215 K Street
Encinitas, California 92024-5040
At the Encinitas Retreat and Ashram Center, Paramahansa Yogananda lived for many years and began the first SRF retreat program. It is beautifully situated high above the Pacific Ocean, about 25 miles north of downtown San Diego.
Reservations may be made from one to six days, depending on availability. Check-in time is between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday (arrivals at other times can usually be accommodated with prior arrangement).
Weekends (Friday to Sunday) are usually reserved as a unit, although retreatants may check in prior to the weekend and stay into the following week.
Visitors who wish to remain in the Encinitas area for periods longer than retreat accommodations allow are welcome to attend the meditations and classes at the Retreat while staying at another location. A list of motels within walking distance is available on request.
The Encinitas Retreat is closed for the weeks of Convocation (held each summer in Los Angeles) and Christmas. Reservations for the weeks before and after Convocation are usually limited to just a few days and are reserved for those coming from long distances.
For reservations, please contact the Encinitas Retreat:
Telephone: (760) 753-1811
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Saturday
FAX: (760) 753-8416 (available 24 hours a day)
Pacific Palisades, California 90272
Reservations may be made for one to six days, depending upon availability. Check-in time is between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday (the 5:00 check-in on Friday allows time for a light meal before attending the evening meditation at the Lake Shrine Temple). Checkout for weekend retreats is Sunday afternoon. The retreat is closed Mondays.
The Lake Shrine Retreat is closed for the weeks of Convocation (held each summer in Los Angeles) and Christmas. Reservations for the weeks before and after Convocation are usually limited to just a few days and are reserved for those coming from long distances.
For reservations, please contact the Lake Shrine Retreat:
Telephone: (310) 459-4740
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific time, Tuesday through Saturday
FAX: (310) 459-8716 (available 24 hours a day)
Escondido, California 92027-6208
At the Hidden Valley Ashram Center, men who are students of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons will find an environment conducive to God-centered living in the tranquil beauty of the ashram and surrounding hills. The Hidden Valley Ashram Center, sequestered among 100 acres of rolling hills and oak forests in north San Diego County, is a perfect environment for spiritual renewal.
The ashram center offers several programs, including a guest program, conducted weekends, volunteer and resident programs. For detailed information about the programs, visit the Hidden Valley Ashram website.
For reservations, please contact Hidden Valley Ashram Center:
Telephone: (760) 749-3399
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday
FAX: (760) 749-3323 (available 24 hours a day)
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Conducted retreats are offered throughout the year.
Please see retreat schedule for dates.
The Greenfield retreat is located in the Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, amidst a lush deciduous forest. Three cottages are available for women to enjoy private retreats. During private retreats, women are invited to meditate with the monastics daily and may participate in service activities. For more details, please call our retreat number listed below.
During general retreats (open to both men and women), no lodging or meals are provided. Please call the Retreat for a list of nearby accommodations.
Additional information is available on the Greenfield website.
Telephone: (540) 635-5066
The Bermersbach retreat is located in the Black Forest, one of Germany’s most picturesque locales, amidst mountains, meadows, streams, and forests with readily accessible foot and bike paths. The spacious building and grounds includes a chapel, kitchen and dining room, a comfortable library/living room, and landscaped lawns and meditation areas in the gardens.
Conducted retreats are offered monthly.
For reservations, please contact the Bermersbach Retreat:
Telephone: (07228) 968 969
Avenida Itapocoroi, 1393 - Armação
Santa Catarina, Brazil
Retreats conducted by SRF lay members are offered during the summer and winter months, as well as on special weekends throughout the year. This program includes practice of the Energization Exercises, group meditations and kirtans.
Once or twice a year, Self-Realization Fellowship monastics from the international headquarters conduct a special retreat (see retreat schedule) which, in addition to the regular program, includes inspirational services and classes on various aspects of the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings.
Individual retreats are available year-round. The chapel is open for individual meditation, and attendees prepare their own meals for this program.
The facility fronts the Atlantic Ocean, and offers guests beach access, peaceful meditation gardens, and expansive ocean vistas.
For reservations, please contact the Armação Retreat:
Telephone: 55 (47) 3345-5600
FAX: 55 (47) 3345-5600