Zen Student Retreats

Crestone Mountain Zen Center is open to students throughout the year. To be a student at CMZC means to join the resident monks and lay practitioners in following the meditation and work schedule. If you prefer not to participate in our schedule, you can also stay with us as a guest.

Most weeks there is a Dharma Talk followed by Q&A and a Dharma Circle discussion group. Zazen instruction and personal interviews (Dokusan) with the resident teachers can be arranged.

We recommend a minimum stay of 5 days. Please try to arrive on Tuesday and depart on Sunday. If you are unable to come for the minimum amount of time, contact the office to check if alternative arrangements are possible.

CMZC also offers a variety of Zen Programs, please click here for more information.

To arrange a stay as a student please complete our registration form.

All fees include lodging and 3 vegetarian meals per day. Accommodations for Zen students are typically shared with one to three other people.

Daily Rate: $25
Monthly Rate: $600

Practice Period (January – April)
During the annual 90-day Practice Period (January 9 – April 15) access is limited to practitioners who have an established relationship with the Dharma Sangha. You may apply for a short-term participation in the Practice Period of 5 to 20 days.

Work Trade: Group Retreat Season (July – September)
During the Group Retreat Season from mid-July through mid-September, daily morning and evening Zazen continues. However, daily schedules vary according to guest group needs and work periods are longer. Student Retreats are free of charge for a limited number of work trade positions (2 week minimum). Otherwise the regular student rates apply.