Yoga, Service and Community at Mount Madonna Center

Yoga, Service and Community

Mount Madonna Center offers this 12 WEEK RESIDENTIAL SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM for those interested in living and serving within an intentional yoga community with service as a primary value. Depending on the Center's needs, service areas include housekeeping, event set-up, kitchen, recycling, general maintenance, gardening and landscaping. Participants receive single accommodation, meals, daily yoga classes, regularly scheduled group meetings, and participation in community activities.

Program Dates
June 7 - Sept 4 <- Now Accepting Applications
Sept 6 - Dec 4
Dec 6 - Mar 5 2017



YSC Frequently Asked Questions
YSC Info Packet and Application

"Yoga is not one particular method.
As soon as a person starts thinking
'I want to be a better person'
that is the start of Yoga"

Baba Hari Dass

Who We Are

The Mount Madonna Center (MMC) community, founded in 1978, is home to children and adults of all ages. Inspired by the teachings and example of Baba Hari Dass, a silent yogi and a master of classical Ashtanga Yoga, our aim is to create an environment where residents and guests are supported in the pursuit and fulfillment of their personal growth and spiritual goals. We eat communally, work together, share in study and meditation, and join in responsibility for our retreat and conference facility and our children's school. The spiritual disciplines of yoga and selfless service are the foundations of our community life.

MMC serves the larger society through the retreats and seminars which it hosts; through Mount Madonna School, an independent kindergarten, primary and high school; and through the Mount Madonna Institute, which offers Diploma, Certificate, and Master of the Arts programs in several areas of professional and personal development. Sustaining Mount Madonna Center is done on a volunteer basis. We aim to work in the spirit of selfless service or karma yoga, one of our main practical methods of self-development.

What We Offer

Each Yoga, Service, and Community program includes daily offerings of many types of yoga classes, community service (kitchen, housekeeping, garden, maintenance, etc.), as well as evening classes and discussion groups in yoga philosophy and community themes. There will be free time for rest, study and recreation, and an invaluable opportunity to draw upon the 30 years of dedicated practice that many in our community have experienced. You are also invited to participate in MMC community retreats and special events occurring during your session.

Your Commitment

For the three-month sessions, the fee is $975 with a weekly commitment of 24 hours of service, 4 hours of weekly meetings, and 2 hours of instruction in yoga philosophy, pranayama and meditation; for a total of 30 hours per week. YSC fees include meals and indoor single accommodation.

Click here for information and application. If you have any additional questions, please contact the YSC Group at (408) 847-0406 x370 or A partial scholarship may be available.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least four weeks prior to the starting date of your program, there is a cancellation fee of $100; the remainder of your $250. deposit will be refunded. If you cancel within four weeks of the starting date, your full deposit is forfeited.

For more information, please write, call, or e-mail the Center's YSC Committee:

Mount Madonna Center
445 Summit Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone (408) 847-0406, extension 370

Work honestly,
Meditate every day,
Meet people without fear,
And play.

Baba Hari Dass

* This program has Continuing Education Credit available for nurses
(BRN provider number 05557).