Day Visitor Reservations

Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs to make reservations?
Anyone planning to visit the Center for the day, who is not already registered for a program, workshop, retreat, or appointment, must make a reservation before arriving at the Center.

How do I make a reservation?
You must reserve online.

Is there a fee?
No, reservations are free.

Can I call to make a reservation?
No, reservations can only be made online.

When are reservations required?
Reservations are required to visit the center Saturdays 11am-7pm, Sundays 4-7pm (note that the Center is CLOSED prior to 4pm on Sundays) and major holidays.

When can I make a reservation for the date I would like to come?
In order to provide reservations to a variety of people, we release reservations over several days. Some are released initially two weeks before the date. During the the week leading up to the date and on the date, we will release a portion every day at 9am. The system will always show when the next release will be. Once the system lists the date as full (after the last release on the day of) then there will be no more reservations released.

What if the date I want to come is full?
If the date you want to reserve for is listed as full, it means we are truly full for that date and that all reservations have been taken. Please make a reservation for a different date. Please remember that we cannot accommodate people arriving without reservations.

What if someone cancels?

When a reservation is cancelled while reservations for that date are open, it will be made available imediately, otherwise it will be made available at the next 9am release. Reservations cannot be cancelled after the final release on the day of.

What if I don't make a reservation?
People arriving without a reservation cannot be accommodated and will be turned away.

I'm coming for a program or event - do I need to make a reservation?
No, if you are registered for a program, have enrolled in a class, or are coming with an appointment, you are considered to have a reservation and do not need to make a separate reservation.

Are there any exceptions?
Mount Madonna Center staff, satsang and volunteers, and Mount Madonna School students, teachers, and alumni do not need reservations.

Do I need a reservation to come on a weekday?
No, reservations are only required if you are visiting the Center on a Saturday, Sundays or major holiday.

I want to come to the Temple...
Reservations are required.

I want to come to the Bookstore or Cafe...
Reservations are required.

How far ahead can I reserve?
Some reservations are available up to 2 weeks in advance. When that limited number of early reservations have filled, you may try to make a reservation again, starting a week before your planned visit date. At that time, we release a portion of the remaining reservations at 9am daily.

Why are reservations needed?
In recent years, the Center has welcomed increasing numbers of visitors on weekends and holidays, which have at times exceeded our capacities. The reservation policy helps us to provide responsible management of all of the offerings at the Center, to create equitable access for our visitors, and to honor the capacities of the Center, our neighbors and the beautiful natural environment. More Info