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

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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

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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

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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.

There are many unique events throughout the year here in Crestone. Learn about upcoming events by subscribing to our blog and receiving updates in your e-mail.

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

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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.

photo edit: maavaishnavi.com

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Visit Crestone This February for Celebrations, Classes and New Experiences

Visit Crestone this February to celebrate the new moon, learn about structural integration, experience a Sound Gong Bath, and have a romantic weekend. 

February 17-18th, Celebrate the New Moon at Haidakhandi Ashram on Tuesday there will be Shivaratri with chanting from 10pm until 4am  and a New-Moon Fire Ceremony Wednesday morning at 10am followed by a meal. Learn more at Babajiashram.org 

February 9-12th, Crestone College of Structural Integration is offering a Pre and Perinatal Education. The theme in this introductory course will be the four stages of birth, each of which is demarcated by specific postures/positions and movements that babies transition through during birth. In class explore and learn how to recognize these patterns in yourself and most importantly, in your clients. Learn more at Crestonesi.org/pre-perinatal-course.html 

February 22nd, Experience a sacred Sound Gong Bath with Richard Rudis at the Crestone Charter School. Enjoy the transformational waves of Sound Bathing with rising and falling rhythms, tonalities and vibrations of an Earth Gong tuned to the sound of the primordial AUM, ‘the Universal chord’, the vibrational signature of Mother Earth dancing with the Sun. Reserve your spot at  Wholelifemodalities.com/page5.html

Celebrate Valentines Day by reserving a suite for two this weekend at the 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. Make your reservation by calling 719-256-5788 or reserve online at CasaDelSoul.net 

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Performance of “Limitlessness” by Matthew P. Crowley and Art Showing of “Golden Overmind” by Marika Popovits – January 24th and 25th in Crestone

 Maybe it’s the fresh mountain air, the unparalleled beauty or the spiritual energy that attracts creative souls. Whatever it is, artists of all mediums are abundant in Crestone. Visit this January to see two celebrated artists, poet Matthew P. Crowley and painter Marika Popovitz share their newest work. Matthews poetry is described as “deep and beautiful” while Marikas art is described as “inspiration and joy”.  Why not come see for yourself.

Saturday, January 24th at 7pm there will be an evening of fine art at the Dharma Ocean Shrine Hall, featuring the performance art of Matthew P. Crowley reciting from his recently released book Limitlessness—a selection from 18 years of inspired poetic writing.

The Word will be accompanied by the visionary paintings of Marika Popovits from her most recent series, Golden Overmind.

Marika Popovits

Signed copies of the book will be available at the event with $5 from each book sold being donated to the Friends of the Library. There will also be a silent auction with an original framed art piece donated by Marika Popovits along with 2 fine art framed photographs from Matthew’s book with all proceeds from the auction also benefitting the Friends of the Library. “This event is an expression of gratitude to the community for a decade of inspiration which has had such a profound influence on life, love and Limitlessness.” Come and celebrate Art & Word in our extraordinary community. The event is free/by donation. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, January 25th from 9am-12 pm, Matthew will facilitate a smaller more intimate gathering he calls “Poetry as Practice” in which participants will be invited to dive deeply and spaciously into Word. Registration is limited with a sliding scale suggested donation of $10-$25 for this event. Interested participants are invited to RSVP with one sentence about their love of The Word by January 20 to matthew@CrowsOutpost.com. Please visit www.CrowsOutpost.com for updates and more information.

 You might also enjoy the Words and Walls art symposium at the Shumei Instititute on Sunday January 18.

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January Events in Crestone: Words and Walls Art Exhibit, Screening of “Mahavatar Babaji, Experiences from His Previous Manifestation”

Crestone is a small town with a big culture. What else would you expect from a place revered by so many different cultures from around the globe. If variety is the spice of life, Crestone is the main dish! January is a great time to visit Crestone if you’re seeking a calm and quiet pace. In between meditating and exploring the area stop by the Babaji Ashram for a movie and the Shumei Gallery for an artist reception.

