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RRetreat with Meadow DeVor and Laura McKowen - Colorado

We all get lost. Whether emotionally, physically, spiritually, or all of the above—life can take us off track. Join us in the mountains of Colorado for four days and three nights of journeying back to you. 

RRetreats were developed by Meadow DeVor and Laura McKowen to provide unique experiences that empower you to recover your true, whole self. Through a combination of yoga, meditation, teachings, discussion, nourishing food, beautiful scenery and unstructured down time, we will cultivate a deeper sense of belonging: to this world, to your community and to that which you are called to serve.

The program is specifically geared toward the path of recovery of mind, body, and soul. Read: the happy hour is on the yoga mat.

What to Expect

A combination of yoga, instruction, processing, healing, rest and nourishing food. Over the course of the retreat, you will be guided to tune into and shift your relationship with your thoughts, emotions, body and your innermost wisdom.

There will be a morning and afternoon yoga sessions focused on core themes. Meadow will teach restorative, Yoga Church style yoga, and Laura will teach a more powerful Vinyasa flow. No prior yoga experience is necessary.


Evenings will be spent storytelling, laughing and connecting around the grounds or cozying up with a good book and a cup of tea. Bonfires will be available in the evenings weather dependent.

And of course, just like every other retreat, we will be spending plenty of time doing soul-searching self-work with lots of relaxation and play built into the schedule.

This is an intimate retreat where you will have access to Meadow and Laura, as well as opportunities to interact with the retreat group, but you can also choose to use as much time as you wish for quiet and individual reflection.

Meadow and Laura on RRetreat in Vermont, January 2017.

Meadow and Laura on RRetreat in Vermont, January 2017.

All activities during this retreat are focused on uncovering, or more deeply examining who you are, what you want, what isn't working for you and what you yearn for.  Regardless of where you are in recovery—years in, or simply hearing a call you have yet to answer—this retreat will deepen your experience and connection to your own path. 

This retreat will be powerful.


Q. Are these retreats for women only?
A. Nope! Open to all sexes. For shared rooming spaces, you will not be placed with someone of the opposite sex unless requested.

Q. Are these retreats only for sober people?
A. No, the retreat has a recovery focus, meaning it is for anyone who is recovering from something (which is everyone) be it substance abuse, workaholism, perfectionism, abuse, trauma, or simply burn out, but there's no requirement to be sober or need/want to be sober. The focus is on integration of the full self: mind, heart, body, soul. 

Q. Why there?
A. We intentionally choose private, beautiful, soul-stirring locations with wonderful food. Our retreats are intentionally small and intimate so we can work 1x1 with you.

Q. Who are you guys?
A. You can take a moment to get to know us by clicking Meadow and Laura. Together, they bring decades of experience teaching yoga, life coaching, and personal development.  

We want you to make sure that all of your questions are answered and that you have access to the information you need. Please feel free to email us or give us a call at (805) 779-4033.

Accommodations and Food

The accommodations range from fine lodge rooms with private baths to shared same-gender dormitories. All meals, from Thursday evening dinner through Sunday lunch, with vegetarian options, are included in the price of the retreat.

There are four lodging options for this retreat. Photos of each option can be viewed here.

  • Lodge Single - a full or queen-size bed and a private bath, desk, and closet. Shambhala Lodge offers single rooms with full-size beds and towel warmers in the private bath.
  • Lodge Single Monk - The smaller single rooms in Rigden Lodge are furnished with a full-size bed, desk and closet, and access to a shared same-gender bath. 
  • Lodge Double - Featuring two full-size beds, a desk, walk-in closet, and private bathroom with towel warmers. This room is for an assigned or selected roommate. If you are traveling alone and reserve a bed in a double room, we will assign you a roommate.
  • Lodge Dorm - Two same-gender dormitories are available in Rigden Lodge, each with seven twin beds and access to shared same-gender bathrooms. Bedding is included. 


I can't begin to thank you for this weekend. It changed me forever. - Attendee, Vermont RRetreat

I'm not sure I can put into words what this retreat meant to me. Laura and Meadow gave me a safe space to explore and process some deep and difficult feelings, as well as some wonderful tools to move past them and to grow and flourish. "Thank you" just doesn't seem sufficient, but I am grateful beyond measure, and I can't wait to return next year.  - Attendee, Bainbridge Island RRetreat

When women open up and become honest and vulnerable with each other, we create strength for ourselves, each other and the world. Meadow and Laura, you created this amazing fertile and safe space for us to do our work. You're trustworthy and real and I value that so incredibly much. Attendee, Vermont RRetreat

The RRetreat was transformative for me. Meadow and Laura brought 110% of themselves and their gifts to the entire experience and I can't express in words what a gift they gave me. My entire being- body, mind, spirit and soul- was healed during those 3 days. I have found my center again with the loving care and compassionate guidance Meadow and Laura gave to me. They were attentive to each individual. Attendee, Bainbridge Island RRetreat 

Meadow and Laura, I'm so grateful for you two. I've woken up every morning with immense gratitude for the knowledge and tools you two have taught me. My mind, body, heart and soul will always remember the retreat. Attendee, Vermont RRetreat

Location and Itinerary

The G reat Stupa of Dharmakaya

The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya

Nestled high in the Colorado Rockies, the center is a six-hundred-acre mountain valley retreat surrounded by native forests, gentle meadows and rocky peaks. The center is home to the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, one of the most significant examples of sacred architecture in the world. The Center is a 2-hour drive from Denver and a 2-hour drive from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Directions to Shambala Mountain Center are here.

Throughout history, stupas have promoted harmony, health, prosperity, peace and freedom, bestowing blessings upon the surrounding environment, and upon those who visit and venerate them. The Center was established in 1971 by Tibetan meditation master and teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and world-renowned teachers such as Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfield, Seane Corn and Ram Dass.

Group sessions and yoga will take place in the Rigden Lodge Meditation room.




  • 3 pm Check-in
  • 6 pm Dinner + welcome 


  • 7-8 am Breakfast
  • 9 am - 12 pm Morning workshop
  • 12 - 1 pm Lunch
  • 2-5 pm Afternoon workshop
  • 6 pm Dinner


  • 7-8 am Breakfast
  • 9 am-12 pm Morning workshop
  • 12-1 pm Lunch
  • 2-5 pm Afternoon workshop
  • 6 pm Dinner
  • Evening activity


  • 7-8 am Breakfast
  • Closing workshop
  • 12:00 pm Check-out

Price and Registration

Registration includes accommodations, meals as stated above, and all retreat activities. Following registration, you will receive a confirmation with further details, what to expect, and what to bring.

We are offering two payment options: you can register with full payment or make a $500 deposit to secure your spot. If you are making a deposit, the balance will be due May 1, 2017. Your card will not be used to pay the balance; you will be contacted by RRetreat staff to provide a payment method.

You will be taken to Laura's site to register:

Register - Lodge Single ($1,890 or $500 deposit) 

Register - Single Monk ($1,750 or $500 deposit)

Lodge - Double ($1,680 or $500 deposit)

Lodge - Dorm ($1,570 or $500 deposit)

All sales are final. No refunds will be issued for any reason, but you are free to transfer your registration to another attendee.