Going Deeper: A Focused Meditation Retreat

Jan 25 - 29, 2024

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. Please read this important informational document before registering for this retreat.

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.

Tuition & Fees:

In-person retreat: $395 + meals & lodging

Financial Accessibility: We aim for this retreat to be accessible to all.
Financial assistance is available.
Some work-study opportunities may also be available.
Please email retreats@mountmadonna.org to inquire about these options.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. This retreat is at full capacity.

Waitlist: If you wish to be added to the waitlist for this retreat, please contact Guest Services by emailing guestservices@mountmadonna.org or calling 408-846-4090.

January 25 - 29, 2024


Thursday, January 25, 2024

  • 3:00 - 5:30pm | Registration & Dinner
  • 7:00pm | Program begins

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 26-28, 2024

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

Monday, January 29, 2024

  • 1:00pm | Program concludes

Sample daily schedule

Important Information - PLEASE REVIEW


anandAnand Brian Darsie, BA (Music), RYT 500, E-RYT 200, RCYT, teaches the Eight Limbs of classical Ashtanga Yoga with a focus on asana 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 sadhana practice. In 1975, Bhavani began teaching yoga. A senior 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: Sanskrit 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.

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2024 Retreat Rates

Rates below are PER PERSON and include meals, lodging, and facilities use for all days of the retreat. Tuition ($395) is additional. For more information about each type of accommodation, please see images and descriptions below.

Double, triple and dorm rooms in the Seminar House are the recommended housing option for this retreat because participants will experience a more “full immersion” and are more likely to avoid encounters with others not keeping silence.

Accommodations Type
Double in Room (2 people/room); Shared Bath

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

Cabin - Single (1 person/cabin); Separate Shared Bath Facility$781
Cabin - Double (2 people/cabin); Separate Shared Bath Facility$653
Camp in Own Vehicle

Important Notes About Rates for Accommodations & Meals:

  • Rates are per person and include meals, lodging, and facilities use.
  • Rates are based on stated occupancy. Double and triple rates are available ONLY to groups of 2 or 3 people who are staying in the same room.
  • Please note that fees for accommodations will be based on actual room occupancy.
  • All guests must be registered.
  • Rates reflected here apply to this retreat only. Other retreat and program accommodations pricing may differ.