Rocky Mountain

Ecodharma Retreat Center

A Home for Meditation in Nature

Colorado Gives Day is HERE

Lama Rod Owens on Embracing Eco Dharma as a New Saint, May 25-31, 2024; click here for more info!

Registration is Open for FALL RETREATS. See Offerings Here

Ecodharma Retreats and Workshops

We offer meditation retreats and workshops in nature, hosted by teachers from a wide range of spiritual traditions, and lasting from days to weeks. We welcome participants from all walks of life. Retreats are affordable and scholarships are available. If you are interested in offering a retreat or workshop please see Holding a Retreat

Listings for retreats in 2024 will be posted in January-Feburary. Please join our email list to be notified. 

Workshops and Retreats for Activists

Ecodharma programs use the healing powers of meditation in nature to transform activism into a spiritual path of service to the earth and all beings.

Silent Meditation Retreats

For local and national Sanghas, especially those offered in the spirit of generosity, with teachers receiving only expenses and donations (Dana).

Retreats for Under-served Communities

We encourage retreats that include people of color, veterans, youth, and other groups which have and continue to bear the brunt of ecological and socio-economic devastation, and are often at the forefront of spiritually rooted activism.

What is Ecodharma?

“For me in this dark time, Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center is a shining beacon. It offers what we most need: the inspired leadership of committed teachers, a wild mountain setting to awaken our own power and beauty, the ripening of a Sangha to grow a guiding vision for our people, and the strength to make it real.”   

— Joanna Macy, Ph.D. Buddhist Teacher, Activist, and Founder, The Work That Reconnects Network

At RMERC, we bring Buddhism and Dharma back into the natural world where they originated, and in doing so, regain the connection and energy necessary to effectively address ecological and related social crises. We call all of this Ecodharma.

Ecodharma practices help us develop clarity, compassion, and courage, which are all needed to face humanity’s greatest challenge ever: the ecological crisis.

Ecodharma Retreat Center

In a Spectacular Setting

The center is on 180 acres of private river, meadow and woodland, adjacent to National Forest and just a few miles from the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The land is set aside as a nature preserve and is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, elk, moose, bear and beaver.  

The lodge provides comfortable year-round housing for up to 30 people. Camping is available.

Member Events and Webinars

Join our small-group member webinars, with opportunities for discourse and dialogue! See Membership Details here.

An ‘Eldersoul’ Day-Long Retreat for RMERC Members, Sunday Aug 27

AN ‘ELDERSOUL’ DAY-LONG RETREAT FOR ECODHARMA MEMBERS with Carol Kortsch and Jesse Dow Sunday, August 27, 2023, 11 am –…

July 2 Member Day for the Visual Arts at RMERC

-- RMERC Members -- Join us for a deep exploration of those places in our hearts and in the world…

Member Days RMERC This Summer! June 4, July 2, August 27, 2023

RMERC Members are specially invited to spend time together on the RMERC land this summer on the following days. Each day…

Featured Posts

Colorado Gives Day 2023

Your Gift will be Matched 1:1 through the end of the year! Donate through Colorado Gives
by | December 3, 2023

An Interview with Dave Smith, on Dharma, Prisons and Addiction Recovery

Dave Smith talks about his history, his work as a dharma teacher in prisons and with addiction recovery, and his…
by | November 30, 2023

Embracing Eco Dharma as A New Saint with Lama Rod Owens
May 25-31, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC) in Colorado will be hosting a weeklong residential retreat with…
by | October 21, 2023

The Grief Journey as a Hero’s Journey, A Webinar with Donna Daniell, Wed July 19, 7 pm MST

The Grief Journey as a Hero's Journey, A Recorded Webinar with Donna Daniell Wed July 19, 2023, 7 pm MST…
by | July 13, 2023

Cultivating the Resilient Responsive Heart in Response to Eco-Grief, with Jean Leonard, Sunday July 9, 7 pm

Cultivating the Resilient Responsive Heart in Response to Eco-Grief A Webinar with Jean Leonard This recorded webinar includes a guided…
by | July 8, 2023

A Gathering in the Woods – Reflections on an Eco-Advisory Retreat for Dharma Leaders

This article was originally published on Tricycle. It is reprinted here with permission. In response to the climate crisis and other…
by | June 2, 2023

Mission

Rocky Mountan Ecodharma Retreat Center is a low cost home for spiritual practice, with an emphasis on practice in nature. We are a supportive place for deep practice, a place for meditation, retreats, workshops and Ecodharma; a place for learning from nature, teachers and other participants, and a place for discovering ourselves in a wild environment.

