This was my second trip to Shoshoni. Last year, I stayed with a friend in the rustic cabin for two days. This year, my hesitant fella accompanied me for one night. I have to say that you need to spend at least two nights here; one was just not enough. Also, when you call for accommodations, have them give you directions as there is a road closure AND Google maps was not quite accurate which added some stress. The difference between 5 miles of mountain roads and 15 miles is a lot. If you are taking advantage of a special, be sure to print it out to avoid any confusion.
This place is just great. It is not plush, but when you need to get away from it all, this is the place. This year, we upgraded to an eco-cabin and would say that it is definitely worth the extra money (which is minimal). (The ceilings are a little low). There is no cell phone service and not a television in sight. There was a moment or two of shock from the fella, but we loved the cabin.
The yoga: (I am a beginner--practicing about three years)--- The afternoon class is slow-paced, but WOW did my abs burn the next day. It is a great way to unwind after being in the car. I only took the one class this time because we were afraid that because of the fires we would not be able to hike later in our trip (we hiked both trails in the morning), but I remember the morning yoga class was a little faster paced and wonderful as well. I was impressed with all instructors.
The food: It is yummy good. If you have food allergies, let them know when you make your reservation, and they will work with you. I thought the portions were more plentiful this year. I was afraid that the food would be too spicy, but even with a sensitive stomach, I enjoyed the meals. The pancakes were out of this world!!!!!
The hiking: I am a beginner at that too, so I liked the fact that the trails were so well marked. The view from Rollins Peak is great and well worth the hike up there. Bring water, a little snack, and your camera along.
There is chanting and meditation in the evenings. I would ask at the reservation desk about the evening program so you have an idea what is in store; it seemed that each night was a little different.
The folks are not overly friendly, but as I look back, that’s okay. There is just a quiet calm over the entire property and “chirpy” would just not work.
The bottom line: I wish I lived closer to Shoshoni, but since I don’t, I have decided that it will become an annual ritual. Even the fella wants to return next year, but with the condition that we stay at least two nights! We were so relaxed that we did not want to leave. See you next year!! =)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shoshoni Yoga Retreat is a premier yoga teacher training school, yoga retreat center and residential ashram located in the Colorado Rockies near Boulder, Colorado. Open for retreats year-round, treat yourself to inspiring yoga classes, energizing Sanskrit chanting, peaceful meditation walks and delicious vegetarian meals. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Hotel Rollinsville
- Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Rollinsville