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Whether you want to visit beautiful gardens on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, spend a few days at the Retreat, or simply browse at the Books & Gifts store, Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage, Retreat & Meditation Gardens is an interesting place to visit.
You can also take a walk to the SRF Temple in Encinitas, located just a few short blocks away from the Hermitage & Retreat Center. The temple is part of Self-Realization Fellowship, a non-profit spiritual organization founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi) to disseminate his teachings of Kriya Yoga, an ancient Indian spiritual science.
For those interested in the spiritual activities at the SRF Temple, there is a program of lectures, meditation, Sunday School, and a range of other services. Just below the SRF Hermitage and Meditation Gardens is the popular Swami's Beach, one of the favorites among surfers.
The SRF Hermitage, Retreat and Meditation Gardens are located at 215 W K St, Encinitas, CA 92024, 760-753-1811
The Encinitas Temple is located at 939 Second St., Encinitas, California 92024, 760-436-7220