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Anubhuti Retreat Center Information and Transportation Options

Always contact the transportation company to confirm costs and schedules before traveling. The Anubhuti Retreat Center does NOT provide shuttle service for iRest Training Events.

Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center
820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949
Accommodation Questions: Please call the IRI Office, 415-456-3909



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Please Note: The San Francisco (SFO) airport is a much more convenient airport to use since the frequency of Marin Airporter bus pickups is greater, and the airport drop off station is closer to Anubhuti than the Oakland airport bus drop off location. See below for more information.

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR COMMUTERS: Below are traffic projections for roadways around Infineon Raceway during the July Level I Training (Highway 121 and Highway 37 corridors). Below are the days and times when these highway corridors may be impacted:

Friday, July 26: Between the hours of 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday, July 27: Between the hours of 8 a.m.-noon and 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday, July 28: Between the hours of 7 a.m.-noon and 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Parking: Please do not park on Bel Marin Keys Blvd. or at the Pocheco Pond. If you park off site, please park on Galli Drive or Hamilton Drive near Bel Marin Keys Blvd. Anubhuti has parking available on site in the lower and upper parking lots.


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Anubhuti Retreat Center Accommodations

The Retreat Center is set among landscaped gardens and sits on top of a hill near the San Francisco Bay, surrounded by 1,600 acres of protected open space, water and a wildlife preserve, with a full 360° degree view. Accommodations at the retreat center are comprised of 2-3 person shared bedrooms (single beds, no bunks) most with a private (in room) bathroom.

Retreat Center Guidelines:

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization created Anubhuti Retreat Center to be a place where people of all backgrounds can explore their spirituality. Anubhuti is staffed by volunteers who have benefited from the insights and practices offered by the Brahma Kumaris and give their time freely and happily. The BK kitchen staff and volunteers prepare delicious vegetarian food in an atmosphere of spiritual peace. At no time is non-vegetarian food to be brought to the property such as meat, fish or fowl. Most special dietary requirements can be catered for and any dietary needs should be communicated to the IRI Office or email angela@irest.us

As this is a contemplative and meditative environment the retreat center asks guests to wear modest clothing. No short pants or short skirts, please. This is greatly appreciated by the retreat center staff. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers. We suggest you bring a warm jacket, sweatshirt or sweater, hiking shoes, shoes that you can slip on and off easily, toiletries, sunscreen/sunglasses and hat – it can be quite sunny, earplugs (if you’re sharing a room) and a water bottle.

We will convene in a large, carpeted practice room for our sessions with Richard. Chairs are available in this room. Please bring with you any items you need for your own practice and comfort such as a mat, backjack, meditation cushion, blanket, or eye pillow. The retreat center does NOT provide towels - please bring your own bath towel if your are lodging at Anubhuti.

If you are a commuter,
it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring any extra blankets (to cover up with during iRest practices) and/or yoga props (esp. cushions) that you'd be willing to share with the participants who have limited luggage capacity due to traveling via airplane. Please label your items before sharing with others.


DRIVING Directions to Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center

Google Driving Directions from SFO

SAN FRANCISCO and SOUTH SF From Hwy-101 and The Golden Gate Bridge:
Take Hwy US-101 North Cross over the Golden Gate Bridge ($6.00 return trip bridge toll)
Continue 17 miles North on Hwy-101
EXIT Ignacio / Bel Marin Keys Blvd. ramp
Stay in middle lane of ramp
Make a LEFT at the traffic light on to Nave Dr.
Make 1st RIGHT on to Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Drive 1.3 miles (past business park) 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Look for the brown signboard "Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center" on right just past Pacheco Pond.
If the gate is closed, please use the call box and follow the instructions for an attendant to open.

EAST BAY From Hwy I-580 (Richmond-San Rafael Bridge)
Take I-580 NORTH (Continue North past Berkeley and Bay Bridge. Cross Richmond-San Rafael Bridge 8.7 miles). $5 toll to cross the bridge, westbound.
Stay on Freeway towards San Rafael to take ramp onto US-101 NORTH (Eureka)
Continue 7.8 miles North on Hwy-101
EXIT Ignacio / Bel Marin Keys Blvd. ramp
Stay in middle lane of ramp
Make a LEFT at the traffic light on to Nave Dr.
Make 1st RIGHT on to Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Drive 1.3 miles (past business park) to 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Look for the brown signboard "Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center" on right just past Pacheco Pond.
If the gate is closed, please use the call box and follow the instructions for an attendant to open.

