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Welcome to the California Vegetarian Guide

The Vegetarian Travel Guide includes vegetarian and vegan vacations, natural lifestyle and vegetarian festivals and expos, local vegan and vegetarian meetup groups, vegetarian spiritual centers, yoga ashrams, an annual Calendar of Events, and lots more. Have fun and enjoy your journey around California!

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Photo: Briar Patch Co-op Grass Valley, CA).

Arcata Food Co-op
811 I St., Arcata, CA 95521-6123
Phone: 707-822-5947
Hours: 6am-9pm
Chico Natural Foods
818 Main St., Chico, CA 95928
Phone: 530-891-1713
Hours: 7:30am-10pm, daily.
Davis Food Co-op
620 G. St., Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 530-758-2667
Hours: 7am-10pm, daily.
Eureka Cooperative
25 4th St., Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: 707-443-6027
Hours: 6am-9pm
Briar Patch Co-op Natural Foods Community Market (See photo above)
290 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone: 530-272-5333
Hours: 7am-9pm, daily.
Isla Vista Food Co-op
6575 Seville Rd., Isla Vista, CA 93117
Phone: 805-968-1401
Hours: 8am-11pm daily.
Quincy Natural Foods (Map)
269 Main St., Quincy, CA 95971
Phone: 530-283-1537
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7am-8pm, Sunday 9am-7pm


See our Los Angeles Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
1900 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: 916-455-2667
Hours: 7am-10pm daily.
Natural Foods Co-Op Questa (Map | Reviews)
745 Francis St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-544-7928
Hours: call for hours.

See our San Diego Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
See our
San Francisco Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
Ukiah Coop Natural Foods
721 South State St., Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: 707-462-4778
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm.


Note: See our Calendar of Events


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Deer Park Monastery
2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
Phone: For further inquiry, please call our business office at (760) 291-1003, extension 100 for Registration, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Tuesday through Saturday.
Cuisine: Vegetarian. Unfortunately, we are limited in our capacity to accommodate people who have special dietary or medical needs.
- A Practice Center in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We invite you to join us for Days of Mindfulness, special or themed retreats, or a general stay outside of our Retreat program. Please call first, before visiting.
Know Thyself as Soul Foundation
Locations throughout California
Phone: 1-877-MEDITATE to find out more information
Cuisine: Vegetarian
- The practice of meditation on the inner spiritual light and sound, Sant Mat, has been taught to tens of thousands of people from all walks of life in the United States. There are many ongoing classes and events by representatives of Sant Baljit Singh geared towards those seeking an introduction to both the practice and the theory behind it.

See our Los Angeles Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
39171 Tassajara Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924.
Phone: 415-865-1899.
Cuisine: Three vegetarian meals are served daily to our overnight guests. We offer a restricted diet option, consisting of plain rice, tofu, and vegetables for dinner, and an undressed salad for lunch.
- Join a retreat, explore Zen practice, or just relax and let go of everything beyond the simple pleasures of the moment.
Hidden Valley Ashram
16455 Old Guejito Grade Road, Escondido, CA 92027-6208
Phone: 760-749-3399.
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
- Join the monks and ashram residents in group energization and meditation, classes on the SRF (Yogananda) teachings, and meals.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA. 95945
Phone: 530-272-9322 or toll-free 800-469-9642.
Cuisine: Vegetarian
- Yoga retreats based on the teachings of Swami Vishnu-devananda.
Yokoji Zen Mountain Center
58900 Apple Canyon Road, Mountain Center, CA 92561
Phone: 951-659-5272.
Cuisine: Vegetarian
- We offer year round training in Zen Buddhism, both residential and non-residential.
Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery
3724 Summit Drive, Mount Shasta, California 96067-9012
Phone: 530-926-4208
Cuisine: All meals are vegetarian (may include dairy and egg).
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, CA 94965
Phone: 415-383-3134 (Tuesday through Saturday 9am-noon and 2-4pm; Sunday 9-10 am. Hours vary during retreat times).
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
- Afilliated with the San Francisco Zen Center. Offer daily meditation, regular monastic retreats and practice periods, classes, lectures, and workshops.
The Expanding Light
14618 Tyler Foote Rd., Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: 800-346-5350 or 530-478-7518
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
- We share the nonsectarian meditation practices and yoga philosophy of Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple, Ananda's founder, Swami Kriyananda.

