Private Group Retreat Information
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, gourmet vegetarian meals, and a loving staff to serve you, we know your experience here will be one to remember.
The Domes are three 40-ft bio-domes. The center dome offers a spacious 1017 square foot area that accommodates yoga for 20+ or seating for 60-100. This 40-foot bio-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.
The Wheelhouse provides a scenic, 529 square foot space that accommodates yoga for 16 or seating for 50+. 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 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 Mainhouse houses the Ranch dining room, kitchen, office, & bookstore as well as several guest rooms. It has a small sitting area, outside deck, and low-speed wireless internet and sits above the Pigeon River with a glorious view of the dam as well as the lake, trumpeter swans, and bald eagles. The dining room is an ideal space for lectures and presentations between meals.
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 gourmet vegetarian kitchen is here to serve you. Brunch and dinner are served daily (at 10am & 5pm) on all days except Sunday, when we serve amain meal at 1pm. If you desire additional meals or snacks, please let us know. Meals are served buffet style in our dining room, and 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. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs. We accommodate gluten free diets, vegan diets, and other dietary restrictions.
Technology & Equipment
Tables and chairs are available for use. Equipment that is available for rent includes television/monitor, DVD, flip charts, projector screen, and stage . There is free Wi-Fi Internet in the Mainhouse (the same facility that houses the office & dining room). The bandwidth is limited, allowing for basic email and Internet browsing, but no large downloads or video streaming; the connection is low-speed. There is also a computer in the Mainhouse for guests to use free of charge.
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.
- 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 all who visit, regardless of their respective beliefs and practices. In return, it is our expectation that guests, and especially group leaders, will extend a similar attitude of friendship and respect to others.