A Living Community of Practice
Welcome to our Community
For nearly 40 years, the Center has evolved through the lives of all who study, serve, practice, and play here. Inspired by the living example of a dedicated teacher and master yogi, Baba Hari Dass, the community’s projects and schools formed organically into a vibrant space for all those who consider it a spiritual home. The Center stands as a modern translation of the ancient philosophy and practice of yoga.
As a learning community, the Center provides context for experiential learning, allowing both personal and collective exploration for those seeking a path to peace. An economy of giving, sharing, service, and care offers a viable alternative to the separation and isolation of much of modern life. Life at the Center is both active and reflective, where those things that have heart and meaning structure everyday life.
“Karma yoga is the main thing which brings people together because it is a selfless service. Separation starts when there is only self-interest.” ~Babaji
Mount Madonna is an intentional space for people choosing a lifestyle of conscious self-development. A deep relational field fostered during the Center's many decades of community life provides a familial space for those who find themselves here for any length of time. Meals, classes, and common spaces are shared among residents and guests. Social life arises naturally from the founding principles of collaboration, service, practice, play, and devotion.
The work of sustaining the Center is done primarily on a volunteer basis, and is community-managed. Roughly 85 residents, as well as an extended community of local and international volunteers, work in the spirit of selfless service to support all the activities of the mission. Selfless service, or karma yoga, and personal and community practice are the methods for personal reflection and creative self-expression, and the foundation for the community.
Explore Community Living
Immerse yourself in the daily rhythms of an established community of practice.
The Yoga, Service, and Community program is a vibrant 3 to 6-month service learning program which provides a container to refresh, renew, recreate, serve, and reflect.