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Overlooking the magnificent expanse of the San Luis Valley and based high in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is Choying Dzong, the Yeshe Khorlo Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado. Choying Dzong, the name given by Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche in 2001, means Fortress of Dharmata. Dharmata is a Sanskrit word that refers to the innate pure nature of all phenomena and the very essence of mind itself. Dzong, or fortress, refers to the vessel or mandala that holds that space and maintains its innate purity for all who enter.

In 1998, when the plans for Choying Dzong were first presented, Gangteng Rinpoche advised his students that, “Although it may be difficult to achieve the permanent rainbow shimmer of Guru Rinpoche’s Copper Colored Mountain–Zangdupalri–we should keep this as our vision.” Since the construction of Choying Dzong began in 1999, Yeshe Khorlo has provided a retreat setting that reflects the deep spiritual tradition of Bhutan and the authenticity of the Pema Lingpa lineage to Buddhist practitioners from all lineages who have either come for personal retreat or attended one of the regular teaching programs or group retreats offered in the lhakang (temple).

The retreat facilities at Choying Dzong, together with the excellent conditions of the land, offer an ideal environment in which to engage in solitary retreat. We have four cabins; each equipped with a small kitchen, including a two burner propane cook stove and ice chest, shrine and meditation area, wood stove for heat, sleeping area with closet, and outdoor composting toilet. The cabins vary, but are all around 200 sq ft in size. Two of the cabins have electricity for a small fridge and lights. While simple, the cabins are built to accommodate the needs of personal retreat in a pristine environment of awe inspiring beauty and peace.

Inside the Cabins


Cabin by the Week: $250
Cabin by the Month: $550

Please read this information in preparation for your retreat:

Personal Retreat Guide

Reservations are held with a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the retreat cost.

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To arrange a retreat, email your preferred dates along with a brief statement of the intention for your retreat. 

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