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Staying at Tassajara

Guest accommodation at Tassajara are rustic, peaceful, and range from private cabins to shared dorms. Prices listed on our Rooms and Rates page reflect the cost for a one night stay. As there is no electricity in our guest rooms, kerosene lamps are used for light. Bathing facilities are in the bathhouse, and all cabins and rooms have a private toilet and sink except as noted.There is a two-night minimum stay on weekends (Friday-Sunday).


Three vegetarian meals are served daily to our overnight guests. Breakfast and dinner are family style. For lunch, you may choose between eating in the dining room or making a “bag lunch” from a buffet featuring gourmet spreads and fresh-baked bread. Coffee and tea are always available. We offer a restricted diet option consisting of a cooked whole grain, lentils, and vegetables for dinner and an undressed salad for lunch. Continue reading

Telephone and Electronics

Tassajara has only one public phone and there is no fax, internet, or cell phone reception. Because we are off the grid and generate all our own electricity, we discourage the use of computers and all other electrical equipment. There is a $10/hour fee for recharging laptops, digital camera batteries, etc. In order to preserve the quiet atmosphere, we ask that you do not bring musical instruments, radios, or other audible musical devices.


Skirts, pants, and other casual dress attire may be worn for dinner. Please bring a bathing suit for the swimming pool and wear clothing over your suit in the public areas. Clothing is optional in the bathhouse.  Please help support the monastic setting by not wearing revealing clothing.  Slip-on shoes or sandals are useful at Tassajara, as shoes are not worn in the guest rooms or meditation hall.


The atmosphere at Tassajara is extremely quiet and tranquil. For this reason, we suggest that you come and experience Tassajara for yourself before deciding whether to bring your children. There is no childcare or children’s play area.  We do have certain cabins that are suitable for children; please inquire when making your reservation.


Please do not bring pets to Tassajara.


During the summer months, there is always an extreme fire danger in the wilderness, and especially in and around Tassajara. No open flames are permitted in the forest except in authorized campsites. Smoking is not permitted in any buildings, on porches or decks, or on the trails. Please check with the office regarding directions to our designated smoking area. Our office staff will show you how to use the kerosene lamps safely. Please never leave lamps burning when you are not in the room, be mindful of the distance between lamps and curtains, and do not go to sleep with the lamps burning. Also, be aware that if the lamp is lit, or has recently been lit, the glass globe may be very hot. Please do not burn candles in your room and, if you burn incense, do not leave it unattended.

Getting to Tassajara

The only vehicle access to Tassajara is via a 14-mile dirt road, a winding, mountain road that takes an hour to drive and cannot be safely navigated by all cars, especially some with automatic transmissions. For more detailed information, see Getting to Tassajara: For Guests.