Stay with us this Labor Day Weekend to relax and recharge before the fast pace of the fall begins. Enjoy a lodge room atop Colorado’s largest natural lake and food lovingly prepared in our Compassionate Kitchen at one of the best kept secrets around. Wake up each morning to a freshly prepared breakfast buffet and hot coffee. Spend your days exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, recreating on the water and in the streets of Grand Lake, soaking at Hot Sulphur Springs, or relaxing to the sound of the North Inlet while you lounge on our front porch. Come back to a delicious home cooked dinner each evening. Finish off your day with conversation around the fire, a good book from our library, or quietly watching the stars. All of this for just $60 a day per person plus tax!
$60 a day plus tax per person is based on double (or more) room occupancy. Single occupancy is available for $95 a day plus tax. Must stay a minimum of 3 nights to qualify for special. As always, children 5 and under stay for free. This special includes one lodge room, dinner Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, and breakfast Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings. Hostel beds, cabins, and groups excluded. Reservations for the Labor Day Get-A-Way must be made over the phone and mention of the special must be made at time of booking. Call 970-627-9220 to get away!
Donna DeNomme is an insightful teacher, shamanic healer, licensed spiritual coach, and ceremonial leader, which makes her a perfect fit for bringing retreats to Shadowcliff. In fact Donna has held retreats here for 20 years, taking time off to return to graduate school, add another degree, and write a book.
by Jay Liebenguth
Shadowcliff recently hosted the first Sharing Nature workshop offered in the Rockies and one of only a couple that were offered in the US this year. Sharing Nature is based on Joseph Cornell’s series of books that, according to Backpacker Magazine, “started a worldwide revolution in nature education.” His first book, Sharing Nature with Children, sold 450,000 copies in 19 languages and became an instant classic. Joseph’s books now serve as popular nature-education resources all over the globe.
Happy Independence Day, America! We hope you had a safe and happy time with friends and family this weekend, wherever you are.
Gail Spinden is a long-time Colorado native, former Rocky Mountain National Park ranger, and gifted instructor of 3rd grade at Mountain Sage Community School in Fort Collins. But you can also find her at Shadowcliff this month for Session 1 of Critters, Creeks & Crows, happening June 25-28!
It’s official: Shadowcliff Volunteer Weekend 2015 was a success!
Not only did we get a lot of work accomplished, but we also welcomed many new volunteers who were experiencing Shadowcliff for the very first time! We are so thrilled to expand our community with so many giving people of all ages! With 56 volunteers plus staff, we logged about 900 hours in May, the majority of that happening in one weekend!
It’s the calm before the happy storm of Shadowcliff Volunteer Weekend…
by Jay Liebenguth
If you were putting together a list of attributes that you want in a General Manager at Shadowcliff, it would include some must-haves, some good-to-haves, and some nice-to-haves.
Thankfully, Karen Bellina seems to have it all.
Karen grew up in New Jersey, went to school in Pennsylvania, moved to Colorado after college and never left. She loves the mountains and has worked in mountain towns in a number of service positions for years.
by Jay Liebenguth
A Wild Mind training is coming to Shadowcliff this Summer.
Based on Bill Plotkin’s newest book, Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche, this 5-day intensive is an experiential exploration of our human psyches as unique expressions of the universal forces and patterns of nature.
Karen is new to Shadowcliff, but not to hospitality or non-profit organizations. She has shared the last 20 years between working for Aspen Huts and Trails and the Denver Foundation, all the while deepening her knowledge and passion of various wilderness topics like birding and rock climbing. She comes to Shadowcliff with a dedication to the mission and an excitement to learn.
Will has been a friend of Shadowcliff for several years. From attending to workshops to spending summers as Rotating Staff, he has grown with Shadowcliff, even moving to Denver to pursue a career in the sustainability sector. The mountains have called him back this season, and his historical knowledge of Shadowcliff is a welcome pairing to Karen’s experience.
Watch for more detailed posts about both Karen and Will in the coming weeks. Better yet, come on up to the lodge this season and meet them in person! They’ll be there, excited to meet you.
by Jay Liebenguth
Fourteen Atlanta 8th & 9th graders and their adult leaders will visit Shadowcliff this June as part of their exploration of the journey of the Colorado River from its headwaters in Grand County to Lake Powell in Arizona. Their purpose is to better understand the complex relationships between the natural world and human society.
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