Rocky Mountain

Ecodharma Retreat Center

A Home for Meditation in Nature

For Leaders

Support for Retreat Leaders

Types of Retreats we Offer

RMERC offers two rental options: ‘private’ and ‘hosted’. For private rentals, groups pay a nightly per person rate, with a 16 person minimum. Rates vary by season.

Retreats that are dana-based and open to the public are eligible for our hosted model, in which we provide registration services for your retreat and also assume all responsibility for numbers of participants (see details below).

2024 Agreements and Rental Policies

For general review purposes; see your personal agreement and contract for specific details


Liability Insurance. All renters (leaders and their organizations) are strongly encouraged but not required to have their own liability insurance, with RMERC listed as an additional insured.

Liability Waivers. All guests including teachers and staff are required to sign an RMERC liability waiver ear yaer, prior to arrival. The waiver can be signed electronically at If you or your organization also require a liability waiver, we can include it with the RMERC waiver if you wish (please send your waiver to [email protected]). All guests must complete the RMERC waiver before arrival at RMERC.

W-9 Forms. RMERC requires a signed W-9 form from all leaders (unless they receive no income). You can sign a W-9 form online here – after completing all relevant fields, click Sign & Complete at the top of the form:

Retreat Descriptions and Information

Please use the following form to submit information about your retreat. NOTE: you may complete part of the form and add more information later. You will receive an Edit Link in the confirmation email that you receive when you submit the form:

Infectious Disease Policy

At this time, RMERC does not require covid vaccinations, testing, or masks. However, individual retreats may implement policies that are more stringent than the RMERC requirements. Please see details of the RMERC Infectious Disease Policy here.

Lodging Options

Leaders can select one of two options for use of doubles in the lodge and cabin; Please let us know before registration opens, which of these room options you wish to use:

    • occupied by a single yogi or by consenting yogis who have asked to share with a specific person
    • shared spaces in which occupants do not know each other; yogis can request to room with a specific person, and we will do our best to accommodate requests, but we cannot guarantee matching

Leaders also must identify which rooms they would like for themselves and their staff, before registration opens for the retreat.

Lodging options at RMERC include: rooms in the lodge (16), glamping sites below the lodge deck (2), camping sites (approximately 12), RV parking sites (2), Retreat Cabin (2-3 persons). Details are below.


Lodge: The lodge consists of 8 single rooms and 8 double rooms, located on three floor levels. Total occupancy of the lodge is 16 people if all rooms are used as singles to 24 people if all bed spaces are utilized.


The first floor has one double room with 2 beds (Room 2, which is accessed from the meditation room), a small room appropriate for teacher interviews or meetings (Room 1), and a bathroom (the bathroom has no shower). Room 2 could be used by a person with limited mobility as it is on the same floor as the dining and meditation room areas (but note the lack of a shower on this floor). Room 2 is a little darker than other rooms because the north window faces an embankment.

The second floor has 7 doubles and 1 single, and two bathrooms each with a shower. All of the doubles have two beds, except for Room 26, which has a double bed. The resident manager occupies Room 25.

The third floor has 7 single rooms, which include 2 ‘mini-singles’ and the ‘Hobbit Hut’ (so-called because of the low threshold and ceiling, which requires stooping to enter and stand in). There are no bathrooms on the third floor.

Glamping: Two glamping tents are available, sheltered in a space beneath the lodge and with south-facing exposure to the sun. The tents are provided with cots, blankets, and space heaters.

Camping: Primitive campsites (10 max, unless lodge is not used) are located below the Lodge and along South St. Vrain Creek. Campers must stay on the lodge side of the creek. Most of the sites are a 5-10 minute walk from the Lodge and from parking.

RV Camping: 2 RV camping sites are available (maximum occupancy, 2 persons/site). One site is located adjacent to the lodge and one site is located on the road up to Glacier View Ranch (see details on the Retreat Lodging Information page).

