Walking into History The great pilgrimages of the world—in India, Japan, Spain and England—are now joined by the world's first full inter-faith pilgrimage in a little mountain town in southern Colorado.Amid gorgeous country, a village unique in all the world beckons you to experience a full range of spiritual traditions aspiring to their original inspiration. It all takes place of over six remarkable days and 20 miles... The Camino de Crestone pilgrimage is offered in the spirit of religious unity and diversity. You will be visiting many spiritual centers and locations during this expansive adventure which is geared to be educational, clarifying, non-dogmatic, and richly satisfying — a unique contribution to your spiritual journey.Crestone! Amid some of Colorado's greatest beauty, the little mountain town of Crestone is a magnet of spiritual presences. Within walking distance of this small international village are stupas and zendos, ashrams, Buddhist retreats and centers for sacred dance and voice, not to mention medicine wheels and sweat lodges. The most sacred mountains in the world to the Hopi and Navajo overlook thethe Camino de Crestone and the Great Sand Dunes just to the south. It is a true place of power.The Need For Pilgrimage With world events escalating in intensity and significance, the need for human unity rises exponentially. The subtlest longing in the human heart is to belong to life, an urge so primal and universal as to nurture the highest of dreams and yet also be the cause of most conflicts on our planet. While reaction to 'religion' is understandable, the religious impulse represents the deepest human urge to relate and know what is most important. Because humanity's most basic need is inter-religious tolerance, an inter-faith pilgrimage grows in timeliness and importance. As our global family grows, its religious traditions are being understood in their unity even as their diversity gets more obviously expressed. Our planet’s authentic 'paths of return' are like wells into a shared aquifer—all drawing the same water. So, too, with human beings: The Camino de Crestone is dedicated to your uniqueness and universality—and to the direct experience of your deepest self. To complete the journey to your own heart will take you into the heart of everyone else.
Six Unforgettable DaysYou are invited inward…and outward…in a week-long quest for meaning, for understanding, for direct experience, for freedom and truth. Such a journey gains authenticity from the dedication of body, mind and spirit to pilgrimage to ashrams, zendos, stupas, retreats, labyrinths, temples, sweat lodgesand sanctuaries.
What better could you do with a week?
The Camino de Crestone LLC
2019 Public Camino DatesSpring: April 28th through May 3rdSummer: August 25th through August 30th Fall: September 28th through October 4th Full payment must be received 14 days before your scheduled Camino start date. Please see cancellation and refund polices on the Registration Page.Note: Luggage (1 bag or backpack) and your sleeping bag and sleeping pad will be transported for you. This is included in the fee.After registering you will receive additional information along with a waiver form. Please contact us with any questions you may have prior to or after registration. Each Camino starts Sunday afternoon and ends on Friday at noon. The Camino is a communion with nature, a retreat and a 6-day, 5-night educational intensive. You will be visiting a dozen or more spiritual centers and locations, where you will receive teachings and/or presentations. You will have the opportunity to particiapte in daily yoga, mediations and t’ai chi chih. You'll be carrying a day pack and walking with 8-12 pilgrims. When registering, offer an alternative date, if possible, along with your intended date. The Camino Administrator will email you with updates.
“Life-affirming and life-transforming!” ~Mark N, Columbia, MO
In 2012, after my wife and I finished walking the Camino de Santiago, northern Spain’s millennium-old pilgrimage that drew even St. Francis, the seed-thought -- It’s time for a Camino de Crestone -- came as clearly as the recognition of springtime. Why Crestone? Nearby are stupas and zendos, ashrams, a monastery, a Sufi tekke, Buddhist retreats, not to mention medicine wheels and sweat lodges, Sacred mountains overlook the Camino de Crestone, a true place of power. Participants experience meditations, dharma talks, a sweat lodge, sacred dance, spiritual healings, plus presentations and meetings with adepts in many traditions. Experience (not dogma) is key. Pilgrimage has been a staple in the spiritual diet of Homo Sapiens for eons. The Camino de Crestone has moved forward the spiritual development of our human family. Walking this unprecedented educational opportunity—a 20+ mile circuit that visits over a dozen spiritual centers in a week's time—naturally creates ambassadors of harmony among our planet's great spiritual-religious traditions. Having shepherded the Camino de Crestone from its inception through 2017 (five uplifting, astounding and inspiring years) I now find my personal journey is leading me to other engagements. I feel fortunate that Mary Ezequelle and Eliza Fulton felt called to take the helm as of 2018 and to ensure the continuation of this important pilgrimage opportunity. To them and to each of you, I wish a Buén Camino!William Howell: Poet, author, retreat master and teacher of meditation, his immersions in the great spiritual - religious traditions of our planet led him to found Sanctuary House in 1992 and the Camino de Crestone in 2012.
NEW LIVING SYMBOL for the CAMINO! These woven prayer ties provide a meaningful new symbol for the Camino de Crestone. On the June 2014 pilgrimage, during the sweat lodge with medicine man, Chris Long, his wife Andrea prepared these tobacco prayer ties for a sweat lodge in the Lakota tradition. The intention of the sweat lodge was for the Camino itself. After our four rounds of heated stones, chanting and prayers in the lodge symbolizing the womb of the Earth, Chris opened the flap, letting sunlight into the round hot space the ten pilgrims had just inhabited. But before the last of the group exited, Andrea noticed the prayer ties. They had been hanging down in their six single separate and symbolic colors directly over the sacred fire in the middle of the lodge when the ceremony began. Now it had become a single offering: The prayer ties had been braided! The Spirits of the gifting realm which aid those who make such a ceremony had braided the ties of the six directions into three groups of two and braided that triad into one. Such remarkable and otherwise unexplainable proofs of the power of the sweat lodges had happened before, quite often, actually. But never the braiding of the prayer ties. A what a marvelous symbol--the different colors, each representing a different direction and its corresponding power, being like the different spirituo-religious traditions visited on the Camino: They each remained unique and intact but now had been woven together in a greater harmony and union.