Restore, Relax, Rejuvenate
Women's Yoga + Hiking Retreat
ZEN AT THE DEN RETREAT, Session 1
Sep. 16-20, 2022
A five-day, four-night retreat for women who wish to bring renewal and a little challenge to your physical and mental fitness through yoga and scenic hiking. Guests of all yoga experience will expand their practice to include meditation, reflection and journaling with the guidance of returning instructor Krystle Sangillo.
Alpine hiking suitable for all skill levels will leave everyone feeling a sense of accomplishment. Wolf Den host Gretchen Sparling will lead guests on an optional guided hike to the summit of La Plata Peak, a 10-mile round trip journey to the top of Colorado’s fifth-tallest 14,000-ft peak. In addition to a delicious menu and relaxing accommodations at the Wolf Den, guests will also enjoy a 60-minute massage during a dedicated day of relaxation.
Select photos by the talented Wolfpack gal Erin with Thomas + Co Photography
SAVE THE DATES: Friday, Sep. 16 through Tuesday, Sep. 20. Arrival time by 5 p.m. Friday, and departures after 12 p.m. on Tuesday.
WHAT’S INCLUDED: Lodging, yoga instruction, guided meditation and journaling, yoga mats and props, guided hikes, optional guided 14’er-summit hike to La Plata Peak, one 60-minute massage, home-cooked and catered meals, beverages, and a locally curated gift bag. Airfare and transportation to the Wolf Den are not included.
REGISTRATION: Registration is $1,700 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. Sales and lodging tax included at checkout.
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: Because health and safety guidelines frequently change, we will announce specifics regarding COVID-19 precautions 90 days prior to retreat. Proof of vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test may be required prior to arrival. If you have a question about COVID-19 precautions, please ask Gretchen.
CANCELLATIONS: If the retreat does not book the minimum of 8 guests by Aug. 1, 2022, each registrant will receive a 100-percent refund of the initial deposit and the retreat will be cancelled. Registration is 100-percent refundable until Aug. 1, after which time cancellations will result in a 50-percent refund of registration. If the retreat attendance falls to fewer than 8 guests after Aug. 1, cancellation (and subsequent refund) is subject to Gretchen’s reasonable discretion.
Space is limited to 10 guests. Save your spot today!
For those traveling from out of state, Denver International Airport is recommended for air travel. Guests will need a rental vehicles for the drive from Denver, approximately a 2.5-hour trip.
The retreat itinerary is tailored for both beginners and intermediate yogi-hikers allowing for guests to opt into activities that serve their fitness goals. Daily all-level yoga sessions welcome those new to yoga and also include playful challenge for those wishing to deepen your practice. For those guests who wish to summit La Plata Peak, it is required that you be physically and mentally prepared for an 8-plus-hour hike with lots of elevation gain. (Gretchen will be sharing tips on this preparation after registration.) 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 guided hike for those who still wish to challenge themselves with an alpine route. If you have any concerns, please consult with your physician prior to registration.
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 gently acclimate. 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. 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.
All meals — with the exception of a catered dinner the last evening — will be prepared by Gretchen and Zen at the Den co-host, Erin. We are used to navigating various dietary preferences and requirements, including allergies. Please provide your dietary needs to Gretchen during the registration process.
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! Solo travelers will be given private rooms with shared bathroom accommodations.
WHAT TO BRING
Travel with clothing you feel comfortable wearing while moving, 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 $1,700 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. Sales and lodging tax included at checkout.
If the retreat does not book the minimum of 8 guests by Aug. 1, 2022, 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 Aug. 1. Any cancellations made after Aug. 1 will receive a 50-percent refund.
Zen at the Den Leaders
Meet the Wolfpack
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.