Retreat Cabin: The retreat cabin, about a 5-minute walk from the lodge, has a bedroom with 2 single beds, a curtained sleeping area with a foam mattress, a kitchen, and a bathroom. See additional information below regarding the cabin.

For Hosted Rentals

What RMERC provides:

    • a registration form that collects information and responses from applicants
    • payment processing services
    • placement of staff and yogis in rooms
    • email communications between leaders and yogis (e.g. registration notifications, retreat notifications, updates, etc.)
    • carpool platform to help yogis get to the center

What the Leader or Retreat Manager provides

    • retreat programming
    • food and cook
    • replies to yogies about program-specific questions
    • screening participants
    • onsite management of retreats, including yogi jobs

Retreat Participant Lists

Hosted Rentals: RMERC will compile and maintain records of yogi registrations, including profile information, food preferences, and yogi submissions of waivers and covid documentation (see Documentation below). These are available for leadres

Private Rentals, 10 days before the retreat starts, leaders must provide RMERC with

    • Number of yogis and teachers in their retreat
    • Information for all yogis and staff: name, email address, phone number, and lodging type (lodge or camping).


RMERC sets up carpools for all Hosted Rentals.

Leaders of Private Rentals will need to handle carpools independently. Som carpool options:

    • Appoint a laison to organize and assist; perhaps the easiest and surest, but most time consuming.
    • Put the event name and date in the title, and use the 3-column option for one-way trips (return rides can usually be arranged on-site).
    • A shared Google Drive Document or Sheet. This can work well, but less good on mobile.
    • Jotform form (used by RMERC, but not easy to implement).
    • We will add to this list if we find better options; please let us know if you find a good option that is not on this list.

Equipment List

A general equipment list is available here for use of modifications: PDF Version | Word Version.

On-Site Logistics

Resident Managers

Our resident managers will be on-site to help with retreat logistics, including helping to get yogis settled and coordinating yogi cleaning jobs.

Retreat Managers

In addition, every retreat leader must designate a Retreat Manager as a point person for communications between the Resident Managers and your group. The Retreat Manager will also help get yogis settled and assign yogi jobs.

Leader and Staff Arrival

Leaders, staff, and cooks may arrive at 2 pm on the first day of their retreat.  Our resident managers will be available to answer questions, but they will also be busy preparing for your retreat, so please be sensitive to their needs.  If you wish to ask any questions prior to the retreat, please call our resident managers (303-459-1012). See the Leader Agreement for our policies related to early arrival of late departure.

Group Arrival

Student arrival time is 4 pm (unless the retreat is starting earlier). If students arrive early, they will need to be outside until 4. They will not have access to water or toilets or shelter.


Checkout is by 1 pm (unless a later time has been pre-arranged).


Students who are camping can pick their own campsite down by the creek, but they must be on the same side of the creek as the lodge. No camping is allowed in the meadow. There is also a small grassy spot next to the lodge right off the east facing deck where they are welcome to camp. Campsites can be anywhere in the grass between the deck and the shady trees, but not up in the trees. No campsite should be visible from the road.

Kitchen and Meals

A commercial-grade kitchen is available in the lodge for your retreat. Our resident managers will orient your cook and help facilitate yogi jobs. Most leaders allow students to bring snacks and supplements, and a small yogi refrigerator is available for their use.

Facility Resources

Available for group use: meditation hall (holds up to 30), meditation gong (Tibetsan bowl), zafus and zabutons (20-25), chairs (15), portable PA system (with lithium batteries), dry erase board.

Yogi Jobs

We ask each yogi to spend about 1 hour per day helping us manage the center. They will do the same job every day.  Yogi jobs usually include meal prep (an hour before each meal), meal clean up (starting 30-45 min after the meal begins, and bathroom cleaning (about 45 mins, anytime in the afternoon). In addition, we ask that leaders or the retreat manager delegate clean up tasks on the last day; last-day clean up takes about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Depending on group size, we generally use: 3-4 yogis to prep each meal, 3-4 yogis for meal clean up, 1-3 yogis to clean bathrooms , 1 yogi to manage the coffee/tea area, and everyone helps at the end of the retreat.

