Venue, Date and time
September 1-3, 2017
7 pm on 1st Sept until 4 pm on 3rd (part-time attendance possible by arrangement)
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center
Suggested donations (For RMERC)
Full time stay: $80; >One night: $55; <One night: $35
No one will be turned away for lack of funds; work-trade in the form of help with cooking will be appreciated.
By emailing for instructions on how to prepare for the day
The weekend will include indoor and outdoor zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (group walking meditation), deep abdominal chanting, talks, rest periods, samu (silent work periods to prepare food) and dokusan (private interview with the teacher).
Please do read this waiver before arriving. Everyone will need to sign it when they arrive.
— It takes 45 minutes from Lee Hill road to reach RMERC.
— There is no phone signal up Lee Hill (Download directions).
— We will observe noble silence except for instructions.
— Park in our parking lot and not on the Overland road.
— Please bring sun protection (hat, sunscreen, water bottle).
— Please bring sturdy shoes for hiking and flip-flops for indoor use.
— Can you help prepare food together in advance and/or during breaks?
— Water in the lodge is from a recently tested well and drinkable.
— Bring your own flat mat (Zabutan) AND a round cushion (Zafu) for indoor meditation, if you can.
— Please know there are ticks, ants and mosquitoes in some areas. Bring your natural bug repellent along.
— Reduced oxygen levels at 8500 feet can cause altitude sickness. Please drink plenty of water, eat lightly and consider chlorophyll drops (see here).
— Please stay on the trails and don’t leave trace of food on the land. The sub-alpine ecosystem of this land is pristine, precious and fragile.
— We have heavy chairs for indoor meditation but you might want to bring portable chair or foldable blanket for outdoor meditation.
— Please stay on trails during walking. The flora and fauna is this pristine ecosystem are precious and would thank us for our mindfulness. If we wander off too far on trails, we can damage the ecosystem and can run into wildlife (bear, moose and mountain lions). Run if you see an aggressive moose but stay calm if you see a bear and mountain lion.
— Please do not bring any pets, as they are not permitted at the center due to all of our wildlife.
— Smoking and campfires are expressly prohibited by the county sheriff due to extreme fire danger.
— Part time attendance: You can join/leave the group at 7 pm on 1st September, 10 AM or 2:30 PM or 7 PM on 2nd September or 10 AM on 3rd September. Please don’t enter the meditation hall during indoor sits; and the lodge will be locked when we are outdoors. The entire building reverberates when someone walks in.