**=Vegan, ***=raw foods|
Note: see The
Vegetarian Vacation chapter for USA
map & links.
Note: See City Guides for
Angeles Metro, San
Diego Metro & Santa
& Joyce Vissell: The Shared Heart
Fdtn. - P.O. Box 2140,
Aptos, CA 9501. 408-684-2299.
Spa */**/***- Blue
Lake, CA. 707-668-0101. Offer guests a wonderful
live food or vegetarian food retreat combined with
a holistic spa treatment package that includes
sauna, massage and flotation. Located in Northern
California near Arcata/Eureka.
Calabasas, CA. "Program to enhance your physical,
mental & spiritual well-being."
Chopra Center *- 2013 Costa del
Mar Rd. Carlsbad, CA 92009. Toll-free 888-424-6772
Zen Mountain Center *- 39171 Tassajara
Road, Carmel Valley , CA 93924. Summer Guest Season
reservations: 415-865-1899. Voicemail, work
practice, day visits: 831-659-2229. is a Soto Zen
Buddhist monastery. From May through August,
Tassajara opens its gates for workshops, retreats,
guest practice, work-study programs, and the quiet,
peaceful solitude of our mountain valley.
Ivy Hot Springs (Mud Baths)
(photo: top left,
courtesy of Glen Ivy) - 25000 Glen Ivy
Rd. - Corona, CA 91719. 909-277-3529. Mud galore...
but a poor selection of vegetarian options at their
Care Spa **- 18000
Long Canyon Rd., Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241.
760-251-2261 or toll-free 800-888-2523. Juice
Grande Monastery: The
Paracelsian Order (photo: middle
right, courtesy of Madre Grande
Monastery)*- 18372 Highway
94, Dulzura, CA 91917. 619-468-3006. Intercultural
center for Spiritual Growth & Retreat.
Park Monastery *- 2499 Melru
Lane, Escondido, CA 92026. 760-291-1003. A 400-acre
Buddhist sanctuary providing a safe, secluded,
peaceful place to cultivate inner solidity and
clarity, under the guidance of their teacher, Thich
Nhat Hanh. "We welcome you to come and practice
with us, for a Day of Mindfulness, for a few days a
week or several weeks."
Door - P.O. Box 463077,
Escondido, CA 92046-3077. 619-744-5777. Fax:
Valley Ashram *- 16455 Old
Guejito Grade Road, Escondido, CA 92027-6208.
760-749-3399. Based on the teachings of Paramahansa
Yogananda. They say..."The Hidden Valley Ashram
Center, sequestered among 100 acres of rolling
hills and oak forests in North San Diego County.
Join the monks and ashram residents in group
energization and meditation, classes on the SRF
teachings, and meals."
La Puerta - PO. Box 463057,
Escondido, CA 92046. Spa in Tecate, Mexico, just
over the border.
Enzyme Baths (photo:
top right, courtesy of Osmosis Enzyme Baths)
- 209 Bohemian
Highway, Freestone, CA 95472. 707-823-8231
Institute - 220
Harmony Lane, Garberville, CA 95542. 707-923-5000.
Ashram Yoga Farm *- 14651
Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA. 95945.
530-272-9322, 800-469-9642. See listing in 'Yoga'
Health Institute of San Diego
**/*** - 6970
Central Ave., Lemon Grove, CA 91945-3346.
619-464-3346. See photo in our San
Diego Metro Guide.
Naturist Club (photo: top
center, courtesy of Lupin Naturist Club)
- P.O. Box 1274,
Los Gatos, CA 95031. 408-353-2250. Fax:
Brook Inn Retreat & Conference
left, courtesy of Stoney Brook Inn)
- 309 Colombero,
McCloud, CA 96067. 800-369-6118 or 916-964-2300
Hot Springs Retreat & Workshop
Center - 18424 Harbin
Springs Rd., Middletown, CA 95461. 707-987-2477 or
California toll-free: 1-800-622-2477.
Caliente Hotsprings Spa (located
in Mexico) - Mail: P.O. Box 897, Millbrae, CA
Mountain Center *- P.O. Box 43,
Mountain Center, CA 92561. 951-659-5272. Experience
the life changing practice of meditation and
awareness. Offer a regular daily schedule,
introductory weekends, silent meditation retreats
(sesshin) ranging from three days to one month, and
two intensive training periods a year.
Abbey *- Attn:
Guest Master, 3724 Summit Drive, Mt. Shasta, CA
96067-9102. 530-926-4208. Introductory &
advanced Buddhist (Zen) meditation retreats.
Ovo-lacto vegetarian diet.
Expanding Light Retreat *- 14618
Tyler Foote Rd., Nevada City, CA 15959.
530-478-7518. 800-346-5350. Personal retreats and
many workshops on over 700 acres of forests and
meadows. Followers of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Mahavana *- P.O. Box 1167,
North Fork, CA 93643. 559-877-4386. Dhamma Mahavana
is situated on a 109 acre forested property in the
Sierra foothills where the technique of Vipassana
meditation is taught and practiced.
Terra Cotta Inn - 2388 E. Racquet
Club Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262-2629.
760-322-6059 or toll free: 800-786-6938.
Clothing-optional resort and spa. They e-mailed us
saying... " We have many vegetarians stay with us
as we provide very healthy food at breakfast,
lunch, and afternoon snacks. Guests go out to town
Gulch Farm Zen Center *- Sausalito, CA.
In addition to the temple program of meditation and
study, it includes an organic farm and garden, as
well as a guest and conference center. Traditional
Zen meditation retreats (1-day, 5-day and 7-day
sesshins are held frequently.
Hot Springs - P.O. Box 366,
Sierraville, CA 96126. 530-994-3773. Facilities are
open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Reception &
reservation office is open 9:30am to 5:30pm, 7 days
a week. Sierra Hot Springs is a clothing optional
member's only retreat center in Northern
California. They offer day use, overnight
accomadations, massage & watsu, yoga, Gourmet
vegetarian meals, & workshops.
of the Deer Foundation - P.O.
Box 699, Soquel, CA 95073. 831-475-9560. Shamanism.
Seminars, pilgrimages & study groups.
of Medicine Buddha *- 5800
Prescott Rd., Soquel, CA 95073. 831-462-8383. Fax:
831-462-8380. Rustic center in the beautiful
Hot Springs - 13201
Orr Springs Rd., Ukiah, CA 95482. 707-462-6277
Village *- Warner
Springs, CA. Meditation Retreats are open to all.
Weave together Buddhist traditions with the
timeless themes of peace-making, non-violence,
social-justice, personal integration and
creativity. Days include meditation, dharma talks,
discussion & movement.
Madonna Center *- 445 Summit Rd,
Watsonville, CA 95076. See photos & write-up in
Mineral Springs (photo: middle
left, courtesy of Stewart Mineral Springs)
- 4617 Stewart
Springs Rd., Weed, CA 96094. 30-938-2222
Institute **- Weimar, CA.
NEWSTART® Lifestyle Program.
Hot Springs (photos:
bottom center & right, courtesy of Wilbur Hot
Springs) - Wilbur Spring s,
CA 95987. 530-473-2306 from 10am to 9pm daily.
Rock Meditation Center *- P.O.
Box 169, Woodacre, CA 94973. Founded to create an
enduring Dharma retreat, practice, community and
study center rooted in the Buddhist tradition. "A
primary purpose of Spirit Rock Meditation Center is
to offer opportunities for training and practice of
vipassana (insight) meditation, ... through silent