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Mount Madonna 5-Night Retreat

March 1-6, 2020
Hosted by Open Gate Sangha
Watsonville, CA

Program Fee
$500 (Payable to Open Gate Sangha)

Housing Fee: $410-$765

Dear Friends,

Silence is the container of retreat to which all participants dedicate themselves, for it is in inner silence that deep realization spontaneously blooms.

Retreat is also a time of one-pointed inquiry, a commitment to questioning our most cherished ideas and beliefs. On retreat, I encourage all participants to fearlessly inquire down to the very root of self and the illusion of separation so that the light of awakening can penetrate throughout the whole of one's being.

The entire structure of these retreats is something I’ve developed over the years to both support the flowering of realization as well as challenge the various ways that we hold on and resist letting go into the truth. Whether you feel drawn to attend retreat or not, I encourage you to enter into the spirit of retreat, into a wholehearted commitment to eternal truth here and now.

With Great Love,

Mount Madonna 5-Night Retreat

March 1-6, 2020

Check in: 3:00-5:00 pm Sunday
Check out: 12:00 pm Friday

Program Fee(payable to Open Gate Sangha)

Mount Madonna Center

445 Summit Road

Watsonville, CA 95076

Overlooking the Monterey Bay in California, Mount Madonna Center offers a peaceful mountain setting with 355 acres of redwood forest and grassland.

Housing Fee: payable to Mount Madonna

Do not contact the retreat site until you have been accepted into the retreat and have received your housing application.

  • Van Camping $410 (limited availability)
  • Dorm $515-$575
  • Triple $620 (waiting list only)
  • Double $700 (waiting list only)
  • Double w/Bath $765 (waiting list only)

Fees are per person and include meals. There are no "commuter" or tent camping options for this retreat. The cost and availability of your housing preference is not guaranteed. For the best choice of housing options, make your reservation early.

Mount Madonna Center

445 Summit Road

Watsonville, CA 95076

Transportation to Mount Madonna Center  Map

Air Transportation

The local airport nearest Mount Madonna is the San Jose International Airport (SJC) which is one hour away. Visit for more information.

The San Francisco Airport (SFO) is also an option, although it is farther away (2 to 3 hours, depending on traffic).

When making flight arrangements for retreat, keep in mind that you must arrive on time (during registration on the first day) and stay through the end of retreat. In order to accomplish this, we recommend flying in no later than 1:30 pm on the first day of retreat and departing no earlier than 4:00 pm on the last day. If necessary, consider arriving a day early and/or leaving the day after retreat ends.

Directions and Transportation

Most of your driving and transportation questions will be answered at Mount Madonna’s Directions and Transportation page, along with a list of potential shuttle services. IMPORTANT: Uber/Lyft are not consistent or reliable options due to the remote location of Mount Madonna Center.

DO NOT USE YAHOO, MAPQUEST OR GPS, which will often misdirect you on a dangerous route.
Instead, find detailed directions at


When guests register for lodging with Mount Madonna, they will have the option to offer a ride or share a ride (with someone that is offering a ride). Open Gate Sangha is not associated with this service -- please direct your questions to Mount Madonna directly.

Staying Extra Nights

If you need to stay extra nights at the center before or after the retreat, please call Mount Madonna directly for availability: 408-847-0406.

Mount Madonna 5-Night Retreat

March 1-6, 2020

Program Fee - Open Gate Sangha

Program fees are not transferable to other people or to other programs.
Cancel on or before January 30, 2020: $50.00 cancellation fee
Cancel on or after January 31, 2020: No Refund

Housing Fee - Mount Madonna Center

Cancel on or before January 30, 2020: $50 cancellation fee
Cancel on or after January 31, 2020: No refund

To cancel your event, please log in and click on Account. To cancel your housing, you must contact Mount Madonna.