Visit Crestone for an Art Retreat with Jennifer Thomson, a Spiritual Retreat with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, a Zen Cowboy Concert and Vajrayana Communal Feast.

Summer is in full swing and what better way to celebrate the season than by creating art, enjoying a fun concert, eating delicious food, and learning to remove obstacles that are hindering our personal and professional growth.

Sunday July 26 – Guru Rinpoche Tsok (Vajrayana Communal Feast) at the Choying Dzong center

Himalayan Buddhists celebrate the 10th and 25th of the lunar month with a traditional tsok or ganachakra, a confirmation of purpose and (private) confession of vows weakened or broken, followed by a communal meal. Bring food or drink to offer and share. Chöying Dzong is a traditional Bhutanese Buddhist temple in the Nyingma and Dzokchen lineage of Péma Lingpa. The feast will be from 6:30-8:30pm. For more information call 719-256-5224 or email info@yeshekhorlo.org 

Saturday July 31 – Zen Cowboy Concert at the Shumei Institute

cattail-side Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy” will perform a mix of cowboy and new age music, reflecting a mystical connection to the landscape of the American West.  A $15 donation is suggested. For more information call 719-256-5284 or email info@shumeicrestone.org

August 7-11, Art Retreat with Jennifer Thomson

100_4174In this 5 day retreat participants will use various artistic mediums including watercolor, sketching, animal gestures, color study and evening presentations. Jennifer Thomson is a celebrated artist who has teaches art around the world. Learn more and register at Jtcolorist.crestonecolorado.com.

August 11-17  – Dissolving Outer, Inner and Innermost Obstacles with Tsoknyi Rinpoche

 Tsoknyi Rinpoche will teach the ancient art of dissolving obstacles in the body, subtle body and mind, that obscure this spark that can become a blazing fire of wakefulness through the path of Dzogchen.

This retreat is open to all levels and no prerequisites are necessary. For more information visit Tsoknyirinpoche.org.

Enjoy your stay in Crestone with a room at the Casa Del Soul hotel. We offer private, comfortable and clean lodging in one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, cable and Wi-fi. We are also 100% smoke free. Reserve your room for the night or a week by calling 719-256-5788 or online at CasaDelSoul.net

 

 

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The 2015 Crestone Music Festival Featuring Lunar Fire, Robben Ford, The Young Dubliners Plus 19 More Performers from Around the Globe

Visit Crestone August 7-9th for the annual Crestone Music Fest. More than just music, this all ages festival is as unique as the town of Crestone.

While you enjoy music from around the globe you can also join in the fun! Test your strength in the Women’s or Men’s wood chopping contest, see how much you can eat in a pie eating contest, show off your flexibility in a limbo contest, enjoy a pancake breakfast and so much more! 

Friday headline Lunar Fire returns with an expanded and spectacular array of dancers, fire dancers and trapeze artists. Their tribal, psychedelic dance theater, groovin’ jam band with elements of multi-lingual spoken word, rap, hip hop, disco, trance guitar, bass fun and massive tribal percussion. They will perform at 8pm.

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Saturday headliner Robben Ford is a 5 time Grammy nominated guitarist who has toured with Bonnie Rait, George Harrison, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. His music is a blend of blues, jazz, pop and rock. His latest release is the critically acclaimed “Into The Sun”. He will perform at 8pm.

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Sunday headliner The Young Dubliners will play a mix of Celtic and American rock. The members dual heritage of American and Irish brings a distinctive and richly varied music palette. You may have seen them perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, heard their music in TV shows or seen them open for The Flaming Lips, Collective Soul, Jethro Tull or Johnny Lang. They will perform at 6pm.

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This amazing weekend of music and fun kicks off with the River Bottom Blues Band at 1:30pm on Friday. For the full lineup and to buy tickets visit http://crestfest.org.

Enjoy your stay in Crestone with a room at the Casa Del Soul hotel. We offer private, comfortable and clean lodging in one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, cable and Wi-fi. We are also 100% smoke free. Reserve your room for the night or a week by calling 719-256-5788 or online at CasaDelSoul.net

 

 

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Aquarian Teacher Training wth Yogi Bhajan, Ashram Family Week and Sophia Diaz Workshop

Visit Crestone this July for Aquarian teacher training with Yogi Bhajan, Annual Family Week at the Ashram and Sophia Diaz’s workshop, “Puja, To Touch Love”.

July 20 – 26, Kundalini Aquarian Teacher Training with Yogi Bhajan

Learn from Yogi Bhajan the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual way to live in harmony and balance. The training is powerfully life altering and deeply transforming. The course provides a firm, life long foundation for creating a Yoga practice within the context of service and right livelihood. Upon completion, participants are certified as Level 1 Teachers, qualified to instruct Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

For more information and to register, contact Sue Beckretuta at 719-325-6340

July 21-23, Ashram Annual Family Week at Haidakhandi Ashram

The children’s program includes circle time, yoga, karma yoga, chanting, arts and crafts and other fun activities.  This year’s children’s camp will be run by Kelly Hosner and several assistants.  

