Santa Cruz Mountains Weekend Yoga Retreat
October 18 - 21, 2018
Mt. Madonna Retreat Center
Due to the popularity of this retreat we have added an extra day as well as more accommodation options. Please see below for price changes and housing updates.
Take a break from the busyness of life and work and join Pradeep for a weekend retreat in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. This retreat is for those who wish to deepen both the physical and spiritual practice of yoga.
Yoga invites us to meet the challenges we face on the mat with courage and an open heart, so that we may bring the strength we find there into our lives off the mat. Pradeep’s classes are challenging yet accessible in their simplicity, and the weekend’s practices are appropriate for yogis of all levels.
On retreat we will have four yoga + meditation sessions in Pradeep's unique Bhakthi vinyasa style and humor, with attention to breath, flow, and finding the joy in our lives through the practice.
The cost of the retreat includes yoga instruction, lodging, all meals, beverages, snacks, and full use of the retreat center grounds and facilities. Participants will have free time during the day to relax, journal, soak in the hot tub, and explore the ample hiking trails among the redwoods and spectacular views of Monterey Bay.
We will have free time between 11 a.m. and 3:00pm on Friday & Saturday. During that time you may choose to book various bodywork sessions through the Kaya Kalpa Wellness Center. Appointments may be booked in advance by calling 408.847.3276, Monday through Friday, 11 am - 1pm. Bodywork appointments may also be made at the Community Building on Friday during dinner and Saturday during breakfast.
Check-in 4:00pm Thursday, October 18th
Thursday dinner 5:00pm
Welcoming circle and practice 7:30pm
Friday/Saturday meditation and morning practice 7:30-10:30
Friday/Saturday brunch 11:00am
Friday/Saturday Afternoon practice 3-4:30pm
Friday/Saturday dinner 5:00pm
Friday/Saturday evening meditation 7:30pm
Sunday meditation and closing practice 7:30-10am
Sunday brunch 11:00am
Check-out 1:00pm Sunday, October 21st
Quiet Hours 9:00pm until breakfast the following morning
The atmosphere at Mt. Madonna Retreat Center is peaceful and the setting beautiful, from the magnificent vista of the bay to the surrounding redwood hillsides to the craftsmanship and style of the buildings themselves. There is a hot tub onsite, which is open to all retreat center guests.
All meals are high quality, fresh, vegetarian and lovingly prepared by the resident staff who are students of yoga and take pride in their friendly and helpful service. A delicious Indian chai is served at breakfast, and gluten-free and non-dairy options are available at every meal. No outside food or beverages may be brought to the retreat center. No alcohol is permitted.
Yoga mats and props will be available.
There are no phones or TVs in rooms, however there is wifi in most meeting spaces and guest rooms. Cell phone reception is spotty.
Rooms are in hotel-style buildings. Bathrooms and showers are down the hall and shared*, but very private while in use. Shower rooms include sinks. Linens provided; participants must bring their own towels.
* There are a limited number of rooms with bathrooms on site; if you require a bathroom en suite, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Single w/ Private Bathroom $620
Single w/ Shared Bathroom $590
Double w/ Private Bathroom $530
Double w/ Shared Bathroom $500
Dorm w/ Shared Bathroom $415
**Prices are per person and include all meals, yoga classes, and lodging.
For cancellation between August 31st and Sept 1st, 2018, 50% of the retreat price will be forfeited. If cancellation takes place any time after October 1st, 100% of the retreat price will be forfeited.
Mount Madonna Center is a conference and retreat center located on 355 acres of mountain-top redwood forest and grassland overlooking Monterey Bay, between Santa Cruz and Monterey, in Northern California. It is a community designed to nurture the creative arts and the health sciences within a context of personal and spiritual growth, inspired by Baba Hari Dass and sponsored by the Hanuman Fellowship, a group whose talents and interests are unified by the common practice of Yoga.
Approximately 2 hours driving time south of San Francisco, in the Santa Cruz Mountains of the Central California coast, Mount Madonna Center overlooks Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz to Monterey and Pacific Grove. We do not recommend relying on GPS or online maps because they may route you on some roads which are undeveloped and sometimes impassable. Always use hwy 152 to get up the mountain. The directions below are the safest routes.
From Points North (San Francisco, San Jose) on Highway 101:
- Take Highway 101 south. From San Jose city limit it's around 14 miles. From downtown San Francisco it's about 73 miles.
- Take exit 357 for Leavesley Rd/CA-152 W toward Gilroy.
- Turn right onto CA-152 W/Leavesley Rd. Go 0.5 miles.
- Turn left onto Monterey Rd. Go 0.4 miles.
- Turn right onto 1st St. Go 1.5 miles.
- Continue onto CA-152 W/Hecker Pass Rd. Go 7.9 miles.
- At the top of the mountain, just past the 15 mph curve, turn right into Mount Madonna County Park (Pole Line Road).
- Follow the yellow line through the park (2.2 miles). Do not pay the park entrance fee.
- When you come to the stop sign at the end of the park, continue straight ahead on Summit Road for 1.6 miles. (Pole Line Road becomes Summit Road).
- The Center is on the left at 445 Summit Road.