A Place to Recharge the Spirit

People have different reasons to come to Point Lobos.  For many, it is the spectacular natural beauty.  For others it is the animals – sea otters, birds, whales offshore, etc. – or the wildflowers in the spring.  Locals come to hike or run in a beautiful setting.  Many, however, go for the peace and serenity – a place to escape the pressures of a stressful job or the worries and troubles of the day.   Some places have the inexplicable ability to cure whatever ails us, if only for the short time we are there.  Point Lobos is such a place.

Whether sitting on a rock overlooking the crashing waves, walking through the pine forest, or standing atop Whalers Knoll, one can sense that this is a special place and get the overpowering feeling that there is no need to rush back to “real life”.

Richard Louv coined the term Nature Deficit Disorder in his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods.   As our lives become more urbanized and technology driven, people often lose an appreciation for nature, and actually start to fear it.  They, particularly children, pay a high price for this change – attention disorders, depression, behavioral problems, obesity, disdain for environmental protection, and the health problems that can result from these conditions.  The therapy for Nature Deficit Disorder is simple, but not easy for many – just get outdoors more and engage in unstructured play.  Point Lobos is an outstanding place to receive this therapy.

We invite you to “decompress” at Point Lobos. Perhaps the most effective way to do that is to find a “sit spot” away from the crowds where you can just sit and absorb the messages that nature has for you.  Some of our less-trafficked benches are atop Granite Point or Whalers Knoll, on the side of Coal Chute Point, and on the Pine Ridge Trail.  Of course, you also have the option of perching on a rock (as long as you don’t go off trail.)  The following photos show the views afforded to at some of these spots help you reach a peaceful state.

If you would like to hear one docent's story and song about his spiritual journey to Point Lobos, click here, then click the start arrow on the page that opens, if the sound does not start.