From mid-July through September, Crestone Mountain Zen Center opens its facilities for group retreats. We have been hosting meditation, yoga, music, dance, bodywork, wilderness, writing, and psychotherapy groups for more than twenty years.
Many retreat leaders have found that the daily meditation and the monastic atmosphere creates a unique container that enhances their group activity.
Group participants are always welcome to join the monastic community for morning and evening meditation.
Use the image slider below to learn more about the facilities available to your group: dining hall, meditation hall, practice space, garden and lawn.
Group Leader Testimonials
The Crestone Mountain Zen Center has supported Clear Light Sangha in such a deep and profound way. They hold the container of silence with maturity and respect. The food is delicious and impeccably prepared. The lodging is clean, comfortable, and welcoming. The Dome, with its sacred geometry, is supportive and inspiring. It is our favorite retreat facility.Sharon Landrith, Spiritual Teacher (Clear Light Sangha)
The cuisine is dazzling, and soon we comprehend that we are eating, at 8400 ft. in a remote corner of Colorado, the kind of vegetarian food that makes people line up on sidewalks in New York and San Francisco. Many of the vegetables and fruits are from the greenhouse and garden, an oasis of green with bright flowers around the house that sparkle like jewels. Each vegetarian meal, prepared by the monks, is a work of art, almost too beautiful to eat.Sandy Dorr, Women’s Wilderness Writing
I have led a number of retreats in the USA and abroad, and for me, Crestone remains my favorite. It is not one thing, it is the package. I describe it to students as a taste of Japanese architecture and cleanliness in the Colorado mountains with an energetic touch of Nepal or Tibet. It is Colorado, but it is more. Meditation and Mother Nature wrapped up in one. Add the high quality of food and care taken by the Zen Center to ensure a great stay, and you can't go wrong.Charlie Samos, Yoga Teacher (Los Angeles)
Ashlee Dixon and Valerie Sauers (MAHA Retreats)
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.