Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage, Encinitas

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Situated high above the Pacific Ocean, Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage provides the perfect setting for reflection and contemplation. Run by the Self Realization Fellowship (SRF), a non-profit religious organization, the internationally renowned gardens lend themselves to meditation, study, or prayer. Meander around the beautifully maintained gardens, admire the koi ponds, or simply sit and gaze at the ocean view. After enjoying some serenity, you can head towards the Encinitas Hermitage, where SRF founder and creator Paramahansa Yogananda spent much time. The rooms used by Paramahansa are now preserved as a shrine. Using our international travel planner, Encinitas attractions like Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 10, 2017
    The gardens are simply magnificent. As you walk up the steps, you find yourself enveloped in wonder and love as well as beauty. At the top is a great view of the ocean. You won't come all the way down...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The garden is magnificent. The views on the ocean are so beautiful. I was delighted. I loved too the colourful flowers and the peace you can feel there.  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    I have wanted to visit this place since I was a kid. The garden area was quite spectacular with some of the most perfectly formed & colorful plants I have ever seen anywhere. Throughout the small area...  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Very peaceful garden and the temple to meditate or just relaxing fish pond and small water fall with depth of plants gives you really relaxing mood here.
  • June 11, 2017
    The meditation gardens are free and overlook the ocean. So peaceful and beautiful.
  • March 3, 2017
    Beautiful garden with many places for quiet contemplation. If you're in the area and love nature and gardens this is a nice quick stop.
  • April 16, 2017
    AMAZING!!! one word to describe this place. The views and the ponds with the exotic koi are insane.
  • February 12, 2017
    Hermitage Meditation Gardens are yet another reason San Diego is America's finest city. Just 35 minutes north on the 5 and you land in Catdiff by the Sea a town after every persons heart. Mandatory silence strictly enforced during most seasons however is laxed during holidays due to high volume.

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