Shadowcliff is a non-profit organization founded as a place of retreat and renewal in a busy world. Our mission is, “A mountain sanctuary where together we are creating a climate for a restorative world.” We deeply believe in the power of human connection and the ability of that connection to heal. At Shadowcliff, we encourage reconnection to the natural world, to a sense of peace, and with the Divine, whatever that may be to you.
It is also important to our mission that we provide an affordable and meaningful experience to all of our guests. We learn much from our guests and from the natural world around us. We also provide educational opportunities, both large and small. Shadowcliff is a non-religious organization with a deep spiritual core.
A DREAM, A VISION, A PRAYER
The Shadowcliff story begins with a tent and a campsite on the banks of the North Inlet stream. In 1956, Patt and Warren Rempel dreamed of building a simple, rustic lodge and purchased two lots on the North Inlet stream in order to fulfill this dream. Inspirational morning meditations on a promontory, which overlooked Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake, served as the source of the dream which became Shadowcliff. After a year or two of tent camping by the stream the Rempels purchased the remainder of the land and began the first building project in 1959. By 1981, construction of the main buildings was completed through the efforts of approximately 650 volunteers from 42 countries.
This volunteer tradition continues as more than 100 volunteers participate each year in a variety of ways including work projects throughout the month of May (pre-season opening) and throughout the regular season. The Rempel family and volunteers from all over the world created Shadowcliff as a mountain sanctuary. During the last decade the mountain sanctuary has also become a source of education, strategic planning and inspiration teaching nature’s sustainability principles to individuals, businesses and governments.
In the years that followed, two lodges, three cabins and our classroom (the Chapel) were built. More than 650 volunteers from 42 different countries combined their talents and labors to build Shadowcliff—a place to reconnect with the natural world. Over the years, Shadowcliff has also become a source of education, strategic planning and inspiration, teaching nature’s sustainability principles to individuals, businesses and governments.
Shadowcliff is a magical place, a spiritual place, and a place full of energy and life—from the North Inlet Stream, to the wind, the powerful sun, and mighty summer storms to the trees, wildflowers, and abundant wildlife that surround us and frequent our grounds to our guests who come from all over the world to live, learn, reflect, share, gain understanding, reconnect and have fun. We look forward to your visit.
THE PEOPLE OF SHADOWCLIFF
Ariana Friedlander- Chair
Ariana Friedlander, MPA is a community organizer, a social entrepreneur and the Founder of Rosabella Consulting, LLC. She works with leaders doing business as UNusual. Ariana specializes in fostering positive change in an organization’s culture so it remains relevant in the 21st century. Ariana received the 4th Annual Quid Novi award for Innovative Thought for EntrepreNerds™. She has her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from the University of Delaware and her BA from Hampshire College. Ariana lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and daughter.
Eric Ziegenhorn- Secretary
Eric is a real estate attorney from Kansas City and acts as the official liaison with Bridging the Gap’s board of directors. He is an avid downhill and cross county skier, mountain biker and gardener. On the political front, Eric is actively involved with environmental groups emphasizing wilderness preservation and food sustainability.
Deb Kleinman- Treasurer
Deb is a consultant providing facilitation, coaching, training, and program management services for organizations, coalitions, and individuals working in a wide range of sustainability areas. She also provides support, training and facilitation services in strategic planning, adaptive management, and organizational excellence. Deb has a particular passion and talent for connecting people, building relationships, and bringing diverse stakeholder groups together to solve complex problems using proven collaborative approaches. She currently lives in Laramie, Wyoming with my significant other and our two dogs. When I am not working I love to be in the mountains hiking, skiing, fishing, and daydreaming.
William (Bill) Craig
Bill is the former CEO/President of Lakemary Center. He is also Appointed Chair of the Kansas Autism Task Force and President and Governmental Affairs Chair of InterHab, the state association for agencies serving developmental disabilities. He is a life-long nature-enthusiast and Kansas Citian, and he has recently completed his term as Board Chair for Kansas Cities Bridging the Gap.
Michael Dorosch is a retired small business owner who spends a lot of time volunteering. Since 2004, he has been Director of the annual HIV Retreat at Shadowcliff, started over 20 years ago by the founders of Shadowcliff. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of Treatment Educat10n Network (TEN). Its programs include the HIV Retreat, monthly Community Educat10nal Forums, and so much more. He also serves on the Colorado State ADAP Advisory Committee and the University of Colorado ACTG CAB. Nationally, he is involved in the Drug Development Committee of ATAC and the Global Community Advisory Board of the ACTG. He enjoys camping and skiing and spending time with his best friend Skylab “Sky”.
