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New Year's Rocky Mountain Retreat

With Kadam Lucy James

Saturday morning, December 31st — 
Monday afternoon, January 2nd

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About the Retreat

Welcome the new year with a guided retreat on love, compassion and the supreme good heart, based on time-honored Buddhist instructions from the book The New Eight Steps to Happiness written by Buddhist master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Set in the uplifting surroundings of the Pike National forest, this retreat also includes an alternative New Year's Eve celebration. Starting at around $450 per person, accommodations and delicious food are all included.

Everyone is Welcome!

* We will have programming for children so families are welcome to attend!


"Everyone, whether religious or non-religious, is looking for happiness all the time and wants to be free from problems and suffering permanently. We can fulfill these wishes through understanding and practicing the instructions given in this book." —Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

The New Eight Steps to Happiness is an immensely popular book in which the author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, reveals powerful methods for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both ourself and others.

Based on the famous Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa, this inspiring book shows with extraordinary clarity how to transform all life's difficulties into valuable spiritual insights that help us improve our relationships and develop greater patience, empathy and compassion in our daily life.

Registration Options

  • Costs listed below are per person
  • Full payment is due on December 10th
  • No refunds after December 10th


-Separate male and female dorms (up to 8 people in a dorm; shared bathrooms)

$450 for Dorm Room (per person)


-If booking a shared cabin, please indicate roommate(s) at registration
-All bathrooms are in a shared separate building

$470 for Shared Cabin with 4 (per person)
NOTE: 2 spaces available in a female 4 person cabin. Email with questions

$500 for Shared Cabin with 2 (per person) SOLD OUT


-All bathrooms are in a shared separate building

$625 for Single Cabin(per person) SOLD OUT

$200 for Kids!


Saturday, December 31

Arrival and registration: 9:30-10:30am
Session 1: 11.00am-12:30pm
Lunch: 1:00-2:00pm
Session 2: 4.00-5.30pm
Supper: 6:00-6:45pm
Session 3: 7-8.30pm
Let's Get Toasted! New Year's Eve Celebration ~ Toasted S'mores and Campfire Party starting at 9:00pm

Sunday, January 1

Breakfast: 8:00-9:00am
Session 1: 9:00–10.30am
Session 2: 11.30am-1.00pm
Lunch: 1:00-2:00pm
Session 3: 4.00-5.30pm
Supper: 6:00-6:45pm
Session 4: 7-8.30pm

Monday, January 2

Breakfast: 8:00-9:00am
Session 1: 9:00–10.30am
Session 2: 11.30am-1.00pm


Camp Shady Brook 

8716 S Y Camp Rd

Deckers, CO 80135

About the Teacher

Kadam Lucy James

Our main teacher at KMC Colorado is Kadam Lucy James. One of the senior teachers of Kadampa Buddhism, Kadam Lucy has taught extensively in England, Florida, and San Francisco, and helped set up many thriving meditation centers since 1981. She is regularly invited to teach courses around the United States and Europe due to her skill in presenting both simple and profound subjects with great clarity. For many years, one of her main jobs was to help with the editing and production of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books, and she has engaged in extensive meditation retreat.

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