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Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens

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Glad that we were told to stop here. Views of Pacific are breathtaking and place is incredibly... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2018
Skokie, Illinois
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Short drive north from San Diego

Great place along the coast. The koi ponds where wonderful and had an extensive variety of fish... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2018
Mark M
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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215 W K St, Encinitas, CA 92024-5040
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Glad that we were told to stop here. Views of Pacific are breathtaking and place is incredibly tranquil.

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Great place along the coast. The koi ponds where wonderful and had an extensive variety of fish. Very peaceful and thoughtful place.

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 13 March 2018

The gardens occupy a significant chunk of prime ocean-vieweing real estate in Encinitas. I thought the gardens were nice, perhaps a bit too groomed - a spiritual center, I'd expect them to work more WITH Nature, rather than working nature. It has also ocurred to...More

Thank kaioatey
Reviewed 4 March 2018

This center has an absolutely beautiful garden that is open to the public. The only problem is that everybody knows about it! Maybe early morning would provide more solitude....

Thank ParkMarin
Reviewed 4 March 2018

I love this place. You can move from the hustle and bustle of exciting old Encinitas downtown, into an oasis of peace, quiet and beauty. Very rejuvenating.

Thank Stephanie D
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Very restful and fun way to spend an hour walking in a well kept and beautiful parklike setting. It is crowded on weekends, but much nicer during the week. Extremely nice path with some elevations and descents. Love the Koi ponds.

Thank malcolmh874
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

I am a local that just moved back to Encinitas after 17 years. I jogged from my home to visit. This little park is beautiful but very crowded on the weekends and sometimes in the afternoons on weekdays. If you are expecting to sit and...More

Thank catchasunset
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Whenever I have out of town guests I always take them the the Meditation gardens. The gardens are so beautiful, unique and so lovingly cared for.. The view at the top is spectacular and you can alway find a place for quite contemplation.

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 14 February 2018

Just visit this place. And calm your soul. It's WORTH it! This place is so calm and peaceful. Very well-kept, amazing to see all the different plants. You MUST see the fish, too. This place is also QUIET -- amazing place to meditate. I love...More

Thank DSGS-2018
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

This meditation garden (which means whisper only) is a wonderful refuge in the heart of downtown Encinitas. Part of the Self Realization Fellowship, it is perfect for a contemplative stroll or a quiet moment on a bench with one of the best views of the...More

Thank Shannon G
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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