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...

Spiritual Refreshment & Relaxation

Find Peace Within & Without

Presented by Song of the Morning Staff

January 18 - 20, 2019

For nearly 50 years, Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat has been a place of refreshment and relaxation for all truth thirsty souls. Come join us as Song of the Morning hosts a weekend retreat to nurture spiritual replenishment!

We will balance free time to relax and enjoy your retreat with delicious communal vegetarian meals, and just the right amount of rejuvenating spiritual programs. There will be plenty of yoga (a combination of hatha, yin, yoga nidra, and restorative classes), guided meditations, guided journaling and introspection, uplifting devotional music, an opportunity to learn of the healing benefits of essential oils, and so much more which comes from spending time and making yourself at home in this serene sanctuary of spiritual energy and natural beauty. Plus: everyone who signs up for this Spiritual Relaxation and Refreshment weekend will receive their choice of a FREE 15 minute massage, crystal healing, or reiki healing session!

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. It will be a time of beauty, quiet, and camaraderie, which offers all participants an opportunity to tap into your own inner peace and relaxation. The perfect way to kick off 2019!

The program will begin with Friday dinner at 5 p.m. (please give yourself plenty of time to settle in beforehand), and conclude with community Sunday supper at 1 p.m. Below is the nourishing full schedule for the weekend (which may be subject to slight change, but the start and end times for the weekend are fixed):


5:00 p.m. Dinner (meals will be directly followed by group karma yoga clean-up)

7:00 – 7:40 p.m. Introduction and Orientation

7:50 – 9:00 p.m. Meditation and Chant


8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Hatha Yoga

10 a.m. Silent Brunch

11 a.m. – Noon: Optional Journaling Workshop

Noon – 1 p.m.: Free Time

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Optional Yoga Nidra

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Free Time

3 – 4 p.m.: Optional Essential Oils Workshop

4 – 5 p.m.: Free Time

5 p.m.: Dinner

7:30 – 9 p.m.: Kirtan (Devotional Sing-a-long) + Meditation


9 – 10:15 a.m.: Restorative Yoga

10:15 a.m.: Closing Circle

11 a.m.: Self-Realization Fellowship Sunday Service

1 p.m.: Supper

Leave feeling relaxed, replenished, and spiritually refreshed!


In joyful memory of Irmgard Kurtz

After a long, beautiful, and devoted life, Irmgard Kurtz, a dear friend and past resident at Song of the Morning, left her body on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 19. Irmgard was Yogacharya Oliver Black's longtime personal secretary, and lifetime devotee and friend. Her devotion, friendship, wisdom, and healing touch profoundly moved so many people who had the good graces to know her. A memorial service will be held at Song of the Morning on Sunday, March 31st. Details forthcoming.

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