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

Crescent Pose
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!

TRAVEL

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.

FITNESS

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.

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 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.

DIETARY NEEDS

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.

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! 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.

"This was my 2nd time attending Zen at the Den. Every single part of the stay was fantastic. From the hostesses, yoga, hiking, the conversations with other guests to the stellar FOOD, I'm so grateful. The beautiful house overlooks the Twin Lakes and has gorgeous mountain views. This was just the thing I needed for a rest and recharge. Highly recommend."

Erin O. 2021 Retreat Guest

"This trip was a breath of fresh air! A great break from everyday life! The women I met were wonderful, the hiking was awesome as well as the yoga (which was very new to me). Loved the food, the hospitality and friendships made. Highly recommend this experience!"

Courtney H. 2021 Retreat Guest

"Amazing facility. Best of the best staff. Stunning views. Enough to do to avoid being bored, but not too much to feel stressed. Straight up good for the soul."

Lauren S. 2021 Retreat Guest

"I never expected I would develop such close friendships with the ladies in the group! Truly a life changing experience for me."

Tiffany W. 2021 Retreat Guest
Kathy

"I found the Wolf Den retreat as I was searching for a way to celebrate my 60th birthday in Colorado. I can't say enough good things about the retreat! 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. As worried as I was about a longer hike, Lost Mans Pass was the perfect challenge. 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 won’t regret it."

Kathy B. 2019 Retreat Guest
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
Lyndsey Z

I took part in a yoga and hiking retreat at The Wolf Den. The house is spacious and comfortable for a family or group, and perfect for our retreat. The views from the back of the house are simply stunning. There is a gorgeous pavilion on property where we practiced yoga daily. Host Gretchen put on an amazing weekend for 8 of us ladies. She was organized, welcoming and incredibly detailed with everything from the delicious meals, to the schedule, fresh flowers, welcome bags and guiding us through hikes in the area. I would highly recommend a retreat if you’re looking to relax, be active, make new friends and open to new experiences. I’m so glad I went for it! Thank you Gretchen!

Lyndsay Z 2019 Retreat Attendee
Zen at the Den Leaders

Meet the Wolfpack

KrystleSangillo

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 intimate elopements and family reunions. She’s hiked the Central Colorado area for 10-plus 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. Zen at the Den is her favorite celebrations of friendship and the things she loves most: mountains, yoga and hiking!