WOMEN'S YOGA + HIKING RETREAT, SEPTEMBER 16-20, 2020

Zen at the Den Fall Retreat

What to Expect

Daily Yoga Instruction + Meditation: Instructor Krystle Sangillo returns to the Den to lead invigorating vinyasa-style yoga focused on adding depth to your existing yoga practice. Krystle will also lead the group in fireside guided meditation to help you unwind from the rush of daily life and focus your mind on personal reflection and goal setting.

Scenic Alpine Hikes: Led by Wolf Den host Gretchen Sparling, the group will explore several hiking destinations featuring colorful fall foliage set against towering Rocky Mountain peaks. Retreat guests may opt into an all-day 10-mile hike to the top of La Plata Peak, a 14,336-ft peak (the 5th tallest in Colorado). A shorter route will be available. Choose to participate in the group hikes or enjoy extra relaxation time at the Wolf Den.

Relaxation at Its Finest: Guests will also enjoy a full day of relaxation at the Den, soaking in the bubbling hot tub, practicing restorative yin yoga, yoga nidra and enjoying a 60-minute recovery massage with a licensed massage therapist.

Delicious Meals + Wine: Fuel your body and mind with healthy home-cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners. A catered, outdoor fine-dining experience will cap off a wonderful weekend. All meals and beverages are included with registration.

Room With a View: Spend four nights at the Wolf Den, located at the base of Colorado’s tallest peak, Mt. Elbert. The home offers unparalleled views of Twin Lakes and the surrounding 14,000-foot peaks. Take a tour of the house.

Select photos by the talented Wolfpack gal ERIN with Thomas + Co Photography

SAVE THE DATES: Wednesday, Sep. 16 through Sunday, Sep. 20. Arrival time by 5 p.m. Wednesday, and departures after 12 p.m. on Sunday.
WHAT’S INCLUDED: Lodging, yoga instruction, yoga mats and props, guided hikes, optional guided 14’er-summit hike to La Plata Peak, one 60-minute relaxation massage, home-cooked and catered meals, beverages, and a locally curated gift bag. Airfare and/or transportation to the Wolf Den is not included.
REGISTRATION: Registration is $1,400 for a shared-occupancy room. To hold your spot, a $300 deposit is required at signup. A minimum of eight guests are needed to confirm the retreat. At the time of our eighth registration, attendees will be notified via email and will have 7 days to complete the remaining registration balance. Split payment options are available; just ask Gretchen. Sales and lodging tax included at checkout.
SAVE $100 IF YOU ATTEND WITH A FRIEND: Send your pal’s registration confirmation to gretchen@wolfdencolorado.com, and each of you will save $100 applied to your remaining registration balance.
CANCELLATIONS: If the retreat does not book the minimum of 8 guests by August 15, 2020, each registrant will receive a 100-percent refund of the initial deposit and the retreat will be cancelled. Should you need to cancel your registration at any time, a 100-percent refund is offered until 15 days before the first day of the retreat. Any cancellations made 14 days or fewer will receive a 50-percent refund. (Please note: We are very understanding of medical emergencies or unplanned circumstances that may necessitate a cancellation and will do our best to work with individual situations.)
Space is limited to only 12 guests. Save your spot today!
Kathy

"I found the Wolf Den retreat as I was searching for a way to celebrate my 60th birthday in Colorado, but I feel as though the Wolf Den found me. I can't say enough good things about the retreat last September! The house was beautiful; the view was breathtaking. The ladies on retreat were so accepting and positive. I made the journey alone, but felt connected from the beginning. Gretchen is a fabulous host and such an awesome chef—the food and wine were superb and plentiful. The yoga instructors were top-notch—earthy, generous and accepting. As worried as I was about a longer hike, Lost Mans Pass was the perfect challenge.I love that we made it to the top on my birthday! What a treat. I highly recommend this adventure to anyone looking for a special experience. Bring a friend or sister along for more fun, but if you make the trip alone, you wont regret it."

Kathy B. 2019 Retreat Attendee
Courtney B

If there is one word to describe the yoga retreat at The Wolf Den, it is magical. The scenery was breathtaking and the agenda perfect. The week was balanced with yoga, hiking, meditation, massage, good food, and wine. The Wolf Den is the coziest spot to warm up next to the fire, do yoga in the fresh mountain air, and eat dinner while watching the sun set over the Twin Lakes and Rocky Mountains. The week was both physically and mentally challenging as well as relaxing and inspiring. Gretchen was a tremendous host. She seemed to have thought of every detail in the house, the menu, and the schedule. The timing of each event was perfectly planned and exactly what I needed (ie- yoga after hiking). It was the perfect amount of time for a girls getaway. I left the Wolf Den inspired, relaxed, and full of new goals and friendship. I would recommend the retreat for anyone of any fitness level that wants to push themselves, and also relax and reset from the busy lifestyles we all lead!

Courtney 2019 Retreat Attendee
Nicole B

I have been to the yoga and hiking retreat at the Wolf Den the past two years, and both years have exceeded my expectations. At first, I thought, who are the ladies who would attend this and who will I be sharing a space with? Then it came to me ... they would be like me: strong, balanced or having the desire to be balanced and confident (whatever that means to each person). Each year I have left the retreat with peace and energy to take on what life is going to deliver to me, plus extra friends and the desire to do it again. Thank you, Wolf Den and to you, Gretchen, for making my experience at the retreat challenging and restful at the same time. Plus, a big shout out to the WolfPack9 and my Zen Ladies – I can’t wait to meet again at The Den over a glass of wine and wonderful food after an amazing day of hiking and yoga. 