It is always such a special time for us all to be together, so call us at 719-256-4108 if you plan to attend.  There is no charge for children to attend the camp but they must have a parent on the premise at all times for insurance purposes and the proper application and release form must be filled out. Juy 21-23, from 10am -1pm.

July 21-23, “Puja, To Touch Love” Workshop with Sofia Diaz 

The Workshop at Family Week this year will be “Puja, To Touch Love.” It is about waking up our heart centers and feeling outwards.  There will be group processes, meditation practices, breath awareness and, of course, the celebration of each other’s company in these precious bodies. The workshops facilitated by Sofia are amazing and this year will be no exception.

The workshop runs each day from 10am – 1pm. This is concurrent with the children’s programs above, making it easy for parents to take the workshop too. It’s always a true gift to give to yourself, so do not miss it.  The suggested donation for the three-day workshop is $108.  Some partial scholarships are available. For more information call 719-256-4108 or email: info@babajiashram.org

Enjoy your stay in Crestone with a room at the Casa Del Soul hotel. We offer private, comfortable and clean lodging in one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, cable and Wi-fi. We are also 100% smoke free. Reserve your room for the night or a week by calling 719-256-5788 or online at CasaDelSoul.net

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Crestone Events: Storytelling Theater Featuring Findley Demko and Art Symposium for Sophia Dixon Dillo

Visit Crestone this June 13 and 14, for two magical evenings of storytelling theater and a symposium for light and sculpture artist Sophia Dixon Dillo.

June 13 and 14 – Storytelling Theater Featuring Findley Demko and Kelly Hosner. 

Bring your family and friends to see the Crestone Company of Players at the Cloud Station on Saturday June 13 at 7pm and Sunday June 14 at 2pm. 

  •  Findley Demko will present a Death of Neruda about Chilean poet and Nobel Peace Prize winner Pablo Neruda. Richard Collier is expanding the role of music by collaborating with fluteman Bruce Becker in a piece entitled My Cousin’s Story. 
  • Kelly Hosner, a favorite in many Company of Players productions, will take on some very interesting characters expanding on the theatrical charm by creating a wildlife creature with costume and make-up for a scene conjured with fellow thespians Jennifer Thomson and Dean Lloyd.
  • Ammi and Findley will explore the adventures of A Blind Date in a simple coffee shop setting.

This event costs $10. For more information call 719-937-3308.

 

June 14 – Art Symposium for Local Artist Sophia Dixon Dillo

Enjoy an evening of light and movement at the upcoming symposium for Sophia Dixon Dillo and see her beautiful work on Sunday June 14th from 3 -5pm at the Shumei Gallery. 

Dillo’s current work continues to focus on light. She uses minimal, all-over patterning so that the viewer’s attention can shift from the particular to the whole, and back again. Giving each part equal weight emphasizes the appearance of the piece as a whole. Quiet and subtle, her works prove difficult to capture in photographs. The works are experiential. They require the viewer’s presence in order to witness the ever-shifting effects of light and movement on the pieces.

This event is free! For more information, visit www.shumeicrestone.org or call 719-256-5284. The Shumei gallery is open every day 9 to 5pm. Sophia’s art wil be available to view throughout the month of June.

Enjoy your stay in Crestone with a room at the Casa Del Soul hotel. We offer private, comfortable and clean lodging in one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, cable and Wi-fi. We are also 100% smoke free. Reserve your room for the night or a week by calling 719-256-5788 or online at CasaDelSoul.net

 

 

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June 6-13 Kicks off the Annual Camino de Crestone, Interfaith Pilgrimage in Southern Colorado

If you have wanted to participate in the great pilgrimages of the world, such as India, Japan, Spain and England, but are not able to, you can now join a full inter-faith pilgrimage right here in southern Colorado.

The Camino de Crestone takes participants to 16 spiritual centers where they can experience teachings and presentations while carrying a pack and traveling with 6-13 other pilgrims.

For many a pilgrimage is more than only connecting with religion, it’s a chance to be inspired, meditate, study other spiritual paths, find peace, calm the mind or undertake a spiritual adventure.

