Our mountain retreat center over looks the city of Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. We are situated in a steep canyon on forty acres in the San Marcos Pass. Through the bottom of the canyon flows the year 'round San Jose creek. This land was once sacred to the Chumash Indians who called it Taklushmon which means the gathering place. The teachings of Yoga have traditionally been shared in powerful and natural settings. Living in close communion with the Earth, in the energies of nature, opens us to the beauty and sacredness of life. Here clarity, meditation and understanding flow spontaneously. We have an ideal and very special location with pure air, spring water, beautiful sandstone swimming holes, hiking trails and plenty of secluded places for silent reflection. We have indoor accommodations and Yurts, as well as campsites under the bay trees, near the waterfall or on plateaus overlooking the ocean.

Our other facilities include a large Yoga-meeting room, a kitchen and dining room serving gourmet vegetarian meals, an underground Hopi style "Kiva" temple and a Library-Media center designed and crafted by Santa Barbara artists.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

10 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English

People on site

5 - 40

Dry season

May to September

Wet season

October to April

Living Conditions.


  • private room
  • shared rooms

Vegetarian Food

  • restaurant on site


  • None: Off the grid

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