Welcome to the Integratron, a place of spiritual healing and musical sound baths inside the world’s only all-wood, acoustically perfect sound-chamber.
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The white wood-domed structure sits four stories high and 55 feet in diameter, just off Twentynine Palms Highway in Landers, California, about an hour north of Palm Springs.
The structure designed by Ufologist and Contactee George Van Tassel. Tassel claimed the Integratron was capable of rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel.
The building was constructed by Van Tassel over the course of nearly two decades in accordance with the instructions of his extraterrestrial architectural patron.
It is an immaculately preserved artifact of midcentury modernist design, and a totem of 1950s U.F.O.-ology culture — the mixture of Cold War paranoia and occult spirituality that drew true believers to remote reaches of the Desert Southwest in search of flying saucers and free-floating enlightenment.
It was constructed without nails, screws, flashing or weather stripping.
You enter the Integratron through a set of double doors on its south side. A small stairway takes you from the ground floor, where there are exhibitions detailing the Integratron’s history, to the main attraction: the gloriously airy upper story.
There, 16 rectangular windows offer 360-degree views of the desert, and the building’s wooden ribs, fashioned by shipbuilders, vault to the top of the dome. With the exception of a one-ton concrete ring that fixes those ribs in place, the whole thing — floor, walls, ceiling — is made of wood, old-growth Douglas fir from Washington State, which, if the lore is to be believed, Van Tassel was given as a gift by his old boss Howard Hughes.
But it’s not the way the Integratron looks that draws thousands to Landers each year. It’s how the place sounds.
For fees ranging from $20 to $80, visitors can experience a so-called sound bath, reclining on mats while being exposed to harmonic sound frequencies produced by quartz bowls.
Relaxing after a sound bath.