I’ve been intrigued by The Integration ever since I first read about it on one of my many trips to the desert.
The current owners, who prefer to be called “stewards”, offer both public and private sound baths which are believed to have a healing effect on the body, mind and central nervous system.
The Integratron is located in Yucca Valley about 2 1/2 hours from LA. I was so excited I could hardly contain myself while we were driving through the middle of nowhere – the desert. It looked like a scene from Breaking Bad. Finally, The Integratron appeared in all it’s white domed glory. I was pleasantly surprised at how cute the grounds were surrounding it. Restrooms, a fire pit, lounge chairs, sofas, water-misters and hammocks. Everyone we encountered that worked there was super friendly!
We purchased our $15 tickets for the public sound bath and made our way into the dome. The bottom level is sort of like an Integratron museum. There are numerous articles, clippings and models helping to shape a picture of how The Integratron came to be. It’s basically the byproduct of Tesla design and telepathically transmitted alien technology. Hmmm… next, we climbed upstairs to the sound chamber. There were a bunch of mats and blankets and pillows laid out, however, you are encouraged to bring your own. The domed room was beautiful and full of great energy. Because there were no nails or screws used to construct this wooden sound temple, its like being inside of a giant, acoustically perfect cello.
It filled to capacity (45 people) quickly and we got started right away because it was beginning to get very hot outside (105° F). Everyone laid down on their mats ready to feel the magic. I was worried that I might feel like we were all about to drink “the purple Kool-Aid”. Fortunately, that never happened – I felt completely relaxed and peaceful. Our guide began playing 9 different quartz crystal bowls which all made different sounds, tones and vibrations. She said, “The brain and nervous system love that kind of sound!”
As I laid there, I felt completely relaxed, as though my mind had detached from my physical self. About halfway through, Wade and I touched hands and I felt a surge of energy charge through my body from his. It was a truely unique experience. For the rest of the day, I felt centered, rejuvenated and relaxed. I would love to stop by for another sound bath the next time we find ourselves heading to the desert which I find magical in itself.
Next, we headed back across highway 10 to Palm Springs to stay at the newly remodeled Spanish style Los Arboles Hotel. It was charming and quiet with a lovely courtyard pool and jacuzzi. We spent the rest of the day there lounging around and had a tasty Mexican feast at their restaurant El Marisol. *This time of year is off season in the desert. If you can stand the heat you can get some great deals on hotels!
The next day, as we headed out of town, we couldn’t help but stop and take pictures of the new Marilyn Monroe statue in the center of town! It was huge and quite spectacular with the desert landscape in the background.
Spoiler alert…she is wearing panties!
We also stopped by some modern furniture and vintage shops. They are great out there! I love that Palm Springs is close enough for us to get out of town for just a night! Until next time…