Mount Madonna Center

About us

Mount Madonna Center is a conference and retreat center located on 355 acres of mountain-top redwood forest and grassland overlooking Monterey Bay, between Santa Cruz and Monterey, in Northern California. We are a community designed to nurture the creative arts and the health sciences within a context of personal and spiritual growth, inspired by Baba Hari Dass and sponsored by the Hanuman Fellowship, a group whose talents and interests are unified by the common practice of Yoga.

We offer a supportive community atmosphere for relaxation, reflection, and a wide variety of learning experiences. Program participants are invited to join in all ongoing Center activities – celebration, work, and play. Amenities include hiking trails, volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts, a pond (we call it “The Lake”) for swimming, a hot tub, a gymnasium for volleyball and basketball, and bodywork at the Kaya Kalpa Wellness Center.


Venue Highlights

The conference and retreat setting offers a wide variety and range of prices for residential housing accommodations, a dining room featuring excellent vegetarian meals, an Ayurvedic Herbal Apothecary, and a Wellness Center offering Ayurvedic consultations, massage and other traditional body work therapies, as well as a hot tub, a small lake for swimming, a large organic garden, many hiking trails, and tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts.

Accommodations

Mount Madonna Center provides on-site housing and meals for Institute students in an environment highly supportive of learning the Institute’s disciplines. Students have a choice from a wide range of housing options. Rooms are in hotel-style buildings (no phones or TVs in rooms). Some rooms include a private bathroom with shower. Others have access to nearby shared (but private while in use) bathrooms and showers.

Cabins are located in a forest grove, and include electricity and heat, but not indoor plumbing. A separate shower house with private shower and dressing rooms, and clean, well-ventilated privies is nearby. Campgrounds are located in secluded redwood groves and have running water, tents provided by the Institute, and tent sites for your own tent.

HOUSING CHOICE PER DAY MONTH-LONG**
Commuting $49 $1421
Own Tent or Vehicle $59 $1711
Center Tent* $68 $1972
Dormitory (4-7 per room) $88 $2552
Triple (3 per room) $102 $2958
Double (2 per room) $123 $3567
Double with Bath $130 $3770
Single $151 $4379
Single with Bath $181 $5249

Directions

The Institute, which is located on the grounds of Mount Madonna Center, is accessible via all-weather, paved roads, just one hour from San Jose International Airport and less than two hours from San Francisco International Airport. Commercial airporters, as well as Mount Madonna Center drivers, provide transportation from the baggage claim area of each airport directly to the Institute.

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