We bring Buddhism and Dharma back into the natural world where they originated, and in doing so, regain the connection and energy necessary to effectively address ecological and related social crises. We call all of this Ecodharma. “For me in this dark time, Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center will be a shining beacon I can trust. I see it offering what we most need: the inspired leadership of committed teachers, a wild mountain setting to awaken our own power and beauty, the ripening of a Sangha to grow a guiding vision for our people, and the strength to make it real.”   — Joanna MacyPh.D. Engaged Buddhist Teacher, Deep-ecologist, Activist, and Founder of Work That Reconnects.Learn More

Our Vision

Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center is a home for low-cost meditation retreats and workshops in nature.The programs we are most excited about include:

  • Ecodharma workshops and retreats for activists, using the healing power of meditation in nature to ground and transform activism into a spiritual path of service to the community and to the earth.
  • Low cost retreats that are offered in the spirit of generosity, with teachers receiving only expenses and donations (Dana).
  • Silent meditation retreats, in groups and also on supported solos. All spiritual practice traditions are welcome, and local Sanghas are encouraged to use RMERC for weekends and day-longs as well as for longer retreats.
  • Retreats for underserved communities including people of color, veterans, youth, and other groups who have historically borne or will bear the brunt of ecological and socio-economic devastation; and are often at the forefront of spiritually-rooted activism.

While the 180-acres of the center provide an ideal setting for outdoor and nature-focused retreats, the lodge will be comfortable year round for indoor retreats of up to 30 people. If you are interested in offering a retreat or workshop please contact us about renting RMERC. Above are the kinds of programs we most want to encourage, but we are open to others as well. Learn More

Ecodharma

Ecodharma connects Dharma teachings and practice with nature and the Earth. It involves spiritual practices to help us develop clarity, compassion, and courage, which are all needed to face humanity’s greatest challenge ever: the ecological crisis.

Both individual and collective transformation are needed: meditation overcomes the delusion of separation that is at the root of individual and societal suffering, and practicing in nature deepens our understand of non-duality to encompass the earth, inspiring us to work for its healing as our own.Why an ecodharma center now?

How you can help

We are continuing to raise funds to remodel the buildings and pay off our loan. We have amazing volunteers, and we need more!

To volunteer please send an email to [email protected]

Feel Great: Donate

 

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Location

This retreat center is at 8500 feet and includes 180 acres of private river, meadow and woodland adjacent to National Forest and just a few miles from the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The land is set aside as a nature preserve and home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, elk, moose, bear and beaver. Learn More

Mission

Rocky Mountan Ecodharma Retreat Center is a low cost home for spiritual practice, with an emphasis on practice in nature. We are a supportive place for deep practice, a place for meditation, retreats, workshops and Ecodharma; a place for learning from nature, teachers and other participants, and a place for discovering ourselves in a wild environment.

We bring Buddhism and Dharma back into the natural world where they originated, and in doing so, regain the connection and energy necessary to effectively address ecological and related social crises. We call all of this Ecodharma. “For me in this dark time, Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center will be a shining beacon I can trust. I see it offering what we most need: the inspired leadership of committed teachers, a wild mountain setting to awaken our own power and beauty, the ripening of a Sangha to grow a guiding vision for our people, and the strength to make it real.”   — Joanna MacyPh.D. Engaged Buddhist Teacher, Deep-ecologist, Activist, and Founder of Work That Reconnects.Learn More

Our Vision

Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center is a home for low-cost meditation retreats and workshops in nature.The programs we are most excited about include:

  • Ecodharma workshops and retreats for activists, using the healing power of meditation in nature to ground and transform activism into a spiritual path of service to the community and to the earth.
  • Low cost retreats that are offered in the spirit of generosity, with teachers receiving only expenses and donations (Dana).
  • Silent meditation retreats, in groups and also on supported solos. All spiritual practice traditions are welcome, and local Sanghas are encouraged to use RMERC for weekends and day-longs as well as for longer retreats.
  • Retreats for underserved communities including people of color, veterans, youth, and other groups who have historically borne or will bear the brunt of ecological and socio-economic devastation; and are often at the forefront of spiritually-rooted activism.

While the 180-acres of the center provide an ideal setting for outdoor and nature-focused retreats, the lodge will be comfortable year round for indoor retreats of up to 30 people. If you are interested in offering a retreat or workshop please contact us about renting RMERC. Above are the kinds of programs we most want to encourage, but we are open to others as well. Learn More

Ecodharma

Ecodharma connects Dharma teachings and practice with nature and the Earth. It involves spiritual practices to help us develop clarity, compassion, and courage, which are all needed to face humanity’s greatest challenge ever: the ecological crisis.

Both individual and collective transformation are needed: meditation overcomes the delusion of separation that is at the root of individual and societal suffering, and practicing in nature deepens our understand of non-duality to encompass the earth, inspiring us to work for its healing as our own.Why an ecodharma center now?

How you can help

We are continuing to raise funds to remodel the buildings and pay off our loan. We have amazing volunteers, and we need more!

To volunteer please send an email to [email protected]

Feel Great: Donate

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NOTE: The first and last days of back-to-back bookings overlap by one day.

That is, you can check in the same day as another party is checking out, or you can check out the same day as another party is checking in. Check-out time is 11 AM, and check-in time is 1 PM (disregard times on the calendar).