Walks are scheduled for June 6-13, August 22-29 and September 12-19. Learn more at CaminodeCrestone.com

Want to see all the spiritual centers, but aren’t able to participate in a pilgrimage? Reserve a room at the Casa Del Soul hotel in downtown Crestone. We offer private, comfortable and clean lodging in one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, cable and Wi-fi. We are also 100% smoke free. Reserve your room for the night or a week by calling 719-256-5788 or online at CasaDelSoul.net

 

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A Concert at the Dunes with Don Richmond and Workshops with Dorje Root

The Great National Sand Dunes is a popular spot for hiking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter,  a great destination for bird watching and offers magnificent panoramic views just South of Crestone. This May you can enjoy a concert with celberated musician Don Richmond.

Are you ready to reconnect wih spiritual and natural wisdom? Renowned wise woman, Dorje Root is offering two workshops this month to guide you on your journey. This is your chance to reconnect and rebuild your relationship to the world.

– May 3 – Don Richmond: Concert at the Dunes

 Enjoy listening to Don Richmond, a multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter at the Great Sand Dunes National Park from 3-5pm on Sunday May 3rd.

 Hot drinks will be provided by the Friends of the Dunes. A large crowd is expected so be sure to RSVP to ensure they receive a seat. Those interested in attending should call the visitor center at 719-378-6399 between 9am and 4:30pm to reserve a seat. Donations are requested. Check out Don and his music at Donrichmond.com

– May 16-17, Workshops with Dorje Root

Wisdom of the Flicker: This beautiful woodpecker has been loved and respected by the first people of Turtle Island for hundreds of years, both for mitigating the insect population and being a benefit to the environment. They are seen as a signet bird for healers because of the way they work with the environment. In the modern world they are sometimes seen as a pest because of their tendency to build nests in wood siding, though this can be worked with by understanding the flicker. We will be working on building a beneficial relationship with these beings. Saturday, May 16 from 9:30 to 4:30. $75 or $140 for both workshops. 

Working with Feathers as a Sacred Tool: Feathers have inspired people throughout the ages. They not only help us connect with specific birds, but they also connect us with sky energy. Feathers traditionally have been used to assist in prayer. In this workshop we will be working with feathers to help us align with the masculine creative energy known as Father Sky. Bring several feathers (large and small) as well as craft supplies (check with Dorje for specific suggestions).Sunday, May 17 from 9:30 to 4:30. $75 or $140 for both workshops.

To register and for location call Dorje Root, 719-937-7786, or dorjeroot@yahoo.com

Enjoy your stay in Crestone with a room at the Casa Del Soul hotel. We offer private, comfortable and clean lodging in one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, cable and Wi-fi. We are also 100% smoke free. Reserve your room for the night or a week by calling 719-256-5788 or online at CasaDelSoul.net

 

 

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Plan a Visit to Crestone this Spring – Daily Events for April

April brings showers of flowers. Hopefully you’re all done with filing taxes and your return is on the way. What better way to celebrate than a weekend or week-long visit to the beautiful mountains of Crestone! April is a great time enjoy rebirth as the singing birds, baby animals,  blooming flowers and valley wakes up from its winter slumber.

 

Spring in Crestone

With so many organizations and spiritual centers there is always something to do in Crestone. The daily events listed below are easy to get to from the downtown and the Casa Del Soul.

Schedule a yoga class with Annie Pace in the morning or evening every day of the week. See her yoga schedule at Anniepace.com/calendar/classes/

Attend the Morning Aarati at Haidakhandi Universal Ashram, 7-8am and return for Evening Aarati at 6pm. For more info call 719-256-4108, e-mail info@babajiashram.org, or visit Babajiashram.org

Join in with Sampai & Jyorei at the Shumei Sanctuary at 7:50am and 5:50pm.  Stay late or come early and visit the unique Shumei Center for tours and to see the beautiful artists gallery from 9am-5pm. For more info call 719-256-5284 or visit Shumeicrestone.org

Love hiking? Visit these four classic Crestone trails: Crestoneeagle.com/four-classic-crestone-area-hikes

Enjoy your stay in Crestone with a room at the Casa Del Soul hotel. We offer private, comfortable and clean lodging in one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, cable and Wi-fi. We are also 100% smoke free. Reserve your room for the night or a week by calling 719-256-5788 or online at CasaDelSoul.net

 

 

 

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March Music Madness – Crestone is Celebrating Spring With Music for Everyone

Crestone is rocking this month!  Three amazing and completely different bands will be performing here in Crestone throughout March. All bands will be performing in downtown Crestone at the Cloud Station; just a short jaunt from the Casa Del Soul hotel, cafes, and local stores.

– March 13, Roma Ransom

Roma Ransom consists of a young couple, Gordon and Grace who love to play music inspired from ancient tunes selected from different cultures of the world. They are an eclectic bohemian world folk music duo from Colorado Springs. Roma Ransom performs music of the ages, ranging from angelic durges to high energy balkan and celtic dances. The music they perform will captivate any audience with their unique style and diverse musical abilities. Listener’s are bound to hear something they enjoy in the large repertoire of music that Roma Ransom performs. The live music starts at 7p.m..

