The true person is
Not anyone in particular;
But, like the deep blue color
Of the limitless sky,
It is everyone, everywhere in the world.
Dogen, translated by Steven Hein
The Rocky Mountain Eco-Dharma Retreat Center was founded just over two years ago by Johann Robbins and David Loy. Within a relatively short time, funds were raised to purchase the property and then upgrade the historic structure which provides space for 30 retreatants. There is also space for additional retreatants to camp. The outpouring of generosity points to the need for such a place of practice. I am truly looking forward to co-leading a retreat with Johann.
Just 30 minutes from Boulder, RMERC is a home for spiritual practice and a reconnection with nature. It includes 183 acres with a river, meadow, forest and is surrounded by National Forest. The land was set aside as a natural preserve and retreatants are often visited by moose deer, elk, the occasional bear and many hummingbirds!
Eco-dharma reminds us that we are not separate from nature. We are nature and nature is us.
We have titled the retreat “Body as Mountain, Mind as Sky” lines attributed to the 13th century Zen priest Dogen Zenji, founder of the Soto Zen tradition. The retreat will NOT be a zen retreat, but these lines which also include Heart as the Ocean have always been inspiring to me. In this beautiful setting, surrounded by the awesome beauty of the Rockies as the mountains begin to inhabit us, and the mind expands as the sky we have the opportunity connect with our natural world. This connection holds the key to appropriate response to whatever challenge moves us in today’s problematic world.