What to bring?
A shrine area is provided in each cabin, but you should bring your own
practice items such as thankas, incense, water bowls and such. Be sure
to bring your own meditation cushion.
Bring your own sheets and blankets or sleeping bag for the supplied twin
The weather varies considerably in Crestone to quite warm in the summer
to quite cold in the winter. At any time of year it is good to bring clothing
that can be layered, as temperatures can vary 40 degrees within one day,
due to the altitude being over 8000 feet. While is does snow at times
in Crestone from October through May, there usually is not much snow accumulation
due to the abundant sunshine. Look closely at the temperature averages
for the time of your retreat and plan accordingly. One good source of
information is http://www.keno.org/vws/crestone_weather_records.htm.
Be sure to bring some sturdy shoes or boots.
What not or bring?
No alcohol or recreational drugs are allowed. Since our purpose is to
provide a supportive environment for retreat, computers, iPods, and other
similar electronic devices are not allowed. Cell phones should be left
with the caretaker.
How do I get there?
Crestone is located in south-central Colorado. The closest major airports
are Colorado Springs (3 hrs.) Denver (4 hrs.) and Albuquerque (5 hrs.).
Alamosa has a small commuter airport serviced by United Airlines about
an hour from Crestone. For a map to Crestone see http://maps.google.com
and search for zip code 81131.
Once in Crestone,
take Camino Baca Grande about three miles, at which point it turns into
gravel. Continue on for another half mile until you see the Chamma Ling
sign and turn into the parking area. Walk up the path to the cabins.
and supplies are available locally?
While Crestone is not a large town, most basic supplies are available
locally within five miles of the retreat center. Curt's Store has a good
supply of foods typically found in smaller health food stores, including
organic produce, cereals, and juices. Crestone Mart is a small conventional
grocery store, and also has hardware, lumber and video rental sections
- a real general store. Peak Printing has common business supplies and
photocopying. There are three restaurants in Crestone, as well as a coffee
shop. If you need something that is not available in Crestone, it is about
an hour drive to the nearby larger towns of Alamosa and Salida, which
have supermarkets and large discount stores.