Meditation Garden in Encinitas
I love the Meditation Garden! I’ll admit, the first time I visited this place, I was a bit shy about going in since I had to go through the gate of The Self-Realization Fellowship Encinitas Temple to get to the gardens. I wasn’t a member of that temple and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What I discovered is that it is open to the public so no matter what your religious or spiritual belief, you are welcome to walk through the gardens.
What to Expect
The gardens go to the edge of the cliff overlooking the beach and ocean below so you’ll get a spectacular view as shown in my photo below. If you come during the winter, you can probably make it for sunset which would make for some awesome photos.
One would only need about 10 minutes in the garden to feel like you had gone on vacation. Between the sound of the ocean, birds, and the waterfalls, you will be transformed into a relaxed and joyful state within minutes.
I love the winding dirt and stone paths. A few small ponds with Koi fish, tropical green plants and plenty of flowers make for fantastic photos and a perfect place to close your eyes and/or meditate.
There are several benches and places to sit and relax. You will find it to be quiet with not too many people. (Gee I hope this blog doesn’t contribute to too many visitors.). Visitors tend to be respectful and quiet.
I’m not sure this is a great place for kids. It really depends on if your kids are nature loving and quiet.
Open Tuesday through Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday is closed.
COST: Free. Donations boxes are located throughout the garden.
RULES: No bathing suits, no smoking, no food, no beverages, no pets, no talking on your cell phone.
Swami’s Meditation Garden
215 K St.,
INFORMATION: (760) 753-1811
Swami’s Meditation Garden is at the south edge of downtown Encinitas on the 101 highway. Just a few blocks away are several restaurants and coffee shops. There is a cute spice shop called Savory Spice in the Lumberyard Shopping Plaza that is worth checking out. I’ll have to review that soon.
It is also close to one of my favorite restaurants of all time, Q’ero, which is Peruvian. I hesitate to even mention it because I hate to let out a best kept secret when the place is so small. I found Q’ero a few month after they opened 16 years ago and feel so lucky that they are so close. I’d drive 2 hours if I had to to go to this place! I guess that is yet another review for the future.
For those of you not familiar with this area, Encinitas is on the coast and is easily accessed off the 5 Freeway from Encinitas Blvd. Highway 101 runs down the coast and is a magnificent drive if you want to see miles of ocean and beaches.