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Things to Do in Encinitas CA - Visit the Meditation Gardens

Visit the Meditation Gardens at the

Self Realization Fellowship Retreat in Encinitas


Are you seeking a few moments of peace and tranquility? A place to relax and get away from the trials and tribulations of daily life?


Meditation Gardens



The Meditation Gardens at the Self-Realization Fellowship Encinitas Temple may be just the environment to take you to that special emotional and spiritual place.


The Retreat was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1937 in South Encinitas on the bluffs overlooking the ocean. A world teacher in meditation, he established the center as a place to help others "toward realization of the limitless resources of love and peace that exist within every human being." (from the Visitor's Guide).


Visitors from around the world have visited the center to learn meditation, enhance their spiritual understanding, and attend lectures.


The Meditation Gardens are extraordinarily beautiful and peaceful, with little to distract you from their enjoyment except, perhaps, the sounds of the ocean below - with spectacular views - and an occasional squawking seagull flying by, or a coast guard helicopter.


flowers at the Meditation Gardens in Encinitas


There are several koi ponds with water falls, all inter-connected, gorgeous tropical plantings and flowers, and meandering paths with numerous benches tucked away for visitors to enjoy a moment of relaxation and view the gardens or gaze out at the ocean.


 Self-Realization Temple in Encinitas


The ocean views, themselves, are spectaular, and somehow more special when viewed from this tranquil, quiet place.


If you drive by the center on the coast road, you will notice the 3 Lotus Towers that were designed by Paramahansa Yogananda, and which symbolize the purpose for which the center was created.


The Lotus is considered a symbol of spiritual unfoldment. (one tower is always decorated for the holiday season).


The gardens are open to the public year round, with free admission (donations are much appreciated to help maintain the gardens); hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 - 5 and Sunday from 11 - 5 (closed Monday).


Enjoy the brief video tour of the Meditation Gardens in Encinitas.




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