New re­treat cen­ter in­te­grates na­ture, spir­i­tual prac­tice

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Carah Wertheimer

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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Pro­vided by Kate Zari Roberts Photography

Glenn Fer­nan­dez helps pre­pare the Rocky Moun­tain Ecod­harma Re­treat Cen­ter ahead of its open­ing. Prac­ti­tion­ers of ecod­harma of­ten med­i­tate in na­ture.

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