New retreat center integrates nature, spiritual practice
WARD» Snow-studded peaks on the divide are close on the horizon, and hummingbirds buzz around the spacious meadow where the tweeting birds of Twitter cannot reach — it’s hard to get a cell phone signal at the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center.
Believed to be the first of its kind in North America, the center — which opened to the general public for the first time last weekend — grew out of contemplative backpacking and river trips led by insight meditation teacher Johann Robbins and fellow cofounders David Loy, a Zen Buddhist teacher who lives in Niwot, and Peter Williams, a Boulder-based insight meditation teacher and transpersonal psychotherapist.
“My goal was to find a home for those retreats and everybody else’s, and make them a lot more accessible,” Robbins said.
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Glenn Fernandez helps prepare the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center ahead of its opening. Practitioners of ecodharma often meditate in nature.