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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...


An Immersion in Divine Love - Honoring Paramahansa Yogananda

Presented by Naren K. Schreiner and Lopamudra Bose

March 7-10, 2019

This weekend we honor the Mahasamadhi of both Paramahansa Yogananda (March 7) and Swami Sri Yukteswar (March 9). Paramahansa Yogananda said, "When I am gone, only love can take my place. Be so drunk with love for God that you know nothing else but love, and give that love to all." His Gurudeva, Swami Sriyukteswar wrote, "The natural love of the heart is the principle requisite to attain a spiritual life." 

We find in many great traditions and lineages the emphasis on Divine Love—yet do we know it, feel it, live it to our fullest?

This weekend we will drink new waters from the eternal spring of teaching from both of these Sat-Gurus. As a community and circle of friends, we will strive to open our hearts in meditation, devotional chanting, ritual worship (puja) and in mystical communion with the Divine. 

Each participant will be asked to bring and share some words about Divine Love from sacred texts and writings.

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“When I am gone, only love can take my place. Be so drunk with love for God that you know nothing else but love, and give that love to all.”

- Paramahansa Yogananda

Schedule (Subject to change)

Thursday March 7 (Paramahansa Yogananda’s Mahasamadhi)

(all retreat participants are welcome—but not required— to attend Song of the Morning’s special observances for Paramahansa Yogananda’s Mahasamadhi)

12:00-1:30pm - Recording of Gurudeva and Kirtan

1:30pm - Light Lunch

2:00-5:00pm - Open time for Guru seva, personal sadhana, or rest

5:00pm - Special Dinner Honoring the Guru

6:30-7:30pm - The Life of Paramahansa Yogananda: A Presentation by SOM Members

7:30-9:00pm - Guru Puja, Meditation and Commemoration Service Followed by Arati

9:00pm - Prasad (enjoying dessert with Master)

Friday March 8

8:00-9:00am - Meditation and Chanting

9:30am - Breakfast

10:00am - Personal Time

11:00am - Scriptural Reading and Sharing

12:00pm - Recording of Gurudeva and Kirtan

1:00pm - Lunch

2:00pm - Personal Time

3:00pm - Tea and Devotional Readings

4:00pm - Love in Action

5:00pm - Supper

7:00pm - Arati and Devotional Chanting

8:00-9:00pm - Meditation

Saturday March 9 (Sri Yukteswar’s Mahasamadhi)

7:00-9:00am - Guru Puja and Sadhana (Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting)

9:00-10:00am - Havan (fire ceremony). Light prasad served for breakfast

10:30am - Personal Time - Prayer Walk, Journaling, Reflection

12:00pm - Recording of Gurudeva and Kirtan

1:00pm - Lunch

1:30pm - Personal Time

3:00pm - Shraddha, Love defined in Holy Science by Sri Yukteswar

4:00pm - Satsanga and sharing

5:00pm - Supper

6:30-7:30pm - Sri Yukteswar

8:00pm - Devotional Commemoration Service in Lodge

9:00pm - Arati in Lodge

9:30pm - Devotional Readings (Sharing writings on Divine Love)

Sunday March 10

8:00-9:30am - Morning Sadhana (Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting)

9:30am - Light Breakfast

11:00am-12:30pm - Sunday Service led by Naren

1:00pm - Lunch

2:00pm - Closing

Meet the Presenters:

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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.

On Sunday, March 31st, Irmgard's memorial service will directly follow our 11:00am Sunday service. Sunday dinner will be served at 2:00pm. We welcome you to both services, and please RSVP for dinner at the link below.

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