40000 Valley of the Falls Drive
Forest Falls, CA 92339

About this retreat

The holidays can be hectic! Are you looking for a way to keep Jesus’ birth central to your family’s celebrations? Could your family use some time away to reconnect after the busy back-to-school sprint?

Following Thanksgiving, the Home for the Holidays Family Retreat at Forest Home provides a unique weekend getaway that allows families to remove the distractions of the season and focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Escaping to the beauty of the mountains, your family will be engaged by dynamic speakers to challenge your spiritual walk. Your children will be loved and taught in fun, age-specific programs throughout the day and tenderly cared for in your cabin in the evening by your family’s very own Child Care Assistant. (Yes! A personal babysitter all weekend long!) Six delicious meals are prepared for you by our skilled staff, and your holiday to-do lists, chores, and shopping are left behind at home so you can truly relax with your family.

Included in the weekend are seasonal recreation options that are sure to make long-lasting memories. Cozy up with a mug of hot cocoa, hike through the crisp autumn leaves, careen down the Zip Line, or challenge your kids to a round of miniature golf. Every detail of the retreat is designed for you and your family to spend quality time together and spend time reflecting on the miracle of our Creator coming down to Earth as a tiny baby.

A unique feature that distinguishes Forest Home is our all-inclusive rate packages, which means you won’t pay extra for meals, meeting space, and recreation.

Dates: November 23 - November 25, 2018

Rates: Starting at $129 / $274

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Speaker: Jason Carson

Worship: TBA

Host Pastor: Tommy Hilliker

Speaker: Jason Carson

Jason Carson is the Senior Pastor of Encounter Church in Mission Viejo, CA.  He loves his family more than anything on the planet.  Jason and his wife Julie were married in 1998 and have 4 amazing children: Halley, Lucy, Janey, and Shane.  Jason was the Youth Pastor at Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita for 14 years and saw it grow from 11 to 160. After transitioning to adult and family ministry for a couple of years, Jason got the clear call from God to plant a church in his hometown of Mission Viejo in March of 2015. His true passion is shepherding people and caring for them as they encounter a life changing God, and become passionate followers of Christ.

Formerly, Jason was the founding member of The OC Supertones, one of the most popular bands in all of Christian music. While serving in the band, Jason delivered the message of the gospel to over one million people.  He has spoken at numerous Harvest Crusades, Billy Graham crusades, Food for the Hungry events, Creation festivals, for the Pope, and at several youth camps.  Before the band, Jason worked as a small group leader, teacher, worship leader and youth director at Mission Hills Church in Mission Viejo, CA for 7 years.

Jason graduated with a degree in Pastoral Ministries from Vanguard University in Southern California.

Worship: TBA

Host Pastor: Tommy Hilliker

Tommy Hilliker is the Campus Chaplin at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA. He and his wife Amy reside in Lake Forest, California with their 3 wonderful children: Kaylie, Cassidy and Caleb. Tommy was the Pastor of Ministry at Saddleback Church for the last 18 years before transitioning to Vanguard University. He graduated from Golden Gate Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Liberty University.


Ginger Williams

Reservations Associate

PHONE: 909.389.4468
EMAIL: ginger.williams@foresthome.org


Cedar Ridge:

Seven brand new buildings completed in 2018. This luxury housing provides hotel-style lodging with air-conditioning, kitchenettes, customizable room layouts, cozy common areas, private bathrooms and full linens.

Grace House:

Beautiful two story home in a private location. Premium, furnished housing with full kitchen, common area, and five furnished bedrooms with queen & single beds in each room. Private bathrooms with full linens provided.


Mixture of queen, double, twin, and bunk beds with private bathrooms. Full linens provided.


Queen and bunk bed housing with private bathrooms. Bed and bath linens not provided.


Bunk bed housing with jack & jill bathrooms with a sink in each room. Bed and bath linens are not provided.


Age Economy Standard Preferred Grace House Cedar Ridge Studio Cedar Ridge 2bd/1ba Cedar Ridge 2bd/1ba w/Living Space Cedar Ridge 2bd/2ba w/Living Room
9-17 Years Old$165$219$249$289$259$269$275$315
3-8 Years Old$129$175$199$229$205$215$219$249

Payment Guidelines:

All deposits are non-refundable and due at the time of registration.

Payment Deadlines:

• The full balance is due no later than one month prior to the retreat
• Any cancellation within 30 days forfeits full payment
• At the discretion of Forest Home, prices are subject to change at any time
• If you are a church or group and have signed a contract, please refer to your contract for payment guidelines