Crestone, CO Mountain Retreat July 22-28 2019

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I am happy to announce I’ll be leading a retreat to the Crestone Mountain Zen Center located in Colorado from July 22-28, 2019. The Zen Center is located on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains overlooking the San Luis Valley – one of the most remote and dramatically beautiful areas in North America. Nestled against the rugged 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Center is surrounded by 240 acres of Piñon Pine and Juniper forest. The beauty and seclusion of the Center provide a unique environment for yoga practice, contemplation, inquiry and transformation.

In addition to two yoga classes most days, retreat-goers will have the option (at no extra fee) of learning and practicing Zen meditation at the Center with the resident practitioners each morning or evening.

Mid to late summer in the Rockies is a spectacular time to visit, the weather is sunny and warm during the day, and cool, and clear in the evening – perfect for hiking during the daytime, and stargazing at night.

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We’ll arrive Monday, July 22nd, and have our first practice at 5pm. We’ll do an opening circle, and have a nice relaxed post-travel, pre-dinner practice. We’ll have dinner together at 6pm (the chef is world renowned and the meals are vegetarian, but she can accommodate any dietary needs including vegan, gluten-free, etc). The schedule then continues as follows:

Tuesday & Thursday5:00-5:45am | Zen Meditation (optional)
7:00-8:25am | Morning Yoga Practice
8:30-9:30am | Breakfast
9:30-12:30pm | Relax, enjoy Nature, reading, journaling, visiting Sacred Sites in Crestone or take a nap.
12:30-1:30pm | Lunch
1:45-4:00pm | Local hike or relaxation time.
4:30-5:45pm | Evening Yoga Practice
6:00-7:00pm | Dinner
8:00-8:45pm | Zen Meditation or Stargazing
Wednesday5:00-5:45am | Zen Meditation (optional)
7:30-8:30am | Breakfast
9:00am-3:30pm | You pick: A long hike in the local mountains with the group, or stay at the Zen Center and relax. (feel free to go horseback riding at a local stable, or arrange a massage in town, take a drive, etc., just be back for the evening Yoga practice.
4:45-5:55pm | Evening Yoga Practice
6:00-7:00pm | Dinner
8:00-8:45pm | Zen Meditation or Stargazing
Friday5:00-5:45am | Zen Meditation (optional)
7:30-8:30am | Breakfast
9:00am-3:30pm | Trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park for some hiking and sightseeing. You may also stay behind at the Zen Center and relax. (feel free to go horseback riding at a local stable, or arrange a massage in town, take a drive, etc., just be back for the evening Yoga practice.
4:45-5:55pm | Evening Yoga Practice
6:00-7:00pm | Dinner
8:00-8:45pm | Zen Meditation or Stargazing
Saturday5:00-5:45am | Zen Meditation (optional)
7:00-8:25am | Morning Yoga Practice
8:30-9:30am | Breakfast
9:30-12:30pm | Relax, enjoy Nature, reading, journaling, visiting Sacred Sites in Crestone or take a nap.
12:30-1:30pm | Lunch
1:45-4:00pm | Local hike or relaxation time.
4:30-5:45pm | Evening Yoga Practice
6:00-7:00pm | Dinner
8:00-8:45pm | Zen Meditation or Stargazing
SundayDependent on scheduled flight times
5:00-5:45am | Zen Meditation (optional)
7:00-8:25am | Morning Yoga Practice
8:30am-9:30am | Breakfast
9:30am | End of Retreat, Departure and hugs!
2017-3-picsIf you’re longing for some time to truly un-plug, center yourself, connect with nature, and dive deep into your yoga practice, this is it. I look forward to this time with you. This retreat will return you to your inner power, happiness and freedom. I can’t express enough how excited I am to offer you this experience.

Peace & Stillness,

charlie

Charlie

Accommodations

I am familiar with all of the rooms. Please feel free to contact me and ask any questions. I have been there a number of times, and would be more than happy to help.

The Guest HouseThe Guest House is a spacious building with a quiet atmosphere. It is located in the center of campus. It includes 5 private rooms. These rooms are the largest accommodations offered. The upstairs loft has either a double or a queen sized bed, dresser and two windows for star gazing. Downstairs there is a single bed, desk, sink and tea station, as well as a dresser and closet. There are separate shared men’s and women’s bathrooms at the end of the hallway.

Prices include three vegetarian meals, all the yoga classes and optional meditation classes. The price for 3 people is $1195.00 per person. The price for 2 people per room is $1495.00 per person. To reserve the Guest House room all to yourself is $2295.00. Please put Crestone Zen Center, Guest House in the subject of the email.

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Skylight Room
SOLD OUT
The Skylight Room is a simple yet spacious room located in the middle of the Zen center. The private entrance opens into a mudroom that has a closet and large window overlooking the Zen center. In the main room there is a large skylight that has a handmade shoji screen, a double bed, desk, closet and tea station. There are shared bathrooms 50 feet away in the Guest House.