Orientation and Dana Talks

Our resident managers will give an orientation talk usually about 15 minutes after dinner is served and while people are still eating.  The orientation is about 20 minutes long.

The managers will also give a Dana talk for the Center usually about 15 minutes after breakfast is served on the last day of the retreat. The dana talk is about 15 minutes long.

Use of the Cabin for Group Retreats

The personal retreat cabin at RMERC is available for use by group retreats, provided that it is available (not previously booked). The cabin includes a small but complete kitchen, bathroom with shower, a bedroom with two single beds, and a living room with a curtained sleeping space. Blankets and pillows are provided and there is a landline phone (303-459-1122) but no internet. If used by participants, we recommend that single-gender occupancy.

For hosted rentals, the cost of the cabin is built into the retreat pricing. For private rentals, the fee for the cabin is $100 per night: this is in addition to the regular per person charges for the retreat. Cabin fees will be added to your invoice. Cancellations outside of 45 days get a refund less a $120 cancellation fee. Inside of 45 days no refunds will be made unless dates are re-rented, in which case you get a refund for rebooked nights, less the $120 cancellation fee.

Cabin information

Linens, bedding, and meals at the lodge are provided as part of the group retreat. Please do not plan on cooking meals in the cabin unless that is arranged with the resident managers.

A cleaning and/or damage fee may be assessed if things are not found to be clean and in good order. Please let us know immediately if any damages occur during your visit.

The cabin must be completely cleaned by checkout time, 12 noon, using the checklist in the cabin, regardless of retreat ending time. All trash must be removed and either brought to the lodge or taken home.

Fires, smoking, candles, or open flames of any kind, inside or outside, are strictly forbidden. Please do not play recorded music outside. No recreational drugs or alcohol are permitted.


RMERC promotion of public retreats includes

    • Listing retreats on our website Retreats Page
    • Promoting to our email and membership lists
    • Promoting on our Facebook page
    • Promotion of retreats in the Retreat Guru marketplace

RMERC Behind the Scenes

Spafford Ackerly and Kathy BallekMeet Kathy Ballek, the RMERC Registrar, and Spafford Ackerly, our Operations Manager. Kathy and Spafford live not far from RMERC (30 minutes along the Peak to Peak Highway), and they take care of a much of the backend paperwork and IT needs. You can reach them at [email protected] and [email protected] with any questions.


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2024 Retreats

Beginner / Beginner’s Mind Silent Meditation Retreat

With Upasaka Upali and Nicoya Helm (Assistant)

May 2 – 5, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
If you have a meditation practice and have wanted to attend a meditation retreat, this long weekend is an excellent fit for first-time retreat goers. It is also open to anyone wanting time to unplug, enjoy Noble Silence, and deepen their meditation practice. The schedule is devoted almost entirely to silent meditation, but there is also time for hiking, one-on-one teacher support from Upali, and Dharma talks in the evenings. All levels of practice experience are welcome. Upali will teach most readily from a Pragmatic Dharma perspective, utilizing his formal training in Shamatha-Vipassana to teach meditative techniques. He also teaches…

SMS Awakening Activism: A Dharma Response to Gaza RETREAT CANCELED

With Thanissara, Elaine Yeh, Djuna Devereaux and Yong Oh

May 6 – 10, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Sacred Mountain Sangha in collaboration with Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Amidst the stark realities of our times, the need for a more resilient, transparent, engaged, and collaborative Dharma culture has been illuminated by the destruction of Gaza. This retreat emerges as a response to this need as a contribution toward its realization. Inspired by the interventions of the Buddha to stop wars and the courageous stands of spiritual movements against political injustices throughout history, we recognize a moral imperative to act and to resist the descent into chaos and the normalization of mass atrocities and extreme violence.cultivate mindful engagement guided by…