See our San Diego Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
See our
San Francisco Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
California Vipassana Center | Dhamma Mahavana
P.O. Box 1167, North Fork, CA 93643
Phone: 559-877-4386
Cuisine: Vegetarian. "If the diet is too specialized or would interfere with meditation, we might have to ask you to wait until you can be more flexible."
- 109 acre forested Buddhist center in the Sierra foothills where the technique of Vipassana meditation is taught and practiced.
Pleasant Valley Sanctuary Yoga and Meditation Retreat (Map)
14011 Rice's Crossing Road, North San Juan, California 95960
Phone: 530 292-3089
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
Spa Raw of Ojai (Map)
Ojai, CA
Phone: 559-877-4386
Cuisine: Raw Food.
- Planning to open in 2011. A beautiful resort spa in the magical high desert mountain. Pick fruit straight off the trees, hike in some of the most beautiful wilderness in the world, and enjoy exclusively 100% fresh organic raw vegan cuisine, along with spa amenities.
Sonoma Ashram (Map)
1087 Craig Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476
Phone: 707-996-8915
Cuisine: Three vegetarian meals are served each day. If you have any special dietary requirements, please do let us know ahead of time.
- The Ashram is open to all for day visits, personal retreats and long-term stays.

Land of Medicine Buddha
(Map)
5800 Prescott Rd., Soquel, CA 95073.
Phone: 831-462-8383
Cuisine: 100% vegetarian cuisine "prepared fresh daily by our team of dedicated chefs."
- Green certified non-profit retreat center located in Santa Cruz County offering Buddhist classes and retreats, and personal retreats.
Manzanita Village (Map)
31777 Highway 79, Warner Springs, CA 92086
Phone: 1-800-619-8416 or 760-782-9223.
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
- Buddhist-based retreats, open to everyone. Retreat days include meditation, lectures, discussion, and interactive exercises, with unstructured time for hiking, reading, or resting.

Mount Madonna Center
(Map & Reviews)
445 Summit Road, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 408-846-4064 (Monday-Thursday 9-5. Friday 9-5:30. Saturday 11-5. Sunday closed.)
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
- Mount Madonna Center is a conference and retreat center located on 355 acres of mountain-top redwood forest and grassland overlooking Monterey Bay, between Santa Cruz and Monterey, in Northern California.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Map)
5000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Woodacre, CA 94973
Phone:
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
- Buddhist Vipassana Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. The Center hosts a full program of ongoing classes, daylong programs, and residential retreats.

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Chumayo Spa (Map & Reviews)
120 H Street, P.O. Box 191, Blue Lake, CA 95525
Phone: 707-668-0101.
Cuisine: Self serve. Upstairs guest room comes with a kitchenette, basic cookware.
The Ashram (Map)
2025 McKain Street, Calabasas, CA 91302-2317
Phone: 818-222-6900
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
- Retreats dedicated to health, fitness and renewal.
The Jewel Box Bed & Breakfast
4630 Capitola Road, Capitola, CA
Phone: 831-295-9035
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
- Two Suite 1026 sq. ft. Bungalow. We are a few blocks from the Historic Capitola Village & Beach as well as just 4.5 miles from downtown Santa Cruz.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs
(Map & Reviews)
25000 Glen Ivy Road, Corona, CA 92883
Toll-Free: 888-453-6489
We Care Health Center (Map & Reviews)
18000 Long Canyon Rd., Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241
Phone: 760-251-2261 | Toll-free: 800-888-2523.
Cuisine: Their program is an "all-liquid juice fasting & detoxification process".

- Family-owned spa and spiritual retreat.
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
209 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, CA 95472
Phone: 707-823-8231
Cuisine: Dine at nearby restuarants.
Spirit Mountain Retreat
25661 Oakwood Street, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Phone: 951-659-2523
Optimum Health Institute of San Diego
6970 Central Ave., Lemon Grove, CA 91945-3346
Phone: 619-464-3346.
Cuisine: OHI proudly serves live raw organic vegetarian meals consisting of sprouts, greens, fruits, vegetables, enzyme-rich rejuvelac (a naturally fermented, nonalcoholic beverage) and sauerkraut. Wheatgrass juice is central to our program and is consumed twice a day.
-- OHI is a healing ministry of the Free Sacred Trinity Church. People of all traditions are welcome to participate in our integrated program for mental, physical, spiritual and emotional healing.

