Mission & Values

Mission, Vision & Values.

Shadowcliff has over 65 years of history as a seasonal retreat center in the beautiful, small mountain community of Grand Lake, Colorado. As a nonprofit organization our mission is “to hold space for individual and collective transformation”. With compassionate and visionary leadership throughout the years, Shadowcliff has served many audiences as a radically welcoming safe space for workshop and retreat groups, a rest stop for CDT hikers, a place of reconnection for family groups, and a gathering space for local Grand County neighbors. Our values are Healing, Growth, Community and Hospitality.

To learn more about Shadowcliff’s history, click here.


Shadowcliff is a non-profit organization founded as a place of retreat and renewal in a busy world. Our mission is, “A mountain sanctuary that holds space for individual and collective transformation.” 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.



Harnessing the power of connection, we inspire a more kind and loving world.

  • Healing – We create space for contemplation and healing.
  • Growth – We encourage spiritual, intellectual, and experiential journeys.
  • Community - We nurture deep and meaningful relationships, honoring our interdependence, respecting our differences.
  • Hospitality - We provide a range of programming, a commitment to pluralism/inclusivity and affordable accommodations.

Get Involved

If you’re interested in getting involved with Shadowcliff, we’d love to hear from you!

  • Come work with us: Current job openings are posted here [link to Jobs page]. Seasonal summer hiring starts in late winter.
  • Volunteer in May: Short-term volunteer opportunities are always available during the month of May. Click here to learn more[link to Support page] or sign-up for our email list to get a notification.
  • Volunteer June-September: Long-term volunteer opportunities during the summer season are a great way to spend time in the Rockies with room and board in exchange for operational tasks. Click here [link to Support page] or email admin@shadowcliff.org to learn more.
  • Join the Board or Advisor Team: Our Board Directors & Advisers live in many locations, and support the organization of Shadowcliff in lots of different ways. If remote service is of interest to you, we’d love to hear from you! Contact a Board Director or our ED at director@shadowcliff.org.

Looking for our logo or images to help promote your group experience at Shadowcliff? Download our media kit here.

Our Partners

Please see the following links for some great resources during your stay at Shadowcliff!

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