Prices include three vegetarian meals, all the yoga classes and optional meditation classes. The price for 2 people is $1295.00 per person. The price for 1 person to reserve the Skylight Room is $1795.00. Please put Crestone Zen Center, Skylight Room in the subject of the email.
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Studio Room
SOLD OUT
The studio is a small building that consist of 3 rooms that can accommodate up to 4 people. The rooms have beautiful views of Kit Carson and Challenger Peak. There are shared bathrooms a short walk (100-200 feet) across a courtyard in the Guest House. 2 of the rooms are singles, and one is either a single or a double. All contain one or two twin beds.

Prices include three vegetarian meals, all the yoga classes and optional meditation classes. The single rooms are $1495.00 per person, and the double room is $1295.00 per person. Please put Crestone Zen Center, Studio Room in the subject of the email.
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Young Pine Hut
The Young Pine Hut is a cozy rustic two-story log cabin. Upstairs there is a sitting area with a low desk, dresser, small refrigerator and a tea station. A ladder leads down to the lower floor where there is a single lofted bed with shelving below. This heated cabin can accommodate one person. There is no running water in the cabin. The Guest House bathrooms are about 100 feet away.

Prices include three vegetarian meals, all the yoga classes and optional meditation classes. Young Pine Hut is $1795.00, one person only. Please put Crestone Zen Center, Young Pine Hut in the subject of the email.
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YurtLocated on the outskirts of our campus with views of the nearby 14ers, the Yurt has a deck, bookshelves, skylight and can accommodate two people. The Guest House bathrooms and showers are a 3 minute walk from the Yurt. There is also a composting toilet a few hundred yards from the site. The Yurt does not have electricity or heat.

Prices include three vegetarian meals, all the yoga classes and optional meditation classes. The price for 2 people per room is $895.00 per person. To reserve it for 1 person it is $1495. Please put Crestone Zen Center, Yurt, in the subject of the email.
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CampingThe campground is a beautiful flat sandy area on the outskirts of our campus with a view of Kit Carson and Challanger Point. The Guest House bathrooms and showers are a 3 minute walk away.

Campers should bring their own tent, bedding and towels. Due to high fire danger, camp fires and camp stoves are not permitted. Prices include three vegetarian meals, all the yoga classes and optional meditation classes. The price per person is $695.00. Please put Crestone Zen Center, Camping, in the subject of the email.

Registration and Payment

$400.00 non-refundable deposit reserves your space. Balance must be paid by July 15, 2019.

Send Check or Money orders to:
Charlie Samos
PO Box, 302
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Please include ALL relevant contact information (e.g. Name(s), email address and phone number).  If you have any questions, contact me at peacethruyoga@yahoo.com

Refund Policy

All monies received except for $400.00 non-refundable deposit will be refunded if cancellation is made by April 30, 2019. If cancellation is made after April 30, 2019, no refund is available.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in your registration fees. All meals served on this retreat are vegetarian. We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions such as dairy-free and gluten-free. Please make sure to indicate if you have any dietary restrictions.

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What to Bring

Bring your yoga clothes and yoga mat (it will not be provided). I suggest you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, layered comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, water bottle and day-pack for hiking. Also bring a jacket for cool evenings of stargazing, a journal/pen, a flashlight or headlamp and slippers (required for Main, Guest, and Meditation rooms).

Travel Notes

You are responsible for securing your travel to and from the Crestone Mountain Zen Center. However, if you have a rental car and have space and want to share the cost, let us know and we will try and match you up.

By Plane

I have traveled to Crestone, CO numerous times. Check the distances before purchasing a ticket to one of the cities listed.  I fly to Colorado Springs (COS).  The main reason is the size of the airport. It is small, making it easy and fast to get in and out of.  Denver (DEN) is much bigger, and therefore slower and further.  Albuquerque (ABQ) is also small – I have not actually been there, but the drive up is suppose to be spectacular.  Alamosa (ALS) is extremely small and close, but more expensive. Alamosa is also subject to changes and delays.

Fly into Colorado Springs Airport, which is 165 miles or about 3 hours 15 minutes drive from Crestone. The drive is beautiful, so you may want to plan a stop or two. You will need to arrange ground transport (car rental, or bus). Most people will arrive on Monday and car pooling will be possible. If you want to share a car, contact me and I will try to arrange it.

You can also fly to Alamosa, which is about 1 hour south of Crestone. You will need to arrange ground transportation (car rental or taxi/shuttle service) to get from Alamosa to Crestone.

There are also airports in Denver (3 hours and 45 minutes) and Albuquerque (4.5 hours). There is a daily bus service between Denver and Alamosa, which stops in Moffat. You can use the local taxi/shuttle services to get from Moffat to Crestone (25 minutes)).

Local Taxis and Shuttle Service

Windhorse Transportation & Tours: call (719) 256-4091
Little Stinkers Taxi, Alamosa: call (719) 589-2500

Daily Bus Service: Denver-Moffat-Alamosa

For the journey down to Crestone, a great option is to take the bus. Black Hills Stage Lines (402) 371-3850 runs a bus that travels daily from Denver to Moffat. To get from Moffat to Crestone, you can contact Windhorse Taxi Service at (719) 256-4091 directly; Proprietor: Keith Conway.   The Black Hills Stage Line departs from the Denver Greyhound bus station at approximately 1:45 pm and arrives in Moffat just after 6:00 pm (check fare price). Tickets can be booked at:  http://www.blackhillsstagelines.com/default.asp.