Women’s Annual Crestone Retreat with Sofia Diaz – August 4-9, 2015

The Brilliance of Venus & The Yogic Realization of Pink

August 26th – August, 31st 2014

Crestone Mountain Zen Center
Crestone, Colorado

 

Calling All Yoginis

As the star, Venus, shines upon our world as it hasn’t in a very long time of human history, so must a new and deeper intelligence guide our lives. Venutian genius is pink. The ‘star’ Venus does shine pink. The Goddess Venus is naked.

Pink is the color of vulnerability. Vulnerability is our greatest strength: the strength of water. The felt quality of absolute, dissolution-potent white-light merging with the blood-red preciousness of being alive is Pink – deeply tender aliveness most obvious in the face of dissolution.

We are always on the brink of dissolution. Hopefully “on the brink of dissolution” is where our practice begins. Answering with our hearts more than our minds for what has dissolved and what there IS to LIVE wholly embracing what is precious and naked, surrendering what we cannot ever control, right into naked abundance.

This year’s Crestone Women’s Yoga retreat will be a submersion and exploration into the vulnerable places of our watery treasury of wisdom, specifically born as women. Water over Sword, Tears over strife, preciousness over hopelessness; we’ve all known and won many moments born of the naked truth of Love in the face of death or dissolution. Delight is the surprise result of true vulnerability.

With deep body engagement thru asana and pranayama, dance, contemplative gum-drops and plenty of contemplative space to digest, we’ll explore the celebration of a wisdom so close to our hearts we’ve never left it and maybe never noticed it vivicolor in its Pinkness!

Just as the tip of a peony dissolves for it to bloom (and only does so because ant’s feet have tickled it’s nectar into bursting), we will answer with our whole bodies and our shared lives of practice for what is necessarily dissolving and what there is to LIVE, more nakedly, more joyfully, more surrendered into the Pink of Now than the metallic appearance of our times.

Not Your Normal Yoga Retreat

It has been the experience of those of us that hold the space for this retreat, that it has always been bigger than those of us attending. It has a great and delicious life of its own as a gratitude-filled return to the source of True Beauty and Love.

Come and allow exactly who you are to be deeply fed as well as nourish this call for celebration! Our world will thank us, our bodies will Re-member what is most important and our hearts will dance rather than struggle with all the faces of adversity we may need to meet in the coming year.

This 6-day annual retreat will combine asana, movement, breathwork and a series of practices that communicate Sofia’s unique understanding of the yoga of feeling. Participants will learn to integrate breath, yoga posture, and heart feeling to strengthen the body, release constricting emotions, and ground the whole being in happiness.

What Others are Saying…

“This sacred retreat ignites the power of transformation. Sofia holds a container that is so strong during these retreats, I find myself mining depths of my being that are not possible under most circumstances. I have done this retreat seven times – and each time is exquisitely different. Through a cast of ritual, practice and presence, Sofia shines her particular genius for noticing the deepest of points of avoidance, resistance and/or emotional muck within her students. She literally lays a path for opening and growth, which it is up to us to explore. The experience of a retreat with Sofia at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center carries the potent of magic.”Nikki Dunas, Crestone, CO

“Being with Sofia and the work she entices out of our depths is such a nourishing experience, shared with the loving presence and process of all the women that come together in Crestone under the magical dome of poetic devotion to life.” Una Laffan, United Kingdom

“I most cherish Sofia. She is a living diety, a fierce heart and gentle soul who meets whomever she is interacting with every cell alert and alive. She inspires me every day to do yoga. I can’t wait to see her and the other women again.”Susan Black, MC Kean, PA

“It’s amazing what Sofia can do. It’s what she constantly does with opposites…she’s one of the few spiritual teachers who incorporates the downsides of life with the upsides, who doesn’t do inter-spiritual Kumba Ya, who combines strength with ethics, who doesn’t hide but is present and real. I need a booster shot.” Joanne Rubin, NY, NY

Schedule

Crestone Mountain Zen Center is a Zen Buddhist monastery and retreat center located in the mountains of southwest Colorado. CMZC was founded in 1988 by Zentatsu Baker Roshi, Dharma Heir of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Head Teacher of Dharma Sangha.

