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Way of Nature is a global community of creative and passionate souls who are committed to exploring and sharing the liberating recognition of Source Awareness as our true nature.

 

Through this deep awareness blooms new appreciation for, and ever-deepening communion with, the magnificent Earth on which we live and all the life that thrives upon it. Appealing to a variety of seekers, from the young to the old and every class, color, shape and personality in between... Way of Nature has been a universal, nature-based path to liberation for thousands of people who wish to deepen their connection with the natural world, and in doing so, reveal their true inner nature. 

Our process combines all-denominational Awareness Training with meditative time spent alone (AllOne) in Nature.  This path creatively transmits ancient wisdom from both our Ancestors and the Earth for contemporary application in the world as it exists today. With roots in many of the world's great liberating lineages, the Way of Nature is truly unique, effective, and illuminated by the indescribable joy that arises with the recognition and deep gratitude of authentic communion.  

On a thirty-five acre site, high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the San Luis Valley in Colorado, Shinji Shumeikai has created a new spiritual center. Shumei was drawn to this location by its natural beauty and spiritual energy. Other spiritual and religious groups from throughout the world also have felt this special place’s allure and built ashrams, monasteries, and retreat centers in Crestone. It is our desire to become an active participant in this vital community.

Shakti Sharanam Yoga Shala is a small, environmentally sustainable school dedicated to upholding traditional yogic practices through prescribed techniques and conscious lifestyle. These practices are now threatened worldwide, and many are being lost to commercialization. 

The Shala project was carefully created with the intention to exemplify yogic living and pass on the teachings in an intimate and authentic way. It integrates the ancient yogic life principles with contemporary sustainable systems, including the use of solar energy and natural building materials. 

 

Shakti Sharanam offers traditional Ashtanga Yoga classes by donation, as well as private instruction, yoga therapy, weekend intensives, yogic cooking, Hindustani music, custom courses for school and pilgrim groups, and monthly study programs. 

Annie Pace, the center’s founder, has spent much of the last 27 years in India, immersing herself in the yogic sciences of Ayurveda, music, cooking, and philosophy. She is an elder in her lineage and is skilled in distilling her decades of knowledge and experience into simple and applicable teachings for practitioners of all levels, and from all walks of life.

Dharma Ocean is a community of meditators, in Colorado, North America, and around the world, following the path of embodied spirituality. Dharma Ocean is a non-monastic, householder based lineage, a community of householder yogins and yoginis, who prioritize the practice of Somatic Meditation in their lives.

 

We are a large and diffuse community without any definite boundaries, but one linked by a common inspiration toward the body and a common love of life. There is no “signing on the dotted line” or any series of requirements for you to be part of our community of somatic practitioners. Simply by connecting with the somatic teachings, you are already a member of this lineage and the flame of this lineage is already beginning to burn brightly within you. How you want to position yourself in relation to your other fellow practitioners is entirely up to you.

Crestone Mountain Zen Center (CMZC) is the monastic training center of Dharma Sangha, the Zen Buddhist practice community founded in 1987 by Zentatsu Baker Roshi, dharma heir of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. It offers residential training in Zen meditation and practice under the guidance of Head Teacher and CMZC Director, Zenki Dillo Sensei, Dharma Heir of Baker Roshi.

Zen practitioners are welcome to join the residential practice as students or apply for programs such as the annual 90-day winter Practice Period, Sesshins, Seminars, Weekend Sittings, Work Practice Weeks, and Wild Dharma Practice.

Individual guests who want to enjoy the beauty, quiet, and isolation of the Crestone mountains can stay at CMZC throughout the year except during our annual three-month monastic Practice Period, when the Center is closed to the public.