Crestone 2018 Retreat Information

Check-In and Program Information

For information about the Pre-Retreat Practice August 12 – 14, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Onsite registration check-in is on the first day of each retreat from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, for A Dzogchen View on Dispelling Inner, Outer and Secret Obstacles and Wednesday, August 22, for the Nature of Mind Advanced Retreat.  The location for onsite check-in will be at the Yeshe Rangsal Tent Site.

The tent will be closed for set up until 3:00 p.m. The only reserved seating spaces are for those with medically related needs that are discussed with the Registrar in advance of the retreat. Please contact: with any questions.

Orientations at the tent will begin at 4:30 p.m. on August 15th for the first retreat and August 22nd for the second. The orientation by the Retreat Managers will end at approximately 5:00 p.m. Rinpoche will give the first teaching from 5:15 p.m. to approximately 6:45 p.m. Students should be settled in their seats by 5:10 p.m. Please allow up to 15 minutes to walk from the stupa parking lot to the shrine tent.

For students with physical limitations (which may make it difficult to walk to the tent from the Stupa parking lot) we will arrange a shuttle for the orientations that will depart from the stupa parking lot at 4:15 p.m. and pick you up at the tent after the teaching. If you feel you will need to use this shuttle, please contact the registrar by e-mail in advance before the retreat begins.  Additionally, a shuttle will be available for medically challenged students for all the teachings. Details will be included in the letter you will receive when you register for the retreat(s).

The first retreat formally ends after the last teaching by Rinpoche, which will start at 4:15 p.m. on Monday August 20th and will end at approximately 6:30 p.m. or later. Departure day for the first retreat is Tuesday, August 21st, the day following the last teaching.

The second retreat formally ends after the last teaching by Rinpoche, which will start at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31st and will end at approximately 2:00 p.m. or later. Departure day for the second retreat is Saturday, September 1st, the day following the last teaching.

Rinpoche requests that all students attend all of his teaching sessions unless, of course, there is an emergency.


Rinpoche has requested that these retreats be in silence to establish a quiet container for the teachings and as an aid to dropping the ordinary, busy mind. Silence will begin when Rinpoche announces it, typically the morning or evening of the first full day of the retreat. Staff may periodically need to quietly communicate with each other and will try do so discretely. Silence does include the monastics, translator and other presenters, as well.

Lodging and Meals

Students need to find their own local retreat housing and provide for their own meals. Click here to link to local Crestone housing resources.

We now have a Roomshare board on our web site if you have lodging to share or are looking for lodging to share.

There is currently no meal plan offered. There are currently two grocery stores in Crestone, and six small cafes in addition to the Desert Sage Restaurant. There is a gas station in downtown Crestone. For more information about the town of Crestone, please visit:


The teachings are held in the Pundarika Foundation teaching tent located on the Yeshe Rangsal land in Crestone. The parking lot for the Yeshe Rangsal retreat land is at the Stupa of Enlightenment located in Chalet 1, off Camino Baca Grande to the east, between Rendezvous and Hilltop roads.

For a Crestone retreat map showing the location of the stupa and the tent site, please click here. To locate Crestone via Google maps, please click here.


There is no camping allowed on the Yeshe Rangsal retreat land. A U.S. forest service campground is located at North Crestone Creek north of the town of Crestone, several miles from the retreat land. It is first come-first served and reservations are not accepted. There are no shower facilities. If you are staying in the campground, it is best to have your own car or have pre-arranged transportation to and from the teaching tent.


For directions to and from Crestone along with transportation information, including airport, bus service availability and a rideshare board, please click here.

Because Crestone is located in a relatively remote area of Colorado, it is very helpful for students to use the rideshare board as a resource for transportation to Crestone. You can either view available rides or create a posting to “add a journey.” Please consider offering a ride to other travelers, either from the airports in Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, or from other locations in the Rocky Mountains area.

For those of you taking a bus from Denver to Moffat, the drop off point (the bus does not go into the town of Crestone) and who need transportation between Moffat and Crestone, please contact Windhorse Taxi Service at (719) 256-4091;, Proprietor: Keith Conway

Local rideshare for rides to and from the teaching tent will be arranged at check-in and by the Retreat Managers at orientation.



Pundarika provides zafus, zabutons and chairs for use at the retreat. If you are driving to the retreat and have space, please bring your own cushions or personal chairs, as the retreats can get quite large. Sitting benches and low profile chairs (backjacks) are also OK.

Audio and Video Recording

Individual recordings of retreat teachings are not allowed. Teachings are copyright protected by Pundarika Foundation. If Rinpoche approves the release of retreat, most of them will be  available through the Membership Program. For more information please go to  the home page of the Pundarika web site or to:

If you do not wish to be filmed at a retreat, please ask the seating coordinator or Retreat Manager to seat you out of view of the cameras.

Hearing Assistance

We will be broadcasting the teachings on an FM frequency. If you require hearing assistance, please bring your own earphones and an FM receiver.


If you have a medical need that requires special seating, please e-mail well in advance of the retreat, so that we may accommodate you. Please bring your own hearing devices, should you require them.


Given the practice intensive nature of these retreats and the requirements for silence, extensive daily sitting meditation practice and required attendance at all teaching sessions, children are not allowed at these retreats. If a young person is 16 or over and can fully commit to the requirements as noted above, they can attend as a registered retreatant.


The scholarship application period will close on April 15, 2018. We cannot accept late applications in fairness to those who did meet the deadline. Scholarships apply to tuition only and not to meals or lodging. Please go to this link to apply for a scholarship:

YouTube Broadcast

We will broadcast Rinpoche’s second Crestone retreat, The Nature of Mind Advanced Practice Retreat  approximately three (3) hours after each teaching through a YouTube (YT) link for viewing on a special private channel, August 22-31st, 2018, from Crestone, CO.

Prerequisite: Having attended one open 5 or 6-day retreat with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche or Tulku Urgyen and having received pointing out instructions from one of them. Registration for this YouTube delayed broadcast will open on February 1, 2018, and remain open until July 31st, 2019. The video will be removed from YouTube on August 30, 2019.

For YouTube broadcast details, please go to this link:

Suggested Background Reading

It may be helpful to read one or all of Rinpoche’s books: Carefree Dignity; Fearless Simplicity; and Open Heart, Open Mind. These books are available either at or the online web site store at through your own local bookstore. There are many video, audio and written teachings on the web site in the Offerings section that may also be useful at


The Pundarika Foundation membership program offers access to many of Rinpoche’s teachings and other benefits, including discounts on retreat fees. For membership information, please go to this link: retreats be in silence to establish a strong and cohesive container for the teaching. Silence begins when Rinpoche announces it, typically the morning or evening of the first full day of the retreat. Staff may periodically need to quietly communicate with each other and will do so discretely. Silence does include the monastics, translator and other presenters as well.

Crestone Pre-Retreat Practice/August 12 – 14, 2018

Three days before the first Crestone retreat formally begins, students can begin to practice and acclimatize to the high altitude in Crestone through an audio and video mix of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s guided meditations and dharma talks at the teaching tent each day on the Yeshe Rangsal retreat land. This pre-retreat offering is open only to those registered for Rinpoche’s first or second Crestone retreats. There is no tuition cost or registration for this pre-retreat program.

The pre-retreat teachings consist of selected video clips from the new Fully Being online course ( and are accompanied by gentle pranayama, yoga and chi gong practices each day.