Just outside the Golden Gate a narrow seam on the foothills of Mt. Tam spills down to Muir Beach. It is Green Gulch,115 acres of lushly scruffy zen Buddhist beatitude. Now in spring, after a wet winter, it is especially rejuvenating. Besides the meditation center and organic farm, there are accommodations where you can spend the night.
Clean your soul while you get your hands dirty at one of their special classes like “Zen Meditation and Gardening Practice”. Or join in one of their public Sunday classes and find your bodhissatva spirit. Reservations recommended.
Green Gulch, part of the San Francisco Zen Center, is affiliated with another serene retreat, the even more isolated Tassajara Hot Springs in the Ventana Wilderness east of Big Sur.