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What You Will Do

Learn to Read Camels Like a Pro

One-on-one instruction with Camel Trainer, Gil Riegler makes this an incredible opportunity to develop your camel listening and handling skills.  Zoo keepers, camel owners and enthusiasts a-like participate.  This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in camel culture and gain valuable insight and skill in compassionate handling and care of camels. 

Some of Our Instructors...

   Old grumpy camels, shy middle-aged camels, insecure baby camels, professional ride camels, pushy bottle-fed camels… learn from a variety of “teachers” that will increase your confidence and ability to assess your own camel’s needs and always move forward in a positive direction. This clinic is designed to improve your camel handling-skills by giving you hands on exposure with a large group of camels working with an experienced handler and trainer.  You will observe and learn from your classmates' interactions as well.

Techniques demonstrated and practiced include...

Reading natural camel communication .... YOUR GREATEST TOOL!
​Knots for tying and cinching
Haltering (and training to the halter)
Working safely in close... where to be and how to groom safely
Moving among loose camels

Additional Discussions with Demonstrations include...

  • Training a camel to hoosh (lay down), when, why and what to expect.
  • Restraint techniques to safely allow for veterinary care for:
    Taking blood, castration surgery, wound care, etc
    Nutrition and supplements 

A Beautiful Place to Embrace Camel Culture

The Oasis Camel Dairy sprawls over 42 rolling acres in East San Diego County.  A great climate and a backdrop of oaks pepper trees and dramatic rock outcroppings left-over from a bygone era make this not only a perfect home for our 20+ dromedary camels but a great retreat for YOU to take it all in, relax and recharge.  You will also be able to sample our RARE MILK Camel Milk Soap and other products... including chocolate!

Want to be in the loop?

Not a commitment... just lets us know a little bit about you and what you are interested in learning!


$350.00 per attendee or $300 per attendee when signing up two together.

Includes all classess and presentations, Dinner at the Dairy Saturday evening and pre clinic  Friday late afternoon meet & greet... plus swag

You may also choose to come in EARLY each day to watch milking... it's really something!

Read about Gil and his Camel Zen

Get to know a little bit about Gil, the Oasis Camel Dairy and our training and handling techniques.



Would you like more information

You can click through to fill out our reservation form and be on our contact list for securing your spot in the clinic and getting all email updates.

Local Lodging

We may have lodging and camping available in our guest ranch adjacent to the Dairy.  Please contact us if interested.

Other local lodging includes: (listed by closest)

RV Park just down the highway from us

There are also lots of private Air B&B rentals too.