This past April on a visit to Los Angeles to celebrate my brother-in-law Alexis’ birthday, we took a side trip to Joshua Tree, the national park in the Mojave Desert with one particularly remarkable architectural and experiential surprise attraction… The Integratron!
The Integratron – 38 foot high, 55-foot diameter, all wood dome begun construction in 1957 (Instagram-grab from the birthday boy and photographer, Alexis Fleisig)
The inventor, George Van Tassel, was an aeronautical engineer who worked for Lockheed, Douglas Aircraft and as a test pilot for Howard Hughes at Hughes Aviation. (Photo from the Integratron website)
Based on an earlier encounter with extra-terrestrials from Venus, during which he was given a formula for “a proprietary frequency for rejuvenating living cell tissues”, George Van Tassel began building the Integratron to make future contact with UFO’s, perform cell rejuvenation, and promote time travel. He said the structure is “a high-voltage electrostatic generator that would supply a broad range of frequencies to recharge the cell structure” and is “based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla and telepathic directions from extraterrestrials”.
“The location of the Integratron is an essential part of its functioning. It was built on Giant Rock, an intersection of powerful geomagnetic forces that, when focused by the unique geometry of the building, concentrate and amplify the earth’s magnetic field. Magnetometers read a significant spike in the earth’s magnetic field in the center of the Integratron.” (Above photo and further reading on the Integratron site from Stillness in the Storm)
But wood domes, magnetic forces, UFO’s, and time travel aside, we were also there for a Sound Bath. Laugh if you will (I admit I did at the suggestion at first), but I assure you, it is an incredibly relaxing and indeed rejuvenating experience in this magical space. The Integratron has been lovingly restored and maintained by three sisters for over 30 years who have opened it up for tours, events, and regularly scheduled public and private Sound Bath experiences. If you’re new to the concept, as I was, it is aptly described on the official Integratron site as such, “you will be resting comfortably in the deeply resonant, multi-wave sound chamber while a sequence of quartz crystal singing bowls are played, each one keyed to the energy centers or chakras of the body, where sound is nutrition for the nervous system. The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind and body.”
Inside the Integratron (Instagram-grab from, Alexis Fleisig)
Looking down on the Sound Bath set up (Photo from the Integratron website)
In the end, I’m not sure if this electrostatic generator and the sound bath were revivifying enough to turn back the clock on Alexis’ birthday and another trip around the sun, but it made for a fun day and a unique perception-shifting experience, well worth a trip to the Mojave Desert in my book!