July 30 - Aug 4, 2019
An EPIC off the beaten path yoga adventure guided by Ellen Reesor and local mountain athlete, Connor Koch. Including geothermal hot springs, hiking or trail running with our experieced mountain guide, exploring North America's tallest sand dunes, local breweries + live music, lodging in sky lit yurts and all the hidden gems you wouldn’t ever see otherwise!
This summer, we invite you to join us for a beautiful adventure in the majestic Colorado Rockies. Led by Kind founder Ellen Reesor and Colorado alpinist Connor Koch, this off the beaten path retreat is designed to take you to new heights. Practice yoga and mindfulness at 8,000 feet above sea level, breathing thin air as you find clarity; soak in the natural mineral hot springs, birthed from the alpine cirques looming above your sky lit yurt; experience the vastness of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, featuring the tallest dune in North America, situated at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Between peaceful yoga and group discussions, you will hike and explore the flowing trails above Salida, before descending into town for a local brew and live music. Enjoy vistas of the Rockies’ finest peaks as you look inward. Delve deeper into the tough questions facing you - how will you make an impact in your time here? - while immersing yourself in the culture of Colorado.
What are you waiting for? Register now and come get “high” - the KIND way - in the Colorado mountains this summer.
RETREAT SPACE & LODGING
Joyful Journey Hot Springs Resort is a premiere retreat space, situated in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, one of the largest high desert basins in the world. Natural hot springs emerge from the travertine rock, filling pools with pure mountain water between 36 and 42 degrees. You’ll have full access to the springs during your stay.
During your time in Colorado, you’ll lodge in a rustic yurt, fully outfitted with bedding, blankets, a heater, and more for a full “glamping” experience. Each yurt features a skylight, perfect for nighttime gazing at the panoramic stars dotting the sky above the valley.
This will be an intimate retreat with limited capacity, please register promptly to secure your spot for this special offering!
About The Cost
A $500 CAD non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot.
Balance to be paid in full by July 1st, 2019. Credit card, CAD cheque are accepted.
Early Bird Investment
Early Bird Investment
Until May 31, 2019
$999.99 CAD per person
After May 31, 2019
$1,249.00 CAD per person
Refunds will be given, minus the $500 nonrefundable deposit, anytime before May 31st, 2019. After May 31st, 2109, there will be no refunds or cancellations.
Price of the retreat includes:
For an additional charge, students can arrange through the retreat facilitators for transportation to and from the airport.
All activities (see list below)
Three vegetarian meals a day
Healthy snacks, tea and coffee
Full access to the Joyful Journey Hot Springs
Daily Yoga/Meditation Including some Live music Yoga
Price of the retreat does not include:
Transportation to and from Joyful Journey from the airport. (For extra savings we recommend arranging for pick up and drop off with the retreat facilitators!)
Your experience in Colorado includes activities designed to get you moving in the mountains. Here’s what’s on the schedule:
Exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park
Trail Running/Hiking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Local Brews and Live Music in the quaint mountain town of Salida, CO
MEALS & SNACKS
Vegetarian meals will be provided 3 times per day, with snacks available. All food is provided by Joyful Journey and local catering service OFIA.
Internet is available in the retreat center; however, it is not available in most of the cabins. We strongly encourage students to disconnect from technology throughout the weekend as much as possible to respect other students as well as to cultivate a deeper connection with themselves, the community and nature.
Ellen first found yoga at the age of 14 and quickly fell in love with the way it made her feel. After countless hours of practice she went on to complete a 200-hour YTT in Hatha yoga and a 500 hour Moksha Yoga teacher training as well as a 100 hour Moksha Yoga Flow training. Ellen is currently enrolled in a 10 month Embodied Arts and movement Teacher Training and Mentorship Program through Spirit Loft Movement and Yoga Centre downtown.
Though Ellen was very appreciative of her past experience in yoga, she believed there was a major component missing in the yoga industry: a connection with nature. This lead her to establish the first nature-based yoga facility in the GTA on her family's’ farm, a facility based on her belief that practicing mindfulness and yoga in nature has a synergistic effect on our mental, spiritual and physical health. The power of both nature and yoga together is greater than the sum of each individually. Over the years, yoga and nature has deeply enriched her life and she continues to find fulfillment in helping others to find the same joy that it has brought her.
“What will you do with the time you have?”
Living, climbing, and running in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Connor spends each day answering that question by living fully and helping others do the same.
His first experience in the mountains sparked a lifelong passion for summits, starting points, and the spaces in between - both in the rugged high country and in daily life. Through years of business consulting and professional speaking, Connor has honed his message to help you find not only meaningful answers, but the right questions.
Connor is also a certified Wilderness First Responder, holds a B.A. in Business Entrepreneurship, and has climbed all 58 of Colorado’s 14,000ft. peaks.
Retreat with us!
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