Welcome

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...


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Hearts Aflame

with Naren K. Schreiner and Lopamudra Bose
October 31 - November 3 2019

Keep your heart's spiritual fire burning by frequently immersing yourself into devotional worship and meditation with like minded souls in a spiritually charged environment. We will draw from the divine source of Paramahansa Yogananda and other masters of India who teach that our heart's natural love, shraddha or bhakti, is the most important quality that keeps our spiritual life thriving and fulfilling, and draws us closer to the Divine.

This immersion will include group meditation, yoga sadhana, sacred chanting and kirtan, homa yajna (fire ceremony), puja (sacred worship ceremony) and study of the devotional writings of Paramahansa Yoganada and traditional texts of India: Narada Bhakti Sutras and Bhagavad-Gita.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, Oct 31
2:00 pm Arrival, Get Settled In
5:00 pm Supper at Main House
7:00-7:45 pm Satsanga in Wheel House
8:00-9:00 pm Sadhana (Spiritual Practice) & Sunset Arati (Ceremony of Light)Friday
8:00-9:00 am Meditation and Chanting

Friday, Nov 1
9:30 am Breakfast, Main House
10:00 am Personal Time
11:00 am Study of Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter 12: Bhakti Yoga, Lodge
12:00 pm Recording of Gurudeva and Kirtan, Lodge
1:00 pm Lunch, Main House
1:30 pm Personal Time
3:00 pm Tea and Devotional Readings, Lodge
5:00 pm Supper, Main House
6:30 pm Arati and Chanting in Lodge
8:00-9:00 pm Meditation in Lodge

Saturday, Nov 2
7:00-9:00 am Morning Puja and Sadhana (Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting),
8:45-9:15 am Havan (fire ceremony),
9:30 am Breakfast, Main House
10:00 am Personal Time
11:00 am Study and Discussion: Narada Bhakti Sutras, Lodge
12:00 pm Recording of Gurudeva and Kirtan, Lodge
1:00 pm Lunch, Main House
1:30 pm Personal Time
3:00 pm Tea and Group Study with Discussion, Lodge
4:00 pm Japa Yoga “Dynamic Whispers”, Lodge
5:00 pm Supper, Main House
6:00-7:30 pm Satsanga, Wheel House
8:00 pm Devotional Meditation Service in Lodge
9:00 pm Arati in Lodge

Sunday, Nov 3
8:30a-9:30 am Morning Sadhana, Lodge
9:30 am Light Breakfast, Lodge
11:00 am-12:30 pm Sunday Service in Lodge led by Naren
1:00 pm Lunch, Main House
2:00 pm Closing


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