Paulina M., Denver, CO
I am so grateful for Johann and Peter for creating this powerful and useful retreat. They are both extremely skillful at guiding a beautiful contemplative wilderness experience while maintaining a focus on how to apply practice in real life.
Katrin W., San Francisco, CA
Paula Van Tassel, Canyon City, CO
This was my first meditation retreat and it was an amazing experience. Johann is an outstanding backcountry guide and meditation teacher, and presented instruction appropriate for all levels of practice. The atmosphere was welcoming and relaxed, and there was a regular schedule of sitting, hiking, talks and discussion. If you want a deeper experience of meditation practice in a beautiful natural setting, I highly recommend joining Johann on a wilderness retreat.
The synthesis of meditation practice and nature is brilliant! This has changed my path significantly. You guys rock! Wow, the dharma under a tree—the dharma on the river—who would have thought it could be so good.
Marvin Carter, Canyon City, CO
These silent canoe trips on the Green River have been life altering experiences for me. I love being in a community of people who agree to support each other in a silent wilderness experience. Johann is a great guide and teacher and makes it all feel so safe, yet allows for the adventurer in each of us.
Joanie T., Mancos, CO
have had a deep love of wilderness my whole life and did this retreat to see if
that love could be brought into my spiritual practice. The
program exceeded my expectations tenfold. I have never been this inspired to
incorporate meditation practice into my daily life. Johann is an expert
guide for navigating both the natural and spiritual wilderness. He initiated us
into wondrous practices for a
contemplative wilderness journey with a great assist from the river.
Peter shares his love of the journey and provided wonderful talks and
instructions as well as solid river teaching and support. The two of them are a
great dynamic duo (and funny too).
Peter Hurst, A Happy Yogi
Thank you Johann, Peter and the Colorado River for a profound and nourishing Vipassana retreat, and for your delightful, informal, teaching style. I particularly appreciated the instructions on nature -based mindfulness practice and the invitation to follow our bliss. The sense of community was very supportive, as was the container of silence we cultivated in our activities and formal sittings. Meditating by the river, gliding downstream, navigating the currents, listening to Dharma talks around the campfire, sleeping under the stars, and working together as a Sangha, I felt deeply connected to the stunning, wild beauty around and within us.
Deep bows, John Steele
Johann’s exceptional ability to lead meditation, back country camping and hiking created the space to fully experience the joy, peace and beauty of nature. Incredible mountain vistas, excellent food, the perfect stream side campsite, a fantastic sangha of like minded nature lovers with a skilled and dedicated guide and dharma teacher all made for one amazing awesome retreat. Can't wait to do it again!
Elizabeth Ritchie, Salida, CO
The retreat was quite magical. I appreciate Johann’s combining meditation teaching with the wonders of nature. It helped me to integrate subtle and not so subtle aspects of my inner world into daily life. I am so thankful for the retreat, as meditation practice is so paramount in my life.
Jeff J., Lafayette, CO
With a crown of columbines and daisies above me I meditated on a flat boulder. Following my breath while climbing up to 12,500 ft above an emerald green lake, which reflected the snowy, jagged peaks and wispy clouds. Doing yoga while watching the morning sunlight bathe the Continental Divide. Sangha members taking care of one another. Constant soothing sounds of a sparkling stream. A completely incredible and unforgettable wilderness retreat.
Beth D., Boulder, CO
I felt embraced and welcomed by the canyons. The land and animals reminded me of just how deeply we all belong to this world.
Dr. Robin Page, Durango, CO
Johann and Peter created a sacred container which allowed my natural being to merge with the consciousness of the river. I was supported by our sangha, and canyon wrens, great blue herons, lizards, and the wind. Having practiced nine days in the dharma as we camped and canoed, I felt more prepared than ever for living in my world! Thank you so much!
Terry Kinsey, Chicago, IL
Thank you again for the wonderful experience. The experience of being in Wilderness with magnificent views, in quiet presence with other conscious people created deep healing and rejuvenation.
Phyllis S., Paonia, CO
Spending several days living close to nature, within the kind container of like-minded yogis, under the guidance and dharma teachings of Johann, was a gratifying and uplifting experience, and one I carry fondly in my heart and mind.
Jon S. , Boulder, CO