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

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 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.


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Who We Are

Our Mission

Mount Madonna Center is the largest of the many projects of the Hanuman Fellowships. By providing a healthy, supportive container for transformation and reflection, Mount Madonna Center works to fulfill the Hanuman Fellowship’s mission: The Hanuman Fellowship, inspired by the teachings of Baba Hari Dass, is dedicated to the principles and practices of yoga. By means of Sadhana (spiritual practice), Karma Yoga (selfless service), and Satsang (supportive community), we aspire to create an environment for the attainment of peace.

Associated Projects

Hanumān Fellowship

Hanumān 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.

HanumanFellowship.org
Mount Madonna Institute

Mount Madonna Institute

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

MountMadonnaInstitute.org
Sankaț Mochan Hanumān Temple

Sankaț Mochan Hanumān 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).

Temple.MountMadonna.org
Mount Madonna School

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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Pacific Cultural Center

Pacific Cultural Center

PCC is located in nearby Santa Cruz. The Center promotes healthy, peaceful living through education, social service, and spiritual practice with a variety of yoga classes, musical performances, and community events.

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Salt Spring Centre of Yoga

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

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

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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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. 

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