A Living Community of Practice

Welcome to our Community

For over 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

Community Life

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 carried out by volunteers and paid staff, and is managed by a leadership team headed up by an Executive Director. Approximately 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.

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Who We Are

Our Mission

Mount Madonna Center is the largest project within the Hanuman Fellowship. By providing a healthy, supportive container for transformation and reflection, the Center works to fulfill the Fellowship’s mission: Hanuman Fellowship is organized, as inspired by the example and teachings of master yogi Baba Hari Dass, to promote the principles and practice of Yoga by means of Sadhana (spiritual practice), Karma Yoga (selfless service) and Satsang (supportive community), as well as other spiritual disciplines and learning that foster personal and spiritual development and wellness and that create an environment for the attainment of peace.

Our Organization

Mount Madonna Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, governed by an annually-elected 10-member Board of Directors. Along with the Center, the Hanuman Fellowship supports Mount Madonna Institute and Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple. Membership into the Fellowship involves an annual fee, and new members are approved by the current Fellowship at the Annual General Meeting held in the Fall.

Associated Projects

Hanuman Fellowship

Founded in 1971, the Fellowship is a nonprofit dedicated to carrying forward the teachings of Baba Hari Dass. The Fellowship carries out its mission through its various projects, working toward the attainment of peace.


Mount Madonna Institute

Founded in 2006, the Institute provides theoretical and practical professional education and training in classical systems of Yoga, Āyurveda, and Community.


Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

The Temple welcomes thousands of visitors, volunteers, and well-wishers from around the world each year, serving as a place for the practice of Bhakti Yoga (yoga of devotion).


Mount Madonna School

Sharing the Mount Madonna property, MMS is a fully-accredited independent school offering small class sizes and an exceptional educational community for preschool-12th grade students. MMS offers challenging, developmentally-appropriate academics, performing and creative arts, and every day teaches values of respect, service and peace.

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Salt Spring Centre of Yoga

On Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada, our sister community offers yoga teacher trainings, workshops, retreats, and opportunities for service learning in a lush, idyllic setting.

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Sri Ram Publishing

A nonprofit dedicated to supporting Sri Ram Orphanage in India by publishing the written works of Baba Hari Dass, as well as kirtan and other spiritual music.

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Sri Ram Ashram

Established in 1981 in Haridwar, India, this orphanage is home to nearly 75 children. An onsite school educates over 500 local children from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.

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