Rocky Mountain

Ecodharma Retreat Center

A Home for Meditation in Nature

Self Retreats at RMERC

Our Retreat Cabin is now Available for Self Retreats!

  • Members can enjoy personal self-retreats at RMERC, available 365 days a year.
  • Private lodging in the historic (1885) and newly renovated miner’s cabin, which is separate from the retreat center lodge
  • Includes a bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and deck
  • Affordable, sliding scale rates with discounts for longer stays
  • The cabin is also available for rental by Group Retreat Leaders (contact [email protected] for information)

See Cabin Pics Here

Self Retreats

Please read through this section carefully before considering a self retreat at RMERC. 

Requirements

Requirements

The cabin is available for RMERC members who wish to engage in contemplative practice retreats. Please note the following requirements for rental

  • All retreatants must have participated in an RMERC group retreat.
  • All retreatants must have completed at least two retreats of duration equal to or greater than the intended retreat.
  • All retreatants must be RMERC Members in good standing, at the time the reservation is made and at the time of the retreat.
  • All retreatant must sign an RMERC Waiver, and
  • The person making the reservation must sign a cabin rental agreement during the reservation process, acknowledging and agreeing to the guidelines set forth.

Note that we will be in touch if we have any questions related to these qualifications.

Retreat Duration

Retreat Duration

Note that the minimum stay is 3 nights if including a Friday or Saturday night; otherwise, the minimum stay is 2 nights. The maximum stay is 14 nights (please contact us if you are interested in a longer retreat). The cabin can be reserved for up to 2 people. Check-in time on first day is 1 pm. Check-out time on last day is 11 am.

Pricing

Cost per Night – Sliding Scale Pricing

  • One Person: $100 – $160 (low income options available)
  • Two People: $150-$240 (low income options available)
  • 20% discount for stays of 8 days or longer
  • For scholarship options, please contact [email protected].
  • Accepted payment methods: Paypal and credit card
Reservation Process

To reserve the retreat cabin:

  • Review this page thoroughly, especially regarding requirements. On the reservation form, you will be asked to provide some related details.
  • Click here to check availability of the retreat cabin.
  • To reserve the cabin, follow the link at the bottom of this page; you will need to login with your membership credentials to make a reservation.
  • On the booking form, you will need to confirm eligibility, select dates, confirm payment amount, sign a cabin agreement, and make a payment.
  • You will receive a a confirmation email and a receipt of payment. You can consider the reservation confirmed unless we contacct you with any questions. Note that RMERC retains the right to terminate a reservation and refund your payment if we have any questions about eligibility or suitability of a retreat.
  • You will receive an email 1 or 2 days before your retreat with a code to the cabin. 
  • In rare cases, two bookings might overlap; we apologize in advance if we need to cancel and refund your reservation.
  • Please email [email protected] with any questions about the booking process.
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

On bookings of seven nights or less: 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.

On bookings of 8 nights or more: Cancellations more than 45 days in advance get a refund less a $200 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 $200 cancellation fee.

Commitments

Commitments

As members of the Ecodharma community, one of our most important charges is to create a sacred, protected space for people on retreat. Often times, going into silent meditation retreat creates an experience of deep sensitivity and vulnerability that can be unrecognizable to our everyday, often armored selves. It is paramount that we maintain that protected space for people while they are on retreat at the center. This allows them to deepen their relationships with themselves and the world around them.

During the spring, summer, and fall, RMERC hosts group retreats in our main lodge. If a retreat is underway at the center, you may not attend their teachings or events, and the lodge is off limits unless there is an emergency. All of the hiking trails are available to you, but please maintain silence.

If you meet someone on one of the trails, please do not speak to them and try to avoid excessive eye contact, as they may be in noble silence. Please don’t make any sudden moves. The best practice is to step quietly aside, bow, and allow them to pass. In general, please treat all people as though they are sacred and ancient, because they are! You may choose to act as though you have just stepped into a magnificent cathedral. Honor the sacredness, dignity, and the respect of every person you meet.

Click here for information about the hiking trails and locations of outdoor shrines (note that the shrines near the main lodge are off-limits during group retreats).

Winter Weather

Winter Weather

Note that winter weather at RMERC can be exceptionally harsh, especially during storms, which can bring blowing snow in whiteout conditions with strong winds and deep snow covering the driveway and parking areas. Please plan accordingly. The weather in boulder can be balmy, and at RMERC, winds of 50 mph and temperatures below 20 degrees are not uncommon. Arrive in full winter gear, snow boots, long underwear, down jacket, warm gloves or mittens, hat, food and water, and sleeping bag. Arrive during daylight. Put a snow shovel in your car in case you get stuck. 

In winter conditions, all-wheel or four-wheel drive is strongly recommended. There is no cell service or amenities in the area. Occasional passing motorists are your only backup. (See more information under parking.)

