Crestone Mountain Zen Center is a Zen Buddhist monastic practice and retreat center in Colorado. It offers residential training in Zen meditation and practice under the guidance of Head Teacher Zentatsu Baker Roshi, Dharma Heir of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and Abbot Koyo Dan Welch Roshi, Dharma Heir of Baker Roshi.
Zen practitioners are welcome to join the residential practice as students or apply for programs such as the annual 90-day winter Practice Period, Sesshins, Seminars, Practice Weeks, Weekend Sittings, and Work Practice Weeks.
Individual guests who want to enjoy the beauty, quiet, and isolation of the Crestone mountains can rent cabins throughout the year except during our annual three-month Practice Period (January 11 – April 28), when the Center is closed to the public.
In August and September, group leaders can rent the facilities for group retreats, seminars, workshops and conferences. Retreats in the past have included meditation from different wisdom traditions, yoga, music, dance, bodywork, wilderness expeditions, medicine, and psychotherapy.
Crestone Mountain Zen Center is located on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains overlooking the San Luis Valley – one of the most remote and dramatically beautiful areas in North America. Nestled against the rugged 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and surrounded by 240 acres Piñon Pine and Juniper forest, the beauty and seclusion of our Center is a unique environment for contemplation and inquiry.