Song of the Morning

About us

Song of the Morning, a Yoga Retreat of Excellence, offers an opportunity to become immersed in the simplicity, serenity and sustenance of a balanced yogic lifestyle. We offer a place of spiritual refreshment and relaxation to those on a conscious spiritual journey toward union with the Divine, to those hoping to discover their own highest potential – and to all who seek respite from the worries and cares of the world. Whether you’re looking for a personal retreat or an opportunity to learn spiritual tools from our own daily practices and those offered in programs year-round, Song of the Morning awaits you.

Song of the Morning’s spiritual practices are based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, founder of the Self Realization Fellowship and author of the famous spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi. The yogic path that Yogananda taught is known as Raja Yoga, the “royal” or complete path, which emphasizes balanced living and meditation. Included are various branches of yoga that lead to an ever deepening relationship with the Divine and with one’s Self:

Hatha Yoga - yoga asanas or postures and breathing techniques
Bhakti Yoga - devotional practices, including prayer and devotional singing
Karma Yoga - selfless service
Jnana Yoga - the path of wisdom through reading scriptures, introspection and meditation

Yoga offers something for every nature and disposition. Join us as we dive deep into the heart of yoga through our programs and daily practices, including hatha yoga, evening meditations with devotional chanting and prayer, and opportunities to serve. Take time to explore our bookstore and library for timeless treasures, including a complete collection of Paramahansa Yogananda’s writings and other spiritual works.



Venue Highlights

Song of the Morning is a non-profit yoga retreat center located on 800 acres of rolling countryside in Michigan’s northern woodlands that welcomes truth-seekers from all paths and traditions to experience spiritual refreshment and relaxation.

Our wooded sanctuary offers an opportunity to experience oneness in nature. Our hiking trails provide scenic views of the forest. Come ski, snow-shoe, hike or bike; watch for our American bald eagles, Sandhill Cranes and other wildlife; or simply marvel at the majestic beauty of our pristine natural surroundings. Come for an evening, a weekend, a week or longer. We hope to see you soon!

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Our natural foods kitchen serves delicious, balanced, vegetarian meals using many locally produced ingredients and fresh produce from our organic garden in the summer. In our efforts towards sustainability, we purchase organically grown foods from local farmers or from Fair Trade sources as often as possible. Meals are served buffet-style in a community setting -- always cooked with love.

We provide two meals Tuesday through Saturday and one meal on Sunday.

We offer vegan and gluten-free dishes if arrangements are made in advance. Let us know when you book accommodations or meals if you need one of these options, or if you have a food allergy that has resulted in anaphylactic shock.

Accommodations prices include meals for overnight guests. If you would like to come for just

Accommodations

The Boathouse Apartment overlooks the Pigeon River and surrounding meadow. Its open yet inviting floor plan is just the beginning of what makes this our most sought after accommodation.

The Wheelhouse Apartment is a recently renovated apartment with a large kitchen/dining area, full bathroom and bedroom with queen-size bed and sitting area. You'll feel like you're living in nature with all the comforts of home. Offers a peaceful view of the forest, with deer and other wildlife often passing by or feeding right outside the windows.

The Lodge sits upon a forested hill overlooking the Pigeon River. It is a comfortable facility that is perfect for those wanting more privacy. The Lodge features a large living room area, used for evening meditations, our Sunday service and occasional workshops. It also has a full kitchen for guests to use.

The Mainhouse houses the Ranch dining room, kitchen, office and bookstore. It has a small sitting area, outside deck and low-speed wireless internet. The Mainhouse sits above the Pigeon River with a glorious view of the Pigeon River as well as trumpeter swans, bald eagles and other wildlife.

The Domes, comprised of three 40-foot bio-dome structures with skylights, is a beautifully unique facility. It provides a more communal environment with two large shared bathrooms (one each for men & women), refrigerator, tea kettle and microwave. The Center Dome is an open dome often used as a workshop space.

Camping Sites are available throughout the property. Enjoy the beautiful Pigeon River Forest in the rustic environment of the outdoors. With the spiritual energy of the land, fresh air, and starry nights like nowhere else, camping here is a must for nature lovers.

Directions

Please Note: Most GPS units are unable to correctly navigate to Song of the Morning; please use the directions below.

Southeast Michigan (Detroit, Pontiac, Flint, Saginaw or Bay City Area):

Take I-75 North to Vanderbilt exit 290, turn right and follow Old US-27 South about half a mile into Vanderbilt. Turn left at the blinking yellow caution light at Main Street, which becomes East Sturgeon Valley Road, and drive east for 9-1/2 miles. When you see the large green fenced in property, not ours, you still have 3 1/2 miles to go. Our driveway is on the right-hand side, marked by a large sign that reads "Song of the Morning Ranch." Drive 1-1/4 miles into the woods. Once you cross the bridge, the office in the Mainhouse will be on your left. You should see a sign marked "Office."

Southwest Michigan (Kalamazoo, Muskegon or Grand Rapids Area):

Take 131 North which will merge into 55 just before Cadillac. Stay on 55 east which will merge with 66 going north then branch off again to go east. Remain on 55 and pick up 127 north near Houghton Lake. 127 north will merge onto I-75 North. Take I-75 North to Vanderbilt exit 290, turn right and follow Old US-27 South about half a mile into Vanderbilt. Turn left at the blinking yellow caution light at Main Street, which becomes East Sturgeon Valley Road, and drive east for 9-1/2 miles. When you see the large green fenced in property, not ours, you still have 3 1/2 miles to go. Our driveway is on the right-hand side, marked by a large sign that reads "Song of the Morning Ranch." Drive 1-1/4 miles into the woods. Once you cross the bridge, the office in the Mainhouse will be on your left. You should see a sign marked "Office."

Northwest Michigan (Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey):

From Traverse take 31 to 72 east to pick up 131 north over to 32 east into Gaylord. Jump on 75 north to the next exit 290 Vanderbilt and follow the instructions above from Southeast Michigan.

(Charlevoix or Petoskey area) take 31 to 131 south to Thumb Lake Rd. Turn left (east) on Thumb Lake Rd. to US 27. Turn right on US 27 take it across I-75 to the blinking yellow light where you will turn left onto Main Street, (which eventually becomes East Sturgeon Valley Road), and drive east for 9-1/2 miles. When you see the large green fenced in property, not ours, you still have 3 1/2 miles to go. Our driveway is on the right-hand side, marked by a large sign that reads "Song of the Morning Ranch." Drive 1-1/4 miles into the woods. Once you cross the bridge, the office in the Mainhouse will be on your left. You should see a sign marked "Office."

North (Upper Peninsula, Cheboygan, Wolverine)

Take I-75 South to exit 290 Vanderbilt exit. Turn left and take it across I-75 to the blinking yellow light where you will turn left onto Main Street, (which eventually becomes East Sturgeon Valley Road), and drive east for 9-1/2 miles. When you see the large green fenced in property, not ours, you still have 3 1/2 miles to go. Our driveway is on the right-hand side, marked by a large sign that reads "Song of the Morning Ranch." Drive 1-1/4 miles into the woods cross the bridge and the office is in the Main House on your left. You should see a sign marked "Office."

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