What to bring

It is important that you bring the following:

  • Towels (Mount Madonna does not provide)
  • Flashlight
  • Alarm clock
  • Toiletries
  • Warm, comfortable clothing (for cool nights and mornings)
  • Shoes (for a rural setting slippers for indoors, shoes are left in lobbies)
  • Wet weather gear
  • Bathing suit (for hot tub)
  • Meditation cushion


All meals are vegetarian. Meat, fish, poultry, or eggs are not permitted on Mount Madonna property. No food may be brought to the center. To be assured of a complete fresh hot meal, guests must arrive within the first half hour of mealtime.

Please check onsite for meal schedule.

Sample Meal Schedule
Monday–Friday Saturday Sunday
Breakfast 8:15–9:15 a.m. Brunch 10:00–11:00 a.m. Breakfast 8:30–9:30 a.m.
Lunch 12:30–1:30 p.m. Snack 1:00–1:30 p.m. Lunch 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Dinner* 5:00–6:00 p.m. Dinner 5:00–6:00 p.m. Dinner 5:00–6:00 p.m.

*Friday dinner is served 5:30-6:30 p.m.


The weather can be quite variable during this time of the year, so bring a variety of clothing including items for wet weather. Nights can be cool; it can get to around 40 degrees and days can be in the high 70s.

Wellness Center

Mount Madonna's Kaya Kalpa Wellness Center offers bodywork services by appointment. A one-hour massage is $85 and a Swedana treatment (an ayurvedic massage treatment) is $110. For more information, please call 408.847.3276 and leave a voicemail message.

Mount Madonna Rules

  1. Quiet hours are observed from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Activities may continue during quiet hours as long as they proceed quietly.
  2. Meat, fish, poultry, or eggs are not permitted on the property.
  3. Nudity is not permitted where visible to the public. Bathing suits are required in the hot tub.
  4. Pets, illegal drugs, or alcohol are not allowed on the property. Smoking is allowed only in the courtyard of the ConferenceCenter.
  5. No adjustments can be made for missed meals or missed days.
  6. Food may not be brought to Mount Madonna.