About The Grove Center

for the Arts & Media

Because Artists Influence Everything 

Cultivating the Spiritual Life
and Creative Work of Artists

The Grove Center for the Arts & Media is a community of artists dedicated to
Christ, Community, Creativity, Contribution and Culture.

The Grove Center for the Arts & Media began with a calling and a dream to develop a national retreat center for creativity, arts & media in the Church on our property in North San Diego County. Founded by Joey O'Connor in 2002, The Grove has served artists nationwide and across the world for over seventeen years by providing artist getaway retreats, gatherings, artist grants, online courses, and resources. You can follow us on all of our social media links.

The Grove Retreat Center

Our Calling & Our Dream

A national retreat center for creativity, arts & media in the Church.

For many years, we worked very hard to develop a retreat center on our 12-acre organic avocado and lemon grove. The center was designed to be a multi-use facility created for artists, churches, non-profit organizations, universities and civic gatherings. After several meetings with the San Diego Planning Department, it was determined that the size and scope of the project was too large for the existing property and zoning laws. 

We currently hold one-day Getaway retreats on the property. If your group, church or organization is interested in holding a one-day event at The Grove, please contact us.

As you can see from the beautiful renderings, our team of world-class architects, landscape designers, and engineers created incredible plans for The Grove Retreat Center.

We are seeking collaborative partnerships with individuals and organizations to develop the retreat center in the San Diego area. Our prayer is for a renaissance of the arts within the Body of Christ to bring the beauty, truth and goodness of God to this world.

Our 12 acre organic lemon and avocado farm is located in Valley Center, California.

If you are interested in helping us develop The Grove Retreat Center, please contact us today.


What if there was a place...

For artists, creatives, and everyone who loves the beauty, mystery, imagination and wonder of God found in the arts to cultivate their spiritual lives and creative work. What if there was a place for churches, ministries and other non-profits to be involved in a dynamic community space like The Grove? A place of spiritual formation, transformation and creative innovation.

About Joey O'Connor

Joey O'Connor
Founder & Executive Director

Joey O'Connor's passion is to make this world a more beautiful place. He does this through his writing and his work with artists at The Grove Center for the Arts & Media, a Southern California arts organization he founded in 2002. 

Through his books and screenwriting, Joey inspires audiences worldwide with his gift for storytelling.

As a friend, encourager, and creative coach, Joey comes alongside artists to assist them in cultivating their spiritual life and creative work. 

As a husband, father and grandfather, his family is his pride and joy. Joey loves to read, go to the beach, pray with his grandbabies, hang with friends, and compete in Ironman events.

Drop Joey a note. He'd love to hear from you.