El Refugio is a training and retreat center in Ecuador that facilitates experiences to grow through rest and outdoor adventure


Our Mission

What we exist to do
Our mission is to facilitate a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through nature and outdoor adventure.
Statement of Faith

Our Values

What's important to us

Our Strategy

How we do it

Our Measures

What we hope to see

More than just a space

At El Refugio our desire is that you have an encounter with God. While some just need a space to get away and rest on their own, most of our guests come for programmed activities guided by our staff. We believe that God can and does show up through each of these activities. A programmed activity could be setting you up for solo time in nature, facilitating a day of team building and high ropes, or leading a debrief to process what you've been learning.

How to get here

We're located 35 km north of Quito, just 15 minutes past the Monument at the equator in San Antonio.
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How to support and follow what we do

We are a non-profit organization and rely on donations to be able to grow and keep our prices affordable and accessible for as many people as possible. We've got an on-going scholarship fund for those who otherwise couldn't afford to come, as well as a number of special projects each year that rely on funding.

You can find out about special projects and what we're doing each month by reading our email updates.


Our staff is made up of Ecuadorians and North Americans who share a common vision and keep our ministry thriving through a range of talents.
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Youth World and One Collective

We are one of nine ministries in Quito that form an organization known as Youth World International. Each ministry focuses on bringing truth, hope, and training to the younger generation and their families to bring about holistic change.

Youth World is part of One Collective, which is a global non-profit that works in communities around the world and is passionate about making sure no one is invisible and everyone has access to food, freedom, and forgiveness.