Song of the Morning, a Yoga Retreat of Excellence, offers an opportunity to become immersed in the simplicity, serenity and sustenance of a balanced yogic lifestyle. We offer a place of spiritual refreshment and relaxation to those on a conscious spiritual journey toward union with the Divine, to those hoping to discover their own highest potential – and to all who seek respite from the worries and cares of the world. Whether you’re looking for a personal retreat or an opportunity to learn spiritual tools from our own daily practices and those offered in programs year-round, Song of the Morning awaits you.

"Learn to still your restless mind."  ~  Yogacharya Oliver

Golden Lotus, Inc., a Michigan non-profit organization which owns and operates Song of the Morning, was founded in 1970 by J. Oliver Black. Song of the Morning Ranch is the result of Mr. Black’s desire to carry out the wishes of his Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, to establish a yoga retreat where the timeless science of yoga could be taught as a full and practical way of life. Click here to learn more...

Tom Walker's Ascension

As most of you probably already know, we lost our dear friend Tom Walker on Sunday night, November 27.  Tom passed quickly and unexpectedly from a probable heart attack and will be missed by all.  Sandi is doing well and is grateful for their spiritual family, all the outpouring of support, well-wishing and offers of help.  At this time she is just doing what needs to be done, one step at a time.  If you are interested in sending her a card the address is:  Sandi Jones1906 GoslowGaylord MI,  49735.

There will be a memorial visitation on Thursday, December 8 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Gaylord Community Funeral Home across from Otsego Memorial Hospital, 850 N. Center Ave, Gaylord, MI Phone:  (989) 732-2230.  Then on Saturday, December 10 we will have the Ascension Service at Song of the Morning Ranch at 11:00 AM with a lunch following at 1:00 PM.

As the Ranch has limited staff members right now, if you are so inclined you may want to call them (989) 983-4107 to see if they will need any help in preparing the lunch on December 10.  Another suggestion that may help is if you would like to make some cookies or muffins for the visitation on December 8.

We all loved Tom, his gentle ways and his contagious smile.  It was an honor to have him in our life.  Blessings to him on his continued spiritual journey and to his wife of 34 years, Sandi.  May Master, Yogacharya and the Great Ones keep him in their Divine embrace and guidance.

In Divine Friendship,

Kaye Thomas-Hogan

Twelve Days of Christmas December 25-January 5

The 12 Days of Christmas at Song of the Morning is a holiday celebration with a whole new approach. Instead of the bustle and fast pace of the holidays, we welcome all to come experience the stillness and peace of a Northern Michigan winter at the Ranch!  

This 12-day celebration begins on Christmas Day and ends on January 5, Yogananda's birthday. Come for one day or stay for all 12. Winter Retreat Package: Stay 2 nights get the 3rd one FREE!

Special Pre-Christmas Activities

Wednesday, December 7, 14, 21, 28, Thursday, January 5

  • 7 to 7:50 p.m.  -Autobiography of a Yogi Book Club

Sunday, December 4, 11, 18, 25

  • Christmas caroling after Sunday Service

Saturday, December 17

  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Annual All-Day Christmas Meditation in the Lodge - Initiated in 1931 by Paramahansa Yogananda and a spiritual highlight of the year, this is a tradition of devoting an entire day to meditation and communion with Christ during the Christmas season. Enter or leave on the hour during the periods of chanting.

Sunday, December 18

  • 7 to 9:15 p.m.-Viewing of Padre Pio: Lodge

Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

  • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. – Viewing of Jesus of Nazareth by Franco Zeffirelli
  • 8 to 9 p.m. - Evening Meditation
  • 9 p.m. - Christmas Readings and Caroling

Daily Schedule

  • 8 to 9:30 a.m. - Hatha Yoga: Wheelhouse
  • 10 a.m. - Brunch (Monday through Saturday): Mainhouse
  • 12 to 12:30 p.m. - Individual (unguided) meditation: Wheelhouse
  • 5 p.m. - Dinner (Sunday Dinner takes place at 1 p.m.): Mainhouse
  • 6:30 to 7 p.m. - Study Group; Second Coming of Christ: Lodge
  • 7 to 7:15 p.m. - Energization Exercises:  Lodge 
  • 7:15 - 9 p.m. - Evening Meditation, enter or leave on the hour during chanting: Lodge

Sunday, December 25 - Happy Christmas Day!

  • No Hatha Class
  • No Group Evening Meditation
  • 11 a.m. - Christmas Day Reading Service and Meditation
  • 1 p.m. - Progressive Dinner (house-to-house) follows the Service!

Monday & Tuesday, December 26 & 27

  • See daily schedule
  • 1 to 2 p.m.- Meditative writing workshop 

Wednesday, December 28

  • 1 to 2 p.m.- Meditative writing workshop 
  • 5 p.m. - Christmas Concert & Potluck with Anne & Gary at the Wakenhut’s home
  • 7 p.m. - Autobiography of a Yogi Book Club:  Wakenhut’s home

Thursday & Friday, December 29 & 30

  • See daily schedule
  • 1 to 2 p.m.- Meditative writing workshop 

Saturday, December 31 - New Year’s Eve

  • 12 to 12:30 p.m. Chanting for Peace: Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
  • 9 p.m. - Following meditation in the Lodge, Celebration! Bring in the New Year by sharing your gifts at our annual SOM Talent Show, celebrating creativity and community.
  • Please bring a baked treat or healthy snack to share!

Sunday, January 1

  • No Hatha Class
  • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - SRF Reading and Meditation
  • 1 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Viewing of Awake: The Life of Yogananda: Lodge
  • 8 to 9 p.m. - Evening Meditation

Monday through Wednesday, January 2, 3, & 4

  • See daily schedule

Thursday, January 5 - Paramahansa Yogananda’s Birthday Commemoration

  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. - Hatha Yoga
  • 5:30 to 6 p.m. - Live Music
  • 6 to 7:45 p.m. - A delicious vegetarian meal prepared by the Song of the Morning Community, including final Autobiography of a Yogi discussion, Mainhouse       
  • 8 to 9 p.m. - Meditation & birthday commemoration
  • 9 to 9:30 p.m. - Followed by yummy birthday cake  



Whether you've been coming to Song of the Morning for decades or have only recently learned of our yoga retreat center, from our heart of hearts, we hope to see you there!

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