Fall Karma Yoga Weekend

  • Song of the Morning Song of the Morning
  • 9607 Sturgeon Valley Rd., E., Vanderbilt, MI 49795
  • Nov 2 - 4, 2018 (3 days)
  • Camping - $35.00 Domes Communal Women's Dormitory - $35.00 Domes Communal Men's Dormitory - $35.00 Domes Private Twin Room - $165.00 Domes Private Bunk Room - $165.00 Domes Private Full Bed Room - $215.00 Lodge Dorm - $185.00…

About This Event

Program Fee: $35

Experience the power and joy of serving in spiritual community with this weekend retreat exploring the practice of karma yoga (selfless service), balanced with devotional chanting and meditation, invigorating and restorative hatha yoga classes, the beauty and quiet of nature, and meaningful service in our organic garden.

The path of Karma Yoga, or the path of selfless service, is the practice of offering the fruits of our work to the Divine without any expectation of reward or personal gain. By following the path of Karma Yoga, we can learn to connect with the peace and presence of the Divine by approaching the task at hand with selflessness and wholehearted presence.

Paramahansa Yogananda taught the importance of balancing meditation with activity. To practice Karma Yoga is to bring the peace and presence that you experience during meditation into your work; and just like meditation, this is a simple concept but not an easy task. Our intention during this Karma Yoga Weekend Retreat is to help you explore and come to understand this practice more deeply. You will leave with tools for integrating the practice of karma yoga into your daily life, and moreover you will learn how the practice of karma yoga can deepen your sadhana and harmonize your inner life and outer life.

Throughout the weekend, we will contemplate karma yoga and integrate the practice into the projects we undertake to prepare our garden for the upcoming summer season. Projects on Saturday afternoon will include cleaning our garden shed, organizing tools, preparing beds, sowing seeds and building trellises. We will assign you to tasks depending on your abilities and interests, and what’s most needed. We warmly invite you to come and recharge your spiritual batteries and to connect with Mother Earth and the heart of service!

Program Fee: Come to give and receive; serve and stay in the Domes dormitory and pay only $35. Upgrades to private accommodations available at regular lodging costs. Donations beyond the $35 fee to help further cover the cost of meals, lodging and yoga classes will be graciously accepted, along with any other love offering you wish to make toward the mission and vision of Song of the Morning. No one will be turned away because of financial constraints. Please contact our office with inquiries at (contact info blocked)

Donation Notes: For those who would like to make a donation, $100 covers the cost of the dormitory for the weekend including meals; $50 covers the cost of meals for the weekend.; $20 is a typical fee charged for two community yoga classes.

Karma Yoga Weekend Retreat May 2018

Friday

5-5:40 pm – Dinner and welcome to Song of the Morning

5:40-6:15 pm – Introduction to integration practices followed by dinner clean up

6:15-7:30 –  Weekend overview and team assignments for Saturday; Guided reflection and Intention setting around the spirit of karma yoga; Introductions

8-9 pm – Community Meditation led by Ian Wylie in the Lodge

Saturday

8:30-9:45 am – Morning Sadhana with Kira in the Domes

10-11 pm – Brunch and clean up

11:30-2 pm – Karma Yoga projects in the garden

2-2:30 pm – Snack break

2:30-4:30 pm – Karma Yoga projects in the garden

4:30-5 pm – Shower and clean up for dinner

5 pm – Dinner

6-8 pm – Free time

8-9 pm – Community Meditation led by Kira and Brian in the Lodge

 

Sunday

8:30-10 am – Hatha and Restorative Yoga with Kira in the Domes

10-10:30 am – Everyone pitches in to clean the Domes and completes survey

11 am-12:30 pm – Sunday Service on “Living a Balanced Life with Karma Yoga” in the Lodge

1-2 pm – Dinner followed by Karma Yoga – kitchen clean up

 


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!

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.

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

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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