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...

Clear Light Open Meeting - March 17

Every year the Clear Light Board hosts a meeting that is open to everyone in the community, as well as anyone else who is interested in the community. It's a time to catch up with what's going on with us and to learn about what we are focusing on for the future.

The meeting will be March 17 from 2 to 4 in the Wheelhouse. Health and Safety will be our main theme with various members sharing what they are working on. We really need participation in order to get the feedback we need to succeed with our projects--so come one come all! 

If anyone is interested in joining Song of the Morning's 5 pm dinner after the meeting, be sure to call to make a reservation at least one day in advance. 

For more information reach out to Anne Pfluecke at a.pfluecke@yahoo.com.

Day Program on April 11 with Brother Satyananda and Brahmachari Yannick


We are happy to welcome Brother Satyananda and Brahmachari Yannick of the Self Realization Fellowship for a daylong program at Song of the Morning!

Join us on Wednesday, April 11, as we explore the deeper aspects of Paramanhansa Yogananda's teachings and practices. There is no charge to attend this program, which will run from 10 am Brunch through evening meditation beginning at 8 pm. If you'd like to book accommodations for this event, or join for meals, please call the office at 989-983-4107.

GLYTA Banquet and Spring Yogananda Retreat - May 4-6

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Everyone is warmly invited to join the annual Golden Lotus Spring Banquet! This year the GLYTA teachers are trying something new! The banquet will be hosted at Michaywe Inn the Woods just south of Gaylord, a venue closer to Song of the Morning. This same weekend GLYTA will also host their annual Spring Yogananda Retreat beginning on Friday evening. The retreat schedule will be arranged so that guests are able to add the Banquet to their retreat experience for an additional fee. You can choose to attend the Banquet, the Spring Yogananda Retreat or both!

The Golden Lotus Spring Banquet is an annual devotional and celebratory event that also serves as an important fundraiser to further the mission of Song of the Morning. For decades the Golden Lotus Banquets have been hosted in the Detroit area since Yogacharya Oliver Black originally began leading meditations and Sunday Services at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the 1960’s and through the 1980’s until his passing in 1989. We are excited to be combining this annual event with the opportunity for a full retreat. We hope that you will join us in spiritual fellowship and divine communion.

Tickets are $70 for general admission and $55 for students and those in financial need. Rates for those who wish to also attend the Yogananda Retreat are available on our website. For more information and to register for the Banquet or the Yogananda Retreat, visit our website or call our office at (989) 983-4107.

To register for the Banquet or the Yogananda Retreat call our office at (989) 983-4107.

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