The Self-Realization Fellowship Temple and Ashram centre may sound a little new age to many and it could be. On "K" Street is the hermitage and meditation gardens. Our friend (a resident in San Diego) took us there and we loved it. Peace and quiet with lovely floers and views over the pacific ocean.
We took the family there and it's peace and tranquility made us feel relaxed.
This is a free thing to do. And whenever I go back to San Diego I will be making time to go here and photograph and relax.
215 "K" Street
Telephone: (760) 753-2888
The Hermitage is generally open on Sundays, 2-5 p.m., except in inclement weather. The meditation gardens, which include a small waterfall and koi pond, are open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Sundays. It is 100 miles south of Los Angeles and 25 miles north of San Diego.
Photos to follow soon. Or some are on my website www.lensmeister.com.
Here is a find for people with some peace and quiet in mind. The meditation garden in Encinitas are a part of the Self-realization temple and Hermatige founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1937. And while the gardens do provide an excellent place for meditating or studying the plants one does need to be religious or a plant-lover to enjoy it. Not terribly large the gardens are full of rich colors and pleasing sights. The gardens include a couple koi pounds with waterfall, resting spots for reading, meditating or just enjoy the view, and a stunning view of the pacific ocean. Talking a walk through them is a great experience and once you get toward the top of the gardens you can watch the surfers below at Swami's beach. After going through the gardens you can also visit the Hermatige and the Bookstore should you wish. Both are close and worth a look if you are interested.
I would not suggest this spot for large groups or groups with children. This is really a spot more enjoyed by one or two people out for a nice walk. Make sure you take your camera!
Garden hours are-
There is much to see from the old town hall meeting place in Olivenhain (circa 1885) to the La Paloma Theater (circa 1928), to the gardens at the Self Realization Fellowship (Swami's), to the "Boat House" (circa 1927)apartments near downtown.