 

– March 14, BLUE ROOSTER LIVE AGAIN!

Blue Rooster plays blues, rock and funk and are billed as “The most amazing blues, funk, and rock band ever created in Crestone”. The four piece includes well-known Crestone musicians Peter Taylor, Eli Dokson, Dale Smith and John HeftyCover is $8. This live show starts at 7p.m..

 

– March 20, Rhythm Sanctuary and DJ Dance After Party

Rhythm Sanctuary is an intentional dance meditation ritual group from Boulder with no talking, only music. This ritual will be followed by a DJ dance part. Enjoy live art and taste local artisan raw chocolate. Cover is $8 per show or $15 combined. Live music is 6-8:30p.m. and the dance part is 9p.m.-1a.m..

UPDATE: -March 21, – Dances of Universal Peace

Peace Dancing releases thousand of years of limitation in your life by celebrating all traditions. Would you be willing to show up as you and allow the divine to acknowledge your infinite being?  Come have fun, play and experience an ancient vibration that has the potential to expand your life and the expression of joy. For more info contact Wonder Bob at 719.937.3052 or wonder_bob@msn.com

Enjoy your stay in Crestone with a room at the Casa Del Soul hotel. We offer private, comfortable and clean lodging in one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, cable and Wi-fi. We are also 100% smoke free. Reserve your room for the night or a week by calling 719-256-5788 or online at CasaDelSoul.net

 

 

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March 2015: Fiber Festival, Sandal Making Workshop

Visit Crestone this March for the upcoming  Fistful of Fun Fiber Festival,  learn how to make your own sandals at an Earthknack one day workshop and hone your practitioner skills at the Global Gathering of Personal Leadership Practitioners.

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March 29 – Crestone Fistful of Fun Fiber Festival

Enjoy the flavor of Crestones first annual fiber festival! This year is all about FUN. Most important will be our fiber exchange. Bring your “unwanted” yarn to become someone else’s new favorite while you are finding another yarn to dye for. Meet and greet old and new fiber enthusiasts. This event will be on Saturday the 29, from 2-5 pm at Elephant Cloud Station in downtown Crestone. RSVP on Facebook.com/events/1541299342822022

 

Saturdays in March – Make Your Own Sandals Workshops

Ever wonder how people walked around without rubber-soled shoes? In this four-week series, we will use natural, local materials to create comfortable and durable footwear. Choose your class and learn to make shoes with the yucca plant, buckskin and felt. More info is available at Earthknack.com

 

March 2-5 Global Open Space Gathering for PL Practitioners

At the very essence of the PL practices lies the possibility of sustaining our greatest clarity, our most enlivened energy, our most expanded heart. Come to Crestone, the inspirational home of PL Seminars, for a gathering of PL practitioners. We will dive deep and fly high exploring this most joyous of possibilities of living from the inside out. For more information visit Plseminars.com/4crestone15.html

Enjoy your stay in Crestone at Casa Del Soul. We offer private, comfortable and clean lodging in one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, cable and Wi-fi. We are also 100% smoke free. Reserve your room for the night or a week by calling 719-256-5788 or online at CasaDelSoul.net

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Celebrate Spring with Poetry, Music and the Divine Mother Festival – Upcoming Events in Crestone Colorado

Celebrate spring in Crestone with the Divine Mother Festival at Haidakhandi Universal Ashram and enjoy a night of Poetry and Music at the Shumei Institute.

February 2nd, “Way of the Current” at the Shumei Institute

“Way of the Current” with Stewart Warren & Paul E. Trujillo is a fluid and dynamic presentation of spoken word with original music.  

The guitar work of Paul Trujillo draws on both Spanish and Persian modalities that interact and weave within the poem-space while creating a rhythmic universe of unvisited realms. The tone is visceral; the ideas expressed convey peaceful hope. Stewart S. Warren, writer and evocateur, is the author of twenty collections. The show starts at 7p.m. and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door. For more info visit ShumeiCrestone.org 

March 21-29, “Spring Navratri – Divine Mother Festival” at Haidakhandi Universal Ashram

 The Divine Mother Festival includes pujas, discourses, aaraties, reading, chanting, daily fire ceremonies and meals. It begins at 6:15a.m and ends around 1p.m. All are invited for all or some of the ceremonies. For more information visit BabjiAshram.org.

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Enjoy your stay in Crestone at Casa del Soul. We offer private, comfortable and clean lodging in one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, cable, and Wi-fi. We are also 100% smoke free. Reserve your room for the night or a week by calling 719-256-5788 or online at CasaDelSoul.net

 

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