Create Your Personal Retreat

We welcome you to create your personal retreat (or group retreat) in the simple, concentrated, and nourishing atmosphere of our monastic Zen Practice Center.

We are open for individual guests from May through early January.

Use the image slider below to learn about possibilities for your personal retreat.

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.

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.

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.

We will also support your hiking adventures or trips in the valley with bag lunches.

COVID-19 Prevention and Policies

In order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Crestone Mountain Zen Center will participate in the recommended practice of social distancing. Our facility is closed to the public until April 28. This coincides with our annual closed 90-day Practice Period and subsequent interim schedule.

We are monitoring the situation and are carefully implementing public health recommendations. Click here for CMZC’s current policy on COVID-19.

If you would like to make a reservation at CMZC as a student or guest for a visit or event after April 28, we encourage you to do so.

All cancellation fees are waived until further notice to allow everybody to make flexible decisions based on their health and perception of the larger public health situation. We will keep all registered guests informed about the local situation at CMZC.



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.

Guest 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.


Hillside Cabin

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.


Young Pine Hut

The Young Pine Hut is a cozy rustic two-story log cabin for one person. Upstairs is a sitting area with a low desk. From there a ladder leads to the bed on the lower floor.


Studio Rooms

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.


Skylight Room

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.


Studio Corner Room

The quaint Corner Room is tucked into a log extension of the Studio, which was recently remodeled. A former resident and woodworker built custom furnishings for this space.



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.


Platform Tent

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.



The campground is located in a beautiful flat sandy area. There are 10 campsites tucked into the piñon-juniper forest. Bathrooms are a 3-minute walk away.


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