If you want to get out into the raw outdoors, Joshua Tree is one of the best places to go off-grid.
Plus, there’s something so ultra-spiritual about the desert. Joshua Tree is widely-recognized to host a myriad of wellness retreats, including Vipassana Meditation, which requires you to remain silent for an extended period of time, as a way to get back to your “true mind.” Retreats usually stretch about a week.
While most of us aren’t at that level of dedication, if you’re looking to renew mind and spirit, try a “Sound Bath” at the Integratron.
You won’t need your cell phone here. Plus, it won’t work anyway.
Originally created in the 1950’s by self-proclaimed “UFO-logist” George Van Tassel, this structure’s perfectly-constructed symmetry reflects and amplifies the gentlest of notes resonating from crystal bowls, each designed to connect with and activate energy centers in the body. Beyond its out-there origins, the Integratron today produces an unreal and ultra-relaxing sound experience that has been touted as “naptime for grown ups in a sound sphere.”
The sound baths sell out about a week in advance, so make your reservations in advance once you have that camping spot locked in.
If you need to spend some time in nature after your sound bath, nearby is Giant Rock, which is essentially just what it sounds like. Check out this spot, hike around and enjoy eerily quiet solo desert time, with some equally hair-raising stories to accompany it.
Keep in mind, you truly are off the grid out here. Save your directions ahead of time, because you won’t be able to rely on your phone in a pinch.
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