Silent Retreat

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September 10-17, 2018
Crestone Mountain Zen Center
Crestone, Colorado
USA 81131

Registration is currently open.

A $550 deposit will reserve your seat with balance of $535 payable on the first day of retreat.


The Crestone Mountain Zen Center invites you to contribute to their "Zero Carbon Campus" campaign at 3% of your cost of retreat = $32.55.


This potent 7-day Silent Residential Retreat will be held at the Crestone Mountain Zen center in Crestone, Colorado, USA. The Zen Center is located at 8,400 feet in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, surrounded by piñon pine and juniper forest, a perfect setting for silent retreats. Check our resources page for more information about Crestone and accommodation options for early arrival.

“This Silent Retreat offers a profound opportunity to delve deeply into our truest nature. We rest as stillness and fullness through silent sitting, guided meditations and a safe and intimate forum of questions and response. This deep immersion in Silence comes to the foreground and lives our life consciously.” - Sharon Landrith


Total cost of the retreat is $1085.  The amount of $550 is to be paid when you register.

The remaining $535 will be paid when you arrive. This includes teaching, accommodations and food including special diets. The cost is the same for accommodation in rooms or camping.


Accommodation is dormitory-style with 3 people sharing a room. In addition, there’s one studio, which can accommodate 6 people.

Camping is also available. 

Schedule & Activities

Each day includes 6 periods of meditation in the Silence of the Zendo.

We gather in the dome for Guided Meditation and Satsang, as well as an opportunity for questions in an intimate and safe environment.

The days begin at 7:00am and end at 9:30pm. One day will be a self-retreat day.

Those attending Sharon's retreat for the first time will receive a 30-minute private interview (dokusan).


You’ll be served three delicious vegetarian meals daily.

Gluten free, lactose free and soy free options are available. This year, special diets are included in the total cost. Check out the cuisine provided by Crestone Mountain Zen Center.

Donations & Other information

Dana (donations) to Sharon are accepted with much gratitude. Dana, in the Buddhist tradition, is the practice of generosity. It is the movement to give without anticipation of anything in return and as such, is given from the heart. Your generosity is a gift that supports not only the teacher, but the Sangha and your own practice as well. You might say that it is the ultimate gift.

In-person sign-in will be at 4pm on September 10.

The retreat ends with lunch at 1pm on September 17.

In preparation for this retreat, please watch: Jumping Into Dissolution Part I and Jumping Into Dissolution Part II.

Refund Policy

31 days or more before the retreat there is a $50 cancellation fee.

30 days or less before the retreat: no refund available.


The closest airport is Alamosa (ALS), which is one hour drive from Crestone. Denver airport (DIA) and Albuquerque airport (ABQ) are both about 4 1/2 hours drive from Crestone. If you wish to inquire about car-pooling or offer it, please contact Clear Light Sangha. Bus service from Denver is available to Moffat, CO, which is 12 miles from Crestone. For more information on the bus service check out Black Hills Stage Lines service schedule.