Doug is a Manufactures Representative specializing in electronic test and measurement equipment. He lives in Olathe Kansas. Doug visited Shadowcliff for the first time 20 years ago and has been coming back ever since. He enjoys volunteering and the opportunity to be a small part of an amazing place. He encourages everyone to come and experience Shadowcliff as a guest a volunteer or both. When Doug is not volunteering, you will find him bushwhacking and backpacking Rocky Mountain National Park.
Bob is a retired co-director of Shadowcliff. He continues to develop and inspire Shadowcliff programming with his wisdom and wit. As a former director, Bob is an invaluable resource to the Board about all things related to Shadowcliff and more. Bob is also very active in creating partnerships for Shadowcliff, and probably planning a future Shadowcliff workshop as you read this.
Brian is an engineer specializing in water issues and lives in Denver, Colorado. As another relative newcomer to the Shadowcliff Board, Brian brings a wealth of information to Shadowcliff regarding water issues, an important topic for Shadowcliff workshops and an integral part of the Shadowcliff history. Brian is a former staff member. He and his wife Kara (also a former Shadowcliff staff member) were married at Shadowcliff.
Sue Rempel spent almost every summer of her childhood and adulthood with her family in Grand Lake- first building Shadowcliff. She lived and volunteered at Shadowcliff through college; it has always been an integral part of her life. After several years of not being able to be in Grand Lake in the summer, she is looking forward to offering her support to the future of Shadowcliff as it also holds the vision and commitment that Warren and Patt Rempel held as they built each building- their dream and their life’s work. Sue is a hospice nurse and now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her family. She has 2 beautiful adult sons, Alexander and Nicholas, who grew up spending summers in Grand Lake, sharing many of the same experiences she had as a child.
Allison is a young sustainability professional based out of Denver, Colorado. Graduating from Colorado State University in 2015 with a BS in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, she brings to Shadowcliff her passion for helping people connect with nature. Her aunt, Joni Teter, is a former Shadowcliff board member and inspired Allison to follow in her footsteps.
Judith Christy – Adviser to the Board
As a former co-director, Judith brings a wealth of Shadowcliff history and expertise to the Board and staff. She has played a key role in developing Shadowcliff’s food philosophy and Compassionate Kitchen and continues to provide guidance in many Shadowcliff operational issues.
Jay Liebenguth – Marketing Adviser
Jay Liebenguth is a business journalist focused on gaining insights from talking with business leaders and sharing their stories with his audience. He produces and hosts two radio shows each week to introduce you to some of the rising stars in the business community and to expose you to new and proven concepts from people who have “been there, done that.” His format provides visibility, credibility, and direct “why to buy” publicity for his guests. He interviews over 250 people per year, most in a live, unedited setting. Jay has been an active member of Shadowcliff’s marketing committee since 2012.
Kelly Yarbrough – Graphic Design
Kelly began working with Shadowcliff in 2009, first as rotating staff and then as a vital part of the marketing team. In 2017 she stayed on with us after the season ended and her role as Program Coordinated shifted to the UCRWG Support Coordinator. Kelly now lends her hand to Shadowcliff’s graphic design needs; just about every image or logo you see has been made by Kelly. A recent graduate of Kansas State University’s MFA program with a degree in Drawing, Kelly now lives in Kansas year round and runs the forming Prairiewood Connect Foundation.
Hillary Mizia - Executive Director
Hillary joined the Shadowcliff family in 2014 as Executive Director with almost 20 years professional experience as a sustainability innovator and thought leader. Her experience spans across the business, non-profit, and government sectors, and includes countless hours working for causes, organizations, and movements that speak to her heart. Thriving on innovative sustainability system design, creative partnerships, and helping to develop key institutions, Hillary deeply values working with the on-site management team, board, and the rest of the Shadowcliff community to see this amazing Colorado landmark well into the future.
Carl Sniffen- General Manager
Carl has a long-standing relationship with Shadowcliff. From his first trip to Shadowcliff as a guest in the late 80’s, Carl has served on various including Board member, Executive Director in 2012 and 2013, and now as General Manager. Carl will be on-site at Shadowcliff all season. Carl is and has been a lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, facilitator, author, photographer, high school distance running coach, musician, and lifelong runner. Carl will tell you that the best part about him is his wonderful family–Barb, Neil, Lyndsay, Henrik, Leo, Brian, Claire, Eddie, and June. Expect to see any combination of family members at Shadowcliff at various times during the season.
