KTTG has been proud to offer solitary retreats since 1995. Just a short walk to the Tashi Gomang Stupa, the three currently available retreat cabins are built on sacred land chosen by the Sixteenth Karmapa, where they enjoy a sense of isolation with inspiring views of the San Luis Valley, as well as, of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Nestled into the foothills, the cabins are fully equipped to accommodate retreatants for short or long term solitary retreats year round.
The cabins are built of locally produced highly insulating pumice-adobe block. The cabins' passive solar gain designs take fine advantage of the intense high altitude Colorado sunshine. In addition, two are equipped with wood-burning stoves that provide all the warmth needed even in the harshest weather. Kitchens include two-burner propane cookstoves, propane refrigerators, a complete set of kitchen utensils, cooking pots, and dishes. Shrines, practice supplies, sitting cushions and prostration boards are available in all cabins, as well as, solar chargers and a cell phone for emergency use. Water conservation is necessary with the cabins as there is no well. If retreatants use more than 5-6 gallons/day we must charge an additional fee. Due to the challenges of off-grid maintence of the cabins, it is expected that retreatants will come with some experience in wilderness living, in particular with knowledge of wood-stove fire-building and safety. Likewise, given our solar energy system, we discourage bringing equipment that requires recharging (except cabin 4 below). Our systems are not strong enough. The system can accomodate recharging cell phones and the lighting system in the cabins. At present Verizon is the only wireless system that works. Please bring your Verizon cell. If you don't have one, let the retreat coordinator know and we will supply you with an emergency cell. Parking for retreatants' cars is at the Stupa parking lot.
As a Karma Kagyu facility, our Director, HH 17th Karmapa, has requested vegetarianism as a way of life. We happily rent our cabins to many people of different faiths and so can only make a request of you: if you can sustain a vegetarian diet while here, we appreciate this. On the other hand, we do understand if this is not possile for you.
Cabin I, Yeshe Chöling, Dharma Park of Wisdom, is the smaller of the two cabins. Its design is rustic with vigas and a rough plank ceiling. In 2008 additions were made to include a composting toilet and "solar" hot water shower. New solar panels and batteries provide electricity. A hand pump in the kitchen allows for drinking and dish washing water. A lovely covered porch overlooks the San Luis Valley.
Cabin II, Döndam Gatsal, Park of Ultimate Truth, is larger than Cabin I and within closest walking distance to the Stupa. It is fully solar-powered and has running drinking and warm water. The indoor bathroom includes a composting toilet and shower. This cabin features a sizeable shrine table. There is now a 110V AC outlet, as well as a 12VDC outlet, adequate power for most computers and light in the evening.
Cabin III, Sherab Dronma, Lamp of Wisdom, is the largest, most remote cabin on HH Karmapa's land commanding a spectacular panoramic view of the valley from its wide picture windows. The cabin has two rooms making it suitable for long-term solitary retreats (including three-year retreats), couples, and short small-group retreats. Fully solar powered, it meets all the needs of a long term serious retreatant with a drinking water system, refrigeration, indoor toilet and shower. This cabin is being used by a lifetime retreatant and is currently unavailable.
Advance reservations for retreat time in our cabins is required, and there is a three-night minimum stay. In general, retreatants are responsible for their own retreat management but limited support services may be arranged with the Tashi Gomang retreat coordinator. Attention to the details and supplies necessary for solitary retreat in the mountains requires forethought and planning. Items to bring include a flashlight, clock, personal towel, dishtowel, bed sheets, sleeping bag or comforter, size "D" batteries, and paper products. The retreatants will be in solitude in the Rocky Mountain wilderness, but will have access to an emergency cell phone and a food drop-off station. All retreatants must complete an emergency information form and sign a release of liability. We regret that we cannot accommodate any animal companions in our cabins at this time.
$30.00 per night
$195.00 per week
$350.00 for two weeks
$475 for three weeks
$40.00 per night
$250.00 per week
$400.00 for two weeks
$575 for three weeks
This cabin is currently occupied by a long-term retreatant and therefore unavailable.
$50.00 per night
$300 per week
$575 for two weeks
$690 for three weeks
$800 for 1 month
$25.00 for each service visit to the cabin.
$35.00 for local shopping and food drop-off.
$50.00 + gas for trips to Alamosa or Salida for shopping, or airport pick-up/drop-off.
Other services, such as mail management, are complimentary, unless excessive.
Payment in full is required to reserve the cabin. In addition, please include a damage deposit of of $50.00. This damage deposit is 100% refundable after the end of the stay and upon inspection of condition of the cabin. Cancellations may be refunded in full prior to 45 days before start date. Credit toward a future retreat will be given in lieu of refund for cancellations within 45 days of start date. A $50 service fee will be deducted for all cancellations. Schedule changes made within 45 days are subject to the same cancellation polict. In order to keep the cost of retreats down, all retreatants are required to clean their cabin before leaving and return it to ready condition for the next retreat.
For additional information and to make reservations:
Contact the Retreat Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
USEFUL TRAVEL LINKS
Alamosa Colorado Regional Airport: http://www.colorado.com/Listing.aspx?did=1725
Black Hills Stage Lines Bus Service between Denver and Moffat, CO: www.blackhillsstagelines.com