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If you've thought about doing a retreat or needing a retreat, this is an opportunity to take the step into yourself, for yourself. If you feel like you're not functioning at your optimal, can do better, need to get on with your life in a more positive way, need to get on with the healing work, increase energy, make the changes into a healthier lifestyle, reevaluate your life and need mental clarity, have physical ailments that need attention, have stress weighing you down, suffer from anxiety or depression, have traumas you feel are holding you back from life, want to learn yoga and be want to be given tools tailored to your needs in an intimate, supportive place, are tired of the same old routine, want to learn from an international teacher, want the deep yogic immersion without going to India, need vibrancy in your life, or just want to dive deeper into your personal power and increase your strength and resilience, than this event is specifically for you.
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 we will turn inward, tapping into and awakening the inner-guru, grasping mental clarity, and enlivening the life force, bringing us the mental power to bear discovery and unite with the pure self. When we discover the pure self, we discover life's purpose. Using your bodies, minds, and senses, you will be guided into self-empowerment, self-experience, and self-realization. We'll offer our daily grace through asana, breath work, mediation, movement with systematic yoga practices based on ancient Kundalini, Tantra, Hatha, Yin, Yoga Nidra, sound bath, movement meditation, journaling, and art therapy.
This is an intimate group retreat located in the heart of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, within the sacred spaces of the Crestone Mountain Zen Center. 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.
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.
I am a 500-HR registered yoga teacher and a life-long student of the practice. I have studied Tantra Hatha Vinyasa under the loving guidance of the Iyenger, Hatha, and Tantra teachers of Anahata Yoga in Koh Phangan, Thailand, and studied Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, and Ayurveda under an array of beloved teachers in India.
I teach an ancient yogic system aimed to awaken the sleeping serpent power, Kundalini Yoga Parampara. I studied for four years under my beloved teacher and dear friend, Rainer Neyer, before being given the sacred honor of passing this practice on to others. I teach in India, France, and Austria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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