Mount Madonna Center is a yoga, conference and retreat center between San Francisco and San Jose in Watsonville, California. Set on 355 acres of beautiful woodland and grassland landscapes in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Center offers a peaceful community managed space for a variety of retreats and programs, including yoga retreats, spiritual and personal development programs, personal practice, and an array of classes and workshops. Inspired by the knowledge and teachings of Baba Hari Dass, the Center was established as a place to step back, slow down, and reconnect with nature, as well as share knowledge and passion with other like-minded individuals.

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1.Programs & Retreats

Programs & Retreats
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Mount Madonna Center has been offering programs and retreats focusing on meditation and mindfulness, yoga and spirituality, and education for over 40 years and continues to do so today. The Center is seen as an educational and transformative setting for a wide range of universal teachings of personal growth, inner peace, and values-based living by experienced and knowledgeable experts in the field.

A particular focus of the Mount Madonna Center is personal retreats which take guests on personal journeys of their own aided by the beauty and tranquility of the nature around them. Guests can enjoy a variety of peaceful activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, swimming in the lake, walking in the garden, soaking in the hot tub and exploring the nearby madrone forest, while reconnecting with themselves and the nature around them.

Mount Madonna Center also offers a selection of annual retreats that cover different topics that aim to provide a rich opportunity for learning yogic methods, development, and personal growth, and connecting with oneself and other like-minded individuals through experiencing the well-being of body, mind, and spirit. Annual retreats include New Year’s Ashtanga Yoga Retreat, Going Deeper: A Focused Meditation Retreat, Tantra Retreat: Exploration Into the Self, Liberation Retreat, Doorways to Stillness: Meditation and Reflection, and Upasana Retreat.

Day visitors are welcome and can explore and enjoy the Hanuman Temple and its beautiful surroundings, take part in complimentary yoga classes, browse the book and gift store, and have a hot drink in the café. The Center’s Ayurvedic store specializes in expertly prepared oils, tinctures, and formulas, as well as carries a large selection of herbs.

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2.Restaurants / Room Service

Restaurants / Room Service
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Añjaneya's World Café is a cozy gathering space for both guests and visitors alike to share thoughts, inspiration and conversation over a cup of chai. The café serves an inspired menu of hot and cold drinks as well as fair trade, organic, and sustainable snacks.

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3.Amenities/Recreational Activities

Amenities/Recreational Activities
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Mount Madonna Center offers a wealth of activities to enjoy during the stay, including daily yoga classes and a range of practices and instruction in meditation, pranayama, asana, philosophy, all of which are rooted in a traditional A?hta?ga Yoga system. The Center is surrounding by an extensive network of hiking and walking trails, which can also be enjoyed on a mountain bike, and the nearby lake offers an excellent place to swim in peace.

Nestled among majestic oak and redwood trees and overlooking Monterey Bay, the Kaya Kalpa Wellness Center offers guests a variety of Ayurveda therapies, traditional massage, and other body treatments to enhance their stay.

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Nestled among majestic oak and redwood trees and overlooking Monterey Bay, the Kaya Kalpa Wellness Center offers guests a variety of Ayurveda therapies, traditional massage, and other body treatments to enhance their stay. Treatments and bodywork include Abhyanga, Shirodhara, and Swedana massages, as well as Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Lymphatic. Other treatments range from Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point and Myofascial Release to Hot Stone Massage, all of which are delivered professional massages therapists.

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5.Special Programs

Special Programs
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Mount Madonna Center is committed to sustainable practices, along with the practice of ahimsa (non-violence) and environmental stewardship. The Center highlights their values of environmental stewardship through the use of programs and initiatives such as using solar energy around the property and reducing water consumption and solid waste through innovative tools, recycling, infrastructure, and education. Other programs include implementing best practices for energy efficiency, recycling, and water conservation and purchasing locally grown, organic food.

445 Summit Road, Watsonville, CA 95076, Phone: 408-847-0406

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Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, California