During the summer months, Crestone Mountain Zen Center hosts visiting group retreats. The Summer Work Trade program offers short-term residency to those interested in beginning or continuing Zen practice
with the support of a community. Students participate in the daily life of CMZC, which includes several periods of Zazen (sitting meditation), services (sutra chanting), morning and afternoon work (frequently of a physical nature), study time, weekly dharma talks and discussion groups, and the opportunity for meeting with the resident teacher.
The primary commitment of visiting Zen students, as well as long-term residents, is to follow the daily schedule
completely. As part of the program, we offer scholarships to those who make at least a two-week commitment. We also provide a stipend to those committing to a month or more.
One of the main offerings we share is our fine and inventive vegetarian cuisine
. If you enjoy cooking or want to improve your cooking skills, and don’t mind three delicious meals a day, this may be the time of year for you to come and practice with us. Other work areas may include gardening, landscaping, maintenance work, and housekeeping.
During the summer months, most of our accommodations are rented to our visiting group, therefore, the only accommodation we might be able to offer is camping. You will have access to bathrooms and showers in our Guest House.
Additional information can be found here. To apply, please complete the application and submit by email.
Please note, the continuing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic may affect CMZC’s summer retreat schedule. If so, work trade students will be notified as soon as possible, and may need to alter their plans for arrival and departure.