January 3rd, “Mahavatar Babaji, Experiences from His Previous Manifestation” Movie Screening: The Ashram invites all to this 90 minute film which shares a lot about who Babaji is as well as many devotees telling their experiences with Him. Saturday Jan 3 at 4pm at the Crestone Charter School. Chai and snack served too. For more information call 719-256-4108.

January 18th, “Walls and Words” Art Exhibition:  The Crestone Artist Gallery and Shumei Insititute host this showing. Enjoy multiple mediums as 7 artists create one visual and worded work to complement each piece. Each of the 7 artists will read their poems at the symposium on Sunday January 18th from 3-5 pm. Refreshments will be provided. Call 719-256-5245 for more information.

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8 Reasons to Fall In Love With the Winter Wonderland of Crestone, Colorado

Nestled at the base of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountain range with the seemingly endless San Luis Valley offering miles of views and gorgeous sunsets, a Baca full of unique temples and artistic homes and a diverse selection of wildlife, makes Crestone a scenery smorgasbord.

 #1 Magnificent Views.  Winter snows create a fantasy landscape that will take your breath away and leave you wanting to celebrate the holiday season year round. When you visit Crestone your eyes will be treated with the beauty of land that remains hardly changed in the last few hundred years. Prepare to be awed when gazing upwards at Crestone Peak which rises over 14,000 feet. Be sure to bring your camera so you can take these memories home and remind yourself to return.

Great Sand Dunes National Park with Crestone Peak in the background. Photo credit: Tad Bowman

 

Moon over Crestone. Photo credit: Apeacecarol.blogspot.com

#2 Joyful Journey Hot Springs. Soak away your winter blues in a cozy spring of heated bliss while relaxing to the magnificent views of the mountains. Healthwise the benefits of hot springs are more than just staying warm. Soakers experience improved circulation, sinus relief, a healthy epidermis and a peaceful state of mind. A bonus is that unlike some hot springs you won’t find an unpleasant sulfur smell here.

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Joyful Journey Hot Springs. Photo credit: Erin Kelly

 

#3 Abundant Wildlife. Don’t be surprised if you wake up to deer walking past your window or waiting for a herd of elk to cross the highway. Without the massive buildings and pavement that tend to occupy most scenic towns, Crestone remains a haven for wildlife. Conservation is part of the vibe and will stay that with community support and the Sacred Land Sanctuary.

Mule deer in Crestone. Photo credit: Mendosa.com

 

 #4 Ancient History. Stone huts have been found in the area with unknown origins. Are they ovens used by railroad workers in the early 1900’s or are these structures even older? Take a short hike in the Baca and see them for yourself.

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One of a few stone huts found in the Crestone Baca. Photo credit: stonequest.org

 

#5 Billions of Stars! You can actually see the stars at night here in Crestone thanks to a lack of the light pollution that plagues larger metropolitan areas.

Starry night skies over Crestone show off billions of stars. Photo credit: Wally Pachoika

 

#6 The Stupa. Sitting on a high hill in the Baca the site of this Buddhist temple features stunning views of a winter wonderland after a snowfall on Crestone and the valley below. The Stupa is also a fantastic background for a selfie.

The Crestone Stupa with a fresh dusting of snow. credit: unknown

 

#7 Solar Power! With an average 330 days of sunshine a year, but cold temperatures in the winter months, Crestone is a solar energy mecca. Alternative and sustainable energy is an integral part of living at such a high altitude and solar energy is abundant. Each autumn visitors from around the world converge here to attend the annual Crestone Energy Fair and learn how solar energy can transform their own communities.

Solar energy panels in Crestone. Photo credit: Rebecca Emery

 

#8 So Many Spiritual Centers! Dubbed the “Shambala of the Rockies” Crestone is home to a variety of spiritual centers including Hindu, Buddhist and Christian.

 

Photo credit NY Times

 

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