Hosting a Retreat at Song of the Morning
Song of the Morning offers a quiet, spiritual space where groups can meet for anywhere from a day to a weekend or longer. With beautiful surroundings, delicious vegetarian meals and a loving staff to serve you, we know your experience here will be one to remember.
If you are interested in hosting a group retreat, you will need to decide between hosting privately or opening up the retreat publicly. To access information and the application for hosting a private retreat, click here. Alternatively, to access information and the application for a public program, click here. Be sure to carefully read over our policies and the other details before submitting your application and feel free to call our office to speak with our programs coordinator regarding any questions.
The Domes are three 40-ft geodesic domes. The center dome offers a spacious 1017 square foot area that accommodates yoga for 20+ or seating for 60-100. This 40-foot dome has a warm, bright and open atmosphere with skylights that allow the room to fill with natural sunlight. It is great for small and large groups alike. The two outer domes are used for lodging, providing both partitioned rooms and dormitory-style space.
The Lodge features a comfortable, 860 square foot space that accommodates yoga for 12 or seating for 50. This is our coziest facility, housing a fireplace, a spiritual library and a full kitchen. Often used as a meditation space, this room has plenty of comfy chairs and couches along the walls. The fireplace mantel and the walls are outlined with images of spiritual teachers, including our founder and Yogananda's lineage, which represents the foundation of the Ranch. Rooms for lodging are available within the Lodge.
The Wheelhouse provides a scenic, 529 square foot space that accommodates yoga for 16 or seating for 30+. Windows surround three sides of the main level, allowing for beautiful views of the surrounding forest. This is our most private space for groups. The lower level houses a newly remodeled one-bedroom apartment with a beautiful view of its own.
The Mainhouse houses the Song of the Morning kitchen, dining room and spiritual bookstore and gift shop. It has a small sitting area, outside deck and wireless internet, and sits above the Pigeon River with a glorious view of the water, sandhill cranes, bald eagles and other wildlife.
Located in the Pigeon River State Forest, we are on 800 acres of beautifully forested land on the Pigeon River. Scenic trails throughout our property provide the perfect opportunity for hiking and biking or skiing in the winter. Numerous lakes and sink holes are nearby for swimming in the summer. There is a large, open space next to the river for outdoor recreational games and a 20x20 foot platform in the forest that is wonderful for a mid-day workshop or meditation.
Our vegetarian kitchen is here to serve you. Brunch and dinner are served daily (at 10am & 5pm) on all days except Sunday, when we serve a main meal at 1pm. Meals are served buffet-style in our dining room; some selections can also be provided in your facility space. In the summer our delectable vegetarian meals feature many fresh, organic vegetables from the Ranch garden. We accommodate gluten-free and vegan diets, but please let us know of your request in advance so our kitchen can adequately prepare.
We have various guest rooms throughout the property. We can accommodate up to 50 guests indoors. Ample camping space is also available. Please visit our lodging page for more information.
We ask that all participants 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.
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 all who visit, regardless of their beliefs and practices. In return, we ask that guests, and especially group leaders, extend a similar attitude of friendship and respect to others.