(©David Silva/Tassajara Zen Mountain Center)
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center is located roughly two hours to the southeast of Carmel, CA. This residental yoga and fitness getaway is one of three phyisical locations that make up the San Francisco Zen Center. Tassajara is remote and can only be entered by car on a 14-mile, unpaved road.
The baths and hot springs are a jewel of Tassajara. There are expansive, clothing-optional bath houses for both men and women to take advantage of the natural hot springs in the area. There is also access to local creeks and spots for sunbathing.
In the fall and winter months, Tassajara is the only Zen monastary outside of Japan that offers monastic training. During the summer guest season, travelers that attend Tassajara are encouraged to participate in daily community chanting and meditation practices, free of charge. The summer guest season runs from April to September, annually.