Visiting SRF in Encinitas

PYe “There is great value in visiting places where saints have lived. Such places are forever permeated with the vibrations left there by the divine souls who walked those grounds. Their vibrations will remain until this earth is dissolved.”

— Paramahansa Yogananda

Welcome to Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas. Whether you are taking a stroll through SRF’s meditation gardens, attending an inspirational service at our Encinitas Temple, spending a few days in silence at our Retreat, or browsing at SRF Books & Gifts store, we hope your visit will inspire you to a greater realization of the Divine Presence that lies within.

Encinitas Temple

939 Second Street

Sunday Inspirational Services
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday Inspirational Service
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

J Street Auxiliary Chapel

1105 Second Street

Located 1½ blocks from Encinitas Temple, 1 block from Meditation Gardens

Sunday Inspirational Services (from Encinitas Temple via video link)
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Chapel open for individual meditation
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. seven days/week

Additional Meditations and Services are held at the Temple and J Street Chapel locations throughout the week.

Meditation Gardens (Temporarily Closed)

215 W. K Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets)
Open Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Monday

Internationally renowned gardens offer a diversity of colorful plants, meditation nooks, koi ponds, and spectacular ocean vistas – providing a unique inspirational setting where one can pray, study, meditate, or just sit quietly enjoying the expression of God’s beauty in nature.

The Hermitage (Temporarily Closed)

215 W. K Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets)

In the Encinitas Hermitage, Paramahansa Yogananda spent many years in divine communion, bringing forth from his direct experience of God writings that have inspired countless souls to a deeper search for Him. The rooms used by Paramahansaji are preserved as a shrine.

SRF Encinitas Retreat (Temporarily Closed)

215 W. K Street 760-753-1811

Office Hours Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The daily Retreat programs provide, in the words of Paramahansa Yogananda, “a dynamo of silence where [you] may go for the exclusive purpose of being recharged by the Infinite.” Those desiring spiritual renewal, who wish to spend time in silence in order to deepen their awareness of God, are welcome to contact the Retreat Office. On many weekends throughout the year, SRF monastics lead How-to-Live Retreat programs, tailored for those who are studying and practicing the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda through the SRF Lessons.


Map of SRF locations in Encinitas. Click on Map for enlarged view.

SRF Encinitas Map

SRF Books & Gifts

1150 S. Coast Hwy. 101 (at K St.) 760-753-5353
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Books & Gifts offers a complete selection of SRF books, recordings, and other publications. In addition, visitors may browse through a wide variety of India’s finest and most distinctive arts and crafts:

  • A large selection of Indian musical instruments
  • Beautiful handcrafted gifts
  • Colorful saris, shawls, jewelry, and much more

SRF Golden Lotus Towers

The three large lotus towers along South Coast Highway 101 were designed and dedicated by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1948. At that time he dedicated the entire site as a world brotherhood center—where people from all parts of the world could come to learn the ideals of Self-realization and right living, in order to help establish by example the kinship of all humanity as children of the one God.