Join us this summer for a full and deep exploration of spiritual practice (sadhana), community, and service. Serve heartfully as you offer your skills and gain experience in a number of areas including the garden, kitchen, administration, yogafest coordination, grounds and facility upkeep, day-to-day operations, and more. Deepen your spiritual practice through daily meditation, spiritual study, self-inquiry, integration of spiritual principles into daily activity, and community support and sharing. Explore the ancient and sacred path of Yoga and Self-Realization through the universal teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.

Paramahansa Yogananda said, “Self-realization is not something one can learn from books; it comes only through personal experience.” An integral intention of this program is that these practices and principles be offered so that each individual might deepen their own understanding and relationship with truth; so that regardless of the belief system or background of each individual, the exploration of these teachings deepens divine growth, connection, and understanding. Together, we will explore and integrate a balanced yogic lifestyle, one supporting deep well-being on all levels.  

The Summer Sadhana Program will support you in:

  • Developing or deepening your spiritual practice or personal Sadhana
  • Gaining a broad, foundational understanding of yoga as a tradition through the comprehensive teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Gaining experience being part of the operation of a spiritual retreat center
  • Gaining practical and relational skills as part of an integrated spiritual community
  • Finding deep purpose in work by integrating spiritual principles into daily activity

In exchange for approximately 35 hours of work per week you will receive:

  • 8-12 hours of formal Sadhana programing per week
    • Includes meditation, pranayama, movement, chant, study, community sharing and support, community activities, and study and integration of yogic “how-to-live” principles
  • A simple private room with a single bed and vanity (includes sink, counter, and storage space)
  • 3 high quality vegetarian meals a day
  • Use of retreat facilities, utilities, and internet
  • Access to 800 acres of stunning Northern Michigan forest

The only monetary cost involved will be a modest fee of $20 to cover materials which will include:

  • A copy of Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi for your keeping
  • A copy of Paramahansa Yoganada's Where There Is Light for your keeping
  • A Sadhana Program booklet for your keeping
  • other minimal program materials

Sample Day Schedule for Summer Sadhana Program:

  • 8:00 - 8:55 a.m. Morning Sadhana - Includes chanting, pranayama, movement, and meditation
  • 9:00 - 9:55 a.m. Breakfast and Free Time
  • 10:00 - 10:25 a.m. Morning Meeting - Includes inspirational offering and meeting with your work mentor
  • 10:30 - 12:55 p.m Work Period
  • 1:00 - 1:55 p.m. Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Work Period
  • 5:00 - 5:55 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:00 - 6:25 p.m. Dinner Clean-Up
  • 6:30 - 7:55 p.m. Personal Time
  • 8:00 - 9:30 p.m Evening Sadhana - Includes education, group discussion, reflection or study, and meditation
  • 9:30 - 10:30 pm. Personal Time
  • 10:30 - Silence and Rest

Areas of Work-Exchange Concentration:

  • Garden Emphasis
    • Includes leadership or assistance in tending to, organizing, and overseeing garden operations during summer growing season
      • Kitchen Emphasis
        • Includes a supportive role of planning, grocery shopping, preparation, cooking delicious vegetarian means for large and small group, cleaning, or and kitchen coordination
      • Retreat Operations Emphasis
        • Includes assistance in all elements of operations including grounds keeping and landscaping, cleaning and preparation of rooms and other facilities, assisting the staff in projects they are spearheading, and general support in all areas.  
      • Festival Coordination Emphasis
        • Includes leadership and supporting role in the coordination of Yogafest, a four-day yoga festival hosted by Song of the Morning during the last weekend in July. You'll assist with marketing and communications outreach, logistical planning, and all other elements of the large-scare, event coordination. Click here for more information about Yogafest. 

      You may be an excellent fit for this program if you:

      • Have interest in exploring all aspects of yoga
      • Have desire to serve and be a part of a community
      • Have the quality of being flexible and functioning well as part of a team
      • Have the easeful ability to work at least 35  hours a week
      • Are available from May 31 - August 1


      We are looking to the possibility of sharing a deeply expansive summer with you. If you are interested in being a part of our 2018 Summer Sadhana Program, please apply below.