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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Visit the Integratron

Integratron Photo exterior

Show Review
Sound Bath @ The Integratron in Landers, CA.

  I'm more then a little ashamed to confess that I first heard about and saw the Integratron via a repeat of the Josh Homme starring episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. I'm not saying I heard about it because I watch Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, rather I looked up the episode because I heard it took place in the vicinity of Palm Springs, CA.  Obviously, as anyone who has seen the Anthony Bourdain episode in question can attest, the Integratron is incredibly awesome on a number of levels.  What are those levels?

  1)  The Integratron was built by this weird scientist guy who combined outre Electric-Magnetic research a la Nicolai Tesla,  "Earth Energy" and UFO's to become a one man Prophet of what we would today call "the New Age movement."  The Integratron was built in the 1950s and this George Van Tassel guy would host UFO conventions and do quasi-scientific research.

 2)  The Integratron was purchased by the present owners and they developed this "Sound Bath" experience which is very New Agey and bears some relationship to the research of Van Tassel but lacks the hard electricity based engineering edge of George Van Tassel's work. 

 3) An associated attraction, but not visible from the Integratron itself is the "worldest largest free-standing boulder" which itself has a history dating back to the 1930s.  According to the present operators, this boulder is now located on BLM land and "poorly maintained."  Apparently you could go under this boulder and do meditation back in the day but now you will likely be murdered by a hobo or something, also the Boulder located down a dirt road. 

4) Within driving distance from the Integratron is Pioneertown, a turn of the century movie lot with an authentic desert road house, Pappy and Harriet's. At Pappy and Harriet's you can have a meal and watch a local band do a cover of  I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow, from the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.  They also have a gold record from the band "Cracker" on the wall that is honor of sales of tapes and CDs!

     My only tip for booking a Sound Bath at the Integratron is to call ahead.  We called the week before and got included in a "Pop Up" Sound Bath but my distinct sense is that they want to avoid a "public" attraction status, and are actively seeking to limit idiots and morons from showing up. Or, in the words of our Sound Bath player/shaman, "NO SNORING."  You are laying on the floor for 30 minutes plus staring at the ceiling during this thing so if you can't do that make sure you can.  Anyone who does Yoga or is familiar with the principles of meditation should do ok.

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