Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  Watsonville  /  Mount Madonna Center

Mount Madonna Center, Watsonville

3.8
#10 of 12 in Things to do in Watsonville
Spa · Hidden Gem · Spa / Wellness
Create an itinerary including Mount Madonna Center
Mount Madonna Center is a conference and retreat center located on 355 acres of mountain-top redwood forest and grassland overlooking Monterey Bay, between Santa Cruz and Monterey, in Northern California.

We are a community designed to nurture the creative arts and the health sciences within a context of personal and spiritual growth, inspired by Baba Hari Dass and sponsored by the Hanuman Fellowship, a group whose talents and interests are unified by the common practice of Yoga.

We offer a supportive community atmosphere for relaxation, reflection, and a wide variety of learning experiences. Program participants are invited to join in all ongoing Center activities – celebration, work, and play. Amenities 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 bodywork at the Kaya Kalpa Wellness Center.
Using our world travel planner, Watsonville attractions like Mount Madonna Center can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Source
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Mount Madonna Center reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
21 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • I really like this place and have been coming here for 15 years for group retreats and private retreats. 10 years ago before they built the outdoor Hanumān Temple this place was quiet, beautiful and.....  more
    I really like this place and have been coming here for 15 years for group retreats and private retreats. 10 years ago before they built the outdoor Hanumān Temple this place was quiet, beautiful and.....  more »
  • The temple seems to have lots of visitors and apparently receives plenty of donations, however there seems to have been very little done to make visitors feel comfortable. The weather can get very... 
    The temple seems to have lots of visitors and apparently receives plenty of donations, however there seems to have been very little done to make visitors feel comfortable. The weather can get very...  more »
Google
  • Eighteen years ago, I was invited to attend Mount Madonna’s Class of 2003 High School Graduation. Five seniors graduated in that class and at their commencement ceremony, each gave an inspiring, well articulated speech about their personal life story. I don’t remember their specific stories, but one spoke about overcoming difficult adversity and others about their gratitude for their teachers, friends and time at the school. I do strongly remember the way I felt. I was inspired and amazed by the maturity of these young people and awed at the head start I felt they had in their lives. I turned to my wife after the ceremony and proclaimed that no matter what, our child(ren) would go to school here. My first daughter had just been born six or so weeks prior, and like any new father I wanted to provide her with as many opportunities to grow, be enriched and hopefully to be as inspiring as the high school seniors I had just witnessed. Fast forward to 2021; in just a few weeks, my daughter will be one of the new graduating seniors from Mount Madonna School. Her studies began in kindergarten with the most loving teachers you could imagine. Not only did their care, kindness and compassion for each student shine through, these teachers also began my daughter’s journey by making school fun. They engaged her imagination and curiosity and stimulated her desire to learn. Through each grade at Mount Madonna, this foundation has been built on, expanded and developed. Yes, she’s learned to read, write, do arithmetic, but it’s her mindfulness, emotional readiness, compassion, and the strong relationships with fellow students and teachers that will last throughout her life. Yes, as parents we’ve made personal sacrifices to afford to send her to this school. Yes, it’s a small school and they can’t offer every sport or foreign language as some bigger schools can. Mount Madonna excels in supporting what interests the student, as well as offering a tremendous (often under-appreciated) unique curricula and multicultural traditions that prepare students for life as kind, compassionate adults ready to step out in the world. Situated on a beautiful campus high on the mountain, it can feel somewhat remote. The campus offers a beautiful setting in nature that inspires students to care for the environment, learn natural sciences, hike, explore and attend outdoor classes. The campus includes student gardens, a new amphitheater and two gyms. If you are a parent, grandparent or friend of someone with children, I encourage you to learn more about Mount Madonna School. Learn how each grade has unique and incredible touchstones, which I have never experienced in public schools. Ask about the Buddy Program and rites of passage through each of the schools (pre/k, elementary, middle school and high school). Check out the science programs in each grade, which sustain a strong emphasis on the environment and how personal choices make a difference; the Performing Arts Program, which begins in preschool to developing personal confidence; the public speaking support; and the state champion volleyball program, which teaches teamwork and engages students who enjoy sports more than homework (sometimes) as they become juniors and seniors. Inquire about the school’s Values Program, which offers multitudes of well-balanced experiences (that can seem unbelievable to someone who hasn’t experienced it) and equips students to become conscientious global citizens. Thank you to all of the teachers, founders, administrators, staff, students and parents who are the heart of this little yet mighty school and who have had such a large impact on my daughters. I am grateful for attending that graduation ceremony so long ago, which led to the opportunity for both of our children to have an extraordinary education and to be so enriched.
  • Great school that teaches values and character building, with small classes and great teachers.

Plan your trip to Watsonville

  • Compose it!
    Your own itinerary for your car vacation, beach vacation, city trip, any near or distant journey ... ready within 10 minutes.
  • Customize it.
    Refine your plan. We find the best routes and opportunities.
  • Book it.
    Choose from the best accommodations (Expedia, AirBnB), airlines and activities, by yourself or share with travel professionals for the utmost experience. Up to 50% discount!
  • Do it yourself.
    Or share your plan with travel professionals for a customized trip