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It has been a long time ( 10 years) since I have been here and this was a wonderful return visit with friends. We decided to take the stage from Jamesburg this time as in the past our cars have been beat up ( lost...More
It has been a long time since I went here, but it is one of the most exhilarating experiences. It is another world. Even if you have never attempted sitting meditation, you can have the opportunity to give it a try. No heavy expectations. It...More
I had the joyous experience of spending a week this time at Tassajara. I went for a yoga and meditation workshop, and also, for the food. Well, mostly for the food...and hot spring baths. I stayed in a spacious, clean room above the babbling creek...More
We stayed in the Pine 1 cabin by the babbling brook. The room is spacious with lots of storage space and a deck overlooking the brook. There is no electricity (but they're currently adding electric lights but no outlets to cabins throughout camp) and the...More
I've been three times.
Amazing cuisine. Peaceful, quiet location amidst nature. Disconnecting from phones, internet, TV is easy (and unavoidable mostly) here. Electricity added recently to some cabins and pathways. Baths have good chairs/lounges to sit in, and the water options include one tub...More
A temple sanctuary by the beautiful boulders and waters of Tassajara Creek, a small mountain river flowing toward the sea. Long known as a place of healing, the hot springs of Tassajara were first used by the native Esselen people, who lived among the soaring ridges of the Santa Lucia Mountains for a thousand years or more, appreciating the hot springs for their restorative properties. Today,Tassajara offers a rare opportunity to step back from the busy demands and pressures of life. Find the rhythm of your own breath supported by the sounds of temple bell and creek-song. Feel the summer breeze, enjoy delicious food, immerse yourself in the water of the hot springs and relax in the shade of maples and sycamores. Since Zen Mountain Center’s inception, the Guest Season has been an integral part of this monastery's yearly cycle in these mountains. From April until September, focus turns from our primarily inward activity of “practice period” to the work of serving the community at large, sharing the experience of Zen practice and the joys of Tassajara. Like the proprietors of earlier times, we hope you will find this valley a place of delight and renewal. Please consider yourself a part of Tassajara, for it is your contributions which make it possible for us to continue to take care of this fragile ecosystem and provide a curative, healing environment. Accommodations include three gourmet vegetarian meals daily, with bag lunch available to allow for flexible day plans. Guest afternoon tea is served daily in the dining room. The courtyard coffee-tea area is always open. Personal beverages are welcome in the guest rooms and dining room.
I understand that a 4x4 vehicle with good clearance is needed to get to the retreat... I have one, but I was also thinking I'd ride my mountain bike up there. Thoughts?
10 June 2016|
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My husband and I would like to visit just for a couple of hours in June to enjoy the hot springs and other amenities. Is it easy to reach this place by car? Can we arrive whenever we want or is there a specific time we need to get in?