A new kind of tourism in Joshua Tree

August 18, 2012 | By | Comments (2)
Perseid Meteor Shower

Photograph by arghfar

It appears that Landers, California (population, tiny) near Joshua Tree in the Mojave Desert is all set up for a little celestial tourism. Most recently, it was a star party for the Perseid meteor showers.

Landers’ biggest selling feature? Lack of artificial lighting to interfere with dark skies. Sure, yeah, that’s cool. But the Integratron, a 38-foot wooden dome that’s part sci-fi contraption, part New Age rejuvenation machine, is a pretty big show stealer.

Dreamed up by aeronautical engineer and UFO nut, George Van Tassel (legend has that extraterrestrials provided him with the geometric design), the interior is a sound bath, where quartz crystal singing bowls “keyed to the energy centers of the body” play while visitors relax on the floor. You can have a go at this for a 60-minute session.

Where else in the world can you get a sound bath? Please let us know.

- By Margaret Sloan

Integratron in Joshua Tree

Photograph by Jess_albano

COMMENTS

  1. JoshuaDesertRetreats

    That is such a cool experience! One of the many treasures of our Joshua Tree Desert!

    November 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm
  2. Tom

    A “sound bath” in the integreton is well worth the time (about 1 hour) and money (about $20). Once.

    August 23, 2012 at 7:59 am

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