Directions and Parking

Directions, Parking and Arrival

The cabin is located about 100 yards west of the RMERC lodge (towards the mountains) at 8941 Overland Road, Ward, CO 80481 (set your map directions before leaving Boulder, as there is no cell service in the mountains). 

To get to the cabin, drive through the gate that is about 100 feet to the east of the lodge parking area. Once through the gate, take an immediate right and follow the driveway to the cabin.

NOTE: In winter, all-wheel drive is strongly recommended, and even then, the driveway may be impassable during storms and before it gets plowed out. If in doubt, about either weather or vehicle, you may park temporarily at the pullout above the cabin, drop off your belongings, and then park in the lodge parking lot.

To access the cabin, please enter the keycode that will be emailed to you prior to your arrival.

If at checkin anything is broken or not clean, please let us know immediately using the landline at the cabin, so that you are not assessed damage or cleaning fees after your retreat.

Amenities

Amenities

The cabin includes a small but complete kitchen, bathroom with shower, a bedroom with two single beds, and a living room with a pull out couch. Blankets and pillows are provided, but not linens. There is a landline phone but no Internet.

Bring everything else you need: all food (there is no shopping nearby), linens, towels, dish towels, toilet paper, and toiletries. Some basic cleaning supplies are provided.

Phone and Internet

Phone and Internet

There is no internet at the retreat cabin, but there is a landline for use in case of emergencies. A list of phone numbers to call in case of emergency is posted on the cork board.

Other Guidelines

Other Guidelines

Please remove your shoes while you are in the cabin. The gas heater is a backup for the heat pumps, so please don’t use it unless the electricity goes out. Please make sure to close all the windows any time you leave the cabin, if just for a little while.

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. Pets of any kind are not allowed.

Cleaning and Departure

Cleaning and Departure

Before you leave you are responsible to complete a thorough cleaning, using the checklist in the cabin, and take home all food and trash, except you may leave items on the staples list. We have bears: Leaving trash, food, or things dirty could result in a bear breaking in, causing expensive damage that you will be liable for.

Please make sure to lock the door when you leave.

Damage

Damage

Please let us know immediately if are responsible for any damages. A cleaning and/or damage fee may be assessed if things are not found to be clean and in good order by the next guest. 

CABIN AVAILABILITY

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CABIN RESERVATIONS (for members only)

Personal Retreats

Please read through this section carefully before considering a personal retreat at RMERC. 

Requirements

The cabin is available for RMERC members who wish to engage in contemplative practice retreats. Please note the following requirements for rental

  • All retreatants must have completed at least two retreats of duration equal to or greater than the intended retreat.
  • All retreatants must be RMERC Members when the reservation is made, and at the time of the retreat.
  • All retreatant must sign an RMERC Waiver, and
  • The person making the reservation must sign a cabin rental agreement during the reservation process, acknowledging and agreeing to the guidelines set forth.

Retreat Duration

Note that the minimum stay is 3 nights if including a Friday or Saturday night; otherwise, the minimum stay is 2 nights. The maximum stay is 14 nights (please contact us if you are interested in a longer retreat). The cabin can be reserved for up to 2 people. Check-in time on first day is 1 pm. Check-out time on last day is 11 am.

Cost per Night – Sliding Scale Pricing

  • One Person: $100 – $160 (low income and scholarship options available)
  • Two People: $150-$240 (low income and scholarship options available)
  • 20% discount for stays of 8 days or longer
  • Accepted payment methods: Paypal and credit card

Cancellation Policy

On bookings of seven nights or less: 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.

On bookings of 8 nights or more: Cancellations more than 45 days in advance get a refund less a $200 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 $200 cancellation fee.

Commitments

As members of the Ecodharma community, one of our most important charges is to create a sacred, protected space for people on retreat. Often times, going into silent meditation retreat creates an experience of deep sensitivity and vulnerability that can be unrecognizable to our everyday, often armored selves. It is paramount that we maintain that protected space for people while they are on retreat at the center. This allows them to deepen their relationships with themselves and the world around them.

During the spring, summer, and fall, RMERC hosts group retreats in our main lodge. If a retreat is underway at the center, you may not attend their teachings or events, and the lodge is off limits unless there is an emergency. All of the hiking trails are available to you, but please maintain silence.

If you meet someone on one of the trails, please do not speak to them and try to avoid excessive eye contact, as they may be in noble silence. Please don’t make any sudden moves. The best practice is to step quietly aside, bow, and allow them to pass. In general, please treat all people as though they are sacred and ancient, because they are! You may choose to act as though you have just stepped into a magnificent cathedral. Honor the sacredness, dignity, and the respect of every person you meet.

Click here for information about the hiking trails and locations of outdoor shrines (note that the shrines near the main lodge are off-limits during group retreats).