NORTH From Hwy-101 (Petaluma / Santa Rosa)
South on Hwy-101
EXIT Ignacio / Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Stay on ramp to Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
RIGHT at the light on to Bel Marin Keys Blvd. (If you take the Ignacio Exit then make LEFT at the light.) GO EAST towards the Bay.
Drive 1.3 miles (past Business Park) to 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Look for the brown signboard "Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center" on right just past Pacheco Pond.
If the gate is closed, please use the call box and follow the instructions for an attendant to open.


TRANSPORTATION (van and bus options) from SFO (San Francisco Airport) to Anubhuti Retreat Center

Google Driving Directions from SFO

SFO Ground Transportation (Comparison of Services)

Western Eagle Shuttle (van service from SFO and OAK Airports)
24 hour Door-to-Door Transportation
Advanced reservations required

Online Reservations Available
Phone 1: (415) 533 - 4466
Phone 2: (415) 342 - 6444

Marin Door to Door (van service from SFO and OAK Airports): 415-457-2717
Advanced Reservations Required
Pick up from SFO and drop off at the location (Santa Sabina). Shared ride price available if traveling in a group of 2 or more.
Approx. Costs (one way): from SFO: 1st passenger $42, additional passenger $12.
Approx. Costs (one way): from OAK: 1st passenger $54, additional passenger $12.

Marin Aiporter from SFO to the Hamilton Terminal: 1455 North Hamilton Parkway. Buses departing from SFO at the top of the hour between 5:00 AM and 1:00 PM do not offer direct service to Hamilton. Passengers may wait for a connecting bus at the Larkspur terminal. Buses picking up at SFO at half-past the hour will take passengers all the way to the Hamilton terminal. However, from 2:00 PM until Midnight, all buses from SFO (leaving every 1/2 hour at the top of the hour and at half-past the hour) offer service to Hamilton.
Cost: $21 (one way). (415) 461-4222

  • To pick up the Marin Airporter Bus at the San Francisco Airport: For all domestic flights, the pick up point for Marin Airporter is outside of baggage claim (located on the lower level), on the center courtesy island. Our busses stop at the "Marin/Sonoma County" sign, next to the large blue pillar labeled "Airporters" (please note that the sign for "Marin/Sonoma County" may no longer exist due to recent construction, so please look for the bus with the big rainbow).
  • From the International Terminal, the NEW pick-up point for Marin Airporter is on the arrivals (baggage claim) level. To find the bus, cross to the center island, and wait at the green and white striped curb. Look for the sign saying "Airporter". Then look for the bus with the big rainbow that says "Marin AirPorter" on the side. Please note: This is a new pick-up location. We no longer pick up on the ground floor in Courtyard "A".
  • Take the Marin Airporter (5:30 AM to midnight) to the Hamilton Station/Terminal in Novato (last stop). Then call a taxi to take you to the Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center: 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949. Total trip takes about 1 – 1 ¼ hour depending on time of day and traffic (ask the bus driver to call ahead for taxi to meet you). Anubhuti Retreat Center is approximately a $15-$18 taxi ride from the Hamilton Station Bus Stop in Novato.

RETURNING TO SFO AIRPORT VIA THE MARIN AIRPORTER: Buses Depart: Every hour on the hour from the Hamilton Terminal Ignacio:
First bus departs for SFO: 4:00 AM
Last bus departs for SFO: 10:00 PM
Minimum Travel Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Fares: [Adults $21.00] [Children 5-9 half-price]

GOLDEN GATE TRANSIT BUS FROM SAN FRANCISCO: (415) 455-2000. Please visit the Golden Gate Trip Planner Webpage.


