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Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens

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When it or passing through Encinitas you have to stop and experience this place. Take a few shots... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Scott S
Relaxing Free Trip through a Temple's Garden

in 1936 the Golden Lotus Temple was built ovesrseeing the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas, Caliornia... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bill S
Carlsbad, California
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215 W K St, Encinitas, CA 92024-5040
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Reviewed 2 days ago

When it or passing through Encinitas you have to stop and experience this place. Take a few shots, walk down and shoot some video of the surfer's at Swami's Point and you'll be able to say you did Encinitas.

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

in 1936 the Golden Lotus Temple was built ovesrseeing the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas, Caliornia. It was built on a cliff which eroded, and in 1942 a decision was made to dismantle the temple. The steps to the temple are still visible on a tour...More

Thank Bill S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful, restful space with lovely plantings along with benches tucked in private spots for rest, reflection, or reading. Alas, the public access area has been made significantly smaller now, with more than half of it roped off for private use: No walking...More

Thank Patty8888
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to enjoy peace and tranquility along the cliff of the Pacific. This has been a spot for years, my first experience here was 40 years ago! It is free to go in but I believe they are closed on Mondays....More

Thank bballwey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely must see! Free and mesmerizing. It's within city and the way park is built is amazing. Loved to see the different plants n flowers.

Thank Keval P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are a lovely place to visit but attending a retreat is even better. Retreat attendees practice silence for the duration of their stay; a wonderful practice to develop a sense of inner peace, your intuition and to shake off the intense energy of...More

Thank Areya W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you need to re-charge the batteries then there is no better place to go for free to the Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens. First class gardens, Koi ponds and blissful sounding waterfalls. Sit on a bench under some of the most amazing...More

Thank Ash L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the fifth time we have been in past four years. It is our favorite place to go to in SanDiego. Beautiful flowers and view of the ocean. This time a lady security guard was perched on the open sign and was asking everyone...More

Thank Casey B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning gardens with incredible views. Koi ponds, cool old trees, and beautiful flowers. You can sit on the plentiful benches and gaze at the ocean. We watched a bunch of surfers and even saw dolphins. Plus, it’s free! What more could you ask for?...More

Thank laurak022
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of Encinitas'/San Diego's hidden gems - if you're looking for a way to disconnect, SRF Meditation Gardens is a great way.......beautifully maintained, seasonal blooms all thru the gardens, dramatic views of the ocean from the bluff, Koi ponds and waterfalls - I take family...More

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1 April 2018|
Response from invertpaleo | Reviewed this property |
Oh... there is some confusion here. The SRF gardens are not large at all, very pretty indeed, but they are maybe just a couple of acres. However, the San Diego Botanical Gardens are quite large, 37 acres. It think it might... 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