Finding an inner place in the outer world

Zen Programs

Seminars and Work Weeks do not require any prior experience with a Zen tradition, and are appropriate for all levels of experience. A 1-day Zazenkai, a 7-day Sesshin, or a 90-day Ango can be physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding, and generally require some discussion and approval before registering.

Residential Zen Training

We offer residential Zen training for those interested in deepening their practice. Students typically commit to a longer stay at a reduced rate. We have a limited number of sponsorships for those who cannot afford to cover their expenses. Students are required to participate in all aspects of monastic practice including work, study, Zazen, and other monastic roles. If you are interested in residential training, please contact us to apply.

Solo Retreats

At certain times of the year, we support individuals in self-guided solo retreat experiences. Solo retreatants are not expected to follow a monastic schedule, but may join residents and students for Zazen, meals, and talks.

Guest Group Events

We host a variety of events for teachers of disciplines that are complimentary to Zen practice, such as yoga, kirtan, and aikido. Registration for, and participation in such events is managed by the guest group leader.

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Personal Retreats Spring/Summer 2024

Personal Retreats Spring/Summer 2024

We welcome you to create your personal retreat in the simple and concentrated atmosphere of our monastic Zen Practice Center.
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Guest Season Volunteer

Guest Season Volunteer

Our Summer Volunteer Program runs from mid-May until the end of September. Throughout the Summer we will open our facilities to welcome external retreat leaders and their groups. The volunteer program offers room and board in exchange for helping with our Summer Guest Season.
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Residency

Residency

Residents join the daily life of the monks and teachers at CMZC. Our daily schedule includes meditation, time for self-guided study, communal meals and work periods. There are also Dharma talks and Question and Answer sessions.
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Residency at Crestone Mountain Zen Center

Student Stays

Student Stays

To be a student at CMZC means to join the resident monks and lay practitioners in following the schedule completely. This includes meditation and work periods, talks and discussions, and community meals.
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Student Stays at Crestone Mountain Zen Center

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

We are committed to ensuring that those who wish to practice at Crestone Mountain Zen Center can do so. Anyone who is interested in coming here to join programs or events, but needs support to do so, can apply for financial assistance.
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Financial Assistance at Crestone Mountain Zen Center

July Zazenkai

July Zazenkai

7/19/2024

With Senior Practitioner.

A Zazenkai is a silent weekend retreat. We follow a sesshin-like schedule; most of the day is dedicated to zazen but includes chanting, a work period, walks, and a dharma talk given by a senior practitioner.
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The Primordial Stillness of Kali with Jeanie Manchester

The Primordial Stillness of Kali with Jeanie Manchester

7/31/2024

This year, Jeanie will play in the world and the ferocious and deepest aspect of Love, exploring Kali-Ma Sadhana. (This will be rich, juicy and humbling). When we are in “moment by moment” awareness of gratitude for all things in our lives both challenging and liberating we experience her Grace. In this retreat we will discuss the primal urge and longing we each have to feel full, worthy and complete. We will look to our shadow as a portal into her teachings. Through myth, mantra, movement, chanting, and meditation we will access our ability to harness ourselves to life, to creativity and to personal destiny.
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Harmonium, Chant and Yoga of Sound Retreat with Sacred Sound Lab

Harmonium, Chant and Yoga of Sound Retreat with Sacred Sound Lab

8/11/2024

Embark on an ecstatic and transformational week-long immersion into the Yoga of Sound with Sheela Bringi, Brent Kuecker, and Puja Singh. Ground in the power of your voice, launch or refine your harmonium & chant practice, and sink into sublime sacred sound spaces in compassionate community.
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Tsoknyi Rinpoche Retreat Lodging

Tsoknyi Rinpoche Retreat Lodging

8/28/2024

Crestone Mountain Zen Center will provide lodging and meals for participants in Tsoknyi Rinpoche's Advanced Practice Retreat in Crestone. Please do not register with CMZC until you have been accepted for this retreat by Pundarika. This registration does not include admission to the retreat itself.
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Ascending the Mountain Ceremony

Ascending the Mountain Ceremony

9/5/2024

With Zentatsu Baker Roshi.

<p>PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE IN GERMANY contact for booking: johanneshof@dharma-sangha.de During this weekend of ceremonies, from Thursday, September 5th to Sunday, September 8th, Zentatsu Baker Roshi will officially hand over the spiritual leadership of the Dharma Sangha to his successor Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi. Two ceremonies will be held for this purpose: First, the [&hellip;]</p>
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Humanity Shared Retreat with Taylor White Moffitt

Humanity Shared Retreat with Taylor White Moffitt

9/8/2024

Humanity Shared invites you to spend 5 days in the beautifully held, intentional and serene environment of the Crestone Mountain Zen Center. Immerse yourself with mindfulness, movement and emotional wellness practices that promote vitality and well-being. Will you regret it a year from now or will it have helped catapult you to your next right place?
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Aikido and Zen 2024

Aikido and Zen 2024

9/26/2024

Aiki is recognizing circumstance and skillfully adapting.  In aikido, recognizing and adapting are bodily activities.  It is the same in zen practice.  We attend to circumstances and conditions as they arise.  When we do not separate from them, appropriate response becomes something we feel physically.
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90 Day Practice Period (Ango) 2025

90 Day Practice Period (Ango) 2025

1/18/2025

With Zentatsu Baker Roshi and Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi.

At Crestone Mountain Zen Center, we continue the monastic tradition of the 90-day Practice Period. During the Practice Period residents and students are engaged in rigorous daily schedule of Zazen, oryoki meals, dharma talks, study, and ceremony.
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Student Stays at Crestone Mountain Zen Center

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