We were so blessed to live across from this amazing Buddhist Monastery in the Thai tradition, for ten years. It is about 7 miles from the main highway 101 in Northern California 3 hours North of San Francisco. Unless you looked it up you would never know it is there. Keep winding down the road surrounded by redwood trees and you will come upon this community of monks who live in the woods. You are always welcome to join them for lunch (you can also bring donated food items) and sit through a talk. Or if you want you are always welcome to hike through the woods. There is an amazing waterfall at the top of the hiking trail that is a wonder after the rains are done. We have experienced the snow falling on one of our hikes!