If you’re looking for a peaceful day full of natural beauty and calm, Green Gulch Farm provides a relaxing escape just 10 miles north of San Francisco. This cozy outpost of the San Francisco Zen Center is nestled between the hills surrounding Muir Beach. It is home to the Green Dragon Temple, or Soryu-ji, a Buddhist practice center offering training in Zen meditation and philosophy. Surrounded by fields, hills, and trees, Green Gulch provides a vast space for reflection and quiet.
The farm offers a variety of overnight accommodations in their retreat space for those who want to fully settle into the natural and meditative environment. Those who want to learn more about Zazen meditation are also welcome at the center’s weekly Sunday morning instruction class and meditation.
In addition to its Zen training program, the center also manages an organic farm and gardens that are open to visitors. During spring and summertime the farm is bursting with life, and a stroll through the gardens reveals fields of thriving vegetables, blossoming orchards, and shaded nooks for meditation and reflection. The Green Gulch nursery is open every day 9am–3pm, and carries organically grown plants, including: flowering perennials, natives, culinary and medicinal herbs, shrubs, bamboo, and fruit plants.
More information on the center’s offerings can be found here:
The Green Gulch Welcome Center is open:
Monday through Saturday, 9am–noon and 1:30–4 pm
Getting to Green Gulch Farm: Take Highway 101 to the Highway 1/Stinson Beach exit. Turn left at the Arco station onto Highway 1 (Shoreline Highway). Follow the green signs for Highway 1/Stinson Beach. After 2.5 miles the road forks – bear left and down towards Muir Beach. Continue on for 2 miles. Make a sharp left into the driveway at the large wooden “Zen Center/Green Gulch Farm/Wheelwright Center” sign.