Annual Yoga Retreats

Timeless Traditions at Mount Madonna

In 1973, before Mount Madonna Center was founded, a group of students began coming together in retreat to study the classical traditions of Aṣhṭānga Yoga under the guidance of Baba Hari Dass. Babaji shared his wisdom and time freely, imparting a vast body of yoga methods and philosophy. As a community of volunteers and teachers, we continue to share these teachings.

Our annual yoga retreats provide a rich opportunity for personal growth, for learning yogic methods, and for experiencing the well-being of body, mind and spirit in connecting with oneself and other like-minded individuals. We welcome you to join us as we tread this ancient path to peace!

Annual Retreats

New Year’s Aṣhtāṅga Yoga Retreat

New Year’s Aṣhtāṅga Yoga Retreat

Celebrate New Year’s at our annual retreat! Learn Aṣhṭānga Yoga including shat karma (cleansing practices), āsana (postures), and dhyāna (meditation). Classes are offered for all levels of practitioners. Explore yoga theory, sing kīrtan (chanting), and experience Bhakti Yoga (devotional practices) and Vedic ritual. New Year’s Eve is a special night that includes kīrtan, singing, dancing, a great gospel band, and meditation for peace in the New Year. It is our most popular retreat, please register early.

Going Deeper: A Focused Meditation Retreat

Going Deeper: A Focused Meditation Retreat

This small group experience is devoted to a deeper level of practice for people who have some knowledge of meditation and yoga. To support the mind in turning inward, we utilize a simple diet, the observance of silence, and a cave-like atmosphere of seclusion. Each day includes several hours devoted to spiritual practices (sādhana) created specifically for this retreat by Baba Hari Dass. The sādhana includes meditation, prāṇāyāma, and āsana. Devotional rituals, chanting, and spiritual stories also form part of this special experience. Enrollment is limited, please register early.

Upasana Retreat

Upasana Retreat

OFFERED SPRING 2018: Upasana is a devotional approach for attaining peace. It includes chanting of Sanskṛit prayers, scriptural study, yoga methods, rituals, and other practices to awaken the spiritual heart. Each morning participants will gather to practice these techniques in a traditionally prescribed format. Silence is observed until brunch each day; afternoons include study of yoga philosophy and practice of asana; evenings include mantra and other devotional themes. For beginning students and long-time practitioners alike, this is a wonderful opportunity to go deep in focused practices.

Doorways to Stillness: Meditation and Self-Reflection

Doorways to Stillness: Meditation and Self-Reflection

OFFERED FALL 2018: Experience many doorways to a still mind and open heart. Deepen your experience of peace that meditation and self-reflection bring. Practicing together, our doorway each morning is through prayer, breathing (prāṇāyāma), extended and various meditation periods, focused movement (āsana), and inspirational readings. Each afternoon, we enter the doorway to self-reflection through forest walks, meditation theory and practice, and artistic self-expression. All levels of experience are welcome.

Tantra Retreat: An Exploration Into the Self

Tantra Retreat: An Exploration Into the Self

OFFERED SPRING 2019: Join us for a 3-day intensive delving into the ancient traditions of Tantra Yoga based on the teachings of our revered teacher Baba Hari Dass. Said to be one of the oldest of all yoga traditions, Tantra uses the senses to move beyond the senses. This will be a unique opportunity to experience the classical, authentic teachings of the Tantra system as they have been handed down for centuries inspiring us to see and offer all our actions to the divine presence within.

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Yoga Diwali India: The Sri Ram Ashram Experience

Join us where the Ganges River meets the Himalayas of Northern India and experience the country’s most joyful festival season while deepening your practice of Yoga! During your stay, you will experience: Ashtanga Yoga – morning group practice of pranayama, mediation and asana, Karma Yoga – living and interacting with the children of Sri Ram Ashram amid their daily lives, Bhakti Yoga – visiting and learning about local temples and auspicious sites steeped in the ancient culture of India.

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