Planning Your Trip
Helpful Information for Planning Your Trip
In order to make sure your visit with us is enjoyable on every level, below are a few things to keep in mind as you plan your trip:
- Do not use a GPS as they will most likely get you lost. Directions can be found here.
- Meals are served at 10am and 5pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1pm on Sunday. If you think you may be hungry between meals, you may want to bring snacks. There is a refrigerator in the Domes and a full kitchen in the Lodge that you are welcome to use. Coffee is served in the Mainhouse each morning and on Sunday until 2pm. Hot tea is available throughout the day.
- There is limited cell phone coverage on site (for most providers). Coverage for Verizon and AT&T can be found in the Mainhouse and guests may use the phone in the Mainhouse to make calls within the United States. Our number is 989-983-4107 in case you need to use it as an emergency contact number.
- Room check-in is between 2pm and 6PM; guests are encouraged to get here in time for dinner at 5pm. Even if your program doesn't begin until the evening, feel free to arrive early to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
- If attending a program, unless otherwise noted, the program begins with the 5PM dinner and groups typically meet for their first session after dinner.
Things to bring:
- Depending on the season, you may want to bring hiking/tennis shoes/boots or mountain bike/skis as there are many trails on our property and in the adjacent Pigeon River State Forest.
- Personal yoga mat and other yoga props
- Slippers or indoor shoes (All outdoor shoes will be left at the entrance to all facilities.)
- If you are staying in the men's or women's dormitory in the Domes, please bring linens and a towel. Pillows will be provided.
- All other rooms have sheets, blankets and towels provided.
- It can get really dark out here at night! You may consider bringing a flash light -- and a natural bug spray and sun block in the summer.
We ask that all guests observe the following:
- In keeping with a yogic lifestyle, the use of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs and coming onto the property under the influence are prohibited.
- Please leave pets at home.
- No campfires.
- Some of our guests are environmentally sensitive, so please refrain from using strong fragrances.
Our Culture of Respect:
During his later years, Yogananda often spoke of creating World Brotherhood Colonies, centers where sincere seekers of diverse spiritual traditions would come together to live and work in friendship and deep mutual respect. Toward this end, he asked Yogacharya Oliver Black to establish Song of the Morning as such a community. Our intention at Song of the Morning is to provide a welcoming, friendly environment to those who visit, regardless of their spiritual beliefs and practices. In return, we ask that guests extend a similar attitude of friendship and respect to others.