Advanced Meditation at Dolores Park
In partnership with Airbnb, this is a wellness experience hosted by Travis Ruskus.
• Dolores Park, San Francisco
• 1.5 hours total
• Offered in English
• Learn how to meditate in any moment
About your host, Travis
It has taken the Earth 4.6 billion years for you to read these words. This is the present moment and I want to teach you how to find happiness here.
I am a rock balance artist and meditation instructor based in San Francisco, CA. Follow my daily journey on Instagram: @travisruskus
What we’ll do
Let's circle the edge of Dolores Park until we find a nice spot to sit in the middle with a gorgeous view of downtown San Francisco. Then I will guide you along the path to mindfulness and give you the tools to easily meditate in every moment.
Who can come
Guests ages 16 and up can attend.
• Great for healing anxiety and depression.
• Check the weather and dress warm.
• All experience levels welcome.
• We start exactly on time.
• Rain or shine.
Where we’ll be
DOLORES PARK: A place where the mixed culture of San Francisco comes to relax and find a few peaceful moments from the chaos of the city.
View all testimonials at the bottom of this page.
How to Rock Balance (Beginner)
To say this experience was amazing or inspiring would be a gross understatement. Travis is the kindest, most encouraging and compassionate person. You can be open and honest about anything and there is no judgment. He makes no assumptions. And Travis doesn't tell you what to do, he teaches you a whole new way of looking at things. He challenges you to be present in a way I didn't think was possible - and it is. The entire time, he is there supporting you, checking in with you, guiding you. I could not be more grateful to Travis for this experience. It is truly one of the greatest things I've ever done on a whim. It isn't about trying to balance some rocks. It's about connection and energy and so many other things. Step outside your comfort zone, wear comfortable shoes and do this. Until you do it, you won't understand. So do it. And after you do? This review will make a lot more sense and I challenge you to adequately articulate how profound and amazing the time you spend with Travis will be. Thank you for everything Travis. I will never, ever forget this experience and the deeply buried inner strength you helped me find.
Awesome experience. Travis was very good at communicating all the details and it was very well planned and executed.
Before this experience, I could never imagine how to balance rocks rather than piling them up. Really magical, or more, science. It's not easy at the beginning to build good attach points and dynamically find weight center. I am still practicing. Travis guided us through and share his thoughts. It's also a good time to concentrate and talk to yourself. Feel less stressful after several hours playing with rocks. A nice getaway from your daily routine. I think yall will have fun.
Definitely a high light of my trip in SF. I enjoyed the moment to be present when doing the stone balancing. You will also see several good spots to view the bridge and the channel along the hiking trail. And Travis is a cool person to talk and share thoughts. I really enjoyed the time with him. Very nice!
Travis is a great guide. He taught me something I would never would have imagined in a thousand years. It was a nice experience. I highly recommend.
This was a meditative and spiritual experience for me. Starting with the birdsong filled journey and landing on the beach in a relaxed and present state of mind. Balancing gravity's pull on the rocks with gentle and slight movements to find a point of strength held my full attention. All along, the sound of crashing waves against huge rock formations brought peace and reinforced the theme of construction and destruction in the world.
This is one of those experiences that marinates in your mind for several weeks after and one you will never forget. I notice the experiences are really booking up and it's because this is one of the most unique and soulful outings I have ever had. I took my adult daughter who is always going 99 MPH and we really enjoyed the chance to slow down and learn something interesting and internal while being among breathtaking beauty. We got some great pictures and learned a healing art together that we will have forever. Travis has a gift and you will come away inspired, enriched and just plain better as he shares it with you. Thank you, Travis. I highly recommend this!
It's an unforgettable experience, I never taught I could do balancing of rocks in such less time. Travis enlightened us about basics of rock balancing and was very patient till we did do balancing ourselves. The view was spectacular and I would strongly recommend this for anyone.
This was such a cool experience - We never thought that something like rock balancing would be such a centering and meditative activity.
Great experience. Travis is a great host and I talked with some great people on this outing. It was eye opening to see what you are capable of when you slow down. Highly recommended.
A well spent afternoon in SF. Great place, lovely views, good fun. Travis is a top chap.
Great hike, potentially life changing experience. Very peaceful and meditative. I'm looking forward to trying it with my 8 year old son! Thank you Travis ❤️
I think the overall experience was perfect. It's a unique event and very much about what you allow yourself to do. It requires patience and focus and a little bit of hand and eye coordination... My take on this is ,what you bring into it is what you get. It was a lovely perfect day. Thank you. It's a skill you can keep; practice and play when you can.
