Marin day trip: Green Gulch Zen Center

Learn the basics of meditation or hike the acres of trails at this serene northern California retreat

Andy Isaacson


Santa Rosa, CA: On 82 acres of rolling hills, Sonoma Mountain Zen Center offers a taste of everyday Zen practice—meditation, chanting, a bit of work, a lecture, and lunch. 5:15–noon Sat; no program Apr 10; $10 donation suggested; 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd.

Carmel Valley, CA: From May through September, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center—the first Soto Zen monastery in the States—opens its meditation hall and Japanese-style natural hot-spring baths to day visitors. $25, lunch $12; reservations required.

Marin County, CA: Tucked in the San Geronimo Valley on 410 acres of grassland and oak woodland, the Spirit Rock Meditation Center hosts day programs like “Happiness and the Causes of Happiness” (Apr 24; from $90) from a Buddhist perspective. 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Woodacre.


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