Covid Policy for Mount Madonna Institute

Updated September 2021

Mount Madonna Institute (MMI) is located on Mount Madonna Center (MMC)’s 385 acre sanctuary campus. MMI respects and follows the COVID pandemic protocols that MMC has adopted, as below:

MMI employees and volunteers, including Administrators, Faculty and Staff

  • must show proof of full vaccination to enter the campus
  • all employees and volunteers are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated

MMI students

  • Those who attend any part of an in person course must show proof of full vaccination to enter the Mount Madonna Center campus
  • We strongly encourage all students to be vaccinated

MMI clients and customers of Kaya Kalpa and Ayurveda World *

  • must show proof of full vaccination to enter the campus
  • *Children under the age of 12 are not required to show proof of vaccination at this time.

Before coming to campus and as you plan to come, be sure to read the most updated Mount Madonna Center Covid response as MM will continue to adhere to best practices and guidelines during the COVID 19 pandemic and modify these protocols as appropriate. Please continue to check back for updates.

For those who would like information on the rationale that supports these protocols, please see the below:

Rationale: MMI is dedicated to the study of Yoga and Ayurveda, both ancient sciences that promote health and well-being, and to their application to contemporary life. As students of integrative medicine we draw from the ancient and the modern.

The biological principles of vaccination have been understood for decades. Vaccination engages our immune system and gives it experience with lethal disease-causing organisms and viruses without causing disease. When later exposed to the actual disease, a vaccinated immune system fights off the disease, frequently before onset of symptoms. Ayurveda has understood the basis of inoculation for far longer than Western science.

Covid vaccination nearly eliminates serious illness, hospitalization, and death due to Covid. When implemented on a societal scale, vaccination prevents outbreaks allowing protection, not only for healthy individuals, but also those who are immuno-compromised. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, over 691,000 Americans have died from Covid 19, most since vaccines were readily available. This is nearly twice the number of Americans killed in World War II in 1944, and although a much smaller percentage of the population, it represents a mammoth, preventable, and tragic loss of American lives.

Due to the contagious nature of this virus, and the fact that vaccinated people reduce the spread of the virus in their communities, choosing to be vaccinated is an act of ahimsa, the ethical principle of not causing harm to other beings. Though an unvaccinated person may survive their infection, they typically spread the disease to others, which is the basis for the life-cycle for all communicable diseases and beyond an individual’s control. For a modern reference and adaptation of this ancient ethical principle see the Harvard Business Review. “... In the construct that prioritizes beneficence and non-maleficence, an individual’s right to autonomy ends when his or her actions would harm others. We decided that death from Covid-19, was an irreversible harm…”

Vaccination is also an important equity issue because Covid deaths are unevenly distributed demographically and racially in our country. Covid-19 has killed a far greater number of elderly, African American, Native American, and LatinX than white people in proportion to their relative share of the population.

Mount Madonna Institute’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as our commitment to ahimsa and integrated health, compels us to encourage all people to be vaccinated and require vaccination for all entering the campus.