Retreat and Workshop Facilities
Mount Madonna Center offers a variety of facilities for individual and group retreats.
The Center is located in the Santa Cruz mountains midway between Watsonville and Gilroy, atop Mount Madonna with a spectacular view of all Monterey Bay. Our 355 acres of open meadows and redwood forests include hiking trails, volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts, a pond (we call it "The Lake") for swimming, a hot tub, a gymnasium for volleyball and basketball, and massage and herbal steambath facilities. Horseback riding is available nearby.
For Rates for MMC-sponsored Programs, Click Here.
For Fees for Groups Renting Our Facilities, Click Here.
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There are five buildings available for rental to groups:
The Conference Center
33 rooms (singles, doubles, some with private baths, triples) accommodating 72 guests, 52 'x 52' (2600 sq ft) meeting hall for groups to 400, stage, full lighting and sound facilities, 18' x 31' (540 sq ft) lounge, 16' x 28' (450 sq ft) conference room, courtyard, and fine views of the bay.
The Seminar House
5 rooms (1 private, 2 rooms for 2-3 people each, 2 dormitories) for a total capacity of 21, and a 32' x 28' (896 sq ft) central seminar room, which typically accommodates groups from 15 to 60. All rooms are carpeted and have large windows toward the view of the bay, with sliding glass doors onto the large deck.
The Lakeview Building
A 40' x 28' meeting room with a hardwood floor, a spacious deck, and a fine view of the lake. Available only in the summer.
The Orchard House
A 28' x 23' (616 sq ft) meeting space accommodating 30-50 people, complete with a deck, and a fine view.
Housing is available in both rooms and in cabins.
Rooms are in hotel-style buildings (no phones or TVs in rooms, however). Some rooms include a private bathroom with shower. Others have access to nearby shared (but private while in use) bathrooms and showers.
Cabins are in a lovely grove of oak trees and have electricity and heat, but no plumbing. A separate restroom with flush toilets and private shower rooms is nearby. The cabins are a 12-minute walk up the hill above the lake.
All beds are twin size.
Mount Madonna Center tents, available from June 1 through October 31, are set up with 2 foam mattresses, but no bedding, and have access to showers and privies.
Developed campsites, for personal tents, with good drainage and access to showers and privies, are available year round. Please be aware that we can receive significant amounts of rain from November through May.
Various spots are available for your van, camper or other vehicle. Some have access to electricity, but no other hookups. Showers and restrooms are available in campgrounds and Center buildings.
2012-2013 Fees for Groups Renting Our Facilities
For Rates for MMC-sponsored Programs and Personal Retreats, Click Here.
Costs are based on the following fees, times the number of participants in your workshop, and include accommodations, two delicious vegetarian meals per day, general facilities use (meeting room, markerboard, hot tub, recreational facilities, etc.), tax, and insurance. Optional lunch service is available at $11 per person per day. We serve delicious Indian chai (caffeinated black tea with milk and spices) with breakfast. Brewed coffee is available at $1 per serving time times the number of participants in your workshop. We regret that we are unable to provide laundry facilities or towels, due to scarce water resources. An outside company provides laundry service, including pickup and delivery, once a week.
|Own Tent or Vehicle||$50/person/day|
|Dormitory (4-7 to a room or cabin)||$77/person/day|
|Triple (3 to a room or cabin)||$86/person/day|
|Double (2 to a room or cabin)||$99/person/day|
|Double with bath||$109/person/day|
|Single (1 to a room or cabin)||$126/person/day|
|Single with bath||$152/person/day|
- Call for our special prices for children 2-12.
All meals are strictly vegetarian. Our kitchen staff regularly works with guest groups to plan menus that will fit each group's tastes with highest quality, delicious, fresh, lovingly prepared and presented foods.
Most important, of course, is ambiance and setting. Our resident staff are students of yoga who take pride in their friendly, efficient, helpful service. We go out of our way to meet special needs and requirements. The atmosphere is peaceful and the setting beautiful, from the magnificent vista of the bay to the surrounding redwood hillsides to the craftsmanship and style of the buildings themselves. All of this, and much more, should be experienced in person to be fully appreciated. If you wish to consider taking advantage of what this Center has to offer, we urge you to make an appointment for a visit, so that you can experience for yourself the quality of the facilities, food, setting, and staff.
Please do call with any additional questions, or to arrange a visit. We will look forward to hearing from you and working with you to support a successful event.
Office Hours: 9-5, except Tuesday and Saturday 11-5. Closed Sunday.