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Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens

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"the" highlight of Encinitas

This is one of the world's best kept secrets, and one of the most beautiful places to visit. It... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Carlsbad, California
Pocket of peace and tranquility

I visit the Meditation Gardens every time I come to Encinitas, which is usually in mid-winter. This... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
Kodiak, Alaska
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215 W K St, Encinitas, CA 92024-5040
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

This is one of the world's best kept secrets, and one of the most beautiful places to visit. It overlooks the world famous Swami's surfing beach next to this garden, also worth a visit - both free! This garden, with it's Koi ponds and ocean...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

I visit the Meditation Gardens every time I come to Encinitas, which is usually in mid-winter. This time, it was October and the plants were quite different. A little subdued, but, as a gardener explained, it's the dry time of year. I recommend going as...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

The gardens are nice, but a lot of plants looked like they weren't doing too well. There were too many people walking around and chatting to be able to sit meditate. (The setting also reminded me of photos of a green cemetery.) However, it was...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

I have been going to Encintas for 30 years and make sure every visit I go spend a bit of time at the gardens. It has a serenity that is beyond and must be experienced. The gardens are meticulously manicured and there are paths that...More

Thank Evan Z
Reviewed 6 October 2017

We found out about it from a local lady. Such a peaceful, beautiful setting with stunning views over the ocean. There is no charge for admission. There is a fairly long stairway leading up to the gardens.

1  Thank billcS8819EK
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This is by far, the best public place of serenity in all of Encinitas! If you want a peaceful place to relax, watch the ocean, contemplate nature, hear your inner self, meditate under a tree, this is the place. It is a respectful place, we...More

Thank Anna M
Reviewed 3 October 2017

My family and I have visited the Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens a number of times. It is free to walk the relaxing and beautiful gardens. Since the gardens are build on a hillside, you must be able to navigate a slope and...More

Thank Carol H
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Based on its listing at the top of Encinitas things to do my wife and I went to the Meditation Gardens on Monday and found it closed. We returned Tuesday and were glad we had taken the trouble. As many others have noted this is...More

Thank Henry D
Reviewed 26 September 2017

There is nowhere else like this in terms of peace and beauty. Walk around the gardens a bit, and then sit and think for a while, -- it will do you good.

Thank invertpaleo
Reviewed 21 September 2017

We stopped at the Self-Realization Fellowship on a Monday and were told it was closed for maintenance on Mondays. This made sense to us...but we asked so many "out of towner" questions that the guard asked if we were, in fact, not from the area....More

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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