Join just eight women for this special summer wilderness meditation retreat as we hike The Sneffels Traverse in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado.
San Juan Mountains
Telluride to Ouray, Colorado
Sunday to Friday
July 19 to July 24, 2020
Each day includes hiking, morning and evening meditation, time for silence and reflection, a daily talk, and expertly prepared nutrient dense delicious meals. Drawing on the teachings of the Buddha and secular mindfulness, we'll explore practices that support our awareness, presence, compassion, and resilience.
Our route takes us through the Sneffels Wilderness area through alpine meadows and aspen groves beneath the jagged peaks of these exquisite mountains. At elevations between 9,000 and 11,000 feet, the hikes range from five to nine miles per day with average elevation gains of 1,100 ft and losses of 1,750 ft per day.
Nights will be spent in the fully equipped wooden huts of the San Juan Huts Systems, one night at each of the four huts. The huts are supplied with padded bunks, sleeping bags, Crazy Creek Chairs, a propane cook stove, propane light, wood stove, and necessary utensils and cookware. Each hut also has a composting toilet facility.
We'll be joined by Nicole Nada, a Certified Nutrition Professional and experienced outdoors enthusiast who will design and prepare our meals. All meals will be provided beginning with lunch on Monday, July 20th and ending with lunch on Friday, July 24th. We'll all share in carrying the food, and the folks at San Juan Huts will provide a food drop mid-way through the trip to make our packs even lighter.
What to Expect & What You Need:
We will begin each day in silence and carry this through our morning hikes, returning to silence after dinner and into the night. A current meditation practice is required along with the curiosity, willingness and commitment to participate in and observe extended periods of silence.
In an effort to create a community of care, each of us will be asked to participate in the daily chores necessary to support the retreat - from assisting with meal prep and/or clean up, to fetching the communal water while at the huts, to cleaning the huts before we leave.
Please plan to bring your own personal gear and trail snacks, an open mind-heart, a healthy stable strong body and a sense of adventure. It's essential that your physical condition can tolerate the high altitude and strain of daily hiking. Please be realistic about your capacity. While this is light-weight backpacking we will each carry whatever we bring, our own water, plus the shared food. Backpacks will likely weigh 20 - 25lbs depending on your gear.
The retreat begins with a pre-trip meeting the evening of Sunday, July 19th in Ouray. Early the next morning, Monday July 20th, the San Juan Huts shuttle service will drive us to the trailhead above Telluride. Our retreat ends mid-afternoon on Friday, July 24th, as our hiking route ends in Ouray.
Getting There: The closest airports to Ouray are Durango, Montrose and Grand Junction, all just under 100 miles away and require flying through Denver or Salt Lake City. If you fly to Denver or Salt Lake, expect about a 6-7 hour drive to Ouray.
Ready to sign up? Questions? Give me a call anytime, 707/498-5562
Extensive details (including maps and hiking routes) provided upon registration.
FEES: All Inclusive**
Retreat Fee: $995
Deposit to Hold Your Spot: $250
Balance Due May 19: $745
**Retreat fees do not include transportation to and from Ouray, Colorado. Meals and lodging are not provided on Sunday, July 19th. The first meal provided is lunch on Monday, July 20th and the last meal will be lunch on Friday, July 24th. Please plan to bring your own trail snacks.
About Nicole Nada
I could not have dreamed up a more beautiful way to spend five days — among women on a meditation retreat while hiking in the mountains of Colorado. I receive great joy through preparing, presenting and sharing wholesome food. I believe that a diversity of high quality, whole food is healing and soothing to the mind and body; therefore, the meals on a trip such as Heidi’s hut to hut trip are an important part of the week, and will be thoughtfully planned and prepared to support your body and mind. I graduated from Bauman College School of Nutrition in 2015 and work as a Certified Nutrition Professional with Dr, Connie Basch at Full Circle Center and am the founder of Nicole Maria Nutrition. I graduated from the University of California Master Food Preserver Program and enjoy planning and creating meals that are lightweight for backpacking, nutritious and delicious.