What Should I Bring?• Bathing suit (optional)• Change of clothes (comfy and with short dry time)• Excellent ear plugs • Eyemask• Flashlight • Good socks (best are wool socks) • Hat with wide brim • Hiking shoes• Inflatable air mattress • Mosquito repellent (June thru Aug.)• Pillow & Towel • Sleeping bag (to 40 degrees)• Slippers• Soap, shampoo & detergent• Sunscreen • Sweater & jacket (dress in layers) • Toilet paper• Walking sticks, if you wish, though the distances are not great• Watch• Water bottle(s) **Tent, sleeping bag and inflatable mattress can be rented.
Your Camino Walk(Below is for Example only and is subject to change) • Day One: Saturday Arrive at the Dragon Mtn Temple• Day Two [4.9 mi]: SundayWalk to CEOLP Open-air Cremation SiteWalk to Catered LunchWalk to Crestone • Day Three [7.2 mi]: MondayWalk to The Way of Nature Walk to Haidikandi Ashram• Day Four [2.2 mi]: Tuesday Walk to Crestone Mtn Zen Center• Day Five [4.0 mi]: WednesdayWalk to Shumei InternationalWalk to KTTG Stupa Walk to Sanctuary House Walk to Scared Dance• Day Six [6.3 mi]: ThursdayWalk to Home of the Singing StoneWalk to Dharma Ocean Walk to Sufi Zikr • Day Seven [5.0 mi]: FridayWalk to Sri Aurobindo Center Walk to Crestone Charter school• Day Eight [4.0 mi]SaturdayWalk to Dragon Mtn (depart)
Sacred Sites not on the Camino Walk• Little Stupa• Ziggurat• I am Harmony• Stone HutsThese sites are worth visiting once your walk is complete.
Camino de Crestone
An unforgettable interspiritual pilgrimage
FAQs:• How long is the pilgrimage? About 56 kilometers (35 miles) over seven days, beginning on Saturdays, June through September.• What is the distance? You will be walking from one to five miles a day. And yet there is no distance, since the pilgrimage is also about the quest for one’s true self.• Is there a fee for the Camino de Crestone? If you wish to visit all the spiritual centers, enjoy many presentations, meditations, participations, and have your meals and overnights all taken care of—yes, there is a fee of $800 USD... everything included! If you wish to walk the Camino by yourself, please see “Personal Camino” under OPTIONS.• If, due to physical issues, I cannot carry even a 10-lb backpack, is there a ferrying service? Yes. There is such a service, whose charges are $150/person; $160/2 persons, and $10 for each additional participant. • Do I have to have hiking experience? No. Since the longest daily walk is less than 7.8 miles and the Camino de Crestone involves no climbing, there is no requirement for previous hiking experience. • Will I be walking alone or with a group? Except for recluses, religio-spiritual mores involve the human family, meaning that relationship is a definite aspect of the spiritual arena. As relationship is part of the spiritual dimension of life, you will find it at work in the Camino de Crestone, which is orchestrated for groups of 7-14. Groups always have dynamics, and those dynamics will be part of the teachings that your Camino de Crestone will provide. The group experience holds great potential—for bonding, for depth, for spontaneous sharing. Your walking mates will be making their pilgrimage essentially for the same reasons as yourself. Respect is one of the bylaws of the Camino. Yet, there may be a challenge or two. You can always say to someone that you wish for quiet. And you can choose to walk by yourself, and in silence (wear an “In Silence” badge).• Is this a spiritual or religious pilgrimage, and is there a difference? Whether or not a person considers him/herself religious, everyone has a spiritual dimension. Religion is the urge to belong to Life itself. Religions are pathways of return to that eternal belonging. Spirit is the breath of Life in us, and spirituality implies the appreciation and pursuit of being more fully open to the alive intelligence present with us in every moment, the same intelligence that holds up galaxies and unfolds roses.• What if I’m an agnostic or atheist? The Camino de Crestone is understood to be primarily educational and far more experiential than religious, which is not to deny in the least its spiritual potential. Everyone is invited, for the Camino de Crestone will certainly bear gifts for anyone who is interested in such an adventure.• Will any of the spiritual centers try to convert me? Not at all. The presentations and participative events are both informational and spiritually deepening, the focus being on experience. Consider the Camino an unforgettable spiritual education. There is no focus on rules and dogma, but on personal experience and meeting adepts who model the ways of of living in harmony.• What if I have special dietary needs? Fine. Just be clear on your registration and specific as to your requirements.