Campus & Facilities

355 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Monterey Bay

Our Campus

The property includes miles of hiking trails, massage and bodywork facilities, an Ayurvedic herbal store, volleyball and tennis courts, a flower and vegetable garden, a book and gift store, a Vedic temple, a small lake for swimming, and a café.

Meals are shared in a warm communal dining room. 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.

Cafeteria Food
Seminar House
Cc Pond
Oaks Cabins Outside
Cabin Interior

Facilities & Classrooms

Our primary classroom for groups of less than 30 students is the Orchard House. This area includes a large deck overlooking a fine view, many windows for good natural lighting, a high ceiling, 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 22 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 and Skype accessibility.

Retreat-style Campus & Vegetarian Meals

Housing accommodations include a wide range of options, from camping to dormitories, double or single rooms with or without private baths. Rooms are available in various settings, from a large building including over 30 rooms to small individual cabins in a more rustic setting. Staying in residence is not required – people with housing nearby are welcome to commute.

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Covid-19 Safety

As we look towards welcoming you back to Mount Madonna Center, we want to ensure that all in our community are aware of the Covid protocols in place. Please view our updates and guidelines here.

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Campus Highlights

Oceanview Books & Gifts

The bookstore carries a broad selection of literature. You can also find meditation and yoga supplies, journals, sundries, and gifts including music, clothing, malas, jewelry, and more.

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Āñjaneya's World Café

The Café serves coffee, tea, cold beverages and snacks. It's a perfect place to stop between classes, for a break or for stimulating conversation with other students and guests.

Sankaṭ Mochan Hanumān Temple

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

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.