July 10-13, 2014
Grand Lake, Colorado
The purpose of the HIV Retreat at Shadowcliff is to offer a proactive environment where poz folks can empower themselves with knowledge and skills about health, living, and coping ...in a setting of friendship, safety and acceptance... by providing an affordable 3-day mountain getaway in an awesome setting with a full agenda of educational, social, and other activities.
These annual 3-day weekends are held at the Shadowcliff Lodge, built on cliffs adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park, overlooking the lake, a roaring stream, the mountains, and the town of Grand Lake. The 2014 retreat is July 10-13. The retreat is a 3-day event with a full program of interactive workshops & educational seminars, a variety of body therapies, social activities, and various other sessions. Each retreat is an exceptional, empowering experience for the participants and the volunteers.
Shadowcliff has a main lodge with a lounge, an annex lodge with a lounge for body therapies, an outdoor area with a fire pit, and another building for workshops and group sessions. Our retreat has exclusive use of all buildings & facilities the entire weekend. People coming to the retreat need to be aware that Shadowcliff is at an altitude of 8,600 feet, and there are steps inside and outside, as well as a lot of uneven terrain. We will do our best to accommodate individuals with special needs and considerations (including diet, sleeping arrangements, etc.) if pre-arranged. The retreat is open to all adults living with HIV regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identification, religion, age, employment status, socio-economic status, or health status.
Workshops & Seminars
Sessions usually included in the agenda are:
- HIV Treatment Update (presented by the HIV docs from the University of Colorado)
- Meditative Exercises
- Alternative Therapies (“Living Well with HIV, Not Just Longer”)
- Creative Visualization
- Nutrition & HIV
- Social & Group Activities
We offer nature walks in the area, hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park (trailheads are adjacent to the property), a boat ride on Grand Lake, fireside chats & discussion groups, an interactive team challenge, as well as “down time” for hanging out, socializing, reading, games; or just relaxing and taking in the beauty of the environs.
Body Therapies & Movement / Energy
A variety of body therapies are offered by licensed practitioners who volunteer their time all weekend. These include Massage, Energy Work, Acupuncture, Reflexology, and Chiropractic. Each morning we offer brief sessions of Yoga, Meditation, T'ai Ji, and Qigong.
Lodging & Meals
Although the rooms sleep up to 6 people, only 2-4 people share a room; and the bathrooms are shared throughout. Each retreat is limited to 40 participants and 10 volunteers. Included in the retreat are breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Shadowcliff strives to provide healthy, fresh, delicious meals prepared and served using a “compassionate kitchen” model.
Transportation & Directions
To ensure that everyone is able to attend (and for less impact on the environment and the wallet), we organize a carpool that leaves from Denver at 10am on Thursday morning. With good traffic, the trip takes 2 hours, and detailed driving directions are provided for everyone.
- Individuals coming from out of town who would like to participate in the carpool, should plan to arrive the night before and spend the night in Denver (unless your plane lands at 8am). In addition to hotel options, there is a low priced hostel in central Denver. The carpool meets at a very convenient location on a frequent bus route 10 minutes from downtown. Note: least expensive is van service below compared with additional costs coming a day early.
- Other transportation options are “Home James” van service www.homejamestransportation.com which leaves Denver International Airport at 10am and arrives at Shadowcliff around 4pm (cost $85 one-way). If arranged ahead of time, it should be possible to find space in a car returning to Denver on Sunday. In addition, Greyhound leaves downtown Denver at 11am and arrives in Granby around 1pm (and transportation to Grand Lake can be arranged from there): www.greyhound.com. Amtrak also serves Granby once a day: www.amtrak.com.
- If coming from out of town, contact
for more information and best options.
The Shadowcliff Lodge is an historic, rustic, & beautiful alpine lodge bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapaho Forest, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and the roaring North Inlet Stream. Perched on a cliff overlooking Grand Lake Village and the Colorado “Great Lakes” area, Shadowcliff guests are treated to the magnificent grandeur of the majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains. It was built over a 40 year period by more than 200 volunteers from 30 different countries, on land that is sacred to the Native American community.
The retreat was begun by in 1990 by the founders and previous owners of Shadowcliff, Pat & Warren Rempel, to honor their son Scott who died of AIDS in 1989. The retreat is now a program of Treatment Educat10n Network (TEN). It is organized and run by volunteers, and is very grassroots in nature and spirit. The Shadowcliff Lodge is now owned and operated by a non-profit organization whose mission centers around sustainability education and providing an eco-friendly mountain sanctuary creating a climate for a restorative world. Click here to learn more about the Shadowcliff Lodge.
Weekend Schedule / Agenda
The weekend schedule/agenda is very similar at each retreat. Click here to view the schedule from last year's retreat: August 2013 Retreat Agenda
All workshops and other activities are optional, but attendees are still expected to participate in a reasonable amount of the retreat activities (or else consider allowing someone else to attend instead, since space is limited). The retreat starts on Thursday afternoon and concludes at noon on Sunday. Individuals should not plan to arrive late or leave early.
Ground Rules & Logistics
Common sense and respect for the other participants, the volunteers, and the Shadowcliff staff are important guidelines for everyone. The retreat prohibits the use of alcohol, illegal drugs, and marijuana (both on and off property, including bars in town). Shadowcliff is a non-smoking facility both inside and outside, but there is a designated smoking area down the road off the property. Unfortunately, pets cannot be accommodated.
The retreat fee is $195. The actual cost per person is $245, however all HIV+ persons receive a $50 scholarship reducing the fee to $195. Individuals on disability or restricted income (based on percentage of federal poverty levels) are able to apply for additional financial assistance scholarships for amounts up to $115 (reducing the fee to as low as $85). The fee is all inclusive and covers 3 days lodging, all meals, all body therapies, and all activities. The only additional expenses are a gratuity for the summer staff at the Shadowcliff Lodge, and gas money ($7 or so) for the drivers in the carpool. (Note: Due to increased lodge costs the 2014 retreat may increase by $5-$10.)
Registration for 2014 is now open.
You can register by clicking here: 2014 Registration Form
In an effort to be all inclusive, individuals without Internet can register by phone (leave a message for Michael at 303.7777.208. After you register, you will receive a confirmation letter with payment information in the mail. Payment is by check, money order, or PayPal. Please note that the retreat is popular and space is limited, so register as early as possible. In addition, individuals attending for the first time will have priority for early bookings.
To pay the additional cost for meals and lodging, as well as other incidentals and retreat expenses, we actively engage in fundraising all year. If you would like to donate to the retreat, sponsor an individual, or assist with fundraisers in any way,
please contact Michael at:
or leave a message at 303.7777.208