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...
Free Yoga and Dinner - International Day of Yoga - June 21
Come celebrate the 2nd Annual International Day of Yoga on Tuesday, June 21 at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat! This day is recognized around the globe as a way to mark the timeless teachings of yoga originating from ancient India--methods that provide much more than just an exercise routine. Yoga is a scientific technique for bringing an inner sense of peace and harmony to all of life's experiences.
Over 15,000 years ago the first yoga program took place in India. Yoga aims to transform both body and mind. On December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. This auspicious declaration came forth as 144 countries unanimously approved it. The declaration came when the Honorable Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, during his address to UN General, stated, "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.” June 21st was chosen because of its importance in the yogic tradition. On the day of the summer solstice, Adiyogi [the first yogi] turned south and first set his eyes on the Saptarishis or Seven Sages, who were his first disciples to carry the science of yoga to many parts of the world.
Our community invites you to come, experience and literally taste for yourself the benefits yoga lifestyle can bring. All activities are FREE and everyone is welcome to join for whatever portion of the programming they would like to attend!
4:30-5:30 ~ Hatha Yoga
5:30-6:00 ~ Live music
6:00 - 7:30 ~ A delicious vegetarian Meal prepared by the Song of the Morning kitchen followed by speakers and discussion on the topic of yoga
8:00 - 9:00 ~ Meditation
Call our office at (989) 983-4107 to reserve your spot. In the words of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, on last year’s celebration: “On this first-ever International Day of Yoga, let us see the benefits of this practice in terms of individual well-being as well as our collective efforts to improve public health, promote peaceful relations and usher in a life of dignity for all.” See you there! See you there!