To get you started, take a look at the rideshare and carpool suggestions.
Deer Park is located about 50-miles from San Diego. We are closest I-15 and HWY-78 in Escondido. Once you arrive at our gate, drive up mountain road through oak grove (Clarity Hamlet) and park in Main Parking Lot just past oak grove. If you are visiting for a Day of Mindfulness, make your way to the Ocean of Peace Meditation Hall. If you are staying for a retreat your confirmation letter indicates which Hamlet you will be staying in. If you will be staying in Clarity Hamlet please park in the main parking lot and walk to the Clarity Hamlet Registration Office, first building on the left. If your confirmation letter indicates that you will be staying in Solidity Hamlet please enjoy your walk up to the registration office in Solidity Hamlet, by the Circular Garden.
Light Rail to Escondido: Sprinter (between Oceanside and Escondido) and Coaster (between Oceanside and San Diego). The Sprinter arrives at the Escondido Transit Center, 700 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025, 4.9 miles from Deer Park. It is possible to fly into San Diego Airport, get on the Coaster to Oceanside, and take the Sprinter to Escondido.
Amtrak Train Station: Oceanside Amtrak Station, 235 S. Tremont Ave., Oceanside, CA 92054, 17.39 miles from Deer Park. It is possible to take an Amtrak train from Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego to the Oceanside Amtrak station.
Nearest bus station: Escondido Transit Center, 700 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025, 4.9 miles from Deer Park.
Nearest airport: San Diego Airport (SAN), 36.7 miles from Deer Park. Airport Shuttles – Cost is approximately $45/person.
- EZ Ride OR Sea Breeze, 800-777-0585. Special Discount with 3 passenger min and up to 10 per shuttle they will charge us $50 for the first person and $7 per additional. (normal is $62 and $9)
Taxi in Escondido: All City Taxi Cab 760-747-8888; A1 Taxi Cab of Escondido 760-690-2080
If you wish to use public transportation, you can take a bus from the San Diego Airport or Oceanside Amtrak station to the Escondido Transit Center or use the light rail option above.
From San Diego Airport, take airport bus 992 to the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego (as of Summer 2018 exact change of $2.25 is required), then you may take bus 235 to the Escondido Transit Center. If you would prefer to take a train from the Santa Fe Depot, please take the Coaster commuter train to the Oceanside Transit Center. From the Oceanside Transit Center, you may take bus 302 to the Vista Transit Center then bus 305 to the Escondido Transit Center. If you prefer to take a train from the Oceanside Transit Center, please take the Sprinter light rail to the Escondido Transit Center. From Escondido Transit Center, please take a taxi, Uber or Lyft to Deer Park (10 minute ride).
There are multiple ways to travel to the monastery. Feel free to customize the route that works best for you. For bus and rail schedules, please refer to San Diego Commute.