Meditation retreats and workshops in a stunning wilderness
setting just 30 minutes from Boulder, CO

Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center

A Home for Meditation in Nature


Join us for a Meditation Retreat

Attending a retreat at RMERC is a wonderful way to practice and learn meditation in nature. We offer a variety of retreats, ranging in length from a weekend to two weeks, throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall. All retreats are small, with a 30 person maximum occupancy, so you can enjoy an intimate experience in nature and close contact with teachers and facilitators. Retreat costs are kept as low as possible, making our average costs be about half of what it would be at most centers. RMERC is a truly not-for-profit mission-based organization.



  • 180 acres of forest, meadow, and creek. amazing views of the Continental Divide, with deer, elk, moose, bear, chipmunks, and squirrels who frequently join us to meditate.
  • The lodge, which was built in 1939 and is totally renovated and updated. The lodge includes a beautiful meditation hall, dining room, modern kitchen, shared bathrooms, a variety of bedrooms, and two large outdoor decks. Rustic, cozy, well insulated, fully heated, the lodge makes a great home base while on retreat.
  • Delicious vegetarian food, made and served with love.
  • Retreats from a wide variety of teachers and traditions, including Zen, Insight, Mindfulness, Ecodharma, Tibetan, and other practices.
  • Affordable programs and substantial scholarship opportunities. Our intention is that anyone can attend, regardless of economic situation.
  • Changing seasons: Spring with deep snow and warm sun; early Summer with the roaring St. Vrain Creek, stunning wildflowers, and long warm days; late Summer with bright sunny mornings, dramatic afternoon thunderstorms, and cool nights; Fall with blazing orange yellow aspens and warm days, cool nights, and the occasional snow.
  • Just 30 minutes from North Boulder and 90 minutes from Denver International Airport


This retreat center is at 8500 feet and includes 180 acres of private river, meadow and woodland adjacent to National Forest and just a few miles from the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The land is set aside as a nature preserve and home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, elk, moose, bear and beaver.



Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center is a low cost home for spiritual practice, with an emphasis on practice in nature. We are a supportive place for deep practice, a place for meditation, retreats, workshops and Ecodharma; a place for learning from nature, teachers and other participants, and a place for discovering ourselves in a wild environment.

We bring Buddhism and Dharma back into the natural world where they originated, and in doing so, regain the connection and energy necessary to effectively address ecological and related social crises.

We call all of this Ecodharma.

“For me in this dark time, Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center will be a shining beacon I can trust. I see it offering what we most need: the inspired leadership of committed teachers, a wild mountain setting to awaken our own power and beauty, the ripening of a Sangha to grow a guiding vision for our people, and the strength to make it real.”  
Joanna Macy, Ph.D. Engaged Buddhist Teacher, Deep-ecologist, Activist, and Founder of Work That Reconnects.


Our Vision

Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center is a home for low-cost meditation retreats and workshops in nature.The programs we are most excited about include:

  • Ecodharma workshops and retreats for activists, using the healing power of meditation in nature to ground and transform activism into a spiritual path of service to the community and to the earth.
  • Low cost retreats that are offered in the spirit of generosity, with teachers receiving only expenses and donations (Dana).
  • Silent meditation retreats, in groups and also on supported solos. All spiritual practice traditions are welcome, and local Sanghas are encouraged to use RMERC for weekends and day-longs as well as for longer retreats.
  • Retreats for underserved communities including people of color, veterans, youth, and other groups who have historically borne or will bear the brunt of ecological and socio-economic devastation; and are often at the forefront of spiritually-rooted activism.

While the 180-acres of the center provide an ideal setting for outdoor and nature-focused retreats, the lodge will be comfortable year round for indoor retreats of up to 30 people.

If you are interested in offering a retreat or workshop please contact us about renting RMERC. Above are the kinds of programs we most want to encourage, but we are open to others as well.



Ecodharma connects Dharma teachings and practice with nature and the Earth. It involves spiritual practices to help us develop clarity, compassion, and courage, which are all needed to face humanity’s greatest challenge ever: the ecological crisis.

Both individual and collective transformation are needed: meditation overcomes the delusion of separation that is at the root of individual and societal suffering, and practicing in nature deepens our understand of non-duality to encompass the earth, inspiring us to work for its healing as our own.


How you can help

We are continuing to raise funds to remodel the buildings and pay off our loan.

We have amazing volunteers, and we need more!

To volunteer please send an email to volunteer@rmerc.org

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