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Sunday, February 5 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Bringing the Mountain Home: Optional Follow-up Dialogue Session

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Note: This session does not require separate eventbrite registration but you do need to have attended Friday and/or Saturday programming to participate.  Parking is free in the SEEC lots on Sunday but not at the hourly metered spaces.  

For millennia, cultures across the world have recognized the value of going into “retreat” from time to time. Varying in intensity, specific purpose, ritual, ceremony, practices, etc., a fundamental principle seems to be tacit amongst them; removing oneself from the every-day contexts of life to gain a more elevated perspective into how life works and how one finds their purpose in it.

The modern western context in which we find ourselves has its own versions of this. Front Range Eco-Social Solutions is an example; you’ve likely come here seeking greater understanding about the challenges we face and what you can do about them. Every week of the year, thousands of opportunities exist for us to go into retreat, and we should be grateful that so many of these opportunities abound for those of us who have the means to attend them.

However, one area in which many of these gatherings can fall short is how one transfers their retreat experience back into the daily contexts that comprises the bulk of our lives. While in retreat, we can have amazing and insightful experiences, meet wonderful new people, get excited about new possibilities…and then it’s Monday.

Any culture who has a long-established tradition of retreat is also likely to have a tradition of transitioning back to daily contexts with the newfound insights. One such example can be found in some of the more esoteric truth-seeking traditions of Japan, where practitioners spend time in the mountains engaged in intensive practices geared towards the cultivation of spiritual power and understanding through nature. Having been through these rigorous experiences, there follows practices that one might call “Bringing the Mountain Home”; in other words, intentional consideration and practice in how to directly transfer the power of knowledge and insight gained back into day-to-day living.

Please join us for this transitional session geared towards making the most out of your recent retreat experience by combining your inspiration with practices that will help you transfer your elevated experiences back into your day-to-day contexts, where life really calls to us to step into action. Remember, the real purpose of retreat is to advance… 


Ian Sanderson

A member of the Mohawk Nation, Turtle clan, Ian hails from the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve.  Ian has been involved in Outdoor and Experiential Education for almost 20 years, working for or with various organizations including the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School... Read More →

Sunday February 5, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm MST
S228 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303