California Campus & Facilities

380 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Monterey Bay

Our Campus

Mount Madonna provides discounted housing and meals to support students enrolled in the Institute’s certificate and degree programs.

The property includes a Vedic temple, a wellness center for massage and bodywork services, Anjaneya's World Cafe, and Oceanview Books & Gifts store. On land you will also find miles of hiking trails, a flower and vegetable garden, volleyball and tennis courts, and a small pond for swimming.

Meals are shared in a warm communal dining room with views overlooking the Monterey Bay. Our kitchen uses fresh, high quality ingredients, incorporating organic and local products whenever possible, and offers options for those with special dietary needs at every meal.

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Forest Trail

Lodging Options

Housing accommodations include a wide range of options. Individual and dorm rooms are in hotel-style buildings. Some rooms include a private bathroom with shower. Others have access to nearby shared (private while in use) bathrooms and showers.

Cabins are located in a forest grove, and include electricity and heat, but not personal bathrooms. A separate shower house with private shower and dressing rooms, and clean, well-ventilated privies is nearby. Campgrounds are located in secluded redwood groves and have running water and developed tent sites for your own tent.

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Seminar House
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Cabin Interior

Daily Commute Meals & Lodging Fees - Effective 2023-2024

Housing ChoicePer Day
Commuting $73
Own Tent or Vehicle $86
Dormitory (4 per room) $123
Triple (3 per room) $138
Double Cabin$163
Double (2 per room) $171
Double with Bath $204
Single Cabin$195
Single $226
Single with Bath $281
Double Cottage 2$171
Double Cottage 1$188
Single Cottage 2$226
Single Cottage 1$249

Meals & Lodging Policies

  • Overnight housing is not required to attend Mount Madonna Institute. Students are welcome to stay off site and pay only the commuting rate. This commuting fee covers all meals during each weekend class is in session.
  • The per person per day rates include meals, lodging, and use of the hiking trails, ball courts, lake for swimming, and other facilities.
  • No refund or adjustment of the meals-lodging fees can be made unless notice of cancellation, housing change, or missed time is received a minimum of seven days prior to the arrival date.

Facilities & Classrooms

Our primary classroom for groups of less than 20 students is the Orchard House. This area includes a large deck overlooking a fine view, many windows for good natural lighting, a high ceiling, and a small kitchen area in which teas, herbs, and snacks are provided.

For groups of more than 30 students, the Seminar House includes the classroom, five residence rooms accommodating a total of up to 16 people, and a kitchen. The classroom includes large sliding glass doors onto a spacious deck overlooking a view of the bay.

For larger classes, the Conference Center hosts a 52’ x 52’ classroom, a well-stocked tea bar, and a large courtyard with tables and a spectacular view.

All classrooms include high ceilings and ceiling fans, blackboard and whiteboard areas, and various combinations of tables, chairs, backjacks, and cushions for seating. Also provided are overhead projectors, a sound system, and internet accessibility.

Campus Highlights

Wellness Center at MMI

We invite you to experience a variety of Ayurveda therapies, traditional massage, and other body therapies, provided by professionally trained practitioners in a nourishing oasis of peace.

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Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

The Temple provides a space for devotion, contemplation, and gathering and is open to all. Arati, a ceremony or offering of light, is performed twice daily.

Anjaneya's World Cafe

Refresh your spirit with espresso, coffee, cold beverages, organic snacks, music & conversations from around the world.

Getting Here

The Institute, which is located on the grounds of Mount Madonna Center, is accessible via all-weather, paved roads, just one hour from San Jose International Airport and less than two hours from San Francisco International Airport. Commercial airporters, as well as Mount Madonna Center drivers, provide transportation from the baggage claim area of each airport directly to the Institute.