Two-week Intensive Open Path Retreat Nada - 2017

Crestone, Colorado
Thursday, May 04, 2017

 Open Path Retreats

Two-week Intensive Retreats 
with Pir Elias Amidon

At Nada Hermitage, Crestone, Colorado

May 4-1
8, 2017  and

November 2-16, 2017 


In 2017 we will be holding two 2-week intensive retreats at Nada Hermitage - one in the Spring and one in the Fall. These are special programs limited to ten participants each, and are intended for those who have either taken a nine-month Open Path training, or who are familiar with other nondual approaches to spiritual awakening, such as Advaita, Zen, Dzogchen, Sufi, or Christian mysticism.

The power of these retreats is supported by the awesome location of Nada Hermitage, nestled beneath the 14,000 foot Sangre de Cristo Mountains and looking out on the immense desert plateau of the San Luis Valley. It is also supported by the fact that each participant lives alone in his or her own comfortable hermitage in the dunes. This solo aspect of the retreat allows you to dive deeply into the essence of your being in a way that is not possible in more communal living arrangements.

The retreats will focus on recognizing and sustaining recognition of the transparent presence of open awareness that is our natural state - as well as on the process of "unlearning" that is the prerequisite of this focus. We will also give attention to issues that arrise as we seek to live a meaningful, loving and beneficial life. To aid us we will make use of direct pointing out, silence, guided meditation, heart-opening and breathing exercises, self-inquiry, musical meditation, slow-motion dance, and other methods from Sufi, Dzogchen, Advaita, Buddhist, and contemporary nondual teachings.

During the retreat you may also be encouraged to take on a series of practices based on sufi approaches to purification and illumination: periods of solitude, silence, wakefulness, zikr, as well as practices derived from other traditions. The practices may be given individually or collectively. While you are under no obligation to do these practices, they are highly recommended.

If you have any questions about what is leant by focus of the retreat, or about your readiness to attend, contact Elias at

Most days we will meet together at West Light, the Sufi Way center that is within walking distance of Nada. Our meetings take place usually in the mornings - sometimes in the evenings - and they may include guide meditations, group practices, silence, deep conversation (sohbet), or musical meditation. There will also be opportunity for individual work with Elias.

NOTE: Nada Hermitage may be closing, or changing hands, sometime in the next few years. While we hope to continue these retreats in the future, we can't be sure this will be possible. So if you wish to participate in an Open Path retreat at Nada, it might be wise to plan to attend one of these 2017 retreats.


The hermitages at Nada are comfortable and isolated cabins set in the quiet dunes. Each hermitage contains a wood stove, small kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, writing area, tap/CD player, and linens. Food is provided (fresh vegetables, fruit, bread, cheese, canned goods, etc.). If you have special dietary needs you may want to bring additional items, or buy them in the nearby town of Crestone. Retreatants prepare their own meals.


The tuition fee for the retreat is $850.
The accommodation fee at Nada (hermitage and food) for the two weeks is $800.
We have a limited scholarship fund available for those who need help with these costs. To apply, send an email to: describing your situation and what you are able to pay.


A $500 deposit is required at the time of registration; the balance is due two months prior to each retreat. If you cancel two month of more before the retreat, $400 of your deposit will be refunded; cancellations after that date forfeit the deposit.


Addresses: Nada Hermitage: 1 Carmelite Way, Crestone, CO 81131
West Light: 638 Panorama Way, Crestone, CO 81131.
Plan to arrive at Nada 5 PM, if possible on Thursday, May 4, or Thursday, November 2.

For FLYING, BUS SERVICE and DRIVING DIRECTIONS please download the "Two-week Intensive Open Path Retreats" flyer


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

      • Registration can be completed with a deposit of $500.  

        The balance is due two months before the start of the program.

        You can complete your balance payment through any of the following methods:
        • Log back into your registration and choose "Change your Registration" - you will be provided with an option to make a payment on your balance, or
        • Email your payment request to