TRANSPORTATION (van and bus options) from OAK (Oakland Airport) to Anubhuti Retreat Center

Western Eagle Shuttle (van service from SFO and OAK Airports)
24 hour Door-to-Door Transportation
Advanced reservations required

Online Reservations Available
Phone 1: (415) 533 - 4466
Phone 2: (415) 342 - 6444

Marin Door to Door (van service from SFO and OAK Airports): 415-457-2717
Advanced Reservations Required
Pick up from SFO and drop off at the location (Santa Sabina). Shared ride price available if traveling in a group of 2 or more.
Approx. Costs (one way): from SFO: 1st passenger $42, additional passenger $12.
Approx. Costs (one way): from OAK: 1st passenger $54, additional passenger $12.

More Door-to-Door Airporters from Oakland International Airport
The following door-to-door airporters provide service from Oakland Airport:

Airport Shuttle Option, please note: San Francisco airport is a much more convenient airport to use since the frequency of Marin Airporter bus pickups is greater, and the airport drop off station (Hamilton Terminal in Novato) is closer to Anubhuti than the Oakland airport bus drop off location.

Sonoma County Airport Express from the Oakland Airport: Provides non-stop service to San Rafael Transportation Center, 3rd St. Central San Rafael. Buses depart from the airport every two hours (5:15 AM to 9:15 PM). Cost: $24.00. (707) 837-8700

  • To pick up the Airport Express, exit main entrance of OAK and meet the bus on center isle under sign marked Shuttles. Trip takes about 1 – 1 ¼ hour to the San Rafael Transportation Center at 3rd & Hetherton (8 miles away from Retreat Center): review Schedule. Taxi's are usually available at the drop-off site, but ask the bus driver to call ahead for you. The Anubhuti Retreat Center is approximately a $30-$35 taxi ride from the San Rafael Transportation Center.
  • You can also take a bus from the San Rafael Transportation Center (to shorten the taxi trip). Take the Golden Gate Transit bus Route 70/80 northbound from San Rafael to the Ignacio Bus Pad at Hwy 101 and Bel Marin Keys Blvd in Novato. THEN call a taxi to take you to the Anubhuti Retreat Center: 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949.


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to the Anubhuti Retreat Center

  • From Oakland, Oakland Airport, or the "East Bay", take BART to the El Cerrito Del Norte Station, then Golden Gate Transit buses(2), then taxi.
  • At the BART station (El Cerrito Del Norte) take Bus #42 to the San Rafael Transit Center (3rd. Street, downtown San Rafael).
    Then from San Rafael, take bus #70 to the Ignacio Blvd. Bus Pad in Novato.
    Finally, take a taxi (1.1 miles) to the Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center: 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949.


Bus Service (Golden Gate Transit) to the Anubhuti Retreat Center

  • Golden Gate Transit (click on the link to plan your trip)
  • From San Francisco take GG Transit Buses 54 / 70 / 80 Northbound. Use the Golden Gate Transit link above for timings and pick up points.
  • From Oakland or the East Bay take GG Transit Bus #42 to San Rafael Transit Center, then walk to Platform B Northbound to pick up bus #70 towards Novato. Use the Golden Gate Transit link above for detailed information.
  • Final bus stop: Get off at the Ignacio Bus Pad at Hwy 101 & Bel Marin Keys Blvd (1.1 miles away from Retreat Center). Then call a taxi to take you to the Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center: 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949


Train service (Amtrak to Emeryville Station); then Bus Service to the Anubhuti Retreat Center

  • Amtrak provides shuttle service to San Francisco Transbay Terminal at Mission & 1st Street. Then you can take a Golden Gate Transit Bus (Route 70/80, but please visit the website for the most up-to-date route information).
  • Get off at the Ignacio Bus Pad at Hwy 101 & Bel Marin Keys Blvd (1.1 miles away from Retreat Center). Then call a taxi to take you to the Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center: 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949


Taxi service to the Anubhuti Retreat Center

Marin-Sonoma Taxi Cab Company: Includes the following Taxi Cab Services in Marin:

  • Radio Cab (415) 485-1234
  • Marin Cab (415) 455-4555
  • Yellow Cab (415) 453-6030

Marin Northbay Cooperative Taxi Service: 415-258-2800

General Rate Information:

  • The Anubhuti Retreat Center is approximately a $30-$35 taxi ride from the San Rafael Transportation Center (3rd Street, Central San Rafael).
  • Anubhuti Retreat Center is approximately a $15-$18 taxi ride from the Hamilton Station Bus Stop in Novato.

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