Sustainable Housing and Energy: The 25th Annual Crestone Energy Fair is August 23rd and 24th.

This weekend August 23-24, is the 25th Annual Crestone Energy Fair; a weekend of workshops, education, music, and fun.  Meet with local and regional experts as they present methods and designs for a sustainable housing and an energy-secure future.

The event starts with workshops, presentations, and hands on activities at 10 a.m. Saturday in Crestone Town Park. Workshops include earth bag and straw bale construction, rammed earth tires, PaperCrete, wind power, tiny houses and solar technology.

Learn about renewable energy in discussion groups and from vendors and artists who are committed to local eco-sustainability, reduced pollution, and money-saving energy practices. Enjoy a featured presentation by The Center for Living Environments and Regeneration about sustainability in education, business and green building. They will present at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m..

Sunday includes tours of local buildings and projects at private homes, the Shumei, Chokurei Farms, Crestone Chater School, and hydro-electric tours at Orient Land Trust. Tour a local hemp garden from 4-6 p.m..

Learn more at and check out this video from the 2013 Crestone Energy Fair

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Gangteng Rinpoche Presents A Reading Of Mipham’s ” A Lamp Dispelling the Darkness”

H.E. Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche returns to the U.S. for his August 2014 tour. He will give an oral transmission blessing and commentary on this pithy text “A Lamp of Dispelling Darkness” by the great 19th-20th Dzogchen master Ju Mipham Rinpoche. It provides profound trekchod (“cutting through”) practice instructions pointing out the essence of mind. These clear, uncomplicated instructions make it possible for ordinary individuals who live and work in the mundane world to practice and realize the nature of mind in one lifetime.

Ju Mipham Rinpoche was a prolific writer who composed 35 books of within a wide range of topics such as medicine, logic, astrology, engineering, art, and divintaion.

Rinpoche Gangteng will be offering both empowerments and teachings at each location. He is a teacher, first and foremost in Dzogchen, and has established meditation centers based on the Pema Lingpa Lineage, on four continents, imparting mainly the empowerment, teachings and practices of his lineage which are based on the terma-treasures hidden by Guru Rinpoche and extracted by Pema Lingpa.

This enlightening event is August 23-24, from 9a.m. to 5p.m. each day at Choying Dzong Lhakhang a Yeshe Khorlo Retreat Center in Crestone. Reserve your spot at 

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"H.E. Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche" photo credit Yeshe Khorlo.

“H.E. Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche” photo credit Yeshe Khorlo.

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What’s Happening This August in Crestone Colorado

The Crestone Free Outdoor Market is open Saturdays through the end of September from 10a.m.-2p.m. at the Crestore parking lot. On a stroll through this market you will find local and organic foods, sustainably made crafts, clothing, accessories, and gifts. Bring the whole family for lunch or enjoy a solo trip as you support local small businesses.

Heal your soul with an Encaustic Painting and Yoga Retreat August 15-17 with Sue Beck-Retuta, a certified Kundalini yoga instructror and Larain Matheson, an encaustic artist with an MFA from UCLA. This retreat is appropriate for all levels of experience. Contact Sue at or 719-256-4036 or Larain at 719-588-0777 for questions. The cost is $215 for the workshop and materials, yoga instruction, 2 nights lodging in the dojo, and 3 meals.

The Women’s Ful Moon Buffalo Lodge will take place on August 10th a at 11a.m. at The Singing Stone. Activities include Chanupa Prayer Circle, Singing and Drumming Lakota Songs, and Remembering the Divine Feminine. Call Aliya Waltemyer at 239-989-6428 for more details..

The 2014 Crestone Music Festival is this weekend, August 1-3. Enjoy three days and two stages of international and local multi-genre, multi-cultural musicians along with fun activities, contests and food throughout the weekend. This is an all ages concert event! More details at

The Camino De Crestone Interfaith Pilgrimage is August 9-16. On this week-long pilgrimage you will commune with nature, visit 16 spiritual centers and learn that ” to complete the journey to your own heart will take you into the heart of everyone else”.  More details at

Relax and rejuvenate in your private room at the Casa Del Soul. Located in downtown Crestone, you’ll be just a short walk to stores, dining, and the many unique attractions of this beautiful mountain town.

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Jennifer Thomson Art Retreat August 8-12, 2014 in Crestone, Colorado

Rainbows…Transitions… A Seed Impulse of Red… carried into yellow creating a warmer red..  Total interplay of each color.. Interweaving natures phenomena. Experience the inner flow of colors to one another in harmony, balance, color character and renewal of life forces.

Acclaimed artist Jennifer Thomson is hosting an art retreat this August in Crestone. Her art displays a spiritual connection to nature, interweaving colors with the “aliveness” of nature. Students will be guided to find their own voice and style through art. Lessons will be both indoors and outdoors from morning to afternoon with lively talks in the evenings, a chance to connect with others, and time to enjoy the beauty of Crestone in the late summer.