• Can I do this pilgrimage by myself and not with a group, and, if so, how long will it take? Yes. You can do it over two or three or more days. (see Personal Pilgrimage)• Is this pilgrimage more outer or inner? The Camino de Crestone definitely has both its horizontal and vertical dimensions, which is to say that it is a fine amalgam of both an outer journey and an inner pilgrimage. It is designed for you to find out more about the possibilities that exist as regard to your deeper personal interests and longings. • Can I bring a pet? At this time, we cannot accommodate the added demands of pets on this journey in which you will be visiting 15 spiritual centers.• Walking in Silence: Every spiritual tradition appreciates silence, and makes use of silence in one or more of its practices. As every great musician and orator knows, silence backs all sound. Indeed, silence is the all-intelligent field out of which sound arises. To know silence is, by that understanding and wisdom, to know all of Creation. If you wish to walk in silence, there will be a badge, “In Silence”, available at the Camino de Crestone starting point. You can wear it whenever you wish. One or more centers might have a segment of silence, or ask that, after an evening presentation, there be silence until morning."There's another voice listening." ~Rumi• Walking Alone: The opportunity to experience the Camino de Crestone entirely on your own is certainly possible. (See Personal Pilgrimage)• What can I expect in the way of the Accommodations? The Camino de Crestone is offered at a noticeably low cost, so that those wishing to experience this inter-faith pilgrimage will take advantage of the opportunity. Dormitory style is the most common overnight accommodation; sometimes theres a bed, sometimes you’ll need your air mattress. However, those couples wishing to share a room or those individuals preferring a single room can usually do so. Please indicate in your reservation that you will be, wherever available, wishing to have accommodations other than the standard dormitory style. Such rooms will be available on a first-contacted, first-served basis, and you will be paying to each provider the difference in their room price and the Camino de Crestone online fee (which provides for $15/night). The providers and their phone numbers are listed below and, once your pilgrimage is confirmed, you are invited to call each and make your own arrangements. (over nite contacts)• Should I be concerned about walking in the wild? Be respectful. Crestone is rich in wildlife: Deer will not be disturbed by your presence, though they will not eat out of your hand; bears, mountain lions, a rare lynx, elk, antelope and coyotes. There are snakes...but not poisonous ones. The four-footed are not to be feared, but respected. No one has ever been injured by a wild animal here, and walking in a group insures safety.• What about possible illness on the Camino de Crestone? We have several doctors open to receiving any caminante requiring medical attention. (Please note that fees for physicians are not included in your payment for the Camino de Crestone.) Please bring your necessary prescribed medications. If you cannot walk due to injury, the group leader will phone our fine EMT services and help will come to you quickly.• What about the weather in Crestone? Be prepared for nights in the 40s and days in the 70s-80s. But at 8000', the sun feels hotter than at sea level or even at 5000'. June can be more like a spring month or more like a summer month. July and August will be cool at night and warm to hot in the day. September is lovely, moving from hot to warm, still with cool nights. Rainfall: Crestone sits above the San Luis Valley, the world's largest agricultural high desert. It gets less than 10” of rainfall a year, so that precipitation is not a significant weather factor for which one can plan. However, Colorado weather (“If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes.”) is changeable. Layering is the key, and being prepared is always wise.• Will I have to acclimate to the altitude? Yes, Crestone is 8000’ above sea level. The climate is dry, you are advised to come 1-3 days early in order to adjust to the altitude. Guidelines: If you live in lowlands, plan to arrive three days early before you start walking. If you live in altitudes from 2000'-4000', come two days early. If you live in altitudes from 4000'-6000', come at least a day early. You can spend a night in Denver or Albuquerque, if you fly in (Day 1). Each has hotsprings [Joyful Journey, south of Denver (firstname.lastname@example.org / 719-256-4328) and Ojo Caliente (http://www.ojospa.com / 800-222-9162) north of Albuquerque] which could make for a delightful Day 2. And, your overnight in Crestone before beginning your walk will count as Day 3. We ask you to take the above advice seriously.