Sometimes, unplugging is the only way to reconnect, and the TASSAJARA ZEN MOUNTAIN CENTER is just the place for the job. Tucked into a valley 25 miles southeast of Big Sur, Calif., it’s the oldest and most remote Zen monastery in the U.S. (it’s accessible by a 14-mile dirt road; four-wheel drive recommended). And while there is no Internet or cellphone coverage, there are plenty of hiking trails and bubbling hot springs.
As it has done for decades, the center is opening its doors to the public April 26 through Sept. 9 for four months of multiday retreats. You might learn the art of “Healing with Qigong” from a certified tai chi instructor or try “Writing as a Path to Awakening” with a noted author and poet. Additional retreats (there are more than four dozen) focus on yoga, mindfulness, wildlife study and cooking. For 2013, Tassajara also has unveiled a new eco-retreat center, where all workshops are held.
The property’s overnight accommodations, which can be booked along with the retreat and include three vegetarian meals daily, range from rustic cabins to shared dorms.
From $100 a night all-inclusive, www.sfzc.org/tassajara.