We visited Tassajara Zen Center for the day in July 2013. I had wanted to visit there since learning to bake bread from the Tassajara Bread Book in 1971! We camped out at China Camp, a primitive campground on national forest land in the Ventana Wilderness on our way to and from. The road was indeed as dramatic as described but we made it there and back in a Prius... The day was beautiful -- hiking, swimming and bathing in the hot springs, a little meditation instruction. I'd like to go back, maybe hike in from Arroyo Seco, take a lot more time to sit zazen (wh was, after all, the point.) "Wake up!" I am very grateful to have had this day, a dream lived.
- 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