Join our Pre Gathering 1 – 3 May 2020
Hosted by Mount Madonna Center, California

Experience two contrasting centers in the network during your time in California
and extend the learning opportunity of the annual gathering 3 – 8 May.

Step back from the day to day responsibilities of running your center

Share challenges, best practices, ideas and inspiration

Relax and renew with yoga and meditation

Discuss Organisational Change and Community Living

Exchange learning and experience around spiritual practice

Connect with your peers from other centers

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Rest and relax prior to the International Gathering hosted by Esalen Institute 3-8 May and enjoy this two night immersion at Mount Madonna, located on 355 acres of redwoods and grasslands.

The learning community was inspired by the example of their teacher, Baba Hari Dass, a silent monk whose life of discipline, yoga, and love inspired people around the world.
His lifelong example of peacefulness encouraged regular practice of his teachings.

Discover how the community is re-organising itself as it evolves beyond nearly
40 years as a Guru led center while staying true to the teachings.

Hear about the year of transition from long term community members as they navigate many of the challenges we all face around governance, decision making, staffing and programming.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience two contrasting centers in the network, Esalen dedicated to the human potential movement and Mount Madonna with a deep spiritual lineage.


Delicious vegetarian meals
Two nights accommodation
Yoga and Meditation
Discussion Circles
Bhakti Night


Dorm Room

$295 per person
Up to five people sharing
Shared bathroom

Triple Room

$325 per person
Shared bathroom

Twin Room

$365 per person
Shared bathroom

Single Room

$425 per person
Shared bathroom

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Booking & Travel

Reserve your place with $150 non refundable deposit.
Please note your registration will be sent to Mount Madonna Center (MMC) for confirmation.

Full payment is due one month prior, April 1st.
The MMC cancellation policy will apply to any change of booking.  more info

For cancellations received at least two weeks before your reservation date, you will receive a full refund to your credit card minus your initial deposit. For cancellations received within two weeks to 48 hours of the reservation date, you be charged an additional processing fee of $50 and the remainder of your payment will be held as a credit for you to reserve a future Personal Retreat or Program within one year. If you cancel within 48 hours of your reservation date, if you do not show up, or if you leave early you will not receive a refund.

Please plan to arrive Friday May 1st between 3 and 5pm.
An optional shuttle will be travelling to Esalen on Sunday May 3rd departing at 2pm.

Mount Madonna Center is in the Santa Cruz Mountains of the Central California coast
overlooking Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz to Monterey and Pacific Grove.

Mount Madonna Center is approximately 2 hours driving time south of San Francisco.
The closest commercial airport is San Jose International with San Fransisco International being the second closest.

Travel Information

Relax and Rejuvenate

Visit the Hanuman Temple:
The Temple serves as a place for the practice of Bhakti Yoga (devotion)

Relax in the Wellness Center:
Ayurveda addresses the root cause of dis-ease by rebalancing mind, body and spirit

Walk amongst the Redwoods:
Mount Madonna is a peaceful refuge amongst the ancient redwoods

Rest and Rejuvenate:
Enjoy the intentional space for people choosing a lifestyle of conscious self-development

Meet the Community:
Sustaining the Center is done primarily on a volunteer basis in the spirit of selfless service

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