Tassajara is amazing and an adventure. The staff was friendly, the facilities were well maintained, the food was exceptional, and the workshops were well planned, with experienced instructors. Guests had been coming there for 20+ years. It's rustic and charming, and a perfect place to either learn or continue one's Zen training and education.
It's owned by San Francisco Zen Center with interesting and educational workshops. The environment is respected and preserved. The food is legendary and they did not falter from its reputation. The guests were of all ages and from various locations of the world.
The volunteer student staff do an excellent job of taking care of the first timers as well as the seasoned veteran. There is no electricity in the cabins or wi-fi service down in this valley, which forced--allowed--me to disconnect with all electronical devices and to truly enjoy nature, the property, the wildlife, the Zen meditation and yoga practices.
It's very comfortable for a single traveler, a couple or a group of friends that are comfortable with the traditions of Zen Buddhism.
My one suggestion is take the staff and website information seriously about driving directly to the property. It's dirt road is narrow, steep and long. The vans (stages) are much better equipped to handle the one plus hour of rugged terrain.
I can't wait to return next year and bring my husband to experience how liberating a week can be without Internet--after one gets over the trauma of the first day away from mobile devices!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tassajara Zen Mountain Hotel Carmel Valley