Healing, Belonging and Kinning: An Ecodharma Retreat

With Kritee (Kanko), Imtiaz Rangwala and Bianca Acosta

May 14 – 19, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
 Join us at the stunningly pristine and healing Rocky Mountain Ecodharma retreat center for a retreat designed for empowering anyone who cares about the healing and belonging in these wild times of polycrisis (climate, genocidal wars, xenophobia, pollution, rise of fascism and mental health crisis). You could be a community organizer, healer, educator, activist, artist, scientist, journalist, lawyer, author or storyteller working. Through silent meditation, movement/yoga, guided dialogue, a deep grief and rage ceremony, an extended “Solo” time in nature, small affinity group work, and dharma talks by the teachers we will explore how we can deepen our love for…

The Ecology of Self

With Blake Hestir, Sarah Sampson, “Choke” and Alex Julie

May 20 – 25, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
The Ecology of Self is a 6-day, 5-night adventure into deepening our relationship with Mother Earth. Our stories of separation from the Earth and each other are the seeds of the global challenges we face. Together we delve into the dynamic interdependence of self, community, and the living land, framed within a larger conversation about regenerative sustainability, equity, and well-being. Along our journey, we build community, practice nature-centered meditation, explore embodiment practices, enjoy tea ritual and expressive arts, and engage in vibrant discussion. Creating a strong culture of belonging and inclusivity is a crucial part of promoting individual and planetary…

Embracing Eco Dharma as A New Saint

With Lama Rod Owens, Reggie Hubbard, Rashid Hughes and Bhava Jaya

May 25 – 31, 2024
Cal-Wood Retreat Center
In this retreat we will explore themes around climate anxiety, the harm of individual and collective narcissism, connecting to the awakened consciousness of the earth as well as the sky, and developing renewed visions for climate change organizing and activism based on the recognition that all systems of violence intersect with climate change work. We will be relying on Lama Rod’s newest book, The New Saints, along with ancient Buddhist based practices, including mindfulness and tantra, and body-based practices to deepen our understanding of our body’s connection to the earth. This retreat is open to anyone regardless of practice experience.…

Awake in the Wild – Cultivating Awareness, Wisdom and Love in Nature

With Mark Coleman

May 26 – June 1, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Like the Buddha, people for millennia have sought refuge, clarity and wisdom in nature. In this silent, fully outdoor nature retreat, you will meditate in the serenity and beauty of mountains and meadows, while cultivating potent yet accessible sensory awareness practices that open you to insight, interconnection and well-being. This nature immersion provide the perfect antidote to our busy, digital and stressed lives. During the retreat, you will cultivate a receptive, embodied quality of mindful attention. This awareness supports learning from nature’s wisdom teachings on change, letting go, equanimity and sensing intimately ones inter-connection with all life. You will also…

Finding our True Nature in Nature

With Jon Aaron and Ben Connelly

June 3 – 9, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Within the beautiful surroundings of RMERC, and with the power of meditating in nature, we may discover our true nature. Let us cultivate a joy that supports facing the uncertainties of this world and the arising of appropriate response. This retreat brings together different traditions of Buddhist practice, integrating Insight and early Mahayana practices by drawing deeply from Yogacara’s Three Natures teachings. Held by the mountains, forest, and stream, supported by the container of noble silence, we will spend most of our time outside in the meadows and forests of the center.

Natural Awareness and Wisdom:Exploring Mindfulness in Nature

With Dave Smith

June 10 – 17, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
During this retreat we will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness with an emphasis on developing continuity of wise awareness as taught by Burmese master Sayadaw U Tejaniya. Instructions will emphasize the Buddha’s teachings on view, attitude and qualities of mind that support a relaxed and alert awareness throughout all activities. Through the development of a sustained and kind awareness we come to meet ourselves and the world with presence, ease and wisdom, naturally establishing the clear seeing and collectedness of mind that are the hallmarks of liberating insight. The retreat will be conducted in noble silence and will follow…

