The simple, concentrated, and nourishing atmosphere of the Zen monastic setting is an ideal way to get away from one’s daily routine.
While the Zen residents follow a rigorous practice schedule, guests may spend their time as they wish. You can also use your retreat to get a taste for Zen practice without having to commit to the full schedule and simply enjoy your time in the mountains.
There is first-class hiking all around the center with trails starting right at the campus. The Sangre de Cristos are home to five 14ers, which are easily accessible from the campus.
You are welcome to participate in our daily meditation and attend weekly lectures or question and answer sessions. Guests may also request a personal interview with our resident teachers. The meditation hall and Buddhist library is open for you to use throughout the day.
Crestone Retreat Center offers solo and group retreats throughout the year except during our annual three-month Practice Period (January 11 – April 15). Crestone is one of the most remote and dramatically beautiful places in North America.
Nestled against the rugged 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Southern Colorado and surrounded by 240 acres of Piñon Pine and Juniper forest, the beauty and seclusion of our Center provide a special environment for contemplation and inquiry, or for focusing on writing or other work projects.
We offer private retreat cabins and rooms in our Guest House for personal retreats, meditation retreats, wilderness retreats or writer retreats year-round. Our Zen kitchen prepares three vegetarian meals per day. Retreatants are also welcome to join the monastic community for meditation.
In August and September we open our facilities for group retreats. We have been hosting meditation, yoga, music, dance, bodywork, writing, and psychotherapy groups for more than twenty years. We still have openings in 2014 and are accepting reservations for 2015.