Directions, Parking and Arrival

The RMERC lodge is located at 8941 Overland Road, Ward, CO 80481 (set your map directions before leaving Boulder, as there is no cell service in the mountains). The personal retreat cabin is to the west of the lodge (towards the mountains) about 100 yards.

Please park either (1) in the pullout on Overland Road, just above the cabin, with car facing in the direction of traffic or (2) you may access the cabin via the driveway to the east of the pullout.

To access the cabin, please enter the keycode that will be emailed to you prior to your arrival.

If at checkin anything is broken or not clean, please let us know immediately using the landline at the cabin.

Amenities

The cabin includes a small but complete kitchen, bathroom with shower, a bedroom with two single beds, and a living room with a pull out couch. Blankets and pillows are provided, but not linens. There is a landline phone but no Internet.

Bring everything else you need: all food (there is no shopping nearby), linens, towels, dish towels, toilet paper, and toiletries. Some basic cleaning supplies are provided.

Phone and Internet

There is no internet at the retreat cabin, but there is a landline for use in case of emergencies. A list of phone numbers to call in case of emergency is posted on the cork board.

Other Guidelines

Please remove your shoes while you are in the cabin. The gas heater is a backup for the heat pumps, so please don’t use it unless the electricity goes out. Please make sure to close all the windows any time you leave the cabin, if just for a little while.

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. Pets of any kind are not allowed.

Cleaning and Departure

Before you leave you are responsible to complete a thorough cleaning, using the checklist in the cabin, and take home all food and trash, except you may leave items on the staples list. We have bears: Leaving trash, food, or things dirty could result in a bear breaking in, causing expensive damage that you will be liable for.

Please make sure to lock the door when you leave.

Damage

Please let us know immediately if are responsible for any damages. A cleaning and/or damage fee may be assessed if things are not found to be clean and in good order by the next guest. 

CABIN AVAILABILITY

SEE CABIN AVAILABILITY HERE

CABIN RESERVATIONS (for members only)

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The historic and newly renovated Miners Cabin at RMERC will be available for self-retreats by RMERC Members. The cabin, built in 1885, has a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom with two twin beds, and a living area with pullout couch/bed. The surrounding land and hiking trails are also available to self retreatants, as noted below.

Covid Policies for Self Retreats

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Application Requirements

2021 Requirements To be considered for a Self Retreat, applicants must meet the following conditions:
  • must have intentions for a contemplative self retreat
  • must have a short reference letter from a teacher that knows your practice and your intentions for the retreat (see the Online Reference option here), or be a teacher in a recognized spiritual tradition
Small groups of 1 to 5 persons may apply for a Self Retreat. One person must be designated as leader, and each individual must complete their own application. 2022 Requirements Please check back soon.

Pricing

2021 Pricing We offer sliding-scale pricing for Self Retreats. There is a 2-night minimum. Prices are per person and do not include food.
  • Discounted rate: $75 per night
  • Baseline (True Cost): $100 per night
  • Donor: $150 per night
  • Benefactor: $175 per night
Pricing is reduced by 10% for 3 or more people, and also reduced by 10% for 3 or more nights, for a maximum 20% discount if both criteria are met . Note that all retreatants must complete the application and approval process. All amounts over “Baseline” are a tax deductible donation. Payments and Cancellations: Full payment is required within 3 days of approval of your application to confirm your retreat (we will send a request for payment by Paypal or credit card). For cancellations more than 40 days in advance of the retreat, RMERC will offer a full refund less a $75 administrative fee; no refunds are offered for cancellations 40 days or less in advance of the retreat. In the unlikely event that RMERC needs to cancel your Self Retreat for unforeseen circumstances (e.g. emergencies, extreme weather, major repairs), you will be able to reschedule your retreat or receive a full refund. 2022 Pricing Please check back soon.

Check In and Check Out Times

Check in is after 4 pm on days that a group retreat is ending, and after 3PM other days (we will let you know). Check out time is by 10 am on days that a group retreat is starting, and by 11 am on other days. All cleaning must be completed by checkout time.

Hiking during Self Retreats

Individuals on Self Retreat may walk to the Barn, the Meadow, Aspen Bend, and up to the Rock Pile at any time. Other hiking trails are available as follows: each Self Retreat group of 1-5 people may reserve one trail per paid day at no charge. We will invite you to make trail reservations after acceptance of your application. If you wish to reserve additional trails during a Self Retreat, then you can reserve and pay through the hiking reservation system.

Self Retreat Availability

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Self Retreat Application

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2024 Retreats

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May 2 – 5, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
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With Thanissara, Elaine Yeh, Djuna Devereaux and Yong Oh

May 6 – 10, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
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With Kritee (Kanko), Imtiaz Rangwala and Bianca Acosta

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Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
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The Ecology of Self

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Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
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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
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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)
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Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
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Natural Awareness and Wisdom:Exploring Mindfulness in Nature

With Dave Smith

June 10 – 17, 2024
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center (RMERC)
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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)
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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)
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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…

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