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Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens

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Peaceful Beauty!

This is one of my favorite places in San Diego County. I have visited here many, many times. Quite... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
San Diego, California
The gardens are beautiful and peaceful.

These gardens are gorgeous and you can feel the peace and enjoy the sound of the ocean. Make sure... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2018
Linda G
Borrego Springs
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215 W K St, Encinitas, CA 92024-5040
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

This is one of my favorite places in San Diego County. I have visited here many, many times. Quite a few people come here to meditate, so plan on a quiet visit. The Koi ponds are enchanting and the rest of the small garden sits...More

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Reviewed 25 August 2018

These gardens are gorgeous and you can feel the peace and enjoy the sound of the ocean. Make sure you check the hours open to the public. This is a great place for quiet reflection.

Thank Linda G
Reviewed 25 August 2018

1. Free, Parking on street 2. Closed Mondays 3. It is a meditation garden, meant for quiet reflection. Be respectful of the (few/many) people meditating along the paths. 4. The koi ponds are amazing, filled with bright colorful fish. Many of which are really big!...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We visited with our baby on a Saturday and it was busy but not so much that you couldn’t enjoy the calm and peaceful stroll around the beautiful gardens. Lovely views of the ocean and very welcome pockets of shade in amongst the trees. Plenty...More

1  Thank Doob M
Reviewed 5 August 2018

I just did a fast walk through the garden area. It is really beautiful. I never knew you could just walk in without paying, or having a "tour". I would have spent more time, but my husband was sitting in the car with our dog.

Thank Teresa H
Reviewed 28 July 2018

I was told to visit this place by my innkeeper and I am so grateful to her and for all those who keep up this garden so beautifully. It's a little spot of tranquility and I did meditate there and returned the next day to...More

Thank Janet D
Reviewed 22 July 2018

When it or passing through Encinitas you have to stop and experience this place. Take a few shots, walk down and shoot some video of the surfer's at Swami's Point and you'll be able to say you did Encinitas.

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 9 July 2018

in 1936 the Golden Lotus Temple was built ovesrseeing the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas, Caliornia. It was built on a cliff which eroded, and in 1942 a decision was made to dismantle the temple. The steps to the temple are still visible on a tour...More

Thank Bill S
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful, restful space with lovely plantings along with benches tucked in private spots for rest, reflection, or reading. Alas, the public access area has been made significantly smaller now, with more than half of it roped off for private use: No walking...More

Thank Patty8888
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to enjoy peace and tranquility along the cliff of the Pacific. This has been a spot for years, my first experience here was 40 years ago! It is free to go in but I believe they are closed on Mondays....More

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1 April 2018|
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Response from invertpaleo | Reviewed this property |
The Botanical Garden is quite large, and I you want to explore it thoroughly, I would recommend a half-day visit or even a whole day visit if you are very keen on plants. The SRF gardens are not very large, and assuming you... More
3 February 2018|
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Response from AlaskaMarion | Reviewed this property |
There is no charge to visit the gardens. As for the best time of year, I have been there in October as well as January and February. Each time I have visited, there have been flowers in bloom. Much care goes into maintaining... More
12 September 2017|
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Response from Ing D | Reviewed this property |
It's closed on Mondays. If you Google 'SRF meditation gardens opening hours' you'll get a link to the website with the opening hours for the gardens. There is a retreat center attached to it, but you have to be a member of... More