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.
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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.
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 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
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
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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