We welcome you to create your personal retreat in the simple, concentrated, and nourishing atmosphere of our monastic Zen Practice Center.
During these challenging times, we would like to offer you a different type of retreat. A refuge retreat allows you to turn safe social distancing practices into a personal retreat away from home. We will provide everything you need to stay isolated from others in a beautiful setting.
We are open for individual guests beginning May 1. We are taking retreat reservations between one week and three months in length.
You will have access to your a private accommodation with a private entryway and personal bathroom. We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day, which will be served “carry-out” style. The Zendo, or meditation hall, is available for your use (only after two weeks of your stay). The Dome, pictured above, can be used for your personal yoga, tai chi or other body practices. At any time, you may take a walk on our network of campus trails right outside your door.
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COVID-19 Prevention and Policies
In order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Crestone Mountain Zen Center is closed to the public, except for a restricted number of isolated retreat guests.
We are monitoring the situation and are carefully implementing public health recommendations. Click here for our current COVID-19 policy.
If you would like to make a reservation at CMZC as a guest for a personal retreat after May 1, we encourage you to do so. Safety is our priority. Minimum length is one week. Guests will be in isolation for a minimum of two weeks.
Crestone is a magical place. I went there expecting to enjoy the natural beauty of the Colorado mountains and deepen my meditation practice while doing a little hiking to recover from a serious back injury. Crestone exceeded every one of my expectations. I highly recommend the Zen Center if you are looking for a either a deep spiritual experience or phenomenal physical workouts.Maria
Thanks for the ease of transfer from my busy life to the quiet simple existence the Center provides. I found the yurt to be just a perfect walk away to provide seclusion and renewal. The early morning meditation practice felt honest and inclusive. Thank you for creating a non-intimidating atmosphere for a beginner in world of retreats!Alison
My recent retreat experience at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center was incredible. The warmth and hospitality of the staff were outstanding. The surroundings and the accommodations were wonderful. The food was superlative. I would recommend the Center whole-heartedly to anyone looking to enhance their retreat experience or to enrich their stay in Crestone.Suzanne
Not a Buddhist, per se, I came to the Crestone Mountain Zen Center for the Zazen sessions, hoping to improve my own practice of meditation. The sessions were perfect, formal and disciplined, but not too demanding, just right for novices. But I was even more impressed by the kindness and hospitality shown by everyone and by being so graciously waited upon and attended to. The food was great. The accommodations were comfortable and thoughtfully appointed. I would recommend CMZC just as a great resort, very tranquil and contemplative, and economical.Errol
I’ll be back not just for the delicious and healthy food, but also for Spanish Creek and the hummingbirds who bathe there about 7 am in August. I want to look west again, too, and watch the sunlight as it filters through the air onto the Crestone valley floor, then settles behind the San Juan Mountains forty miles away.Laura
I returned to the Zen Center for the second time and it was every bit as amazing an experience as I remembered! The food, as so many have mentioned, is absolutely delicious. The staff were friendly and accommodating, and the Zendo is magical. In short, you couldn’t find a more perfect spot for contemplation, meditation, or just hanging out in Crestone. Can’t wait to return!Jonathan
Whether you are planning a personal retreat in the wilderness, a silent meditation retreat, or a writer’s retreat, we offer a variety of accommodations. They vary in size, furnishings, amenities, and proximity to other buildings. All accommodations except the campground have high speed wireless internet. Campers have access to the internet in the Main House.
The Guest House is a spacious building with a quiet atmosphere in the center of the campus. The five private Guest House rooms are the largest accommodations we offer.
The Hillside Cabin is a guest favorite. It is located on the west side of the campus overlooking the San Luis Valley. Perks include a full bathroom and kitchenette.
The Studio, formerly the work space of a resident potter, was recently remodeled. It has three single rooms, each furnished with a desk, tea station and wardrobe.
The Skylight Room is a spacious room with a separate entrance in the center of campus. It has a queen bed and features a large skylight with a handmade shoji screen.
The Yurt is located on the outskirts of our campus with views of the local 14er peaks. It has comfortable beds for one or two persons, a deck, bookshelves, and a skylight.
The Platform Tent has room for one or two persons. It has a deck, two single beds, tables, bookshelf, canvas shelves, and hooks for clothing – and great views of the local 14ers.
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