Rocky Mountain

Ecodharma Retreat Center

A Home for Meditation in Nature


The RMERC 2021 Retreat Schedule

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RMERC is offering a full summer of in-person retreats! These are mostly camping retreats in the fresh air of the Colorado Rocky Mountains! Some lodging is available for those with covid vaccination. All participants must have a negative covid test. See all of the retreats here! For leaders interested in holding a retreat at RMERC.

Nature + Mindfulness + Joy

With Joshua Ellis and Frederic Wiedemann

June 9 - 13, 2021
Yes! This is an IN-PERSON retreat! We hope you are as excited about this as we are! The retreat center is taking every precaution to ensure this is COVID-SAFE.... ALSO, this will not be your typical meditation retreat – no hours of silence, a lot more fun, a lot more deliberate community building, amazing outdoor camping only, and everything is entirely outdoors … in early summer, at 8,600 feet in the Rockies. If you are still reading, here are the details! Nature itself will be our guiding teacher, mindfulness our integral practice, and joy our healing medicine! On this uniquely fun retreat, in this extraordinary wilderness, we will weave together short periods of silent meditation, heart-opening experiential exercises, conscious community building, a full-day solo, and play, laughter and movement. The main goal of the retreat? To foster joy through connection – with nature, with the community, and with your truest self. We are limiting this to only 14 folks, for depth!


With Carol Kortsch

June 17 - 20, 2021
ElderSoul is a call to mature adults who are walking a life-long soulful process. For those who long to know and take their place in Earth community in the company of seekers who together desire a true and deepening elderhood.

Meditation and Embodiment in Nature

With Peter Williams and Tory Capron

June 24 - 27, 2021
This is a nature-based silent meditation retreat with some Ecodharma content. We will meditate outdoors as much as the weather allows. The focus is on our bodies as an expression of nature and interdependence. Feeling our connection with nature moves us to be active in advocating for it. We will explore this as Bodhisattva activity.

Love & the Commons

With Jeannie Zandi

June 29 - July 4, 2021
Meditation, guided meditation, talks, exchange with participants, dyad exercises and potentially any of the following embodiment practices: walking meditation, trust walks, Aikido sword (no contact – for consciousness building), authentic movement, singing, sounding, modified form of vision quest/outdoor contemplation/meditation, some emotional processing

Awake in the Wild – Meditation in Nature Retreat

With Mark Coleman

July 12 - 19, 2021
This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment. Participants will learn to bring this receptive presence to develop a contemplative relationship with nature. By cultivating an inner quiet and curious spirit we can learn from nature as a perennial teacher. The natural world reveals timeless Dharma teachings that support a natural letting go and a wise relationship to all experience.

People of Color Ecodharma Retreat

With Kritee (Kanko), Asia Dorsey and Maria Talero

July 20 - 25, 2021
Come join us at the stunningly pristine and healing Rocky Mountain Ecodharma retreat center (RMERC) for a retreat designed for empowering self-identifying people of color involved in environmental or climate change-making work. You could be a community organizer, healer or healing arts practitioner, educator, activist, climate-mom, climate scientist, journalist, lawyer, author or storyteller. Through silent hikes, meditation, yoga, guided peer-to-peer dialogue in a strong container of emotional safety and trust, gratitude/grief/rage rituals and other group-work, we will explore how we can deepen activism as a spiritual path, learn to honor and transform our emotions through empathy and connection, face the root cause of our suffering, act with deep compassion & courage in these difficult times.

Inner Outer Nature – Optional Self-Retreat

With Johann Robbins

August 2 - 6, 2021
For those attending the Ecodharma Training you are welcome to show up early, on Monday August 2, for a four night self-retreat. Full dharma support will be provided, including how to do a camping self-retreat, setting intentions, finding a campsite, teacher one-on-ones, and integrating back into sangha. Meals are not included, bring a small camp stove and food. This is an incredible opportunity to find your own spot on the land, and go deeply into silence and stillness, surrounded and held by nature.

Inner Outer Nature – Entire Retreat (for Dharma Leaders and Experienced Practitioners)

With Johann Robbins, David Loy and Lin Wang Gordon

August 6 - 22, 2021
Early bird discount of $175.00 valid until May 1, 2021.
The Inner Outer Nature - Entire Retreat consists of the Ecodharma Training Retreat (for Ecodharma leaders and experienced practitioners) and the Silent Nature Retreat. The goal for the Training retreat is to support and catalyze deep personal learning that you can apply to your own dharma leadership and teaching, in order to develop ecodharma in your own way. The uniqueness and authenticity of our own experience shapes how each of us practices, leads and teaches dharma, and this training will incorporate into that process as well. The nature retreat (Aug 16-22) will be much quieter and simpler than the training retreat, making it an ideal space to let the training’s potent energy continue transforming in its own way and time.

