Create Your Personal Retreat

The simple, concentrated, and nourishing atmosphere of the Zen monastic setting is an ideal way to get away from one’s daily routine. There are different ways you can create and shape your personal retreat.

Meditation and Mindfulness

You will be welcomed and taken care of by an active community of monastic Zen practitioners. But don’t worry!  While the Zen residents follow a rigorous practice schedule, as a guest, you may spend your time as you wish. Let us help you with creating your own personal retreat.

Of course, if you so desire, you can use your stay to get a taste for Zen practice without having to commit to the full schedule. Choose from day to day whether you want to join us for all or part of the meditation schedule. Ask for instructions on meditation and mindfulness practice. Or join the weekly dharma talk followed by discussion. You can bring your questions about Zen, Buddhism in general or your on personal spiritual inquiry. You may also request a personal interview with the resident teachers. The meditation hall and Buddhist library is open for you to use throughout the day.

For more information about the Zen Center and Zen retreats such as Sesshins and Seminars or longer-term student residencies, please visit the Zen Center website.

Silent Retreats, Private Meals

If you would like to create a silent retreat, please let us know. Upon request, we will prepare a tray for you, if you prefer to eat in your private quarters. You can also check out books from the library to take back to your room.

Things to Do in the Area

The San Luis Valley is home to a number of hot springs spas. There is first-class hiking all around the Center with trails starting right at the campus. And there is Great Sand Dunes National Park, home to the tallest sand dunes in North America. Click here for more information on the area and local activities including touring the many Spirtual Centers that call Crestone their home.