Meditation Mount is offering visitations on a pre-registered basis. Use these helpful guidelines to make your visit to Meditation Mount more enjoyable. Thank you for your respect and cooperation.
Welcome once again to Meditation Mount – a Sanctuary for the Soul. After an unexpected pause caused by Covid-19, we are currently preparing a schedule for pre-registered individual visits so you may rediscover yourself in the peace and beauty of Meditation Mount. We are beginning with two-hour self-guided meditation experiences for $10.00 per person.
We are scheduling more time-slots each week, with two weeks at a time available for registration. Please make sure to register online in advance of visiting. Visitors can spend time experiencing the sacred views, and meditating in the International Garden of Peace and Vista Point. All other indoor facilities are currently closed to the public. A public restroom is available and accessible from the perimeter walkway
Corona Virus Update
Visitors are asked to remember and follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health to act responsibly in reducing the transmission of the virus. In order to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers, and employees, the following measures are being implemented:
- If you are feeling sick, even with mild symptoms, please stay home.
- Remain mindful of risks in shared public spaces.
- Masks are required to be kept on in common areas as a courtesy to everyone around you.
- Physical distancing of 6 feet from non-household members must be maintained.
- Registrants must complete all COVID-19 waiver forms online prior to visiting.
- Capacity is limited for the purposes of safety.
There are steps to take to protect your health and those around you:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and immediately dispose of it.
- Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Anyone who becomes sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness, and seek assistance from a healthcare provider of symptoms become severe.
All Visitors are Welcome
Meditation Mount welcomes visitors of all faiths or of no faith at all. Meditation Mount is a Sanctuary for the Soul.
Visitors have a responsibility to help maintain the serene atmosphere. Proselytizing of any form is prohibited.
OPEN by Registration Only. View the calendar for a schedule of available dates and times.
Registration & Orientation
Visit meditationmount.org/events to register for a visitation time. Upon arrival at the appointed time, please drive up to the parking lot. Someone will greet you and check you in. A public restroom is available and accessible from the perimeter walkway. Practice COVID-19 safety protocols.
Self Guided Meditation
Meditation Mount is designed for day pilgrimage, and there are no overnight facilities. Visitors to the area can select from a number of places to stay in the nearby towns of Ojai or Santa Paula.
One of the attractions of Meditation Mount is its natural setting and access to the abundance of Nature’s beauty. Thus, one of the objectives is to preserve as much of that serene feeling as possible. Therefore, access is limited – both by design and by circumstance.
Planetary Garden of Peace
It is a touch point for many visitors who find inspiration, solace, and rejuvenation by spending time there. It is to be shared by all. Please respect the Garden by maintaining tranquility and quiet when visiting. Please honor the roped areas to allow continued recovery from the 2017 Thomas Fire.
Meditation Mount is not an event venue for the general public. However workshops, discussion groups, or scheduled group activities may be held and will be announced in advance on meditationmount.org/events.
Any group that is interested in visiting Meditation Mount with more than 10 people must contact the Operations Manager in advance at 805-646-5508 or write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Effort will be made to accommodate the group according to our on-site schedule. Each member of the group must sign in and is responsible for following the Visitor Guidelines.
At the end of the driveway, one will encounter the parking lot. Please park your vehicle in appropriately marked spaces.
Please contact the Operations Manager before visiting Meditation Mount at 805-646-5508 for instructions regarding handicapped access.
For the health and safety of our guests and gardens of the Sanctuary, Meditation Mount has a No-Pets policy.
Although we love animals, we ask that you please leave your pet at home during your visit to Meditation Mount. This No-Pets policy applies to Emotional Support Animals, Comfort Animals and Therapy Animals.
Meditation Mount complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allowing access for all individuals to public places; therefore we do allow working service dogs to accompany guests. Service animals are individually trained to perform work or tasks for people with disabilities. Service animals are required to be leashed or harnessed except when performing work or tasks where such tethering would interfere with the dog’s ability to perform the work or tasks.
Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. Under ADA regulations that became effective on March 15, 2011, there are no protections for emotional support animals in terms of access to public accommodations and public entities. The Department of Justice has stated that emotional support animals are not protected as service animals under these regulations.
Should you arrive to the garden with a pet that is not a service animal, you will be asked to take your dog home as it is unhealthy to leave them in your vehicle. To avoid any disruption or inconvenience, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.
Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.
Fire Danger & Smoking
Fire is a serious, year-round danger to Meditation Mount and the entire area. Candles, open fires, and incense are not permitted anywhere on the property. Immediately report any sign of fire or smoke to the Manager/Caretakers. Smoking is not permitted on the entire property.
Avoid potential safety hazards such as old farm equipment, old building foundations, steep trails, maintenance equipment in the open and in enclosed storage areas.
Do not feed or approach any wildlife. Bears and bobcats have been sighted on the property. Meditation Mount is a habitat for poison oak, poisonous snakes, and insects. Be alert and keep close watch on children. Report any problem wildlife to the Manager/Caretakers.
Smoking, Drugs, & Alcohol
Visitors are not allowed to smoke any tobacco or tobacco substitutes. Vaping is also not permitted. In addition visitors agree that will not bring alcoholic beverages, drugs, or intoxicants to Meditation Mount nor to be on the property under their influence.
Firearms are not permitted on the property.
Wireless Devices, Drones & Filming
Use of electronic devices must be as limited as possible. Ringers are to be turned off. Calls should not be received or made in any area where other visitors are within hearing distance.
No drones of any type are permitted at Meditation Mount, unless specifically and previously authorized.
Any form of filming, photography or videography requires prior approval along with the appropriate authorization forms.
Children are welcome. There are no special facilities for children on site. There are wild animals (generally not seen during the day), snakes, and poison oak.
For safety reasons, children under 14 years must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Children are welcome to attend programs as long as they can remain quiet and not distract others. If children do not attend programs, parents must be responsible for their whereabouts and behavior. Young people 15 years and over are expected to know and respect the Visitor Guidelines for Meditation Mount.
It is always advisable to check the weather report. Summers and early fall can be quite warm or even hot, and visitors should come prepared with a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and extra drinking water. The weather can be cool in late fall and through winter and early spring. The days can be sunny with temperatures dropping near the end of the day. Jackets and layers are recommended. Sometimes gloves and hats are appropriate. Meditation Mount can be enshrouded in the mist during winter and spring, in which case a rain jacket may be needed.
In order to not distract from the experience of the Sanctuary of Meditation Mount we do not allow either bringing or consuming food on-site.
Path & Trail
Meditation Mount is a semi-wilderness area containing natural hazards, such as rough potted roads, gopher holes, and uneven terrain. Closed-toed walking shoes are recommended. Please stay on the paths and watch for snakes. It is strongly recommended that visitors do not go alone on the more isolated trails.