Crestone Mountain Zen Center

About This Center

Crestone Retreat Center offers solo and group retreats throughout the year except during our annual three-month Practice Period (January 9 – April 28). Crestone is one of the most remote and dramatically beautiful places in North America.

Nestled against the rugged 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Southern Colorado and surrounded by 240 acres of Piñon Pine and Juniper forest, the beauty and seclusion of our Center provide a special environment for contemplation and inquiry, or for focusing on writing or other work projects.

Individual Retreats

We offer private retreat cabins, rooms in our Guest House, a Yurt and Platform Tents for personal retreats, meditation retreats, wilderness retreats or writer retreats year-round. Our Zen kitchen prepares three vegetarian meals per day. Retreatants are also welcome to join the monastic community for meditation.

Group Retreats

From mid-July through mid-September we open our facilities for group retreats. We have been hosting meditation, yoga, music, dance, bodywork, writing, and psychotherapy groups for more than twenty years. We are currently accepting reservations for 2015 and 2016. If you are interested in bringing your group to Crestone Mountain Zen Center, please take a look at the group retreat pages on this website or contactour office.

Zen Retreats

If you are interested in Zen, you can join the daily practice as a student or participate in one of our Zen programs. Please see our calendar for an overview of this year’s events: (contact info blocked) 

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To give my ego a break from all these construction projects. Layth

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.