Nicole B 2018, 2019 Retreat Guest

TRAVEL

For those traveling from out of state, Denver International Airport is recommended for air travel. Gretchen will help coordinate rental cars among guests. The drive from Denver is approximately a 2.5-hour trip.

FITNESS

The Fall Retreat itinerary will be scaled to welcome both beginners and intermediate yogini-hikers with the understanding that retreat attendees are seeking moderate challenge. All-level yoga flow will welcome those new to yoga and also include playful challenge for those wishing to deepen your practice. For those wanting to summit La Plata Peak, it is required that you be physically and mentally prepared for an 8+-hour hike with lots of elevation gain. (Gretchen will be sharing tips on this preparation after registration.) However, the 14er hiking group will be paced for women traveling from lower altitudes, and we will NOT leave anyone behind. We will also offer a shorter distance guided hike for those who wish to still challenge themselves with an alpine route, such as Lost Man Pass (~6-mile out-and-back route). Please consult with your physician prior to registration, if you have any concerns.

ALTITUDE

The Wolf Den sits at 9,475 ft. elevation. Many guests will be traveling from lower elevations, and that means we will allow our bodies to acclimate the first day or so. Drinking lots of fluids prior to travel and during your trip, as well as getting plenty of fresh air helps. That said, don’t be surprised if rolling up into Mountain Pose makes you a little dizzy the first few times.

Summiting a 14er means you will be physically exerting yourself at higher elevations than what most are used to. Preparing yourself physically with walking, hiking, running or aerobic activity is critical for your comfort and hiking success.

Be prepared to give yourself a little grace, and to feel out of breath (and perhaps a little light headed) during some physical activities. Consult with a physician prior to registration, if you have concerns.

DIETARY NEEDS

All meals — with the exception of an upscale catered dinner the last evening — will be prepared by Gretchen and the Zen at the Den team. We are VERY used to designing menus with various dietary needs, including allergies. Please provide your dietary needs to Gretchen during the registration process, or feel free to send her an email with any questions.

TRAVELING SOLO

A love for yoga and the outdoors allows new friendships to blossom with ease. Please consider joining us even if you’re traveling solo; we welcome new friends and old!

WHAT TO BRING

Travel with clothing you can move in, including yoga clothes for daily practice. Comfortable hiking shoes — not necessarily boots — are recommended. (Think trail-running shoes or something with a durable, grippy tread.) Yoga mats and props are provided. A more detailed packing list is provided to registrants prior to the retreat, including required gear for those who seek to climb a 14er.

PAYMENTS & CANCELLATIONS

Registration is $1,400 for a shared-occupancy room. To hold your spot, a $300 deposit is required at signup. A minimum of eight guests are needed to confirm the retreat. At the time of our eighth registration, attendees will be notified via email and will have 7 days to complete the remaining registration balance in full. Split payment options are available; just ask Gretchen. Sales and lodging tax included at checkout.

If the retreat does not book the minimum of 8 guests by August 15, 2020, each registrant will receive a 100-percent refund of the initial deposit and the retreat will be cancelled.

Should you need to cancel your registration, a 100-percent refund is offered up until 15 days before the first day of the retreat. Any cancelations made 14 days or fewer will receive a 50-percent refund. (Please note: We are very understanding of medical emergencies or unplanned circumstances that may necessitate a cancelation and will do our best to work with individual situations.)

Zen at the Den Leaders

Meet the Hosts

Krystle

Krystle Sangillo

YOGA & MEDITATION INSTRUCTOR

Krystle received her 200-hour certification in 2015, after starting her yoga journey in search of something to keep her grounded while dealing with heavy challenges in her personal life. Over time, she became stronger and more balanced – physically, emotionally and mentally. Her goal as an instructor is for students to find clarity and the freedom that comes with acceptance of self and appreciation of the beauty of the present moment. When she’s not practicing or teaching yoga at Uptown Yoga, she is living a life she loves with her beautiful young daughter, and working from home as a freelance copywriter. Get to know Krystle on Instagram @yoginikrystle.

Erin

Erin Conner

CO-HOST AND MASSAGE THERAPIST

With more than 13 years of experience, Erin works as a relaxation and pain-relief specialist. Her signature service, Relaxation+Recovery, includes a range of deep tissue, sports and Swedish techniques that facilitate recovery from emotional and/or physical stress. When she’s not running her massage-therapy business, The Massage Connection based in Frisco, Texas, Erin can be found working as co-host of Zen at the Den retreats.

Gretchen

Gretchen Sparling

WOLF DEN HOST AND HIKE LEADER

Gretchen owns the Wolf Den, where she hosts guests for family vacations and events such as reunions, retreats and weddings. She’s hiked the Central Colorado area for 10+ years, summiting seven 14’ers, including La Plata Peak. She’s also a big fan of yoga, and began practicing yoga to help balance her running. The yoga gathering at the Wolf Den is her favorite celebrations of friendship and the things she loves most: mountains, yoga and hiking!

Questions?