The Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, CA
– by Lydia Breen
The Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat and Hermitage helped popularize mediation and anchor Encinitas as a home for the New Age lifestyle.
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.
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)