When I first found out about the Crestone Yoga Retreat from my Life Coach, I thought “That sounds amazing! But I don’t have the time or the funds for it. I wish I could go!” Yet, somehow my work schedule cleared and I was able to come up with the cash despite being on a single income at the time.
The road trip from Denver to Crestone (only 3.5 hours) was one of the most fun road trips of my life! I was able to carpool with other retreat participant that I had only just met and we connected deeply right away and the time flew by. As we made our ascent up the rolling foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains the views, vistas and stupas were breathtaking. The property of the Zen Center was like a secret garden with views of the valley and the Sand Dunes. The buildings (especially the Zendo) were absolutely magical!
This retreat was my first real exposure to yoga and I undoubtedly had the least experience in the group. Brittany’s heart, leadership and instruction in our twice daily classes left me wanting more! As a result, I was anxious to join the Container Collective community and continue my yoga journey upon my return to Denver. In fact, Crestone had me so hooked I completed my 200 hour RYT at CC last fall!I was able to get to know each participant authentically. We laughed together, were vulnerable together, and had an indescribable sense of community and trust. We connected so much that several of us kept in close contact after the retreat.
The food, by far, was one of the highlights of the trip for all of us. Think gourmet vegetarian for all 3 meals. It was so delicious, we were so eager to eat that many of us often showed up early for every meal.
My experience is undeniable. Crestone was an awakening and unraveling for me. It was the first time in my life that my ego was stirred, and my heart began to be my guide. You simply can’t put a price on that kind of peace and ascension.