Fa Dao wrote:I think the 2 places might be connected somehow, not sure though. They are both in Crestone. She is charging appx $10 day, not including meals. I also saw Vajra Vidya house. If I remember correctly there is more of a set schedule there. For the most part you set your own retreat schedule here. And no, unfortunately I have not been there yet but am definitely planning on it in the future. I talked to her through email. Very nice nun.
I don't know if the two are connected. VVRC is under the direction of Thrangu Rinpoche and Kagyu. I don't know about CB. Doesn't matter much. What matters is a proper container for practice and if CB has that (no reason to doubt that), fantastic!
$10/ night is pretty reasonable. Being able to set your own schedule is good. The house looks very nice.
Compare that to Dorje Kyung Dzong over to the East in Gardner is $35/night for pretty much the same thing (except you get a cabin). I have several friends who do retreat regularly at DKD and they love the place.
You're right about VVRC being regimented. They have a sshedule and they stick to it, especially where Rota is concerned. Group practices are a good thing in my opinion, but they are only recommended - you don't have to attend group practice. The food's pretty good and the rooms are nice. Ani Seltong and Khenpo Jigme are awesome.
I've looked into St Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass. Yes, they're Catholics (Trappists). It's also home to Father Thomas Keating, a well-known contemplative. I have contacted their retreat master and he told me they'd happily host and support a Buddhist's solitary retreat for as long as needed.
I think it all boils down to what you need for a retreat. I don't feel comfortable with a unsupported setting yet. I like not having to plan meals and having someone for counsel is a must. I think when I get to the point of needed a setting that's not quite so "busy" and I can stand my own cooking, Compassionate Buddha might be the place to go.
BTW, where are you located? Colorado somewhere?