45th Annual Liberation Yoga Retreat

Jun 29 - Jul 3, 2023

Pathways to Peace: Tending the Flame Within

There are many pathways to liberation...

The idea of liberation goes back to the earliest longings of human beings to realize the Self, that mysterious essence at our core, of god, truth, bliss, peace.

During this four day retreat together, we’ll immerse ourselves in various ways old and new to remember, rekindle, empower and enhance the inner flame of our essential nature. Through classic yoga methods of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation the foundational branches of this ancient wisdom as well as kirtan (devotional singing), and thematic presentations, we will explore more deeply the pathways to liberation.

Auspiciously, embedded within this retreat, on July 2nd, is the full moon celebration of Guru Purnima, a traditional time to honor the spiritual teacher and teachings. We will celebrate at the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple through puja (offerings), prayer, and an ancient Vedic fire ceremony known as yajna.

By coming together in this way with shared intention, we join in satsang (a community of like-minded seekers) cultivating and tending the flames of peace within and among ourselves.

At this retreat, you will experience:

  • Morning and Evening arati (ritual of light)
  • Practices of pranayama, meditation, and asana
  • Presentations and discussions on Tending the Flame Within
  • Kirtan
  • Guru Purnima yajna honoring the teacher and the teachings on Sunday, July 2
  • Time to spend on your own in nature, visiting with others over tea or a meal, or enjoying a wellness treatment (advance reservation recommended)


In-person retreat: $400 + meals & lodging

Online retreat: Sliding scale $50 - $250

Financial Accessibility: We aim for this retreat to be as accessible as possible. If you wish to request a scholarship, please email liberation-retreat@mountmadonna.org.

Partial Program: If you wish to attend just a portion of the retreat, you may register to do so after June 15 by emailing guestservices@mountmadonna.org or calling 408-846-4090.

Babaji Lotus Hand Mudra

One door is enough to get in the house. When you are in the house all doors unite there. –Baba Hari Dass

June 29 - July 3, 2023

The retreat will be presented onsite and online (hybrid).

Retreat Schedule Overview

Thursday, June 29

  • 3:00 - 5:00pm Registration
  • 5:15 - 6:15pm Dinner
  • 7:15 - 8:30pm Welcome Gathering

Friday & Saturday, June 30 & July 1

  • Full day Retreat Schedule

Sunday, July 2

  • Guru Purnima Schedule, including yajna (fire ceremony), & bhoj (feast)

Monday, July 3

  • 11:30 - 12:30pm Closing Gathering

Full Retreat Schedule

Online Registration

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Liberation Retreat Prices

Rates below are PER PERSON for the all days of the retreat and include meals, lodging, and facilities use. Tuition is additional.

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 $1020
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 $1072
Conference Center - Single Room (1 person/room); Shared Bath $860
Conference Center - Double in Room (2 people/room) w/ Private Bath $776
Conference Center - Double in Room (2 people/room); Shared Bath
Conference Center - Triple in Room (3 people/room); Shared Bath
Cabin - Single (1 person/cabin); Separate Shared Bath Facility
Cabin - Double (2 people/cabin); Separate Shared Bath Facility
Camp in Own Tent
Camp in Own Vehicle

Important Notes About Accommodations:

Double and triple rates are available ONLY to groups of 2 or 3 people who are staying in the same room. Please list the names of the people with whom you are sharing the room on the registration form.

  • If there is only 1 person staying in the room it is considered a Single.
  • If there are 2 people staying in the room it is considered a Double.
  • If there are 3 people staying in the room it is considered a Triple.

Please note that fees for accommodations will be based on actual room occupancy.


Guest Rooms

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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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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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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Own Vehicle

Regular size parking spaces are available for your van, camper or other vehicle. There is no access to electricity. Showers and restrooms are available in campgrounds and Center buildings.

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Tent Camping

Developed campsites are available for people who wish to bring their own tent. Sites offer access to showers and flush toilets and are available year-round. Please be aware that we can receive significant amounts of rain from November through May.

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