Belonging to Each Other: Falling in Love with Mother Earth Together – An Ecodharma Retreat for People of Color

With Kritee (Kanko), Kaira Jewel Lingo, Imtiaz Rangwala, Ramon Gabrieloff-Parish, Bianca Acosta and Asia Whitlock

June 18 – 23, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Join us at the stunningly pristine and healing Rocky Mountain Ecodharma retreat center for a retreat designed for empowering anyone who cares about the healing and belonging in these wild times of polycrisis (climate, genocidal wars, xenophobia, pollution, rise of fascism and mental health crisis). You could be a community organizer, healer, educator, activist, artist, scientist, journalist, lawyer, author or storyteller working on climate and social justice. Through silent meditation, movement/yoga, guided dialogue, a deep grief and rage ceremony, an extended “Solo” time in nature, small affinity group work, and dharma talks by the teachers we will explore how we…

Meditation, Embodiment and Awakening in Nature

With Peter Williams and Carla Brennan

June 24 – 30, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
This retreat explores the rejuvenating power of deep connection with nature through meditation. When we connect with the simplicity of our senses in outdoor meditation, our minds get quiet and we marvel at the ordinary wonders around us – the spray of colors in a field of mountain flowers, a dewdrop on the tip of an aspen leaf, clouds scudding across the high peaks. Practicing in nature connects us with our care for the world. As a group, we will explore our gratitude for the natural world, our grief for our impact on it, and how to make engaging with…

Pachamama Medicina: An Ecodharma Retreat for Indigenous-descendant Womxn

With Bianca Acosta, Andrea Valeska and Kritee (Kanko)

July 3 – 7, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
In Indigenous cosmology, womxn are at the center of the healing of people and land. By healing the womxn, we heal families, communities and our sacred lands.  This four day retreat for womxn descendants of indigenous peoples will provide space for participants to gather, share and practice Earth-based ancestral ways of healing. The leaders of this retreat believe in Land rematriation as a powerful way to heal our hearts and land from centuries of colonization. They view rematriation as a return to our Mother Earth, a restoration of symbiotic balance among all living things, and a return to Indigenous ways…

Exploring Ecodharma: a Deep Experience in Nature

With Johann Robbins, David Loy, Rochelle Calvert and Cornelia Santschi

July 19 – 28, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Book now and get $105.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until May 4, 2024.
This ten day retreat is a deep dive into being, in nature, abiding silently, joining inner nature with outer nature, and dissolving separation. Each day includes plentiful time for sitting, hiking/walking meditation, as well as meditation instruction, dharma talks, and small group ecodharma exploration. There will be a two night solo opportunity during the retreat, which is an incredible highlight. The overall intention is for deep silence, practice, and the joy and healing that comes with a profound connection with nature. This will be supported by instruction in a variety of nature meditation practices. There will be nightly campfire dharma…

NEW!! Transformation in Nature: a Supported Solo Retreat

With Johann Robbins and Cornelia Santschi

July 30 – August 3, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Book now and get $45.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until May 8, 2024.
If you have been wanting to do a longer solo retreat in nature, but were daunted by the logistics, or uncertain about how to spend your time or what to bring, this retreat makes all of that simple. Solo nature practice is an incredibly powerful way to realize who we truly are, to touch into being, and the reality of non-separation that brings. When we hang out in a beautiful spot for days, being aware, peaceful, and still, this calms and reassures the wildlife that usually try and avoid humans, and they come and visit, sometimes for hours. This opens…

Nonduality in Nature: The Direct Path of Beauty and Love

With Johann Robbins and Caverly Morgan

August 4 – 10, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Book now and get $70.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until May 20, 2024.
Our true being is awareness and love. This peace and happiness, which we all long for, underlies the ceaseless striving of the limited sense of self, or ego. Being in nature allows us to easily relax, and come into presence with the beauty around us, and the appreciation, gratitude and love that arises in response. Being in the mountains in the soft gentle time of high summer, with green meadows, alive forests, abundant wildflowers, high peaks adorned with snowy caps, the running creek, and all the birds, moose, deer, elk, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and others, is an ideal place and…

