We welcome you to create your personal retreat in the simple, concentrated, and nourishing atmosphere of our monastic Zen Practice Center.
We are open to individual guests. We are taking retreat reservations between four nights and three months in length.
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. 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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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
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
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
I loved my stay at CMZC! It’s a great place to go for quiet time. I went on a individual retreat and was able to connect back into myself and my rhythms. The dome on the property is great for meditation or yoga. Hiking trails all around and a beautiful creek. For day trips, hot springs and sand dunes are a short drive away.Diane
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.