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Watsonville, California
Reviewed 18 June 2016

It has been a long time ( 10 years) since I have been here and this was a wonderful return visit with friends. We decided to take the stage from Jamesburg this time as in the past our cars have been beat up ( lost muffler - once a flat tire on Toyota truck). It was convenient & worry free...

1Thank Kerryloves2travel
Hilo, Hawaii
Reviewed 19 February 2016

It has been a long time since I went here, but it is one of the most exhilarating experiences. It is another world. Even if you have never attempted sitting meditation, you can have the opportunity to give it a try. No heavy expectations. It is one of the most healing places I have ever been.

3Thank tikiznbamboo
Reviewed 29 May 2015

I had the joyous experience of spending a week this time at Tassajara. I went for a yoga and meditation workshop, and also, for the food. Well, mostly for the food...and hot spring baths. I stayed in a spacious, clean room above the babbling creek this trip, and enjoyed it also. One needs to remember that this meditation center is...

6Thank Sadiejo2013
Reviewed 26 May 2015

We stayed in the Pine 1 cabin by the babbling brook. The room is spacious with lots of storage space and a deck overlooking the brook. There is no electricity (but they're currently adding electric lights but no outlets to cabins throughout camp) and the decor is old, almost antique. We had 4 kerosene lamps for light at night. The...

5Thank sailorcat60
Reviewed 13 May 2015

I've been three times. Pros Amazing cuisine. Peaceful, quiet location amidst nature. Disconnecting from phones, internet, TV is easy (and unavoidable mostly) here. Electricity added recently to some cabins and pathways. Baths have good chairs/lounges to sit in, and the water options include one tub that is hotter than at Esalen, which is good. Fridg available for use by guests...

5Thank luciasur
Montpelier, Vermont
Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

We visited Tassajara Zen Center for the day in July 2013. I had wanted to visit there since learning to bake bread from the Tassajara Bread Book in 1971! We camped out at China Camp, a primitive campground on national forest land in the Ventana Wilderness on our way to and from. The road was indeed as dramatic as described...

4Thank swedishivy2013
Reviewed 24 May 2014

never want to leave- unstructured peace, beauty, water in many forms and degrees and incredible, incredible vegitarian food- not low fat nor carb. solitude if you want or a bit of socializing. zen and yoga, not luxurious, you may bring wine or, tough to get to, lots of rugged, far west, hot, badland-canyon-mountainous surroundings, some bugs and dust, saw a...

6Thank FAC12
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Tassajara is amazing and an adventure. The staff was friendly, the facilities were well maintained, the food was exceptional, and the workshops were well planned, with experienced instructors. Guests had been coming there for 20+ years. It's rustic and charming, and a perfect place to either learn or continue one's Zen training and education. It's owned by San Francisco Zen...

4Thank Sadiejo2013
McMinnville, Tennessee, United States
Reviewed 14 November 2013

Just what I was expecting, a chance to get away and step aside from all the hustle and bustle of city life. A few days spent in tranquility where you can be by yourself or in company of others if you wish. Beautiful setting and grounds.

3Thank Alison M
Palo Alto, California
Reviewed 13 August 2013

We evidently tend to be more discriminating than some travelers, hence the score of 4 stars rather than 5. We also found that the other reviews told us very little factually about Tassajara, so we decided to be somewhat detailed about our experience, in the hope of scoring more of those "Helpful review" votes! If you've never been here, imagine...

39Thank ScienceTrip

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A temple sanctuary by the beautiful boulders and waters of Tassajara Creek, a small mountain river flowing toward the sea. Long known as a place of healing, the hot springs of Tassajara were first used by the native Esselen people, who lived among the soaring ridges of the Santa Lucia Mountains for a thousand years or more, appreciating the hot springs for their restorative properties. Today,Tassajara offers a rare opportunity to step back from the busy demands and pressures of life. Find the rhythm of your own breath supported by the sounds of temple bell and creek-song. Feel the summer breeze, enjoy delicious food, immerse yourself in the water of the hot springs and relax in the shade of maples and sycamores. Since Zen Mountain Center’s inception, the Guest Season has been an integral part of this monastery's yearly cycle in these mountains. From April until September, focus turns from our primarily inward activity of “practice period” to the work of serving the community at large, sharing the experience of Zen practice and the joys of Tassajara. Like the proprietors of earlier times, we hope you will find this valley a place of delight and renewal. Please consider yourself a part of Tassajara, for it is your contributions which make it possible for us to continue to take care of this fragile ecosystem and provide a curative, healing environment. Accommodations include three gourmet vegetarian meals daily, with bag lunch available to allow for flexible day plans. Guest afternoon tea is served daily in the dining room. The courtyard coffee-tea area is always open. Personal beverages are welcome in the guest rooms and dining room. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

Address: 39171 Tassajara Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9316
Region: United States > California > Carmel Valley
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Number of rooms: 26
Also Known As:
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“Stone & Pine rooms near river wonderful.”
 of 5 bubbles Kerryloves2travel, 18 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Any of the rooms are good, just depends on one's budget.”
  • Looking up creek
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 of 5 bubbles Sadiejo2013, 28 May 2015 | Read review
“tatami rooms are on the floor. stone, redwood and creek cabins seem preferable to me in that order”
 of 5 bubbles FAC12, 24 May 2014 | Read review
“If going during cooler nights, get a room with a wood-burning stove. Cabins along the river were great too. Be familiar with a summer camp experience, it's rustic.”
  • Looking up creek
  • Guestroom
 of 5 bubbles Sadiejo2013, 10 May 2014 | Read review
“Get the most expensive cabin that you can afford. Preferably beside the creek, which makes a pleasant burbling at night.”
 of 5 bubbles ScienceTrip, 13 Aug 2013 | Read review
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