Santa Barbara is home to some special places where visitors can take a moment to explore their spiritual side. Open to the public and welcoming of all beliefs and backgrounds, these spots are sure to make you breathe easy and appreciate life on a different level.
The Sacred Space, located at the end of the Summerland exit off the 101, is more than just a gift shop, it is a place to relax and reflect. Packed with books, jewelry, essential oils and various treasures brought back from all over the world, The Sacred Space provides a soothing environment in which to browse and unwind. The store offers complimentary tea as well as an ethereal garden complete with a koi pond and private pavilions for visitors to sit and enjoy the tranquility.
The Sacred Space. 2594 Lillie Avenue. 805 565 5535.
The Vedanta Temple is a lesser-known spot in Santa Barbara that’s perfect for spiritual travelers. Hidden up Ladera Lane in the hills of Montecito, the Vedanta Center has stunning views of the ocean and feels far removed from the bustle of Downtown. There, you will find a unique temple open daily to the public, as well as a bookstore. Go to enjoy a daily meditation, a Sunday lecture, or simply the serene landscape at sunset.
Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple. 927 Ladera Lane. 805 969 2903.
Paradise Found is a bookstore and gift shop in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara that prides itself on “good vibes.” Indeed, that’s what you’ll find here with a welcoming staff ready to offer you some tea and guidance while you peruse the extensive collection of literature, jewelry, tarot cards and more. Book signings, lectures and open discussions are held often, as well as intuitive readings, available by appointment.
Paradise Found. 17 East Anapamu Street. 805 564 3573.
At the YASA Yoga studio, you will find helpful instructors and a bright, airy studio open to beginners and yogis alike. With emphasis on friendliness and service, you are sure to feel relaxed and welcomed here. Enjoy an hour-long power flow, or explore the language of yoga with the ‘Journey in Sanskrit’ lesson on Sundays. For an extra dreamy session, try the nighttime Candlelight Flow class, suitable for every level!
YASA Yoga. 22 West Mission Street. 805 845 4626.
If you are looking for a unique healing experience while visiting Santa Barbara, make an appointment for a massage at Transformative Healing Arts. Through ‘bodywork and somatic coaching’ founder Romi Cumes helps her clients connect with themselves and find peace from within.
Transformative Healing Arts. 27 East Victoria Street, Suite O. 805 448 4111.