180 East – “Kings Canyon Highway” (there is a right hand turnoff the freeway for Hwy 180 East)  Take Hwy 180 East – it will end at Clovis Road (NOT “Clovis” but the exit following Peach Ave.)  Take the Clovis Road exit #63 and turn right  Get gas in Fresno – there is no gas up at Badger. There are gas stations on Clovis Ave. and after you turn on Hwy 180 East  Get in the left-hand lane and watch for the sign for Hwy 180 East.  Turn left on Kings Canyon Hwy (Hwy 180 East) – there will be a Walgreen’s on the right side of  the road and an Orchard Supply Hardware on the left side. There is a Von’s market after you turn if you need anything.

On Hwy 180 after you pass the town of Minkler there will be a sign showing 180 turning left to“Squaw Valley”.  Turn left – there is a fruit stand on the corner across the street.  Watch for the sign saying “Pinehurst 5 mi” and turn right on Hwy 245. In Pinehurst, there is the Pinehurst Lodge – a restaurant and small store.  Take 245, going past the Tulare County sign, and the Badger Creek Fire Station. Soon after the sign for the town of BADGER Seven Circles Retreat Center will be on your left.

DIRECTIONS TO SEVEN CIRCLES FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Take Hwy 99 north.  Turn off at Hwy 198 EAST towards Visalia.  Take Hwy 198 past the town of "Lemon Cove" and watch for Road 216 - turn LEFT there: there will be a "Prince Mart" gas station on the left-hand corner. This will be your LAST GAS station so if you didn't fill up before hand, do fill your tank here. There is also a little store and deli at Prince Mart.

Less than a mile down Road 216, right across the Kaweah River, will be a right turn for "Badger - 19 miles" at Dry Creek Drive. Take this road – drive slowly as it is often one lane wide.

.At the end of Dry Creek Drive is a stop sign at Hwy 245 - veer toward the right, almost going straight (do NOT turn left). Across this intersection is the Mountain House Café – the closest restaurant to Seven Circles. Continue on Hwy 245 – just past the intersection for Eshom Valley Road you will see Seven Circles Retreat on your right.

(The Managers are Chris & Jim at 559-337-0211)

Eco-Friendly Notes

We try to be as eco-friendly as possible with a naturally occurring well water system and a state of the art, on demand water heating system.

Pet Friendly Notes

Not able to accommodate pet request!

Comments

Wonderful place to stay in the Sierra!! Clean, comfortable rooms, next to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Food is amazing, and Manager/Chef Laura Horst, is helpful, friendly, and a joy to deal with. Great place for groups or private stays. Try it , you will keep going back!!

Cindy Holmes, 11/29/2012

We rested well here and loved the access to Kings Canyon. Thank to Laura for her warm welcome.

John Ireland , 11/29/2012

The Seven Circles Retreat Facility is a wonderful and beautiful place. The facility and the land is a sacred and magical place. We spent four magnificent days here and the entire time felt like home. Laura’s cooking and hospitality is amazing. i appreciate the energy of the land and the people here. Thanks for everything.

Jeremy Brant , 11/29/2012

We found Seven Circles to be a place of beauty, peace and tranquility. May it remain so, and may you continue to flourish along with it. We enjoyed meeting you, and thank you for your many kindnesses to us. we enjoyed our stay very much. It was a great place to come "home" to after seeing the wondrous trees and beauty of the near by National Parks and Forests. Thank you.

Bruce & Flo Lund , 11/29/2012

It's an honor to be hosted by this sacred space, appropriately named Seven Circles Retreat ! Blessings of continued abundance and prosperity be upon you; deep gratitude to beautiful Laura who so lovingly prepared our meal and cared for us !!

Myriam Arevalo , 11/29/2012

What a special gem of a retreat center! This is my first time here at Seven Circles and every moment of the past four days has been amazing. The accommodations are stellar, the private wash rooms are a luxury that put this retreat center in a class of its own, the nature, grounds are beautiful and majestic, the Yurt is spectacular, and the meals are heavenly. Laura our host and chef, is a sweetie pie to experience everyday! I highly recommend this retreat center if you want a 5-Star, memorable experience.

Sat-Akal Camba , 11/29/2012

We will hold our fourth annual family retreat here next month. We return because it is in such a peaceful, beautiful natural setting and offers something for everyone. Some like to hike or explore the many offerings of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Others prefer to relax on site, visiting, reading, swimming, napping, or some combination of these. At night, the heavens are alive with stars. Truly a very special place.

Lianne Card , 11/29/2012

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