Emily Cesca- Assistant Manager
Born in Portland, Emily lived most of her life in California until she relocated to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2015. With a professional background in finance, operations, and personnel management, she shifted gears a bit after moving to Mexico and now spends her time teaching yoga, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga, helping to manage a local yoga studio, and assisting with retreats. Spending time outdoors and living in Vallarta has provided her the opportunity to try all sorts of outdoor sports and activities, and she loves to experience the natural beauty of Shadowcliff and the surrounding area of Grand Lake. You may even catch her teaching a SUP class or two out on the lake!
Taylor Reid - Office Assistant
I've written music my entire life and have traveled to places like Canada, Africa, Panama & Mexico. After graduation, studied a year in college then continued my education through life experiences. One thing I trust is that, "there is no such thing as coincidence, only the inevitable".
Right now you'll find me as a composer, Videographer and explorer connecting others, while deeply learning and appreciating how we live as Hue-mans~
Kestrel Mills - Compassionate Kitchen Cook
Kestrel Mills started baking desserts (or making messes) at age 7. She has cooked for retreats, conferences, gatherings, festivals and communities around the country. Kestrel jumped into large group cooking as a resident volunteer of Kripalu Yoga Center in Massachusetts. She then headed up the kitchen at a social justice summer camp for teens in the mountains of Vermont for three summers, ran the Food Processing program at Twin Oaks Community in Virginia canning and freezing hundreds of pounds of produce, and was Head Food Fairy for the Women’s Gathering and Intentional Communities Conferences held there. Kestrel has several food allergies and is passionate about healthy, delicious food no matter one’s dietary needs. She holds a Permaculture Design certificate and is also passionate about local and sustainable ingredients. Kestrel loves food and looks forward to feeding you at Shadowcliff this summer.
Will Calver-Jones - Maintenance Manager
I'm from Cheltenham, a large town in England, and I left to travel around America and experience new things. I have been in the Pacific Northwest for the past year and really appreciated spending time in the wilderness and mountains out there. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and spending time at Shadowcliff. I like to go hiking and camping and enjoy reading. I also am trying to learn more about plant uses and cooking commercially.
Aaren Morrell - Rotating Staff
I am originally from Wichita, Kansas, but am currently finishing my degree at Colorado State University in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism with a minor in Global Environmental Sustainability. I grew up going on field trips amongst the prairie, working in my family’s garden, and going to many national parks. I love teaching people of all ages about nature and aspire to do more interpretation and environmental education in the future. My favorite outdoor activities include trail running, hiking, and camping. Although I have worked in hospitality before, this is my first season at Shadowcliff and am super excited to be here this summer!
Dani Braam - Rotating Staff
Hey there, I'm Danielle and I am 21 years old heading out on my own path of adventures. I am from a small town in Wisconsin and have pretty much lived there my whole life. I graduated massage therapy school about a year ago and will soon be starting a career in holistic healing after receiving more experience in that field. I thrive in nature, I'm a huge people person, a giver and a lover of all things! I am grateful for all the opportunities that have come along and the people I have met through new experiences especially through my recent travels. Some of my travels include Hawaii, Alaska, Bali, I am currently in Oregon and now coming to the beautiful land of Colorado. Looking forward to meeting everyone at Shadowcliff.
Mastin Tapp - Rotating Staff
Mastin hails from Kansas. He and his family stayed at Shadowcliff a few times when he was younger, and the staff really made a positive impact on his experience in the mountains. He hopes to be able to give others this same experience. Currently a senior studying mathematics at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, he was able to spend a semester of his undergraduate studies in New Orleans, showing Mastin how rewarding it can be to go to different places and make friends from different backgrounds. This is also one of the reasons he is so excited to work at Shadowcliff this summer.
Polina Perelstein - Rotating Staff
I am a sophomore at Wellesley College double majoring in history and studio art. My hometown is Sterling, a small and scenic town in central Massachusetts. Growing up surrounded by the New England forests has inspired a love of nature in me, and I hope to capture the natural beauty of the environment in my art. My hobbies include painting, singing, photography, biking, and swimming.
Sage Territo - Rotating Staff
Sage has just finished her first year of school at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. She loves playing guitar and singing and plans to continue doing this at Shadowcliff. She loves hikes and nature, and often paints the scenes around her. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Shadowcliff rotating staff this summer.
Sarahlee Sudol - Rotating Staff
I am 23 years old. I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy spending time outdoors, I have a very strong connection to nature and its vast beauty. For the last 7 months I spent the majority of my time doing mixed martial arts. My other hobbies include writing, kayaking, hiking, and occasionally long boarding. I love being able to travel and have had the opportunity to visit Ecuador and Costa Rica. I have worked in the aerospace industry since I was 18 years old but am very excited to take a break from manufacturing to travel and meet new people with this new job!