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...

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The 12 Days of Christmas

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. 

Come for an extended stay during our 12 Days of Christmas, December 25 through January 5, and for every two nights you stay, receive the third night FREE!

This 12-day celebration begins on Christmas Day and ends on January 5, Yogananda's birthday. Come for one day or all twelve!

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. - Independent individual meditation
5 p.m. - Dinner (Sunday Dinner takes place at 1 p.m.): Mainhouse
6:30 to 7:15 p.m. - Study Group; Second Coming of Christ: Lodge
7:15 to 7:30 p.m. - Energization Exercises: Lodge
7:30 - 9 p.m. - Evening Meditation, please arrive by 7:45 pm: Lodge

Other special activities during the 12 Days will be announced soon.

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 warmly welcome you to celebrate the season with us.

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Spiritual Refreshment and Relaxation

For nearly 50 years, Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat has been a place of relaxation and refreshment for all truth thirsty souls. Come join us from January 12-14 as Song of the Morning hosts a weekend retreat to nurture spiritual replenishment. We will have guided meditations leading you into the simple but ecstatic depths of the present moment, restorative yoga to heal the body and cool the nervous system, delicious vegetarian meals enjoyed as a community, and devotional singing to recharge the spiritual batteries. In addition there will be ample time for you to refresh in your own way, whether walking our contemplative hiking trails, sitting at the banks of the Pigeon River, or enjoying a cup of tea in one of our comfortable reflective spaces. Finally, all participants will be able to sign up for and receive a free mini-massage session from our on-site massage therapist, Kira Rose. We invite all truth thirsty souls of all ages and abilities to join us for a weekend of relaxation and refreshment on Song of the Morning's beautiful and replenishing sacred grounds.

Fee: $108

Register by December 29 and receive a 10% discount! Scholarships available. For all inquiries, email Amani at office@songofthemorning.orgLodging is separate, visit website for options and call to book your lodging. Daily check-in is at 2 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m.

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