The Nest

In addition to our main campus on 94 serene acres in the majestic Ocala National Forest, the Refuge also owns a beautiful property on the secluded shores of Lake Weir in Ocklawaha, Florida. This location, which is known as The Nest, is an ideal environment for retreats, training sessions, and similar gatherings.

History & Features of The Nest

The NestThe Nest’s history can be traced to the 1940s, when a prominent horse breeder from the Ocala area built a summer home here. Over the decades, that initial construction was renovated and expanded upon several times, with subsequent owners rechristening the property as Wampler’s Lake Weir Lodge, Peacock’s Motel, Moeller’s Cottages, and finally, The Nest.

The Nest is a safe, warm, and nurturing environment where individuals can come together as an extended family; it is a special place that is conducive to growth and development.

Today, The Nest features 11 charming private rooms with gorgeous waterfront views along with a spacious reception cottage and private beach.


The Refuge has hosted a number of events at The Nest, including alumni gatherings and healing breath work retreats, and we are planning to expand our schedule in the months and years to come.

Please click the links below for additional information about any of the upcoming scheduled events at The Nest:

Alumni Cookout at The Nest Lake Weir

Date: June 16, 2018

The Nest Lake Weir
12850 East Highway 25
Ocklawaha, FL 32179 Map and Directions

15 Years of Miracles: Annual Alumni Weekend

Date: October 19, 2018 - October 21, 2018

The Nest Lake Weir
12850 East Highway 25
Ocklawaha, FL 32179 Map and Directions

We will be updating this page on a regular basis as new events are added to our schedule, so please bookmark this page and check back often.

Also, please note that The Nest is operated separately from The Refuge. All treatment services for the men and women who are healing at The Refuge are provided on our main campus.

Rent The Nest for Your Organization

In addition to hosting events that are sponsored by The Refuge, The Nest is also available to be rented by companies, agencies, and other organizations that are looking for an ideal environment for offsite meetings, training sessions, and a host of similar gatherings.

As noted above, The Nest’s secluded location and atmosphere of rustic luxury makes it the perfect place for groups who wish to temporarily step away from the distractions of everyday life in order to focus on topics or issues of importance.

This unique hidden gem is an optimal setting in which to conduct corporate retreats, offsite leadership meetings, daylong or multi-day training opportunities, and more.

Learn More Today

For more information about The Nest, or to inquire about renting this space for your organization, please complete the inquiry form below or call (844) 214-8796.

The Nest Inquiry Form: 

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