Louise Speaks: This stop actually took place on December 28, 2014. I’m posting this under January 1, 2015 because it is part of the first trip of many in 2015. After taking off for a year, I had to start someplace.
The first stop on the trip was at Meditation Mount in Ojai, CA. I thought it would be a peaceful place to stop and take a deep breath as I started on this new adventure. There is no charge to explore the mount but they do ask for a donation. It is a self guided trail that leads to a very tranquil place to just sit and enjoy one of the most beautiful, tranquil sites I have ever been.
You start by walking through the circle of life pagoda that leads to several types of gardens. There are so many types of flowers and water lillies in ponds with small water falls that you can’t tell which is more beautiful the sites or the sounds. Meditation Mount is a sacred site on 32 acres of land at the east end of the Ojai Valley in Southern California. The Mount is a remarkable place of peace and beauty. It is comprised of five separate buildings in and amongst extensive gardens. The premier structure is the auditorium featuring a mostly glass facade overlooking the Ojai Valley. Most large gatherings are held here. A meditation room is always open. The office building includes a classroom and a visitor lounge, which offers a reading library, tea, fresh water and a cozy space for relaxing. The remaining three buildings are residential, housing some staff and special overnight guests.
At the end of the trail, through the gardens, pass the ponds and waterfalls is an overlook view point that feels like you can see into heaven. There is a bench to sit on and just take it all in. What a great way to start a new journey.
This stop was not in Patricia’s book “1000 Places To See Before You Die” but it is worth a stop if you have a the time. It’s not my usual sort of stop but if you’re looking for something off the beaten path this is worth the detour. I would give it a C rating, just because of the beauty.