Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine
Apr 142014

Mysterious Self Realization Fellowship Lake ShrineJust inland from the Pacific Coast Highway and easy to miss when you’re rushing to catch the sunset, the mystical, mysterious Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is run by a non-denominational order that welcomes visitors but doesn’t proselytise to them. Set on a ten-acre site that was used as a film set during the silent era, the lovely gardens evoke old Hollywood: look out for the Dutch windmill chapel, the Mississippi houseboat and a number of gliding swans. The East, meanwhile, is represented by a gilded lotus gate enclosing a shrine that contains some of Gandhi’s ashes.

Address: 17190 Sunset Boulevard
at Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica
Los Angeles
Venue phone: 1-310 454 4114
Venue website:

Gardens’ hours: 9am-4.30pm Tue-Sat; noon-4.30pm Sun
Visitors’ Centre hours: 9am-4pm Tue-Sat; 12.15-4pm Sun
Admission: free