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...

Yogacharya's 125th Birthday Celebration Weekend

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August 31 - September 2

Join us for a heartwarming weekend celebrating BIG STEPS FORWARD (new buildings, programs, plantings and plans!) in honor of our founder Yogacharya Oliver's 125th Birthday Memorial. Scroll down for a detailed schedule of the weekend which includes a community talent share, outdoor activities, and a chance to reconnect with your spiritual home as we plan the future together.

Come walk the forest shrine trails, swim in the refreshing waters of the Pigeon River or nearby Pickerel Lake, practice hatha yoga and best of all, meditate deeply among fellow seekers.  Simply come to be in the high vibrations of our beautiful spiritual retreat.

So, come, celebrate the love we share for God, guru and one another. Come celebrate the past, present and future of our retreat. All are invited to attend this inspiring annual tradition! Come and connect on a deeper level with this blessed retreat and the vision that Yogacharya Oliver Black imparted for all of us to continue creating now and for future generations to come!

These memorable weekends celebrating the life and legacy of Yogacharya are also becoming an established time of reunion for staff and visitors from across the five decades of our development--and are a warm and friendly weekend for those who are interested in what this intentional yoga community is all about! Please come and bring your friends, family, children, grandchildren and neighbors. We are planning activities for all!

There is no program fee for this event. Donations to our Spiritual Homes Fundraiser (see the sidebar) to help us build staff housing are greatly appreciated.

2018 Yogacharya's Birthday Weekend Schedule


  • 5:00 pm - Dinner
  • 7:40 pm - Energization Exercises
  • 8-9:00 pm - Meditation


  • 8:30 - 9:30 am - Hatha Yoga
  • 10 am - Breakfast
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Shrine Trail Walk and Talk with Naren and Lopa
  • 1-5 pm - Free Time
  • 5 pm - Dinner
  • 7:40 pm - Energization Exercises
  • 8-9:00 pm - Meditation
  • 9:15 pm - Community Talent Share


  • 8:30 - 9:30 am - Hatha Yoga
  • 11 am - Sunday Service
  • 1 pm - Picnic
  • 2-3 pm - GLYTA Member Meeting
  • 3-5 pm - Birthday Party



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