Mornings: We will develop form and motif “out of the colors”, an approach inspired by Goethe and Steiner that perceives colors as the visible outer garments of invisible forces and beings. Students will create a large veil painting watercolor during the 5 mornings, inspired by a given color exercise.

Afternoons: One afternoon sketching in nature. Develop landscape sketches into abstract paintings. In the studio, explore painting exercises inspired by O’Keeffe’s compositional space and form art. Materials used in the workshop: watercolor, gouache, ink, charcoal & colored pencils.
It is a quiet inner period of time to gather your forces. Many have come who are on a threshold of their life, whether in health, life change, death-related, or to renew their art experience.

Evening presentationsGeorgia O’Keeffe characterization by Jennifer Thomson and Anthroposopy & Today’s Health by Philip Incao.

August 9th, 7pm: Ammi & Jennifer will explore their characters through impersonation and showing slides of O’Keeffe’s art. Elephant Cloud studio. Open to the public and free.

For more information check out the website at, call 719-937-7694 or 496-3184, or send an email to

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The 16th Annual Crestone Music Festival is August 1st-3rd, 2014

The 16th annual Crestone Music Festival is almost here! This 3 day event happening August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd features 27 bands of multiple genres on 2 stages. This isn’t just a concert though, Crest-Fest is fun for everyone. Arts, crafts, and activities abound for adults and children alike. Adults can enter the pie eating, limbo, or wood chopping contests while children can have fun with the Salida Circus, hula hooping, and a jump machine. Enjoy tasty food and drinks as local and international flavors mix to create an unforgettable experience.

Who’s headlining this year?

Friday night headliner, Paper Bird, a local band that has garnered attention from New York Times and NPR, will perform  a mix of indie folk, roots grass, and Americana

The Saturday night headliner, Ruthie Foster is a Grammy nominated and award-winning vocalist. She will perform an energizing mix of soul, blues, rock, folk, and gospel.

Sunday’s headliner brings a global mix to the main stage. Charles Neville, from the Neville Brothers, teams up with Grammy nominated Senegalese artist Youssoupha Sidibe, to bring us an evening exotic and energizing music.

With 27 acts this concert is as usual, gearing up to be the musical event of the summer with multi-cultural and multi-genre music including Brazilian music, Folk, Rock, Blues, Afropop, and Bluegrass.

The music festival is just a month away! Buy your tickets at and reserve your room at 




Fourth of July Independence Day Celebration in Crestone, Colorado

It’s that time of year again for fireworks, a parade, entertainment, derby racing, and family fun as we celebrate the Fourth of July in Crestone.

Join the festivities in the park from 10am-4pm:



-Music and entertainment.

-Arts and Crafts

-The Crestone Indie 500 Soap Box Derby with adult and child categories.

-The morning 5 K Run, Walk, or Crawl Race


Reserve your room at Casa Del Soul in downtown Crestone and you can walk to all the festivities.

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Upcoming Events in Crestone: Crestone Museum Opening, Solar Training Workshops, and an Unforgettable Inter-Faith Pilgrimage

Crestone is always a lively place in the summer months with events, concerts, classes, hiking, art shows, cultural festivities, and spiritual retreats. Visitors arrive from around the globe so you never know who you may meet and what new friends you will make while you are enjoying a weekend or the whole summer here!

Crestone Museum Opening: The Crestone Historical Museum offers visitors a peek into the past of the San Luis valley and Baca Grande. With displays highlighting the miners, farmers, and families in the late 1800’s and 1900’s including primitive blacksmith forged tools, school books. The museum itself is home to the former San Luis Valley Bank and includes the original Diebold bank safe from 1901.

Natural history displays include a map of prehistoric glaciers, a tree ring calendar dating back to 1884, and area wildlife.

It will reopen on Saturday, May 24th with new displays and gift shop items relating to historic Crestone and the Baca Ranch. Located in the Town Center Building on the SW corner of Alder Street and Galena Avenue. The museum will be open every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend and probably beyond. Learn more at


photo credit: Crestone Artisans Gallery

photo credit: Crestone Artisans Gallery


Solar Training Workshop: Design your sustainable future at Crestone Solar School with a 4 day workshop for owners-builders, architects, engineers, contractors, students, and anyone interested in designing their solar fueled future! Become energy independent with solar hot water design, natural building, passive solar professional orientation, and hands on work in this certified course.

Classes are held in a 100% solar heated home. 2014 courses are May 22-25, June 26-29, July 24-27, or August 21-24. Details and registration at

photo credit: Crestone Solar School

photo credit: Crestone Solar School


Camino de Crestone: Camino de Crestone is the world’s first interfaith pilgrimage. With five chances to walk from June through September. Crestone is internationally known as home to more than a dozen spiritual and religious paths that represent an inter-faith community living in harmony.

