Our Commitment to Wellbeing: COVID-19 Update

Letter to all from the MMI Chairman of the Board

March 17th, 2020

Dear All,

I know that Covid-19 is occupying a tremendous amount of our time and our thinking right now. Rightfully so. Like a hurricane of historic and unprecedented proportions slowly making landfall, with inheld breath, we wait.

On the eve of this incoming tide, I write to remind us of how much we've accomplished these last several years. Our labors have been tremendous; what we have wrought is tremendous as well. No small irony that Covid-19 arrives en mass just when we should be celebrating, like a rude guest preemptively blowing out the candles on our cake.

I am relatively newly come to this endeavor; I wanted to write and share my gratitude for the great work all of you have put into MMI, and to our recent successes. In times like these, it is easy to focus, even to be consumed by what lies ahead in the near term. In addition to my thanks, I want to remind us-all of Babaji's teaching, and all that MMI is and stands for, will be even more necessary in whatever Covid-rich world lies ahead. We are flummoxed momentarily, fearful for those we love and our uncertain future. And we know that MMI will emerge with enormous opportunity to do its great work.

Yours Sincerely,

Swarup Wood Ph.D.
California State University Monterey Bay
Board Chair, Mount Madonna Institute

MMC / MMI COVID-19 Update

March 14th, 2020

Dear Mount Madonna Institute Community,

We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, locally and around the world, and are following CDC, WHO, and Santa Cruz County updated recommendations and directives. The safety, health and wellbeing of all our students, faculty and staff remain paramount. We also feel equally responsible for and dedicated to the needs of the Mount Madonna residential community. MMI is located at, held and supported by Mount Madonna Center. MMI is in full agreement with and will support all MMC decisions.

Like so many, we have been unexpectedly struck by this unprecedented dynamic and fast changing situation. However, we have been working tirelessly with our partners at Mount Madonna Center to make the very best choices and decisions, based on the most factual and responsible information we can get. I am so grateful to have such an impeccable, thoughtful, and compassionate team with whom to work. Our combined leadership teams have taken no decision lightly, but also are willing to make, what we know may be challenging and disruptive decisions, in the best interests of all involved.

The earlier decision to offer the on-site option for this weekend’s AHC session #2 has been honored. However, this program will be the last program or group to be held at MMC until further notice.

The following decisions have been made by the HFS Directors (which includes my participation as the MMI representative) and are going into effect immediately:

Mount Madonna Center is closed to all groups and visitors beginning at 7 pm, Sunday evening, March 15 th. The above is expected to remain in place at least until April 30 th , and dates will be reviewed regularly.

This closure includes:

  • MMI on-site Ayurveda and Yoga programs
  • The MMI Yoga, Service and Community, March – May program
  • All day visitors to Kaya Kalpa Wellness Center and Ayurveda World, as well as The SMH Temple, Anjaneya’s Café and Oceanview Books and Gifts
  • All public classes (all daily yoga classes, Gita and Sutra class) are cancelled, until further notice.
  • MMI non-resident staff will work remotely.
  • All MMC Hosted Programs and Personal Retreats have also been suspended.

We recognize that these decisions do involve disruption and difficulty for many, but again, our primary responsibility and commitment is protecting the safety and health of our extended community. We are grateful for the understanding, cooperation, flexibility and support so many have been sharing.

Join us in our collective prayers for the wellbeing of all.

Savita K Brownfield
President, Mount Madonna Institute

For more information about COVID-19 and prevention of the spread of the disease, visit the following websites: