April 02, 2018

Bucket List Tick: The Integratron in Greater Palm Springs

I’d heard whispers of words “The Integratron” for years and never really bothered to fully Google it and find out what it was. I knew it was mysterious, intriguing, and one day (I hoped and prayed) I might be able to try it out. One could only dream.

This February, I got the opportunity to visit California again for work, and so we explored Palm Springs as part of this, and had some free time to drive to Joshua Tree too. This was a serious bucket list moment (a separate post coming ALL about Joshua Tree). 

The Integratron is a short drive away and famous for it’s architecture and history, but the “sound bath” experience is what most people go there for (and make the visit from far and wide). It is iconic and infamous and so naturally I was super excited to experience it. It gets booked up VERY quickly and it feels like it is the middle of nowhere. It was all very exciting.

If you are reading this and thinking “Wtf is a sound bath?” I don’t blame you for being confused. I did my first sound bath at Soho Farmhouse on a press trip with Mint Velvet last year and I asked if I needed to bring a swimming costume. I thought it was a bath. Yes. I was very wrong.

A sound bath, according to YogaHub, is this:

“A Sound Bath is a deeply relaxing, meditative experience which can take you on a journey of deep relaxation, healing and self discovery. … You will experience the healing power of Tibetan Singing Bowls, Gongs, Shamanic Drums, Koshi chimes and Voice.”

When we arrived at the Integratron I didn’t know what to expect, but upon arrival you can’t miss it. It is a big dome-shaped infrastructure which is famous for it’s acoustics. It was designed by “ufologist” (yes, the study of UFOs) called George Van Tassel around 1957. The reason it is so famous is because George would claim that the Integratron was capable of “anti-gravity and time travel”.

When your sound bath slot is announced, you go into the Integratron, take off your shoes, climb up the wooden ladder to the top floor one by one, and lie down on your own comfortable spongey mat which is slightly raised at the pillow end. All sound bath sessions are an hour long, and consistent of 25 minutes of crystal bowl playing and an explanation from the guide (who in our case had the soothing voice of Matthew Mcconaughey) and then beautiful relaxing music is played while you reflect on your experience.

The thing with reviewing any sort of spiritual or healing practice is that the experience and outcome is very personal. I won’t have the same experience as you, and you won’t have the same experience as me. But all I can say, is that I felt incredible afterwards. In a world where “switching off” feels often near impossible, it was an experience that had lasting effects. Massage wear off very quickly for me, but this sort of therapy lives on and you can take inspiration from it whenever you’re needing to properly switch off again. And (you can roll your eyes if you want to 👀) but it was genuinely the closest I think I’ll ever get to an out of body experience.

http://joshuatree.guide/integratron/

visitgreaterpalmsprings.com

Integatron, one hour public sound bath available from $30 per person, advance booking recommended www.integatron.com

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