In this keynote from our Holistic Forum in Beijing last November, Ratna Sturz takes us on a journey of the Mount Madonna experience illustrating the founding principles of spiritual practice, service, and community life to inspire individual and societal transformation.
Mount Madonna Center (MMC) is located two hours south of San Francisco in the forested Coastal Redwood Range overlooking the Pacific Ocean on land sacred to the indigenous peoples living there several hundred years ago. Founded in 1978 MMC has grown into an internationally known retreat and conference center hosting thousands from around the world who come for personal retreats, Yoga, the holistic health science of Ayurveda, Temple worship, and specialty programs offered by master teachers from varying traditions.
By practicing with like-minded people, guests feel a sense of personal renewal and deep self-affirmation from experiencing the essence of supportive and caring community. Many return home energized to integrate fresh insights into their family and society. Mount Madonna also houses a children’s school, the Mount Madonna Institute, sponsors the Pacific Cultural Center in the urban setting of Santa Cruz and an orphanage and school in rural India. MMC believes the integration of traditionally-based practices with contemporary life bring blessed benefit to humanity feeling the challenges of a modern world.
Ratna Sturz is a founding member of Mount Madonna Center where she is a resident and has been involved in its sustenance and management for the last 40 years. She is currently Vice-President of the Board and serves as faculty in the Yoga and Community Studies departments of the Mount Madonna Institute. She also helped establish the wellness center at Mount Madonna and has made annual trips to Sri Ram Orphanage in India for over 30 years and has helped with the administration of its foreign visitors.