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Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

A temple sanctuary by the beautiful boulders and waters of Tassajara Creek, a small mountain river flowing toward the sea. Long known as a place of healing, the hot springs of Tassajara were first used by the native Esselen people, who lived among the soaring ridges of the Santa Lucia Mountains for a thousand years or more, appreciating the hot springs for their restorative properties. Today,Tassajara offers a rare opportunity to step back from the busy demands and pressures of life. Find the rhythm of your own breath supported by the sounds of temple bell and creek-song. Feel the summer breeze, enjoy delicious food, immerse yourself in the water of the hot springs and relax in the shade of maples and sycamores. Since Zen Mountain Center’s inception, the Guest Season has been an integral part of this monastery's yearly cycle in these mountains. From April until September, focus turns from our primarily inward activity of “practice period” to the work of serving the community at large, sharing the experience of Zen practice and the joys of Tassajara. Like the proprietors of earlier times, we hope you will find this valley a place of delight and renewal. Please consider yourself a part of Tassajara, for it is your contributions which make it possible for us to continue to take care of this fragile ecosystem and provide a curative, healing environment. Accommodations include three gourmet vegetarian meals daily, with bag lunch available to allow for flexible day plans. Guest afternoon tea is served daily in the dining room. The courtyard coffee-tea area is always open. Personal beverages are welcome in the guest rooms and dining room.
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Monterey Peninsula Airport22 mi
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

I have stayed at the Zen Center twice as a student. Working with the Monks and other summer student practitioners to serve full paying guests of the retreat. Work is part of Zen practice. It is a practice of staying in the moment and also...More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank Claudia S
Reviewed December 8, 2017 via mobile

Quiet tranquil nice vegan food hike hot spring meditate reinvigorate listen don't talk #gratitude live worship rustic cool powerful Serene ethereal Peaceful retreat worthy best hot really hot hot springs segregated used to be co Ed back in the day

Date of stay: September 2017
3  Thank Jana B
Reviewed November 14, 2017

One of the best places I've been to in all of my travels. Super relaxing yet exciting. The drive is totally worth it and it is stunning. Extremely eco-friendly. You can go visit even you don't practice Buddhism.

Date of stay: August 2017
5  Thank Andrea Z
Reviewed October 3, 2017

Definitely better to take the stage coach than wrestle the winding gravel road filled with pot holes from last winter's rains. The student practice offers rooms at a 5o% discount and all that is required is 3 hours of work each morning in either kitchen...More

Date of stay: July 2017
2  Thank Allegator
Reviewed August 28, 2017

Words can not describe this beautiful hidden gem in the wilderness. You will find natural surroundings along with kind, thoughtful, loving people who keep the retreat center running day to day. The food presented at breakfast, lunch and dinner is not only delicious but truly...More

Date of stay: August 2017
2  Thank martaVeniceCa
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"Rooms are for single or groups. Lots of choices."
Aug 28, 2017
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"Check website, rooms vary."
Aug 1, 2017
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"Stone & Pine rooms near river wonderful."
Jun 18, 2016
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"Any of the rooms are good, just depends on one's budget."
May 28, 2015
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