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...

The Twelve Days of Christmas


December 25-January 5

Find the Peace of the Holidays at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat

Song of the Morning is a place of exquisite peace and beauty during the holiday season, and the perfect place for those feeling pulled inward into spiritual reflection. Experience the peace and joy of the season embraced by a warm and welcoming community celebrating and honoring the deeper meaning of the holidays. 

We will start our 12 Days of Christmas celebration on Dec. 25, the birthday of Jesus Christ, and end the celebration on Jan. 5, the birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda, the great Guru in whose teachings, love, and lineage Song of the Morning is founded. In between will be daily activities (see below), and special events, such as a New Year’s Eve talent show!


During the 12 Days of Christmas we are all one community, and invite everyone into the full participation of yoga which is felt not only in receiving, but in giving as well. By giving fully of our selves - our time, energy, attention, presence, thoughts and actions - we draw God magnetically to us. As Yogananda puts it, "Life should be chiefly service. Without that ideal, the intelligence that God has given you is not reaching out toward its goal. When in service you forget the little self, you will feel the big Self of Spirit."

There are many opportunities to come and be in stillness and quiet, including two meditations scheduled daily before and during the Twelve Days of Christmas, and of course our Shrine Trails are always available for a wintry hike or ski.

Daily Schedule

8 to 9:30 am - Hatha Yoga (Tues, Thurs & Sat): Wheelhouse

10 am. - Brunch (Monday through Saturday): Mainhouse


12 to 12:30 pm - Mid-day Meditation: Lodge

5 p.m. - Dinner (Sunday Dinner takes place at 1 pm): Mainhouse

6:30 to 7:15 pm - Study Group: Lodge

7:15 to 7:30 pm - Energization Exercises: Lodge

7:30 - 9 pm - Evening Meditation, please arrive by 7:45 pm: Lodge

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