Mount Madonna Center is approximately 90 minutes driving time south of San Francisco, in the Santa Cruz Mountains of the Central California coast overlooking Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz to Monterey and Pacific Grove. The closest commercial airport is San Jose International with San Fransisco International being the second closest.

We are located at 445 Summit Rd., Watsonville, CA  95076. We do not recommend relying on GPS. Some online maps may route you on roads which are undeveloped and sometimes impassable. Always use Hwy 152 to get up the mountain. The directions on Mount Madonna's website HERE are the safest routes.
Weather:  Sunny - highs in the 70’s-80’s with cooler evenings. Pack accordingly!

What are the shared bathrooms like?
Shared bathrooms are just down the hall from the hotel type rooms, and are very private. In each bathroom, there are several separate toilet rooms, and shower rooms with sinks.


  • Towel
  • Flashlight
  • Alarm clock
  • Travel mug for tea or coffee
  • Your own yoga mat and/or meditation cushion if you would prefer (Mount Madonna can provide)
  • Bathing suit for hot tub or pond
  • Journal
  • A good book
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Layered clothing (the weather varies quite a bit here on the mountain!)

sample schedule

Day 1 Thursday June 21

  • Arrivals
  • Post Flight Sunset Yoga
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Opening Circle & Meditation

Day 2-3 Friday - Saturday

  • Early Morning Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Organic Gourmet Breakfast
  • Advanced workshop or Excursion
  • Evening Gathering
  • Dinner

Day 4 - Sunday

  • Early Morning Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Organic Gourmet Breakfast
  • Departures


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Astrology Readings:
In addition to understanding your energy as it is now, it is also helpful to have an awareness of the Sun, the Moon, the Nodes, and the stars and how your own astral body relates to all that is flowing around you.  Dana offers a simple natal-chart reading and a basic understanding of what was happening at the time of your birth.  We work in the realm of where you came from, potential karma, and healing opportunities so you can live your best life. 
One Hour - $135





Reiki/Healing Sessions:
 A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.
Sessions can be scheduled for a chronic issue or when something feels a bit off balance.  Quite often sessions are combined with meditation, yin-yoga, and/or intuitive readings.  
One Hour - $135


**Can be scheduled at the retreat center - no need to book in advance! 


Āyurveda emphasizes the whole person - body, mind and spirit and provides guidelines for living a life that is in harmony with the environment and its natural cycles. According to Āyurveda, health is not just the absence of disease but a state where the body is functioning optimally and the mind is serene. In a balanced state an individual can experience more vitality, happiness and well-being in every day life.

Bask in the restorative benefits of this holistic health science from ancient India. Choose one or several of these relaxing treatments:

A warm oil massage with sesame, sunflower or coconut oil. Abhyanga style massage works with the downward movement of prana (life force energy) making it deeply grounding and relaxing.   60 min - $110

Massage of back, hands and feet followed by warm oil gently poured over the forehead. It includes a heated ginger compress over the spine. Quiets the nervous system, deeply relaxing.   
60 min - $115

50 minute abhyanga massage followed by herbal steam, barley flour exfoliation and dry brushing. Removes toxins by inducing sweat and refreshes the skin.   
75 min - $125


Full body massage with warm oil using light to firm  pressure. Restores and relaxes.    
60 min - $85 / 90 min - $125

Focused on deeper layer of musculature utilizing firm to deep pressure with emphasis on areas of tension.    
60 min - $95 / 90 min - $135

A gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions within the body, relieving pain and dysfunction, and improving full body wellness.    
60 min - $85 / 90 min - $125

Light and rhythmic strokes support the lymph system enhancing immune function and overall health.    
60 min - $85 / 90 min - $125

Deep pressure to deactivate localized hypersensitivity within skeletal muscles, followed by gentle stretching of the elastic fiber of connective tissue.    
60 min - $95 / 90 min - $135

Full body massage allowing heat from warm oil and hot stones to penetrate into the body.   
60 min - $95 / 90 min - $135