Tuesday:

12-3pm | Arrival & Registration
4-5:30pm | Yoga
5:30-7pm | Dinner
7-9pm | Introduction & Welcome

Wednesday:

7-9am | Yoga
9:30-10:30am | Breakfast
10:30-12:30pm | Nature time, hiking, journaling, visiting sacred sites & temples in Crestone.
12:30-1:30pm | Lunch
1:30-2:30pm | Private Sessions with Sofia
4-5:30pm | Yoga
5:30-6:30pm | Dinner
7-9pm Evening | Experientials

Thursday:

7-9am | Yoga
9:30-10:30am | Breakfast
10:30-12:30pm | Nature time, hiking, journaling, visiting sacred sites & temples in Crestone.
12:30-1:30pm | Lunch
1:30-2:30pm | Private Sessions with Sofia
4-5:30pm | Yoga
5:30-6:30pm | Dinner
7-9pm | Evening Experientials


Friday:

7-9am | Yoga
9:30-10:30am | Breakfast
10:30-12:30pm | Nature time, hiking, journaling, visiting sacred sites & temples in Crestone.
12:30-1:30pm | Lunch
1:30-2:30pm | Private Sessions with Sofia
4-5:30pm | Yoga
5:30-6:30pm | Dinner
7-9pm | Evening Experientials

Saturday:

7-9am | Yoga
9:30-10:30am | Breakfast
10:30-12:30pm | Nature time, hiking, journaling, visiting sacred sites & temples in Crestone.
12:30-1:30pm | Lunch
1:30-2:30pm | Private Sessions with Sofia
4-5:30pm | Yoga
5:30-6:30pm | Dinner
7-9pm | Evening Experientials

Sunday

7:30-8:30am | Breakfast, Nature Time & Journaling
9:30-11:30am | Final Yoga Circle
12:30-1:30pm | Snack Lunch, End of Retreat, Departure

About Crestone

In Crestone, the stillness and vibrancy of nature becomes as obvious as the nature of our bodies. Crestone is situated in a very sacred valley at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains honored by the Native Americans indigenous to this area. It is home to many spiritual centers, and is a very powerful place for healing, transformation & regeneration. At the elevation of eight thousand feet, the air is thinner & the sun brighter with occasional afternoon showers.

About Sofia Diaz

Sofia Diaz is a hatha yoga master, a lineage holder in the Balasaraswati lineage of the South Indian temple arts and a recipient of numerous meditation empowerments in both Tibetan and Shakta Tantric traditions . She turns the body wisdom practices she is empowered in into accessible teachings and practices for the modern western mind. Being an inspired woman practitioner, the rigors of her practice have resulted in great clarity and expertise in the domain of Feminine Spiritual practice, which she has been generously teaching for 27 years. She has published writings on yoga and sacred movement in both academic and popular journals and travels frequently, teaching women’s yoga intensives throughout the world.

Registration

Ticket type Remaining Price Register
Dorm (3 to a room) Sold Out $1195


Studio (6 in a room) Sold Out $1095


Camping (in the dome) 15 $995


Private Session (5 total) Sold Out $265

*See Refund Policy Below

Travel Notes

Airports

The nearest regional airport is Alamosa, which is about 1 hour south of Crestone. You will need to arrange ground transportation (car rental or taxi/shuttle service) to get from Alamosa to Crestone.

There are also airports in Colorado Springs (3 hours), Denver (4 hours) and Albuquerque (5 hours). There is a daily bus service between Denver and Alamosa, which stops in Moffat. You can use the local taxi/shuttle services to get from Moffat to Crestone (25 minutes).

Car Rentals at Alamosa Airport

Budget Car Rental: call 719-589-0103
L & M Automobile Rental: call 719-589-4651

Local Taxis and Shuttle Service

Windhorse Transportation & Tours: call (719) 256-4091
Little Stinkers Taxi, Alamosa: call (719) 589-2500

Daily Bus Service: Denver-Moffat-Alamosa

Arrow/Black Hills Stage Lines: call (877) 779-2999

Denver at 1:40pm > Moffat at 6pm
Moffat at 7:00am > Denver at 11:15am


Refund Policy

Before July 1st, 2014, $150 processing fee subtracted. No refund after July 1st.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in your registration fees. All meals served on this retreat are vegetarian. We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions such as dairy-free and gluten-free. Please make sure to indicate if you have any dietary restrictions after you register by emailing Kelly Sosan Bearer with your needs at kelly[at]blackplumproductions[dot]org.

What to Bring

We suggest you bring a hat, sunscreen, moisturizing cream & layered comfortable clothing, water bottle, journal/pen, and a flashlight. Also bring a jacket for cool evenings of stargazing & a bathing suit for the hot springs. Bring ceremonial & celebratory clothes to dance in & please do not forget to bring your Yoga Mat (it will not be provided).

Ride Shares

You are responsible for securing your travel to and from the Crestone Mountain Zen Center. Each year, many women organize a carpool from the Boulder/Denver area. If you are driving up to Crestone and have room in your car for another woman, please let us know. We’ll match you up with a woman in need of a ride.