Hidden Valley Ashram
  •  Hidden Valley Ashram for Men

     Experience the Monastic Lifestyle

    “That God has given me the privilege to serve is my blessed good fortune. I want nothing; my only desire is that I may establish this work as a divine oasis where aspiring souls may quench their thirst."

     – Paramahansa Yogananda

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  • Take Time Out To Rejuvenate Your Soul

    "Places and people have various vibrations. That is why places of pilgrimage are so wonderful, for in them many people have thought of God and have left there the uplifting vibrations of their spiritual thoughts."
    -Paramahansa Yogananda
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  • Build Lasting Friendships

    “Greater than all riches is true friendship. If you can be a true friend to people, you will find God.”

    – Paramahansa Yogananda

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Hidden Valley Ashram - Your Oasis of Peace!

February 2024

Dear Friends,

Time has flown by since our re-opening in October of last year! We have already had hundreds of devotees come join us for the restorative power of spending time in meditation and introspection at Guruji’s Hidden Valley Ashram.

The quiet of the rural location here is a balm to a frayed human nervous system, brought on by the speedy pace of our modern life. The necessity of taking time to slow down in an age of constant acceleration is an ironic paradox, isn’t it? Here you can step away from the worldly drama of God’s lila and allow yourself to re-engage with the inner rhythm of the spiritual life.

So make the effort now to restore your equilibrium and vital spirit! Recommit to Guruji’s ideal of daily meditation and healthful living in the peaceful environment of Hidden Valley Ashram. As Paramahansa Yogananda enthused: "The Sustainer of the universe is knocking at the gate of your heart trying to walk in through the portals of silence and create within you a garden of happiness filled with roses of immortal qualities."

We look forward to welcoming you and supporting the Divine Romance to be found within the silence of your soul. Here is a link to the online reservation request form.

In divine friendship, 

SRF Hidden Valley Ashram

Who We Are

About Hidden Valley
Monastic Environment
About Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley Ashram is a monks' ashram, part of Self-Realization Fellowship, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda. Nestled among rolling hills of native oak and sycamore, the ashram is an ideal setting for men seeking a deeper spiritual experience by immersing themselves in a monastic community.

​The weekly schedule includes individual and group meditations, counseling with the monastics, service opportunities, recreation, and time for solitude and reflection.

Monastic Environment

Hidden Valley has been the gateway to monastic life for young men for more than thirty years. Guests have the opportunity to experience ashram life and follow the monk’s daily routine. During the course of your stay, the Hidden Valley monks are here to help you as you decide if this is the right choice for you.

Learn more about the Self-Realization Fellowship Monastic Order.                                                                                                                                


Ashram Facilities

Guest Rooms

All guest rooms are single occupancy with a private bathroom. They are a short walking distance from all the primary facilities on the ashram property.


Delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals are served in our Refectory. All selections are based on Master's dietary principles.

Main Chapel

Hidden Valley Ashram offers many opportunities for group meditation that benefit both those who are new to meditation as well as those who have meditated for many years. Meditating together helps each devotee by the power of united effort and concentration.


Your stay at Hidden Valley Ashram includes a single occupancy room with a private bathroom, meals in our Refectory, and participation in all scheduled Guest Program activities: Group meditation in our Main Chapel, a weekly satsanga with the monks, a weekly group study class led by a monastic. Also, you can enjoy access to abundant recreational opportunities: a fully equipped gym, an outdoor swimming pool, and scenic walking paths on the grounds.

The suggested donation for your stay is $150 per day. Your donation is greatly appreciated and will be used to meet the costs involved with running the Guest Program and maintaining the ashram facilities and grounds. 

How to Make a Reservation

Once you choose the “Request Your Reservation” button below you will be directed to submit your email address. 

After entering your email address, for security purposes, we will send you a OTP (One Time Password) via email which you can use to continue the registration process.

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​Frequently Asked Questions

Guest Schedule

Please Note that Hidden Valley Ashram will be closed for Convocation from 14-July through 23-July

What to Expect

What to Bring

Summer Months (MayOctober):

Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and swim trunks. Conservative shorts are acceptable for work, meals and recreation. Trousers should be worn to all chapel and Fellowship Hall activities, such as meditation and classes. No tank tops or cut-off shorts, please.


Winter Months (NovemberApril):

Warm jacket, sweatshirt, rain gear. We have umbrellas for your use on rainy days.

Weather Info

The weather at Hidden Valley Ashram can vary significantly day to day. It is not unusual to have daytime temperatures in the high 80's and early morning temperatures in the 40's so please pack a jacket with your conservative shorts and trousers regardless of the season. 10 Day Weather forecast for Escondido

Travel Directions

Photos of Hidden Valley Ashram

Garden Chapel
Front Office
Meditate in the 'South 40'
Sunset at Hidden Valley Ashram
Service Opportunities
Group Meditations
Koi Pond

Contact Us

Office Hours

Weekdays : 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - 1:30 to 4:00 pm 

Weekend :  Closed, no office staff available

Where are we?

16455 Old Guejito Grade Rd Phone:760-749-3399