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Mount Madonna Center: 45 years of Ashtanga Yogic practice by a residential community on almost 400 acres of redwood and oak trees overlooking the Monterey Bay.

Mount Madonna is a learning community that provides context for experiential learning, allowing both personal and collective exploration for those seeking a path to peace.

Located on 380 acres of redwoods and grasslands, the peaceful haven is a place where you can step back, slow down, and reconnect to your center, to nature, and to a more authentic flow of life.

Compassion 2.0 will be held in the Conference Center at Mount Madonna Center. This beautiful venue overlooks the Monterey Bay and provides a serene backdrop for our time together.

You can choose to stay in the Conference Center, with hotel-style rooms or in the Oaks Cabins. See photos and details below. You may add an extra night before or after the conference by reserving a personal retreat through Mount Madonna.

Conference Center Rooms

The Conference Center lodging features hotel-style rooms (without phones or TVs) with 1, 2, or more twin beds. Some include a private bathroom with shower. Others have access to shared (private while in use) bathrooms and showers down the hall.

Conference Center Room
Conference Center Room
Conference Center Courtyard
Conference Center Courtyard
Conference Center Room
Conference Center Room

Oaks Cabins

Situated in an oak grove, the Oaks Cabins provide a peaceful setting for resting. Each cabin has 2 beds, electricity and heat, but no plumbing. A separate bathhouse with private flush toilets and shower rooms is nearby. Cabins are a 10-minute walk up the hill from the main Conference Center.

Oaks Cabin Exterior
Oaks Cabin Exterior
Oaks Cabin Interior
Oaks Cabin Interior
Oaks Cabin Bathhouse
Oaks Cabin Bathhouse

Conference Grounds

Located on 380 acres of redwoods and grasslands, the land is a perfect place to slow down, reset and feel inspired. Enjoy walking on one of the many forest trails through the redwoods or relaxing while taking in one of the many vista points of the Monterey Bay.

The Center is also home to Oceanview Books and Gifts, Kaya Kalpa Wellness Center, Ayurveda World Herb Store, Anjaneya's World Cafe and Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple.

Cafe
Cafe
MMC Ocen View Books
Ayurveda World Herb Store
Ayurveda World Herb Store

Community

Mount Madonna is an intentional space for people choosing a lifestyle of conscious self-development. Meals, classes, and common spaces are shared among residents and guests. Selfless service, or karma yoga, and personal and community practice are the methods for personal reflection and creative self-expression, and the foundation for the community.

Hiking Views
Hiking Views
Dining Hall
Dining Hall
Community Members Meditating
Community Members Meditating

Yoga Philosophy

For over 40 years, the Center has evolved through the lives of all who study, serve, practice, and play here. Inspired by the living example of a dedicated teacher and master yogi, Baba Hari Dass, the community’s projects and schools formed organically into a vibrant space for all those who consider it a spiritual home. The Center stands as a modern translation of the ancient philosophy and practice of yoga.

As a learning community, the Center provides context for experiential learning, allowing both personal and collective exploration for those seeking a path to peace. An economy of giving, sharing, service, and care offers a viable alternative to the separation and isolation of much of modern life. Life at the Center is both active and reflective, where those things that have heart and meaning structure everyday life.

Courtyard
Courtyard
Oceanview Books and Gifts
Oceanview Books and Gifts
Temple
Temple

Ayurvedic Consultations

Initial Consultation is for personal education to enhance, develop and manage a healthy lifestyle appropriate for one's true nature. It consists a detailed history taking to determine the causative factors involved. Followed by an Ayurvedic physical evaluation of your pulse, tongue, eyes, skin, and nails to determine your Ayurvedic Mind-Body Type. Recommendations for your Ayurvedic Wellness Plan may include diet, daily routine, herbs, meditation, yoga and pranayama.

Kaya Kalpa Wellness Center

Take some time to relax at the Spa! Kaya Kalpa means "rejuvenation of body and spirit". Choose from a variety of Ayurveda therapies, traditional massage and other body therapies, provided by professionally trained practitioners in a nourishing oasis of peace. Enjoy a soak in the hot tub before or after your treatment.

Learn more about massage and Ayurvedic therapies here.

Directions

Mount Madonna Center is approximately 2 hours driving time south of San Francisco, in the Santa Cruz Mountains of the Central California coast overlooking Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz to Monterey and Pacific Grove. The closest commercial airport to us is San Jose International with San Francisco International being the second closest.

We are located at 445 Summit Rd., Watsonville, CA 95076. We do not recommend relying on GPS. Some online maps may route you on roads which are undeveloped and sometimes impassable. Always use Hwy 152 to get up the mountain.

For more information, click here.

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