Welcome to Crestone Retreats

Individual Retreats

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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Cabins and Private Rooms Whether for a spiritual retreat, undistracted time for work or writing, or just to be in nature, Refuge Retreat guests can stay in private cabins or rooms and enjoy the beauty and quiet of our area, and the mindful atmosphere of our Center. Accommodations Weekly Dharma Talks "Dharma" means teaching. Every Thursday evening, one of the resident teachers gives a public talk followed by discussion. You are welcome to attend and bring your questions about Zen, Buddhism, or your personal spiritual inquiry. More Information A Culinary Zen Experience Our meals, prepared three times a day from fresh ingredients, express our commitment to care and nourishment. You may eat in in your private quarters, or while enjoying the expansive views from our lawn. More on Zen Cuisine Yoga and Body Practices If you have a body practice like Yoga, Chi Kung or Tai Chi, our Dome is a perfect space for that. Originally conceived as an interfaith sanctuary, it is now open throughout the day for our retreatants to use for any personal practices our meditation hall cannot accommodate. Hiking in the Area The Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range has stunning hikes with very little traffic. There is first-class hiking all around the center with trails starting right at the campus. You can take a shorter walk on one of our campus meditation trails. More on the Area



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.