Be Still and Know: Practices in Silence and Discernment

  • Song of the Morning Song of the Morning
  • 9607 Sturgeon Valley Rd., E., Vanderbilt, MI 49795
  • Aug 16 - 18, 2019 (3 days)
  • Camping - $0.00 Commuter + Meals - $0.00 Domes Communal Women's Dormitory - $0.00 Domes Communal Men's Dormitory - $0.00 Domes Private Twin Room - $130.00 Domes Private Bunk Room - $130.00 Domes Private Full Bed Room - $180.00 Lodge Dorm - $150.00

About This Event

Deepen your experience of yoga through silence, meditation, chanting, yoga asana and the teachings of the great Yogis. Swami Sankarananda will guide us through the majority of the retreat, sharing wisdom to inspire transcendence from living in fear, to living in peace & harmony.

This silent retreat is open to all sincere truth seekers as a donation-based opportunity. Sacred space will be provided and maintained. We ask that all participants observe and respect silence within scheduled times and remain at Song of the Morning Ranch during the full extent of the retreat.

The retreat begins with 5 PM dinner on Friday, August 16 with an optional bonus day of silence available Thursday evening through Friday. The program concludes at 5 PM on Sunday, August 12.

Tent or dormitory accommodations with meals are included in the retreat and are offered on a donation-only basis, as is the retreat. During the registration process, you can choose other accommodations options at regular lodging costs. Meals during the weekend will be Sattvic, with vegan and gluten free items available.

As part of deepening our yogic awareness and practices, opportunities for seva (self-less service) will be available throughout the weekend. We will discuss the various opportunities on Friday night and ask for volunteers. Sharing seva together is an essential aspect of the retreat weekend.

On Day 2 of the retreat, Swami will offer 15-minute Spiritual counseling sessions for those interested. You will be able to sign-up on Spiritual Counseling Sheet displayed during the retreat. If not interested, or when your appointment is finished, feel free to select any of the offered reading material and take up a comfortable location, or to walk silently in the area, or perhaps to journal or to reflect on experiences thus far.

General Guidelines

Silence is to be maintained during most portions of the retreat, except for chanting and discussion with the teacher. If anyone does not feel well or needs to discuss anything, they should let Swami know. All communication devices (phones, computers, etc.) are to be deposited at the beginning of retreat. They will be kept away from the main gathering spaces.

Please let someone back home know that you are going to be in retreat. If need be, they may contact the office at Song of the Morning at (contact info blocked) or Swami at (contact info blocked). We strongly recommend that you detach from your device for the weekend.

Program Fee: Donation/Love Offering


Schedule


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."

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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