Touching the Earth

With Susie Harrington and Denise Ackert

August 12 – 19, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Do you long to embody the ease, freedom, and aliveness that is your true home? To do so, the Buddha implored us to “go to the forest, to the foot of a tree” as an onward leading condition for awakening to our true nature. In this home of spruce forests, alpine meadows, birdsong, and wandering moose, we practice immersed in the natural world. And we explore opening ourselves to the beauty, inter-connectedness, and preciousness of our true nature. During this retreat, we’ll be encouraged to look out and around, as well as inward, and to delight in what we see.…

Deepen Your Connection to the Web of Life

With Rochelle Calvert and Piero Falci

August 20 – 25, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Book now and get $50.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 5, 2024.
Gain a profound understanding of your inner connection to the natural world through insightful dharma teachings, immersive nature experiences and heartfelt reflective inquiry. This is an opportunity to explore the understanding of deep ecology, foster a sense of reverence for the Earth and empower yourself to become an active participant in its healing and preservation. Through the profound power of nature-centered mindfulness and somatic healing this retreat is designed to awaken vitality with life and rekindle your connection to the world around you. Through a harmonious blend of guided practices, mindful explorations of nature, and gentle somatic healing techniques, you…

Gratitude, Joy and Deep Belonging

With Peter Williams and Dave Smith

August 26 – September 1, 2024
Book now and get $65.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 11, 2024.
This retreat emphasizes the ability of meditation in nature to ease the mind into silence, happiness, and deep belonging. With much of the retreat happening outdoors, participants will become aware of all their senses and learn to appreciate the simple joys the earth is always offering. Gratitude becomes a natural state of mind. As practice deepens, one will gain insight into the fundamental truths, such as impermanence and interdependence, that lead to inner peace. The retreat will be held in silence with periods of sitting and walking meditation, movement practices, as well as mindful hiking on the stunning land of…

Deepening Your Practice: A Meditation Retreat for Experienced Practitioners

With David Chernikoff

September 2 – 8, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Book now and get $60.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 18, 2024.
This retreat is for those who want to deepen their practice and to listen to what the Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah called “the one who knows.” Ultimately, spiritual maturation involves learning to trust our own inner guidance and resting in the felt realization that we already have what we seek and we already are what we wish to become. In a caring, supportive environment, we’ll practice sitting and walking meditation in silence. There will be dharma talks on the retreat theme as well as guided meditations and some interactive exercises that highlight the transformative power of the teachings. This retreat is designed for…

SoulFire Murmuration

With Carol Kortsch and Jade Sherer

September 11 – 15, 2024
Rocky Mountain Eco-dharma Retreat Center
Book now and get $45.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 27, 2024.
This retreat is intentionally intergenerational for all women who identify with the Earth community and are open to exploring your true essence through your connection with Mother Nature.  We are calling you personally back to the circle.  We welcome all those who have attended our SoulFire gatherings or other nature-based retreats and who long for more opportunity to listen deeply. We intend to create a murmuration in our unity, growing our individual and collective strength.  Thus, discovering an emergent wisdom so needed in the world.  Studies of murmuration have shown that a single starling responds to seven of its closest…

Cultivating the Courageous Heart

With Jean Leonard and Sarah Heffron

September 17 – 22, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Book now and get $55.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until Jul 3, 2024.
Daily we are faced with our growing vulnerability and the challenges of being alive in this complex world, as well as possibilities for transformation, personally and collectively.  More than ever, we are seeing our common humanity and how interdependent we are with each other and the more than human world. This is an opportunity to meet the moment, ourselves, and one another with care, clarity and compassion. Courage is described as “the ability to do something that frightens one” and “strength in the face of pain or grief.”   Cultivating the Brahma Viharas – the heart qualities of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity – develops the…

