Crestone Retreat

February 28th – March 6th 2020

Our second Wilderness Dharma Movement residential retreat will take place in Crestone, Colorado at the beautiful Blazing Mountain Retreat Center.


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ATR and EMN in Blazing Mountain


The 7 day retreat will be led by Anam Thubten and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. They will be teaching a Chöd practice based on their translation of the text “The Roar of the Dakini’s Laughter” by Jigme Lingpa. They will offer the lung (transmission) of the practice at the retreat.

Each day will include four periods of Chöd practice as a group as well as individually. We will gather for morning and afternoon teachings,  the midday meal and the evening tsok (feast) practice. The retreat will be held in noble silence.

The pre-requisite for this year’s retreat is that applicants must have some experience with Vajrayana teachings and have completed or are presently practicing the preliminary practices of ngondro with either Anam Thubten, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, or another Tibetan Buddhist teacher. For more information contact

Space is limited and REGISTRATION is on a first come, first served basis.  Applications for scholarship will be accepted until October 8th, 2019 (contact Cory at If for extra-ordinary circumstances you find you need to cancel your registration, a full refund (minus $100 registration fee) will be issued if on or before December 8th, 2019.





Tuition: $740 (includes meals and retreat recordings)

Lodging/meals: see details below


Prices vary depending on accommodation ($740 – $1593 includes meals). Contact or call 719-256-5938 to find the best fit for your needs.

Take a video tour of Blazing Mountain Retreat Center.


A shuttle is available from Denver International Airport to Blazing Mountain. Please check the appropriate box at registration. The shuttle will depart from Denver International Airport at 12:15 pm on February 28th. It will depart from Blazing Mountain at 10:00am on March 6th (allow 4-5 hrs shuttle travel time).

If you’d like to carpool with fellow participants, check out our rideshare board.


If you have questions about the retreat, please contact



To learn more about Crestone watch A Place of the Heart, a beautiful film made by Crestone Films featuring a poem by Anam Thubten.


A Spontaneous Poem for the Crestone Retreat

The blue sky is my face.

All these bright stars are my lovely eyes

My pristine teeth.

The moving clouds are the expression of my joy and sadness.

This earth is my body.

These overwhelmingly majestic mountains of Crestone are my pelvis 

Where primal forces hide.

I am the universe.

So are you, my dear friend.

I have been travelling a long time on this train.

This world just happens to be another station.

I just got out to get a drink and a snack.

This train station turned out to be so entertaining and complex

I ended up staying longer than I thought.

There are other passengers, who are enchanted by this world.

A voice in my heart said you are here to dance with these passengers

So you will know what unconditional love is.

This thing called unconditional love is the mystery of the universe.

This is all there is.

This alone is all I want to know.

So I make a commitment to stay here as long as I can.

When both of your hands want to join together, don’t resist.

When your body wants to twirl, go with it.

When your two bare feet want to jump wildly on the sand, enjoy the bliss 

Of nature’s gentle massage.

All is well.

A La La Ho!

Eh Ma Ho!

Ah Ah Sha Sa Ma Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Composed by Anam Thubten on November 12, 2014

The poem is available in a beautiful illustrated art edition book and in a collection of poems by Anam Thubten Big Sky














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