Bolinas Retreat House

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"The value of silence cannot be understood except through experience….  What joy awaits discovery in the silence behind the portals of your mind no human tongue can tell."

— Paramahansa Yogananda


The San Francisco Meditation Group holds an annual weekend retreat the weekend before Thanksgiving on the beautiful Commonweal Retreat Center grounds in Bolinas, Marin County.  This site, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is situated amidst some of nature’s most beautiful and peaceful scenery — especially conducive to a spiritual retreat.  Silence is observed throughout and the two day, one night retreat is structured with periods of silent meditation, devotional chanting and inspirational readings and recordings.  Accommodations are available for those who wish to stay overnight.

The 2015 Bolinas Retreat will be Friday through Sunday, November 20th-22nd. The retreat registration packet is available for download.


The Self-Realization Fellowship seaside Encinitas Retreat and the SRF Lake Shrine Retreat in Pacific Palisades, California are open to all who are seeking spiritual renewal and desire to leave behind the pressures of everyday life, even for a few days, to deepen their awareness of the Divine.  Programs vary but include:

  • Morning and evening meditations with monastic disciples of Self-Realization Fellowship
  • Evening classes and inspirational programs
  • Opportunities for personal counseling in one’s practice of Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings
  • Free time to relax, meditate, and enjoy the peace and beauty of the retreat grounds

While it is not necessary to be a member of Self-Realization Fellowship to participate in the retreat program, it is important that guests be familiar with meditation and be comfortable spending their time at the retreat in silence.  For those new to the SRF teachings or to meditation, a stay of two or three days is usually suggested for a first retreat.

There is also a retreat solely for men who are students of Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons at the Hidden Valley Ashram.

Complete information and a schedule of conducted How-to-Live Retreat programs are available on the SRF Website.

You may be surprised at what seclusion with God will do for your mind, body, and soul.... Through the portals of silence the healing sun of wisdom and peace will shine upon you.

— Paramahansa

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