Nourishing the Essence of the Elements

with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, John Milton and Peter May
September 15-19, 2013


PeakThis is a unique opportunity to directly experience the Five Elements teachings among the high pristine alpine meadows, lakes and peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Wilderness. With expert guides John Milton and Peter May we will hike to 12,000 feet and camp near North Crestone Lake, with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche joining us for the last part of the retreat. Each day will be filled with group and solitary meditations on the pure essence of five elements, supported by the clear natural presence of the high country. 

This trek will be strenuous, with hiking at high attitude, four nights of tent camping and simple backcountry food.  But for those who are well prepared, this will be a fantastic experience.

While familiarity with the Elements practice is recommended, it is not required. Everyone registering for the retreat will have access to an introductory online teaching on the elements by Tenzin Rinpoche. For those who would like to become more familiar with the Elements practice, there is a six-week online Five Elements Course offered through Ligmincha Learning beginning June 22.

Retreat Fees: Cost of this unique event is $495 per person, which includes an Introduction to the online Elements course, Elements Practice text, 10 pounds of gear carried by horses, food, and use of stoves and water filtration equipment. More gear may be carried by horses for an additional fee; cost depends on weight carried: range: $25 - $100.

Optional Acclimation Training: $100 per person, at Chamma Ling two days prior to the Retreat, which does not include food. This will provide two days of walking with guides at 8,000 - 10,000 feet which will make for a smoother transition to the high wilderness.

Sponorships: For people who cannot attend but would still like to be part of this retreat, they may make a Sponsorship of $108. The sponsorship means that the person’s name and photograph will be taken up to the Lake, displayed during practice times, and included in the energy of the Retreat. Also, blessed spring water from this Retreat will be sent to the participating sponsors.



Space is limited on this Retreat, so please send in your application soon to reserve your place. All applicants will be evaluated for ability to participate. Upon acceptance, you will receive all necessary materials for this backcountry retreat, and you can then make payment.

To apply for this event, download and complete the application form and email it to Peter May.

Download Application Form