06 Dec Planning the Perfect Retreat
When it comes to facilitating a retreat, there are a lot of factors to consider. Planning a retreat requires we think about what we want first. If you’re not happy and content, then it’s likely the participants of your retreat will not be either.
Location, Location, Location
Your first consideration should be the location. If you’re drawn to the beach, you might not want to head to the mountains. And if you abhor the city, then a quieter abode for your retreat should be top on your list.
Nestled at the base of Pikes Peak in the eclectic mountain town of Manitou Springs, the atmosphere of SunMountain has been intentionally created to be warm and welcoming.
“Our retreat was very profound and part of the invitation is to be in a space that feels safe, beautiful, spiritual and magical. I believe SunMountain had all of that,”says Jenna Pfingston, founder of jalaBlu School of Yoga.
There are three magnificent, historic homes, Rockledge, Onaledge, and nearby Red Crags, situated on the property––six acres of terraced gardens, hiking trails, and views that are breaking and awe-inspiring. All create a suitable environment for innovation, creativity, and healing for up to fifty retreat participants.
“Every room is so charming and the bathrooms are decadent,” says April Axé Charmaine, of Sol Vida Worldwide. “There were so many amazing amenities and things to enjoy that it was almost impossible to enjoy everything on site during a shorter retreat.”
Each of the properties has an elegant mix of rooms for intimate conversations and break-out sessions, as well as yoga and movement classes, or more formal instruction.
Manitou Springs is renowned for healing body, mind, and spirit. Eight naturally carbonated mineral spring fountains, located throughout this historic town, run free for all who wish to enjoy their healing benefits. For hundreds of years, people traveled to this rustic community specifically because of these springs. The Ute, Cheyenne and other Native Americans considered this area sacred for its healing springs and clean mountain air.
Located just about an hour south of Denver, access to SunMountain is relatively easeful and the drive from the Denver International Airport is breathtaking with views of the Rockies. Nearby Colorado Springs airport is also an option for those wishing to skip the drive from DIA and arrive on the doorstep in thirty minutes or less from the terminal.
A Way to the Heart––Through the Belly
Transformational experiences require a lot of physical, mental, and spiritual energy. The way to have the energy you and your participants need to stay present in a retreat is by having nutritious and delicious food.
SunMountain offers farm-to-table vegetarian cuisine, and the staff makes every effort to meet the individual dietary restrictions and desires of guests.
Mackenzie Sullivan, who hosted her retreat, Mountain Getaway Weekend, at SunMountain, said, “The chef was accommodating to all of our dietary needs/restrictions and provided vegan, gluten free meals that were so clearly mindfully prepared with love.”
For a mouthwatering Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe, see the blog “Transitioning with the Seasons.”
Setting the Stage for Integration
Giving your students space to contemplate your teachings will leave them feeling positive about their experience. The grounds of SunMountain and the surrounding areas offer a bevy of activities when you want to give your participants an opportunity to integrate the materials you are presenting. The grounds at SunMountain are woven with several hiking trails. Nearby is the majestic Garden of the Gods.
And just down the road is SunWater Spa where you can soak in the heated cedar tubs filled with the healing mineral waters of Manitou Springs, and enjoy yoga, massage and other services.
“SunMountain is close to Garden of the Gods as well as downtown Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs. During the free day, we had people explore the downtown areas for shopping while others hiked to waterfalls and up the massive incline nearby!” Sullivan added.
The staff at SunMountain Center work diligently to ensure your retreat is a success. For information about the center, visit our site.
We always welcome visits from our potential retreat hosts, so feel free to schedule a tour. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let 2019 be your most successful year yet!