An amazing experience. Travis is an excellent teacher and does show you how to balance rocks. It was very inspirational and Travis was very patient and able to channel my energy to take me to the next level of rock balancing. Very informative and an awesome overall experience. I highly recommend this experience for everyone.
Meditation with wonderful view
Travis did a great job. He really loves what he does and enjoys sharing his skill.
Great evening experience, who knew that you could do something that looks so difficult.
It was a soothing experience. Travis was an amazing host. He kept us informed during the hike and taught us the techniques during the activity. I highly recommend everyone to try this out! Thank you Travis!
This experience was so fun! You don't think you can balance rocks, but you can. No glue involved. Really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone!
I loved this experience, can recommend to anyone.
It was a great experience! We loved it.
It will change your whole perspective and make you feel very "grounded"
Travis was a great experience host. He was very responsible, well organized and very respectful. I loved the experience and above all, I loved the location.
Travis is very friendly and informative. You meet up with him and the group for a short hike down to a rocky beach. The stone balancing is meditative and a great reminder to be in the present moment.
It was a fun experience. Very peaceful and relaxing.
Travis was a really nice guy, and the whole experience was very exciting. After a short walk to the beach location through the park, we did a breathing exercise and then we learned how to balance rocks. Will definitely do it again!
It was a really cool experience, recommended.
I really enjoyed this experience with Travis. The atmosphere was great and it's always fun to learn something new. The experience was so much more than just balancing rocks. You'll see :)
It is a very nice experience, even if you don't find success at stacking rocks. I went with my daughter and we both liked it and will remember it for a long time.
What an experience! 1st the location that Travis selected is as good as it gets! The views are absolutely breathtaking. I kept stopping to snap pics and Travis was super chill about it. Overall Travis was a terrific host, his approach is warm, open and insightful. The experience was incredibly unique. For me personally, it was a moving meditation, which allowed me to self reflect and I walked away with some gems/lessons that can be applied to every day life. Who knew! This is really a special experience!
Nothing could have been better. Travis was the embodiment of consideration and patience. Of being there for you and giving you space. Excellent and thank you.
Anything close to nature is great for me. A short hike and you area on the beach. Travis is very kind. Only thing I would want is if the meditation/breathing part was for a bit longer. Overall fun activity.
Travis not only showed us some cool techniques, he also inspired us to disconnect from the grind. It was even better to the backdrop of the golden gate bridge and the crashing waves on the rocky shore. Thanks Travis!
Travis makes it possible for anyone to balance rocks and makes the whole experience of a beautiful corner of SF great.
Complete 'six senses' experience. Travis provided the leadership, nurturing & artistic chops to guide us safely past our personal limits of creative, mental & physical doubt, to see what's possible.
Such an awesome experience. It was the perfect way to spend an evening, with some light-moderate exercise, an awesome view, and a really unique activity to help clear your mind. Travis has great things to say and was an awesome host - even gave some tips on how to get a good instagram picture of our work! Would definitely recommend this experience for both visitors and locals.
This was a great experience. The hike is exceedingly beautiful, and learning how to balance a rock on its end is one of those simple thrills that can really put life into perspective. The waves crashing and sunset provided an extremely meditative experience, and I can't wait to get back to build in the experience.
It was a very cool experience. Travis is very nice teacher and his rock balancing skill is amazing. I met new friends, discovered secret scenery, made my own artwork during the activity:) Worth to try!
We had a great time hiking and learning something so new. Travis is an awesome teacher and the location was perfect!
Travis knows pretty well about spiritual and equilibrium subjects. He combines the theory so perfectly and makes you see life while you're trying to build rock towers. He brought more light to my life with this experience. I fully recommend this experience, the location is amazing. Thank you Travis.
Travis had a great energy about him. I left this experience very calm and relaxed. He coached me through a difficult rock balance and would definitely recommend his experience.
This was a nice Zen experience. Imagine yourself being in a rocky place along the beach with almost no one around you, listening to the periods of Wave gush followed by silence with almost nothing to do except focus on the weight and balance of the rock in your hands and you walk out feeling amazed.
Rock stacking was really fun! Travis was a great teacher. Everyone in my group was surprised with how quickly they caught on.
Learning the basics of rock balancing was both easier and just as fun as I expected. Travis is a great host and I appreciated how he weaved mindfulness into his art. This is an exquisitely simple and laid-back experience. You should have it.