Inner Outer Nature – Part I: Ecodharma Training Retreat (for Dharma Leaders and Experienced Practitioners)

With Johann Robbins, David Loy and Lin Wang Gordon

August 6 - 15, 2021
Early bird discount of $100.00 valid until May 1, 2021.
Ecodharma Training Retreat for dedicated practitioners, and dharma leaders and teachers. The focus of this retreat is healing our relationship with the the natural world, and developing appropriate responses that unify spiritual practice and social engagement. We will connect deeply with nature, grounding ourselves in the joys of being and practicing outside, while building a safe and supportive sangha. We will then explore the grief, fear, anger, and guilt we feel while watching the earth's climate and ecosystems deteriorate. We will work with eco-trauma and eco-grief, supported by deepening nature practice and a close sangha. After thorough preparation there will be a two-day solo, in which solitude and silence increase our capacity to see, hear, and feel our connection with inner and outer nature and our sense of belonging to the earth. Afterwards we gather for integration and finding the way forward, catalyzing deep personal learning into dharma practice and leadership.

Inner Outer Nature – Part 2: Silent Nature Retreat (Open to All)

With Johann Robbins and David Loy

August 16 - 22, 2021
Early bird discount of $75.00 valid until May 1, 2021.
This retreat is open to everyone, including beginners. The focus is on silent nature practice, immersion in the natural world, connecting our inner nature with outer nature, and dissolving separation. Each day includes plentiful time for sitting, hiking/walking meditation, as well as nature meditation instruction, dharma talks, and individual and group practice discussions. There will be a one night solo during the retreat.

Healing with Nature

With Rochelle Calvert and Natasha Deganello Giraudie

August 26 - 29, 2021
Through this retreat, we will explore how nature-based practices, our relational connection to the natural world, and related somatic experiencing can support healing and transformation of challenging or traumatic experiences. We will have an opportunity to study, practice, and integrate the wisdom of these teachings in the community. You will have the opportunity to relax and reflect, be led on nature meditations, reflective journaling exercises, and beautiful hikes, all while strengthening your skills to integrate it all into your everyday life.

Women’s Soul Fire Intensive

With Carol Kortsch

September 3 - 6, 2021
The Woman's Soul Fire Intensive calls together a woman’s circle for all ages - rediscovering and fanning the sacred fire within us that has often been forgotten, neglected, and though close to cultural extinction, has always been there. Our learning will be done together in large group, small group and solitary settings, through poetry, story-telling, and especially wandering the beautiful wild land of the Rocky Mountains.

The Heart of Practice

With Terry Ray

September 9 - 12, 2021
We are all born with hearts that are enormous, loving and filled with vitality for all of life. Our hearts close down in response to pain. Underneath walls of protection, our hearts remain untouched. Each one of us has the power to open our hearts to a vast love that is beyond our mind’s grasp. When we come home to this love we realize that it is what we have been longing for, and we can reconnect with an intelligence that is the source of healing and of deep peace

Unwinding Our Barriers to Loving Freely: A Mostly Silent Retreat

With Cynthia Wilcox

September 15 - 19, 2021
The longing for authentic connection is universal, yet we all have barriers and defenses, held patterns that keep us from the very thing we long for. Rumi advised us to “seek and find the barriers within yourself, and love them.” As we see and feel the hurt and hardened layers and how we hold them energetically in our bodies, they begin to fall away. The retreat will include experiences that invite deep dives into the barriers that separate us, and time and space to hold those barriers skillfully and tenderly, both alone in nature and in presence with others.

Zen & Ecodharma Retreat

With Kritee (Kanko)

September 27 - October 3, 2021
Typical Zen retreats are designed for intense and deep meditation experiences. Each day will include indoor and outdoor zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (group walking meditation), deep abdominal chanting, a talk at the interface of Zen and Ecodharma teachings, rest periods, samu (silent work periods to prepare food) and dokusan (private interview with the teacher). We will have time in the afternoons for personal extended time in nature. Food preparation will be led by brilliant chef and Zen practitioner Imtiaz Rangwala and we will always have vegan and gluten-free options. For detailed schedule of five days, please visit this page.

Create, Like Nature Does It

With Frederic Wiedemann

October 6 - 9, 2021
We will be “creating as Nature does.” Nature is creating all the time. Through mindful, nature-based and embodiment practices, we will connect ourselves deeply with this beautiful land — in mindful, joyful and unifying ways. In this juicy connected state with nature, we will listen for our soul sparks or impulses arising. It may be to create in poetry, music, etc.  While these are welcome, we will focus on creating “Earth Art” — using the “found elements” on the land (rocks sticks, moss, grasses, dried leaves, etc). Then, we will use the ancient Tibetan sand paintings practice of (a) bringing our Earth Art to its completion, (b) show it to group for appreciation, insight, and feedback …  and then (c) “erasing the  sand painting” (i.e., return each natural elemental, in a ritual and sacred mode, to its original location  on the land). By so doing, we will encourage connection with the land, our own creativity, growth through group feedback, and deeper connection with each element of our Earth Art.

The Seven Factors of Awakening

With Barry Gillespie

October 19 - 24, 2021
The Seven Factors of Awakening is one of the Buddha’s main teachings. It describes the progressive path that a practitioner takes through successive wholesome mind states, from Mindfulness to Equanimity, leading to Enlightenment. It is important to understand this teaching and experience its development in the heart/mind. This is a source of great joy.

Healing Yourself: Healing the World–A Self-Compassionate Grieving Path for Healing in Midlife and Beyond

With Donna Roe Daniell

October 28 - 31, 2021
In this weekend, we will uncover and explore what we know about ourselves deep inside, that is always there for us—when we slow down and get quiet.  We will explore being with each other and being alone, exploring silence and conversation and how each of these experiences can reveal more about ourselves and our hearts and minds.

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