Seek Truth and Beauty

The Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, CA

Self Realization Fellowship Retreat and Hermitage -Photo: Jeff Dowler

– by Lydia Breen

The Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat and Hermitage helped popularize mediation and anchor Encinitas as a home for the New Age lifestyle.

View from Hermitage House Gardens

Sunday afternoons you can tour the Hermitage, the 1930’s home to Paramahansa Yoganda where he wrote his classic spiritual guide, The Autobiography of a Yogi. The parlor  where he received many famous guests  is now preserved as a shrine.

Exit through the  upper gardens that hug the cliffs, offering  a stunning ocean view.  Then make your way through the luxuriant meditattion gardens.


The meditation gardens

Before your visit, have lunch  across the street at Swami’s Café, a local haunt not affiliated with the ashram.

The Hermitage is open Sundays 2-5 p.m., except in inclement weather; admission is free.  The Meditation Gardens  are open Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.; admission is free. Swami’s Café:  7 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday – Sunday.


Additional links:  Meditation at th Self Realization Fellowship (SDNN YouTube)


One response to “Seek Truth and Beauty

  1. Lydia, thanks so much for turning me on to your blog. Incredibly awesome!! I can’t waite to check out the self realization temple on Sunday and check out some of the art studios. Please keep me in the loop, and as always, have an incrredible day!!!!

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