Hidden Quiet Spaces

Transcendent spots where you can let your spirit roam

theessentials_masa_tMalibu Hindu Temple
Seen from Las Virgenes Road, the ornate steeples are out of someplace far beyond. To peek inside, doff your shoes and wash your feet outside the upper temple, dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. You can also visit the lower complex, where Lord Shiva presides. Admire the banana and coconut offerings that grace the altars. » 1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Rd.


theessentials_masa_tSelf-Realization Fellowship
Established in 1910 almost 1,000 feet above sea level, the mission-style Mount Washington Hotel was reincarnated in the 1920s as the base for Paramahansa Yogananda’s network of meditative temples. Respect the private areas (monks live here), and you’ll find peace in the fertile garden and extravagant views. » 3880 San Rafael Ave.


theessentials_masa_tSerra Retreat
Since 1943, the Franciscan friars have shared their immaculate grounds high above Malibu with anyone in search of a smidgen of calm. Statues of saints, angels, and the Stations of the Cross dot 23 flower-filled acres. Sitting in the courtyard with only the sound of fountains and the scent of citrus is downright heavenly. » 3401 Serra Rd.


Illustrations by Paul Rogers