Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

Visitor Guidelines

Welcome to Lake Shrine

Download the Lake Shrine Visitors' Guide
Download the Lake Shrine Visitors’ Guide booklet

Lake Shrine is the private property of Self-Realization Fellowship, maintained as a sanctuary and opened to the public as a courtesy for all to enjoy. It is recognized as an international sacred site by many religious leaders, disciples and students. Lake Shrine was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda as a place for meditation, prayer, and individual worship. The outdoor pathways and meditation benches provide a quiet environment for personal reflection and the indoor sanctuaries are for silent meditation and prayer. There is also a temple with calendared public events, a retreat, and an ashram residence for men of the Self-Realization Fellowship monastic order.

We have friendly volunteers serving throughout the site who can answer questions and provide information. We also provide gate/parking attendants and uniformed security. We ask that you comply with any requests they may have.

Thank you for honoring our Visitor Guidelines and respecting our private property:

  • The entire site is a smoke-free environment
  • No food, beverages, or picnic lunches.* Bottled water is acceptable
  • No loud talk or disruptive behaviors
  • Silence phones and conversations when entering indoor sanctuaries
  • No beach attire or bare feet; modest dress is appreciated
  • ADA trained service animals only. No pets or therapy animals**
  • Children are welcome under the supervision of an adult
  • Personal photography only- no drones, tripods or staged photo/video shoots
  • No walk-in ceremonies or organized group activities.  (Visit our Group Tours or Ceremonies pages for more information.)

Closing time Tuesday – Sunday begins at 4:00pm and all guests are requested to depart by 4:30pm.

Thank you again for your kind cooperation. Your donations help keep this sanctuary open for all to enjoy.

Download our Visitor Guide booklet (pdf)

Download our Visitor Guide booklet (Spanish) (pdf)

Download Visitor Guidelines (pdf)

Starbucks Park
Starbucks Park

*There is a small, delightful public park next to Starbucks outdoor cafe. It is in the mall on Palisades Dr. a short walk from the Lake Shrine gate. There is grass, benches, and play equipment for children. The mall has public parking.



Park Los Liones
Los Liones Park

**There is a nature park with picnic ramadas and dog walking trails a few minutes West of Lake Shrine. There is ample free public parking.




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