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...


For 19 years Elitom has lived on prana, without the need for food or water. Norma, who sees auras, understands how Elitom cultivates prana and helps others do the same. Together, they share some of the techniques Elitom uses to sustain his body through meditations, darshan and (often very humorous) stories. Norma’s music creates sacred space, allowing transformation within deep stillness. This process is meant to be gradual, allowing the intelligence of your body and the wisdom of your Soul to determine where and how the increased flow of prana is to be used. Participants learn physical, mental and musical means of cultivating prana they can use on their own.

Elitom is currently teaching in Israel, and this will be their only retreat in the United States this year. He was recently featured in LifePositive magazine, an Indian publication:

"It has been 19 years now that I have not depended on food for my survival. The truth was and is always there. It is an understanding that must be developed and backed up with consistent action over a period of time to see the results. Those who have accessed the prana have realized that you don't really need food to have energy. There are other sources of energy available to us. Just like using solar energy after using coal, oil, and electricity."

For more information on Norma and Elitom’s journey, visit their website here!

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