Rocky Mountain

Ecodharma Retreat Center

A Home for Meditation in Nature


The RMERC 2021 Retreat Schedule

RMERC is offering a full summer of in-person retreats in the fresh air of the Colorado Rocky Mountains! Some retreats will create a safe bubble by requiring Covid vaccinations for everyone, while others will allow some unvaccinated people with a negative Covid test to attend with masks. Check retreat info for details. For leaders interested in holding a retreat at RMERC.

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With Carol Kortsch and Gene Dilworth

June 17 - 20, 2021
ElderSoul is a call to mature adults who are walking a lifelong 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. What does it mean to convene as a Council of Elders? The word ‘Elder’ has held countless profound meanings for global cultures, religious traditions, and local communities throughout the ages. What does it mean for you now, in this tumultuous season of change to be an authentic elder?  How is your soul guiding you to take your place as a local/global elder? What wisdom are you learning in the crucible of pandemic that clarifies your path as a community leader? What of Nature’s wisdom has your specific place in your local watershed been teaching you to pass on to the next generations? What gifts, what questions will you bring to offer to this Council, to the listening community of the Rocky Mountain watershed we will wander on? As elder souls coming together in community, how can we be mirrors, to receive and offer back the other’s stories, in both the human and other-than-human conversations of our lives? How might our…

Meditation and Embodiment in Nature

With Tory Capron and Peter Williams

June 24 - 27, 2021
This retreat will explore internal and external quiet, the teachings of nature and the wisdom of the body. We will do this through meditation, movement and connection with the outdoors, spending as much time outside as the weather allows. In meditation practice we will connect with nature through all of our physical senses. Movement practices will include somatic meditations and mindful movement, which will nurture our relationship with our bodies, our intuition, the natural world, and the unknown. The retreat will be held in silence, with periodic interactive sessions. The retreat will also explore some Ecodharma content, the applying of dharma teachings to the ecological crisis. We will foster deep relationship with the Earth as our witness and healer.This retreat will give you a break from isolation, online gatherings, news, work, and stress. It has the potential to relax you into presence, being and flow, as you meditate in the stunning mountain landscape of the Ecodharma Center. Special Covid Protocols (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY) Updated: April 8, 2021 To insure everyone’s safety, and to help create a feeling of security and peace of mind, RMERC will be implementing the following policies for the 2021 season. They are subject to change if conditions warrant. We hope you…

Rainbow Sangha Refuge: Insight Meditation in LGBTQ+ Community

With Tara-Lloyd Burton

July 8 - 11, 2021
The poet e.e. cummings once said, “It takes courage to be who you really are.” To live the truth of being gender non-binary or same-sex oriented (or both) calls upon that courage, as well as self-compassion.  In this Insight Meditation retreat, we will gather to pay homage to these qualities of heart/mind we find in ourselves and each other.  Co-creating a place of safety and refuge to practice in community, we will learn how the theme of sangha in harmony with nature infuses the earliest Buddhist teachings, folklore, and rituals, some of which we will practice. 

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, Ramon Gabrieloff-Parish, Imtiaz Rangwala and Naveed Heydari

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 the 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.

Meditation in the Mountains – A Nature Retreat For Experienced Students

With Peter Williams

July 29 - August 1, 2021
Meditation in the Mountains To Register for this Retreat, please contact Peter Williams  for a password. July 29 - August 1, 2021RMERCThis retreat is for students experienced with doing retreat and who have practiced with Peter in the past. We will be practicing outdoors as much as the weather allows. The combination of meditation practice and connection with nature is a powerful way to quiet the mind and gladden the heart. This retreat will be combined with a retreat for participants of Johann Robbins’ 2021 dedicated group. Time will be spent primarily with just your teacher and group, though there may be some time with both groups together. The retreat will deepen practice in community, while enjoying the spectacular mountain landscape of the Ecodharma Retreat Center. Yogis can camp or stay in lodge in single rooms. Optional Add On Self-Retreat facilitated by Johan Robbins, August 1-5 OR 2-6: 4 nights, $250 After the retreat, you are welcome to do an optional four-night self retreat, either August 1-5 or August 2-6. Full dharma support will be provided by Johann, including how to do a camping self-retreat, setting intentions, finding a campsite, teacher one-on-ones, and integrating back into sangha. Meals or food are not included, bring…

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
This is the combination of the Ecodharma Training Retreat and the Silent Nature Retreat (see details below, separately). The goal for the Training retreat is to support and catalyze deep personal learning that you can apply to your own dharma practice and leadership; to develop ecodharma in your own way. The uniqueness and authenticity of our experiences shape how each of us practices, leads and teaches dharma, and the training will be a deep exploration of that process. The second week will be much quieter and simpler than the first, with more time to just be in nature silently, letting the training’s potent energy continue transforming us in its own way.

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

With Johann Robbins, David Loy and Lin Wang Gordon

August 6 - 15, 2021
The Ecodharma Training and Nature Retreat is for dedicated practitioners, 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
This retreat is focused on meditation practice in nature, and will provide ample time to just be, silently, with the plants, animals, sights and sounds of the wilderness. Each day we will immerse in the natural world, and the joy and healing that comes from connecting our inner nature with outer nature, dissolving separation. The schedule includes both sitting and hiking/walking meditation, as well as daily instruction, dharma talks, and individual and group practice discussions and support. There will be a one day solo, creating an opportunity for even deeper levels of silence and depth, for which thorough preparation and instruction is provided.

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) and Imtiaz Rangwala

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
  Yes! This is an IN-PERSON retreat! And yes! I am (and the retreat center itself is) taking every precaution to ensure this is COVID-SAFE. You should read about this in the special section below. 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…

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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