See our Los Angeles Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
Sunburst Sanctuary (Map)
Location: 7200 Highway 1, Lompoc, CA 93436-9538
Mail: PO Box 2008, Buellton, California 93427
Phone: 805-736-6528
- Sunburst was founded in 1969 by our visionary teacher Norman Paulsen, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Joshua Grindle Inn (Map & Reviews)
44800 Little Lake Road, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: 1-800-474-6353 (toll-free) or 707-937-4143.
Cuisine: Primarily vegetarian.
- 19th century ocean view B&B, surrounded by two acres of lush gardens.
Harbin Hot Springs (Map & Reviews)
18424 Harbin Springs Rd., Middletown, CA 95461
Phone: 707-987-2477 or California toll-free: 1-800-622-2477.
Cuisine: Vegetarian options at all meals. Eclectic cuisine often features organic produce from local farms.
- One of the oldest and most beautiful hot springs in California, Harbin Hot Springs is now operated as a non-profit retreat and workshop center.
Spirit Springs Mountain Retreat
Middletown, CA
Phone: 707-987-9044
Cuisine: 100% Organic Rejuvenating Diet: your choice of 100% raw, living foods or a mix of raw and cooked foods or liquid diet including juices, soups, super food smoothies; we use locally grown produce whenever possible.
Pepper Tree Retreat (Map & Reviews)
1130 McAndrew Road (P.O. Box 1560) Ojai, CA 93024
Phone: 877-355-5986 or 805-646-4773
Cuisine: A vegetarian breakfast buffet is offered each morning.
- Pepper Tree Retreat, an Ojai bed and breakfast inn with vegan and vegetarian cuisine, is the former home of philosopher J. Krishnamurti, perhaps Ojai's most famous resident.
The Ojai Foundation (Map)
9739 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd., Ojai, CA 93023
Phone: 805-646-08343
Cuisine: Vegetarian-friendly.
- Our public and private programs, both in Ojai and at other locations, offer individuals and groups of all ages an opportunity to explore community, live close to nature, find renewal, and mark significant rites of passage through ceremony, quiet reflection, and shared service

See our San Diego Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
See our
San Francisco Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
The Adobe on Green Street Bed and Breakfast
103 Green Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Phone: 831-469-9866
Cuisine: Vegetarian breakfast (mostly organic).
Sierra Hot Springs (Map)
521 Campbell Hot Springs Rd., Sierraville, CA 96126
Information and Reservations: 530-994-3773
- Sierra Hot Springs is a non-profit retreat and workshop center.

Weimar Center
(Map)
Mailing Address: PO Box 486, Weimar, CA 95736
Physical Address: 20601 West Paoli Lane, Weimar, CA 95736
Phone: 530-637-4111 or toll-free: 888-370-8782.
Cuisine: Vegan.
- Seventh-day Adventist health & education center offering the NEWSTART®18-day program.

See our Los Angeles Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
See our
San Diego Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
See our
San Francisco Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
Vegan Meetup Group of Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
- Meet Santa Cruz, California vegans and enjoy food and conversation! Learn about veganism and share favorite meals, restaurants, and recipes. Plan other group events. Our meetups are Fun social events and the vegan-curious are welcome!


See our Los Angeles Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
VegNews
PO Box 320130, San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 760-291-1546
-The premier magazine to focus on a vegetarian lifestyle, VegNews offers its more than 195,000 readers up-to-date information on living a compassionate and healthy lifestyle.

See our San Diego Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
See our
San Francisco Metro Vegetarian Travel Guide.
Vegetarian Meetup Group of Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
- Meet Santa Cruz, California vegetarians and enjoy food and conversation! Learn about vegetarianism and discuss favorite meals, restaurants, and recipes. Plan group events. Our meetups are Fun social events and the vegetarian-curious are welcome!







 

 

 

 

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