Inner and Outer Nature Part 1

Friday, Jul 19 to Friday, Jul 26 (7 nights)

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$550-$875 scholarships available
Please note this does not include dana.

Join either or both weeks in this beautiful mountain setting, which offers a unique opportunity to reconnect with the natural world. The peaks, forests and river naturally work to quiet the mind, while living and practicing together creates connection and support.

Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center and the nearby Indian Peaks Wilderness are ideal for a meditation retreat. The area is extraordinarily beautiful, peaceful and pristine, with a wide variety of trails, wildflower-covered meadows, creeks, and peaks.

Inner and Outer Nature Silent Meditation Retreat: One or Two Weeks. We will be in deep nature practice, immersing in the natural world, connecting our inner nature with outer nature, dissolving separation. Each day includes plentiful time for sitting, hiking/walking meditation, as well as instruction in nature meditation, Dharma talks, and individual and group practice discussions. Weather permitting we will be outdoors as much as we can.

This retreat also includes time for solo practice at your choice of locations: the retreat center, nearby campsites, or as far as the adjacent Indian Peaks Wilderness. Solo is a time to relax, heal, connect, and explore: opening deeply to the power and beauty of the environment, with the freedom of solitude. With time and openness, the elements, animals and plants become our Teachers, the land our home, and silence our close companion. There is ample instruction, preparation, support, and flexibility for the solo, so each participant can get the most out of theirs. Everyone chooses their solo site from a variety of locations, sleeping indoors if necessary, but usually camping anywhere from a short walk away to deep in the wilderness. Most past participants have found the solo a highlight of their retreat, sometimes even of their life. Week one has a one night solo, week two has a two night solo.

People attending the entire retreat can stay at the center on a self-retreat basis, or do an additional solo night Friday, July 26.

If you are interested in attending, please read this information carefully. If you have any questions, email To register use the separate registration form.

Intro to the Retreats

The overall intention is for deep practice and connection in nature, and then integrating that into life. In both weeks spiritual practice will be supported by instruction in mindfulness meditation, with a focus on mindfulness in nature. There will be nightly Dharma talks, exploring how being-in-nature can be part of our spiritual path when grounded in a direct experience of non-separation from the natural world. The emphasis is not on technique so much as developing direct experiential awareness of being/nature, allowing for a new integration of the internal (spiritual) and external (activity). This requires a willingness to reconsider established ways of thinking, practicing and being. There are no prerequisites, and beginning meditators are welcome and will be fully supported.

The Retreat Includes:

·      Guidance and instruction for meditation in nature (both sitting and walking) to deepen our experience of connection and oneness in nature, while dissolving the sense of a fixed and separate self

·      Sitting and walking in beautiful wild setting

·      Free time for meditation or rest

·      Evening campfire Dharma talks

·      One on ones with the teachers

·      One or two night solo (one night the first week, two the second), which can be on the retreat center land, or at nearby Indian Peaks Wilderness

·      Delicious vegetarian meals, including all food for the solo

·      Your choice of lodging: single room, shared room, dorm, tent site


The first week will include an optional 1½ hour discussion each afternoon on Ecodharma topics (please check out David Loy’s new book, Ecodharma), including how to make activism a spiritual path.  This is an opportunity to extend practice into life, making it relevant to our current environmental and social crises. These sessions are totally optional; those that prefer to remain in silence will be supported to do that as well. If there is interest, we may continue the discussions the second week.


-The retreats are designed to be enjoyable, not rigorous, but participants are expected to have a willingness to maintain silence, to help with necessary tasks, and to cooperate with the group structure.

- Some meditation experience is valuable but not required, and beginners are welcome. Complete meditation instructions will be given.

- Some camping experience (car camping or backpacking) is helpful for the solo, but not required. You can stay as close to the center or as far away as you like; even in your room if need be.

- Being in good health, able to sit and walk outdoors.

- Having the necessary clothing and equipment to enjoy being outdoors in a variety of conditions. We will be able to be indoors in bad weather but otherwise will be sitting, eating and walking outdoors.

If you are not sure about any of this, please inquire.


NOTE: The retreats listed here have been entered by the retreat organizers. For any questions, use the contact information listed on the retreat page. Please do not contact the Buddhist Insight Network.