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Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens

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Beautiful Meditation Gardens

This is a peaceful and lovely garden situated on a cliff overlooking the Ocean. They don't charge... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2012
Phoenix, Arizona

This is a wonderful place in a perfect location. The grounds were perfect. The buildings were... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2012
Dayton, Ohio
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215 W K St, Encinitas, CA 92024-5040
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

This is a peaceful and lovely garden situated on a cliff overlooking the Ocean. They don't charge to visit the gardens and they subsist on donations. This is a place for quiet strolling and meditation. I would not recommend it for children under the age...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2012

This is a wonderful place in a perfect location. The grounds were perfect. The buildings were beautiful. I wish I had had more time to spend there.

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Reviewed 19 August 2012

Fairly peaceful. Beautiful gardens and lovely view but lots of people. Understandable, it's a nice place and quite popular. Not allowed to lie on the grass but you can sit on the grass? Unsure of the reasoning behind this and kind of annoyed when the...More

Thank theblueroan
Reviewed 17 August 2012

The meditation gardens are meant to be just that, but on a Sunday in summer, there are many people milling around, which could make meditation difficult. Yet they are beautiful terraced gardens, with beautiful cliff-top ocean views to behold, entwined with the beautifully laid out...More

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Reviewed 3 August 2012

This place is so peaceful with spectacular views over the ocean. It is very well maintained and one cannot help but feel calmer after a visit here. I even saw a bunny rabbit!

1  Thank Natakali
Reviewed 30 July 2012

I loved the meticulous attention given to this garden, its sunny location above the sea, and the koi pond.

Thank mikaln
Reviewed 25 June 2012

The gardens here are awesome for a time-out from the city. So beautiful, so serene and quiet, a great place to meditate, obviously. This is where I go when I need to reconnect with myself.

Thank CalvinConaway
Reviewed 18 June 2012

Meticulously cultivated grounds with tranquil pools of koi fed by little waterfalls, complete with lily pads. This is a very special place created for quiet contemplation, overlooking the ocean, with stunning horticultural details throughout. Lovingly maintained with little benches cleverly placed in special places to...More

1  Thank OntheWingsofaDove
Reviewed 15 June 2012

This little treasure is worth the stop. It's small, but the plants are lovely, the view is fantastic, and the peaceful feeling you get from walking around or sitting and meditating is worth the trip.

Thank Amyrose1
Reviewed 8 June 2012

This is a small but beautiful garden on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean. Along the path you will see several koi ponds, well maintained foliage and peaceful spots for meditating. We bring our out-of-town guests to this spot. It is definitely a...More

Thank Alexandra T
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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