Indian monk and guru Paramahansa Yogananda founded the self-realization fellowship in Los Angeles in 1920. Through the fellowship he introduced millions of people to meditation and kriya yoga. He taught that the universe is “God’s cosmic motion picture”. The Encinitas retreat and gardens was opened almost two decades later, in 1937. The gardens, which are just a small portion of the 17 acre beach front property, have always been free (although donations are accepted). There are small benches scattered throughout the gardens so visitors can reflect/meditate/enjoy the view and the plants. Everywhere on the amazingly manicured gardens that you look is old bark, roots, and vines. It really is spectacular. And it so close to home.
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Such a stunning garden! It is truly a botanical treasure. May I share this on my FB page? I know a bunch of plant nerds like myself will be amazed.
Sure! Although I didn’t take a picture because I didn’t realize until later, there is a Monterrey pine turned bonsai that was a gift to the guru. Planted with an ocean view, of course.
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Amazing plants to look at and so close to home!
For sure! Have you been?
I don’t think I have. 🤔