​45th Annual New Year’s Yoga Retreat

Dec 28, 2023 - Jan 1, 2024

Portals to Peace: Body, Mind, and Heart

As the dawn of the New Year approaches, we look forward to gathering together in community to explore various portals and pathways to peace. Our 45th annual New Year’s Yoga Retreat will provide a precious opportunity to reflect on the year past, consider where we are in the present, and imagine how we'd like to move forward into the new year.

The aim of yoga is peace, and throughout the retreat we will move towards this goal as we consider ways to skillfully direct the mind with breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga philosophy; warm the heart through music, satsang, and laughter; and tend to the body with asana, movement and nourishing food. Ultimately, we will remind ourselves that peace is always within us and that, through our bodies, minds, and hearts, we can find the way home to our essential nature.

The retreat program will include:

  • Arati (morning and evening ritual of waving light at the Hanuman Temple)
  • Practices of pranayama (breathing), meditation, and asana (yoga postures)
  • Presentations and dialogue on various portals and pathways to peace
  • Kirtan (devotional singing) and dancing
  • New Year’s Eve program including
    • Singing (kirtan and gospel) and dancing
    • Special ritual and meditation leading to the midnight hour
    • Live band and celebration
  • New Year’s Day Mantra Yajna (prayers and fire ceremony) for Peace

Families are Welcome!

A children's program will be offered and a parent-led co-op will run the childcare program. Email retreats@mountmadonna.org for more information.

Tuition & Fees

In-person retreat: $200 + meals & lodging

Online retreat: Sliding scale $50 - $250

Financial Accessibility: We aim for this retreat to be accessible to all. Please email retreats@mountmadonna.org to request financial assistance.

Partial Program: If you wish to attend just a portion of the retreat, you may contact Guest Services and you will be added to a waitlist. After December 18, partial-program registrations will be accommodated based on housing availability. Contact Quincy in Guest Services by emailing quincy@mountmadonna.org or calling 408-846-4090.

Babaji smilingThe purpose of human incarnation is to achieve eternal peace. Keep the purpose of life in mind and work hard to achieve your goal.

~ Baba Hari Dass

Retreat Schedule

Thursday, December 28 - Monday, January 1

Thurs., Dec. 28
3:00-5:30pm | Registration
5:15-6:15pm | Dinner
7:30-8:30pm | Opening Gathering

Fri., Sat., & Sun., Dec. 29-31
6:30am | Arati - onsite only
7:00-8:30am | Pranayama & Meditation
8:45-10:15am | Asana
10:15-11:15am | Brunch
12:00-1:00pm | Midday Programs
1:30-3:00pm | Presentations & dialogue on the theme
3:30-5:00pm | Asana or Meditation
5:15-6:15pm | Dinner
6:00-7:00pm | Arati
7:15-9:00pm | Kirtan and a Restful Practice

Sun., Dec. 31 Special New Year's Eve Program
7:30pm to Midnight | Music, Meditation, Dance, & Celebration

Monday, January 1
7:30-10:30am | Mantra Yajna for Peace
10:30-11:30am | Brunch
11:30-12:30am | Closing Gathering

RETREAT SCHEDULE (download pdf)

Join Us In-Person

Register to participate in the retreat IN-PERSON.

In-person Registration

Financial Aid

For financial assistance, please email retreats@mountmadonna.org.

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Join Us Online

Register to participate in the retreat ONLINE.

Online Registration

2023 Retreat Rates

Rates below are PER PERSON and include meals, lodging, and facilities use for all days of the retreat. Tuition ($200) is additional. For more information about each type of accommodation, please see images and descriptions below.

Accommodations Type
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); Private Bath

Conference Center - Single Room (1 person/room); Shared Bath

Conference Center - Double in Room (2 people/room); Private Bath
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 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 list the names of the people with whom you are sharing the room on the registration form.
  • Please note that fees for accommodations will be based on actual room occupancy.
  • Children 4 years and under are welcome free of charge; for 5 - 12 years old, fees are discounted 50%. Please register those ages 13 and older separately as an adult.
  • All guests must be registered.
  • Rates stated here apply to this retreat only. Other retreat and program accommodations pricing may differ.

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.

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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 include electricity and heat, but not wifi 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. 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 bathroom.

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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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Own 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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