About the Ranch

Windermere Ranch is a place of peace located on 142 acres of land in the beautiful Santa Ynez mountains overlooking Santa Barbara, California. As a physical focus for the study and experience of peace, Windermere provides an environment in which you can find relaxation, sanctuary and serenity. It is a place to sit quietly, meditate, and rejuvenate or take nurturing walks on paths that overlook magnificent vistas.

The value of coming to peace within and then reaching out to be in accord with another person or living being is part of the philosophical foundation of the Institute for Individual and World Peace. The rocks, the land; its springs, ponds, and vegetation, the animals and wildlife can all be used as channels to tap into the part of you that is calm, loving and peaceful.

Visiting Windermere

Windermere is a special place. We welcome our donors and people interested in IIWP to visit the property. Since we only have a small staff, it is best if you contact us several days in advance of a visit. That way we can plan on your visit and greet you personally when you arrive. 

Contact Us: 
email: windermere@iiwp.org 
(323) 328.1905

When you arrive, park in the assigned area and walk down the road to the gazebo. Pick up the phone and check in with us so that we know you have arrived.   We will ask you to fill out a Release Form and read the ranch Guidelines.   We have a map of the property for your orientation. 

Visit Suggestions: 
The weather at Windermere can vary widely both in the summer and winter. The temperature up here may be different than what it is at sea level. Some suggestions are to bring: 

  • Close-toed shoes 
  • Long pants 
  • Jacket and layered clothing 
  • Hat 
  • Gloves 
  • Sunscreen

Photos from Windermere