Nourishing Ourselves with the Essence of the Elements

Sangre de Cristo Mountainswith Peter May
September 8 - 14, 2017

This is a unique opportunity to directly experience the Five Elements teachings among the high pristine alpine meadows, lakes, dunes, streams and peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Wilderness. The group led by Peter May hike into the mountains to North Crestone Lake and experience the elements directly among the high peaks over six days.




With expert guide Peter May we will hike to 12,000 feet and camp near the North Crestone Lake. Each day will be filled with group and solitary meditations on the pure essence of five elements, supported by the clear natural presence of the high country. 

This trek can be strenuous at times, though we will have one day to acclimatize to the altitude. We will be hiking at high attitude, five nights of fresh, mountain air tent camping with simple and healthy back country food.  For those who are prepared, this will be a fantastic, even magical experience. 

Retreat Fees for the week*: $675

*Cost of this unique seven day event includes an Introduction to the online Elements course, the Elements Practice text, wilderness permits, a maximum of 10 pounds of gear carried by porters, all food, and use of stoves and water filtration equipment. Participants are responsible for their own food, but it will be carried by the porters. (By special arrangement, more than 10 pounds of gear can be arrange to be carried by the porters.)

Space is limited to 15 people for the group, so please send in your application soon to reserve your place. Please let us know that you feel in good enough shape to trek to 12,000 feet. Once we have reviewed your application and you have been accepted, you will receive all necessary materials for this back country retreat, and you can then make payment.

To apply for this event, download and complete the application form and email it to Peter May at: Warmest welcome!


Peter May is one of the site managers at Chamma Ling Retreat Center in Crestone. He has studied with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and other teachers and masters over the last 28 years. He teaches Conservation Biology and Spirituality at Colorado College, and is an experienced wilderness guide.  He specializes in supporting retreats out in Nature.