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During this pilgrimage you will visit stupas, monasteries, medicine wheels, temples, labyrinths, sanctuaries, ashrams, and zendos, among other places of worship set at the foot of sacred mountains. Commune with nature on a 7 day educational journey with 6-13 fellow pilgrims. You will visit 16 spiritual centers with an opportunity to grow your spiritual toolbox through lessons and presentations. Meals and lodging are included.

Dates for 2014 are June 14-21, July 5-12, August 9-16, September 13-20 and 21-27. Details and registration at:

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Introduction to Sacred Nepalese Dance with Prajwal Varjacharya, May 31, 2014

Enjoy an evening of traditional Nepalese culture with a performance from world renowned dancer Prajwal Varacharya.

This workshop introduces the theory of the movement, style, and accompanying visualizations and chants. Participants will be guided through basic movements and dance sequences that allow them to experience firsthand the subtle transformative power of this graceful yogic dance form.

The sacred ancient ritual dance of the priests of Nepal dates back over 1,000 years. The goals of the dance are yogic mastery of the body, refinement of the emotions and deepened spiritual awareness.

Prajwal will introduce the dance of Vajrayogini, the primordial base of all sentient beings, the clear light mind that has been pure from the beginning. Prajwal is a priest of one of the Vajrayana Buddhst lineages of Nepal and a ritual master.

Join the fun on Saturday May 31, 10am-5pm at The Woodshop in Crestone. There is a $75 registration fee. For more information contact Lyndsay Rose at 719-480-0822 or

A performance fundraiser follows from 7-9pm at Crestone Charter School.

Lodging is available at Casa Del Soul in downtown Crestone.

Third Annual Dragon and Fairie Fest and Parade is May 10th in Crestone, Colorado

The third annual Dragon and Fairie Festival will kick off your summer with just the right amount of fire and lights. This free event for all ages celebrates the gift of Life in community with art, music, and revelry.

All are welcome to dress up and join the parade which includes storytelling, music, dance, and puppetry. It starts at starts at 3:30pm on Silver Ave.  The parade culminates at the Community Building with a potluck feast and fellowship.

Bring the whole family on Saturday May 10 from 11am-5pm. For more information call Allison Wonderland at 508-237-8915


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Meet Our New Manager – Clea

Hi, I’m Clea, the new manager at the Casa del Soul Suites in downtown Crestone, Colorado.  I’m excited to be here to bring some fresh ideas and energy to the building and our guests.

I have been living in Crestone for 4 ½ years.  Auspicious events led me here.   For my birthday, a few years back, my best friend from the Chicago area said she would get an RV and we could go wherever I’d like to go.  I got out a big map and this little town in Colorado—Crestone—came off the page engulfed in light.  Crestone?  I’d never heard of it so I Googled it—it sounded like a fascinating little place and I knew I had to at least visit this magical place.  A few months later, I made it happen.

On my approach into the tiny little town, at the end of a 15 mile cul-de-sac, called the ‘T’ road, I saw and felt the magical, mystical light filled energy coming off the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains and realized that this place would become my new home.  I permanently moved here six months later.

Crestone is a unique community filled with very diverse people.  There is a tremendous opportunity for emotional, spiritual and self-growth as long as one stays open to new ideas and experiences.  The past melds into the present and the future providing a glimpse of a different reality than I had ever imagined.

I became a patient of Cheyenne Mendel(co-owner of Casa Del Soul) in the fall of 2012.  Meeting and working with Cheyenne was life changing.  Cheyenne Mendel is an acupuncturist and so much more.  She is an intuitive, psychic empath who has connections with different energies.  I feel fortunate to have her as my healer.

A few months later I became Cheyenne’s assistant in her acupuncture clinic.  The loving and caring environment in the office and Cheyenne’s presence soon became the best ‘job’ I ever had.  We make a good team.   A few months after that, Cheyenne and Joe Mendel asked me to manage the Casa del Soul suites in downtown Crestone.  I had never managed an inn before but their confidence in me and my own desire for a change made my decision to say ‘yes’ easy.  I’m so glad I did.

In December of 2013 I became the manager at the Casa del Soul.  The Casa del Soul is a private refuge in downtown Crestone.  We offer one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, wifi, Direct TV and a beautiful fenced yard (with grass).  We welcome well-behaved pets and respectful people.
I, myself, share my life with my beautiful red border collie, Latte.  She has quickly become the Casa del Soul mascot greeting and entertaining all of our guests and visitors.  Her job is to evaluate the dogs that want to stay here; so far she’s turned no one away =)



The Casa del Soul is undergoing some major changes—we are now a nightly/weekly pet-friendly hotel.  We have deep cleaned all the rooms and made sure they are all well stocked.  We have also commissioned a beautiful new sign made by a local, professional sign artist.  The sign has been stopping traffic since it was hung a few days ago.  We also constructed a new greenhouse in the back so we have become gardeners.
We also have plans to chink and stain the outside of the entire building so the flower baskets we will be hanging when the warm weather comes have a beautiful backdrop.  We’re excited about all the changes and are looking forward to being busy all seasons.

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