Going Deeper 2023

Feb 23 - 27, 2023


Please join us for a retreat focused on going inward.

Come be a part of an immersive experience to dive deeply into practice, fully supported by longtime Mount Madonna teachers.

To support the mind in turning inward, we will follow a simple diet, observe silence, and practice in a cave-like atmosphere of seclusion. A number of hours each day will be devoted to sadhana (spiritual practices) created specifically for this retreat by Baba Hari Dass. The sadhana includes meditation, pranayama (breathing practices), and asana (postures). Devotional rituals, chanting, and spiritual stories also form a part of this special experience.

This small group experience is devoted to a deeper level of meditation and purification for people who already have some knowledge of meditation and yoga.

Enrollment is limited so please register early.


$395 + Meals & Lodging

*Some work-study opportunities are available. Email programs@mountmadonna.org to inquire.

Special health note:

Because Going Deeper is held indoors, with participants in close proximity for the duration of the retreat, all registrants will be provided with a rapid Covid-19 test to take upon arrival.


Thursday, February 23

  • 4:00 - 6:30pm Registration & Dinner
  • 7:00pm Program begins

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 24-26

  • 5:00am Wake up
  • 5:30am - 7:15pm Program
  • 8:45pm Closing and bedtime

Monday, February 27

  • 1:00pm Program concludes

Sample daily schedule

Important Information - PLEASE REVIEW

Candle on Altar Resized
service karma yogi kitchen
regular sadhana hands
Foggy night


anandAnand Brian Darsie, BA (Music), Indiana University, Bloomington IN; RYT 500, E-RYT 200, RCYT: Anand teaches the Eight Limbs of classical Ashtanga Yoga with a focus on āsana and pranayama. Anand has been the Program Coordinator for Children’s Yoga Teacher Training for Educators, bringing his background in helping children explore nature, music, and yoga to those who wish to share contemplative practice with the youngest generation.

Anand is a professional musician and vocalist.

bhavaniBhavani Siegel was introduced to yoga in childhood, practicing asana and yogic breathing with her family. She met Baba Hari Dass in 1974, became his disciple, and began formal study and sādhana practice. In 1975, Bhavani began teaching yoga. A senior yoga faculty and founding member of Mount Madonna, Bhavani teaches many aspects of Yoga, including meditation, pranayama, and yoga philosophy. Her specialties are: Root Values in Yoga: Yama & Niyama, Mantra Yoga: Sanskṛit as Sacred Sound, and Ritual & Symbolism in the Path of Yoga.

Through yoga teacher trainings, seminars and retreats, Bhavani has continued her journey of “teach to learn.” She loves chanting and singing, mystic poetry, and the solace of nature.

rebeccaRebecca (Krishna Gayatri) Schefstrom has been an energetic contributor to the wellness industry as a yoga and Pilates teacher and entrepreneur for more than 20 years. She is the founder and CEO of Urban Balance, which delivers holistic wellness solutions to companies nationwide.

An experienced movement teacher with 1000+ hours of training and study across the two disciplines, Krishna Gayatri has led yoga and Pilates classes for industry-leading corporate clients and taught in top-tier health club and hospital settings and leads local and national retreats. She has been a student of Baba Hari Dass since 1997 and has been following his guidance ever since. She is deeply committed to preserving the lineage and mission Babaji and Mount Madonna created and sustained over these many decades.

shantamShantam Jason Galuten first came to Mount Madonna in 1986 as a young boy with his father, who taught him music and meditation, and introduced him to Baba Hari Dass. After studying jazz piano and composition at Berklee College of Music, Shantam met Chuck Miller, and began practicing and teaching asana in the Mysore style of K. Pattabhi Jois while pursuing a career in music.

In 2006, Shantam returned to Mount Madonna to study with Babaji and the community of senior teachers and over the following 15 years, served as a pujari (priest) for the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, and taught classical Ashtanga yoga.

2023 Going Deeper Retreat Prices

Fees are PER PERSON and include tuition, lodging, and meals for all days of the retreat. For full descriptions of each type of accommodation, please see images below.

The Seminar House is the recommended housing for this retreat because participants will experience a more “full immersion” and likely avoid encounters with others not keeping silence.

Accommodations Type Rate
Ram Cottage #1 - Single (1 person/room, 2 rooms); Shared Bath

Ram Cottage #1 - Double (2 people/room, 2 rooms); Shared Bath
Ram Cottage #2 - Single (1 person/room, 3 rooms); Shared Bath
Ram Cottage #2 - Double (2 people/room, 3 rooms); Shared Bath
Conference Center - Single Room (1 person/room) w/ Private Bath
Conference Center- Single Room (1 person/room); Shared Bath
Conference Center - Double in Room (2 people/room) w/ Private Bath
Seminar House - Double in Room (2 people/room); Shared Bath

Seminar House - Triple in Room (3 people/room); Shared Bath

Seminar House - Dormitory (4 people/room); Shared Bath

Cabin - Single (1 person/cabin); Separate Shared Bath Facility

Cabin - Double (2 people/cabin); Separate Shared Bath Facility

Own Vehicle




Guest Rooms - Seminar House

These comfortable and affordable dormitory style rooms are located in the Seminar House, where there is wifi, a small kitchen, and a deck with a beautiful view of the grassy hills and redwoods. All beds are single size, and sleep 1 person only. Double, triple, and quad rooms are hotel-style. Bathrooms and showers are centrally located within this single-story building. NOTE: The Seminar House is the recommended housing for this retreat because participants will experience a more “full immersion” and likely avoid encounters with others not keeping silence.

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Ram Cottages

The Ram Cottages have easy access to the Wellness Center and many hiking trails. They are a short walk away from the central meeting buildings. Ram #1 offers two bedrooms, a small kitchen, bathroom, and shared living space with outdoor deck. Ram #2 sleeps 6 and offers a kitchenette, and a shared bathroom. All beds are single size, and sleep 1 person only.

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Rustic Cabins

These simple rustic cabins are located in our Oaks Campground. They are a short walk to the main area, but have a feeling of being more remote. Cabins have electricity and heat, but not wi-fi or indoor plumbing. A separate shower house is nearby, containing private showers and dressing rooms, and flush toilets.

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Guest Rooms - Conference Center

These tasteful rooms, some with ensuite bathrooms, are located in our Conference Center where there is wifi, two lovely courtyards with expansive views to read and relax in, and a full tea bar available at all times in the Conference wing of the building. All beds are single size, and sleep 1 person only. Single, double and triple rooms are hotel-style. Bathrooms and showers are centrally located on each floor.

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Own Vehicle

Spaces are available for your van, camper or other vehicle. Some have access to electricity, but no other hookups. Showers and restrooms are available in campgrounds and Center buildings.

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Tent Camping

Due to the weather, camping will not be available during this retreat.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Some work-study opportunities are available for a reduced tuition. Please email programs@mountmadonna.org if you are interested.

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