Silence, Stillness and Concentration

With Barry Gillespie

September 23 – 29, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Book now and get $55.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until Jul 9, 2024.
A traditional Theravada silent mindfulness retreat with emphasis on stillness, concentration and continuity of practice, leading participants to a spacious stillness of mind, a radiant calm. There will be regular seated and walking practice, daily meditation instruction, evening dharma talks, an optional daily gentle yoga class, individual practice meetings and time every day to hike/walk in the beautiful natural world surrounding the retreat center. All of the teachings will be based directly on the Buddha’s teachings found in the Pali Canon, in particular in the Satipatthana Sutta.

ArtLife – Awakening Original Creativity

With Jane Seaton

October 2 – 6, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
It is becoming ever more urgent to break free from the old paradigms strangling our world.  How are we each called to contribute, from our hearts and with our myriad skills, to no less than radically heal and evolve beyond this fractured reality?  Whether as contemplatives, healers, visionaries or social activists, our natural creative gifts support fulfilling our true life purpose. During this retreat, we’ll go on intuitively guided and sometimes marvelously surprising creative adventures. No prior art making experience is needed to engage with and be nourished by participating in this program. The kind of creativity that we will…

Zen and Ecodharma Retreat (Sesshin)

With Kritee (Kanko) and Imtiaz Rangwala

October 8 – 13, 2024
This silent retreat is for participants who want to learn about Zen tradition and deepen their surrender to the “Enlightened Mind”. Our sangha takes a trauma informed approach to healing, awakening and changemaking. As a result, at our retreats, we combine practices from the ancient tradition of Rinzai Zen with our current understanding of what individuals need to face and release our trauma. Each day will include indoor zazen (seated meditation), outdoor meditation (by trees, bonfire or flowing water), kinhin (group walking meditation), deep abdominal chanting, opportunities to share our experience with other participants, a talk at the interface of…

Deepening Kinship: Exploring the Intersections of Queerness, Ecology & Dharma

With Kirsten Rudestam, Emerson James and Jean Leonard

October 15 – 20, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Book now and get $55.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until Jul 31, 2024.
As practices, kinship and queer ecology can help us get in closer touch with the truth of who we truly are, as well as strengthen our inherent connection with the more-than-human world. In queer ecology, at the scale of the individual, to be queer is to be mutable; queerness signifies that which is unfixed and in a constant process of becoming. At the scale of the collective, queerness is relational, symbiotic and supportive.* In this retreat we apply these lenses of kinship and queer ecology to explore the paramitas, a set of 10 qualities or perfections of character, that, once…

The Body of Stars: Exploring Embodiment, Earth & Purpose through Astrology

With Ramon Gabrieloff-Parish, Renee Sills and Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

October 24 – 27, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
PRIVATE RETREAT Exploring to Embodiment, Earth & Purpose through Astrology Astrology is a symbolic language that helps us attune with our intuition, open the gates of our imagination and live with a sense of inspiration, presence and purpose. As a model for complex systems thinking and mind-body coherence and integration that predates and underlies many forms of science and psychology, astrology goes far beyond the simplicity of “sun signs.” In this retreat, participants will explore astrology as a spiritual and contemplative method. We’ll engage with charts, signs and symbolism, to develop greater self and relational awareness; connect with our physical…

Awakening the Heart of Love; Walking the Path of the Bodhisattva

With Heidi Bourne and Laurie Cousins

November 5 – 10, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
Book now and get $60.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until Aug 21, 2024.
The path of the Bodhisattva asks us to dedicate ourselves to the well-being of all sentient beings – to show up as best as we can for ourselves, each other, and the natural world with a quality of no-matter-whatness. It’s an impossible though necessary task. Drawing on the teachings of the Buddha, our retreat focuses on cultivating the capacity to skillfully navigate our everyday lives with a steady receptive mind and a courageous wise heart. Held in peaceful noble silence throughout the retreat, our practices include foundational and transformative guidance on lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. Please join us as…


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).

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