WOMEN’S YOGA + HIKING RETREATS IN TWIN LAKES, COLORADO
SESSION 1: SEP. 5 – 8, 2019
Room With a View Spend three 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. View photos of the house.
Daily Yoga Instruction + Meditation Instructor Beth Holland will lead gentle vinyasa-style yoga focused on building your awareness and strength. Beth will also lead the group in guided meditation that will help you unwind from the rush of daily life and connect with the beautiful natural setting.
Scenic Alpine Hikes Led by Wolf Den host Gretchen Sparling, the group will explore several hiking destinations with vibrant fall foliage including the historic Interlaken Resort, as well as a more challenging trek to Lost Man Pass (12,815-ft). Choose to participate in the group hikes or enjoy extra relaxation time at the Wolf Den.
Restorative Massage Your body and mind will feel relaxed and rejuvenated after a recovery massage by Licensed Massage Therapist Erin Connor.
Delicious Meals + Wine Included with registration, guests will fuel body and mind with healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the Wolf Den.
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.
New to yoga? Or maybe you’ve never hiked before? That’s OK! We encourage you to join, no matter your fitness level. The yoga and hikes will be beginner-friendly, and the goal of hiking Lost Man Pass is to challenge everyone. The hiking pace will be relaxed, and no person will be left behind. If you have a specific concern or question about fitness levels, please ask Gretchen.
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. If you have a specific concern or question about altitude, please ask Gretchen.
Payments and Cancellations
Fifty percent of the total fee is due to hold your spot. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the first day of the retreat. PayPal is preferred, but checks will also be accepted.
Deposit will be refunded in full for cancellations made 30 days prior to the first day of the retreat. For any cancelation made 29 days (or fewer) before retreat, 50 percent of total reservation is refunded.
A love for yoga and the outdoors makes new friendships 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. Yoga mats are provided. Hiking gear should include comfortable shoes to wear when hiking (sneakers are OK). Bring clothing that can be layered while hiking to help control your temperature. Sun protection, such as a hat and sunglasses, is also recommended. Please bring a small daypack to carry food and water during hikes.
SAVE THE DATES: Thursday, Sep. 5 through Sunday, Sep. 8, 2019. Arrival time by 5 p.m. Thursday, and departures after 12 p.m. on Sunday.
OVERVIEW: A 3-day retreat geared for those who seek gentle yoga mixed with relaxed scenic hiking. Guests will expand upon yoga practice with meditation. A hike up to Central Colorado’s Lost Man Pass (12,815-ft.) will leave everyone feeling a sense of accomplishment. Guests will also enjoy a recovery massage. Space is limited to 12 guests.
REGISTRATION: REGISTRATION IS WAIT-LIST ONLY. Please send Gretchen an email to be added to the list. Registration is $800 for a shared-occupancy room. Registration includes all meals and beverages. Fifty percent of deposit due at registration; remaining 50 percent due 15 days before retreat. Sales and lodging tax included at checkout.
*Space still available in SESSION 2, Sep. 11 – 15, 2019, if you are seeking a more advanced experience with invigorating yoga practice and a challenging hike to the summit of Mt. Elbert (14,433 ft.).
During the first day (Friday), the group will kick off the weekend with invigorating yoga followed by intention-setting meditation outdoors. After lunch, we will help acclimate our lungs and legs to the elevation of Twin Lakes with a gentle 4-mile hike to the Interlaken Hotel, an 1800s resort on the south side of Twin Lakes. Each participant will enjoy a 1-hour relaxation massage during one evening of the retreat; the schedule will be determined upon arrival.
The second day (Saturday) aims to challenge you with a 6-mile round trip hike to the top of Lost Man Pass with lunch on the trail. Recovery yoga will follow. A celebration dinner will greet guests after the day’s activities are complete, highlighted with s’mores by the fire pit.
The third and final day (Sunday) will feature relaxed yoga and reflective meditation to help guests gather up a last bit of peace and quiet before departures begin after 12 p.m.
Meet the Hosts
Beth started her yoga journey on January 1, 2011 and began teaching yoga in August of 2013. From the beginning, Beth realized the impact yoga had on her life — from relieving stress to growing strength and endurance, as well as a fabulous companion to her running. She received her yoga teacher certification in 2016. Beth teaches powerful vinyasa flow incorporating the importance of breathe right along with each movement. Beth will help stretch and strengthen your mind, body and spirit. Get to know Beth on her website or Instagram @beeperholland.
Wolf Den Host + 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 Mt. Elbert. 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 celebration of friendship and the things she loves most: mountains, yoga and hiking!
With more than 11 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. She owns The Massage Connection based in Frisco, Texas.