Photo courtesy Garden of the God’s Resort & Club
From introductory classes to ice climbing classes in Ouray to yoga and meditation retreats in the wilderness near Fort Collins, you’ll find the health-focused workshop that suits you.
5280 Health 2022
After months (years?) Use the pennies you saved on banned gym memberships to take advantage of one of these fabulous options.
Courtesy Garden of the God’s & Club
Strata Wellness, the state-of-the-art medical spa at Garden of the Gods Resort & Club, recently introduced the annual Wellness Concierge Medical membership for the well-heeled who want health care as meticulous as their suits. Both at the Colorado Springs Resort and remotely, Strata’s team of doctors, fitness and nutrition trainers, physical therapists and energy healers will help you achieve goals such as improving heart health or strengthening immunity through various courses and treatments. From $ 3,000 to $ 15,000 annually
Courtesy of Elf Experiences
Headquartered in Crested Butte, Eleven Experience is known for its dozen or so breathtaking adventure features (think helicopter fishing in New Zealand and mountain biking in Iceland). Now his 2.5 year old wellness-focused arm, Eleven Life, is fueling the physical and mental health of guests, yes, too 11. At Taylor River Lodge in the Gunnison National Forest, start your day with a chef-made bowl of oatmeal and then take a class to prepare you for the day’s guided activities, such as pre-climbing breathing exercises. When you return, enjoy a massage, nutrition education dinner, and meditation session before falling asleep in your luxurious cabin. Winter rates start at $ 900 per night for a single cabin (double occupancy) and $ 11,600 per night for the entire property, which can accommodate up to 24 guests
Courtesy Float & Flow
Mary Susan Stults had been practicing yoga on the floor for about two decades when she began offering sessions on stand-up paddleboards through her company Float & Flow in 2014. She left Colorado for Hawaii four years ago, but returns regularly to host a variety of retreats. In 2022, this includes a five-day stay-and-play package in Ouray in mid-August; Participants can do SUP yoga, hike, and take part in art workshops at the nearby Telluride. From $ 1,499 per person, including accommodation and some meals.
Courtesy of IRIS
Ridgway’s 23 year old IRIS (Inclusive Rock Ice Ski), formerly Chicks Climbing & Skiing, has recently been renamed to welcome trans and non-binary adventurers. Held across Colorado and in more distant locations such as Moab, Utah, the multi-day courses are led by expert guides who identify as women or non-binary. During the all-level clinics at Ouray’s famous ice park, leisurely group sizes (a four-to-one guest-to-guide ratio) ensure you gain improved technique and make new friends because nothing builds bonds like scaling frozen cliffs and then Celebrate at happy hour. From $ 550 per person for a two-day clinic (meals and accommodation not included)
Courtesy of Shambala Mountain Center
Northwest of Fort Collins, the 600-acre Shambhala Mountain Center campus reopened last July after suffering forest fires in October 2020. Fortunately, the Buddhist structure of the more than 50 year old port – the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya – was spared. Hike there between yoga classes, guided meditations, and shared meals during the recurring retreat and renewal weekends. $ 100 plus accommodation; Nightly rates include three meals and start at $ 90 for a shared tent or dorm.
This article was published in the 2022 issue of 5280 Health.