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6 Days Breathe, Become, Be - Immersion Yoga Retreat in Crestone, Colorado, USA

Crestone Mountain Zen Center, 2000 East Dreamway, Crestone, CO 81131, USA

Immersion Yoga Retreat USA

Join Summit Sadhana for this five-night, six-day yoga retreat in the sacred atmosphere of the Crestone Mountain Zen Center. Under the majestic backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains you will turn inward, tapping into and awakening the inner-guru, grasping mental clarity, and enlivening the life force.On this Immersion, meals are prepared by the Monks of the Zen Center. Rooms are plush and camping is available on their sacred grounds. You will experience the full embodiment of practice through breath work, asana, yoga philosophy, chakras, bandhas, meditations, sound healing, Ayurveda, and time in nature.

The yoga they share will work with the subtle body, as well as the muscles, connective tissues, and fascia. It will be compassionate and self-loving, yet, challenge the mind and body. It will open energy pathways, allowing for physical and emotional release, and cultivate a sense of ease and control that are inherently transferred into the operations of every day life. Your practice will leave you feeling more balanced, clear in decision making, and ready to embrace your higher practice of Life. Practices draw from ancient Kundalini, Tantra, Hatha, Yin, Yoga Nidra, Sound

Healing, and Ayurveda. On-site accommodation, locally sourced, wholesome organic meals, classes, one-on-one attention, and plenty of time to rest, rejuvenate, and experience temples and nature are all included in this.

Meet the instructors

Lacy & Thomas
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Highlights

  • Meditation sessions
  • Yoga practices based on 5 different traditions
  • International teachers and one-on-one attention
  • You will likely meet like-minded people and make new friends
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, teas, and coffees
  • Plenty of free time to relax and unwind
  • Access to amazing sacred spaces
  • 5 nights accommodations

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, Swedish
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Accommodation

Accommodation is included in the retreat. All accommodations are on site, within the Crestone Mountain Zen Center Campus. There are options for shared rooms within the Ashram, solo rooms within the Ashram, stand alone accommodations that include a yurt, hut, and other. There are accommodations for couples, and camping options on site. Most accommodations have tea stations within the rooms and shared bathrooms . Everything is comfortable, spacious, and inspires warmth and rejuvenation.

Program

Sample schedule

  • 07:00 Kundalini yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Tantric meditation
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:00 Self-study/hiking/free time
  • 15:30 Vinyasa/Yin
  • 17:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 Movement Meditation/sound bath/yoga Nidra

Instructors

Lacy Archer

Thomas Ender

Location

Our Immersion takes place in the Sangre De Cristo mountain side. Named by Spanish explorers for the red glow that often takes place on the peaks at sunset. Sangre De Cristo translates to "Blood of Christ".

At 7,500 feet in elevation and ringed on three sides by mountains, Crestone is both beautiful and isolated, subject to extremes of weather, wind, and temperature. It includes an amazing array of spiritual sites: more than two dozen ashrams, monasteries, temples, retreat centers, stupas, labyrinths, and other sacred landmarks. There’s even a ziggurat, a structure modeled on the temples of ancient Babylon.

To use a homely metaphor, you can hardly throw a stick in Crestone and not hit something spiritual. Crestone didn’t start out as a spiritual mecca. From the 1870s through the 1930s it was a mining town, and then a center for ranching. But its identity underwent a dramatic change in 1977. That’s when Maurice Strong, a Canadian businessman and United Nations diplomat, and his wife, Hanne Marstrand Strong, purchased a large tract of land in the Crestone area. It had been subdivided for use as a retirement community, but the Strongs changed their plans for it after a wandering mystic told them that the land had unique spiritual qualities (a message echoed later by Native American elders).

So the Strongs decided to give free land to religious groups that agreed to establish centers there. To coordinate the program, they founded the Manitou Foundation. Through the years it’s received significant support from donors who have included Laurance and Mary Rockefeller. Today the Manitou Foundation works to preserve both the spirituality and the ecology of the region. The wilderness in the surrounding mountains is home to bear, elk, and mountain lions, while the Baca National Wildlife Refuge in the valley protects nearly 100,000 acres of wetlands and grasslands.

Crestone itself has just 150 people (the entire county has 6,100). Most of the spiritual centers in the Crestone area are open to the public, though it’s best to call ahead. In the town itself are several shops and lodging facilities. There’s also camping at North Crestone Creek. The Colorado Tourism Office has information on other attractions in the San Luis Valley.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In collaboration with Breathe Become Be, Core Chi Transformation brings additional services in Massage and Energy work to our retreat guests.

Appointments are required.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodations
  • 18+ hours of classes
  • one-on-one attention
  • Yogi Gift Bag
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Teas and coffees
  • Complimentary Zen meditations (optional)

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfer
  • ***I may be able to aid you with airport transfer if scheduled ahead of time.***
  • Spa treatments
  • Additional outings

How to get there

Flying

Flights can be made into Denver International Airport (DIA), Colorado Springs (COS), and Salida (ANK) and rental cars, personal, or shuttle transportation can easily be arranged. Allow yourself ample time for travel delays.

Driving to Crestone From Denver International Airport (3 hours and 54 minutes)

Take Pena Blvd South/West for about 10 miles, until it merges into I-70 West. Take I-70 West for about 25 miles. Merge onto CO-470 E via Exit 260 toward Colorado Springs, and go 5.7 miles. Merge onto US-285 South toward Fairplay. Take 285 South through Fairplay, through Johnson Village, SOUTH, on 285 through Villa Grove (about 150 miles). After passing through Villa Grove watch for a turnoff from 285 to RT 17 on your Left. Take RT 17 through Moffat. As you are about to pass the southern end of Moffat look for a small sign for Crestone. You will turn Left on T Road heading East towards Crestone.

Driving to Crestone From Boulder (3 hours and 48 minutes)

Take Hwy 93 (Broadway) South to US 6 East to C470 East to 285 South.Take 285 South through Fairplay, through Johnson Village, South, on 285 through Villa Grove (about 150 miles). After passing through Villa Grove watch for a turnoff from 285 to RT 17 on your Left.Take RT 17 through Moffat. As you are about to pass the southern end of Moffat look for a small sign for Crestone. You will turn Left on T Road heading East towards Crestone.

Driving to Crestone From Colorado Springs (3 hours and 5 minutes)

Head north on Milton E Proby Pkwy. Keep left to continue on Milton E Proby Parkway Airport Exit. Turn left onto Academy Blvd. Merge left onto CO-115 S and continue straight for about 26 miles. Turn right onto US-50 W. Turn left onto US Hwy 285 S and continue for about 26 miles. Turn left onto CO-17, continue for about 14 miles. Turn left onto Russel St. and continue towards Crestone.

Driving to Crestone From Salida (1 hour)

Head east and turn right toward Airport Road. Turn left onto Hwy 285 S and travel for about 27 miles. Turn left onto CO-17 and drive about 14 miles. Turn left onto Russel St. and continue towards Crestone.

Driving to Crestone Mountain Zen Center

From Russel St., turn right onto Camino Baca Grande and travel about 3.7 miles, continue straight onto Dream Way and turn left up the driveway to Crestone Mountain Zen Center, 2000 East Dreamy, Crestone, CO 81131

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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