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- 98%Spiritual Seekers
- 75%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 75%History Buffs
- 75%Adventure Travelers
- 63%Family Travelers
Member Reviews (9)
- IntegratronOct 29, 2013
The Integratron is one of those remarkable places that is fascinating on every level. The more you dig into it, the more it rewards your efforts. I have attended two Artmonk Retreats at the Integratron and I will certainly keep going back for more! The building has a fascinating history (and future), is aesthetically stunning, and acoustically mesmerizing. The sisters who run the place run it with their whole hearts. You can feel the love in everything from the perfect condition of the building, to the truly touching events they host (concerts, speakers, sound baths, retreats), to the inspiring quotes they post in the bathrooms, to the tasty treats they offer. I highly recommend this as an off-the-beaten track destination. Be on the lookout for a new documentary about the Integratron by Jonathan Berman called "Who Killed George?"
- IntegratronMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellnessOct 19, 2013
In the late 1940s, George Van Tassel claimed he received the plans for the Integratron, a building meant to be a machine that would connect to aliens and keep humans young, from an encounter with extra-terrestrials. The strange and beautiful domed building is now something of a retreat center and landmark, with historical information on the bottom floor and a gorgeous second level full of natural light and covered in a hardwood floor. Whether you're interested in UFOs or meditation or music or simply strange desert phenomena, the Integratron'll blow your mind.
- IntegratronOct 18, 2013
Built by an ex-aeronautics engineer as a place for visitations by alien beings, this crazy-looking wooden dome in the desert outside Joshua Tree National Park is an outlandish attraction. Check the schedules of public sound baths online, when you can bring a blanket or yoga mat and stretch out on the floor while bells are played, letting you absorb the acoustically perfect sounds of the dome. Trivia factoid: UFO conventions were held here starting in the 1950s.Recommended for:Spiritual Seekers
- IntegratronMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersWellness+ 3Aug 07, 2013
Good gawd, how much do I love the weird? Too much. And this place fits the bill perfectly. If we have learned anything from the years of debate over Area 51, it's that the desert is THE place to encounter aliens. Or to bathe them in the healing powers of sound. Yep, something like that. No doubt that's what George Van Tassel was thinking when he first conceived of this unique dome, "a high-voltage electrostatic generator that would supply a broad range of frequencies to recharge the cell structure." If you are headed into the California desert and want to experience something mighty unusual, be sure to bring a blanket or yoga mat and stop on through. Of course, also be sure you check their schedule online first, as the 60-minute public south bathes only happen sporadically (mostly on weekends in the spring and fall). Private baths are more expensive but can be scheduled with a bit more flexibility.
- IntegratronMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersMay 20, 2013
This is a great place to visit for those who love the strange. I am one of those people! It was an exciting experience driving out to the middle of nowhere searching for this place. I kept thinking I may have gone the wrong way because it is really out there. I got there and to my surprise there were a lot of people waiting to join the public sound bath. It is much more well known than I thought. There is a cool place to hang out while you are waiting. I grabbed one of my hammocks and relaxed in the shade. The compound is a bit quirky and hippie looking. Inside the Integratron you have to remove your shoes and grab a mat to lie on. You lie there for 45 minutes while they play these relaxing crystal bowls. I fell asleep for part of it then grew a bit restless waiting for it to be over. It was beautiful, but I'm just an adrenaline filled type of person. If you fall asleep, be careful not to snore! They ask you to try to not snore but I heard some people snoring.
- IntegratronJul 20, 2012
This is one of the more special places I have visited in California. Hidden among the desert, this perfectly acoustic wooden dome will wow you so much so, that all you can think about is coming back again soon. Very soon. Go for the sound bath, that's all I will say.