After months (years?) Of saying namaste via Zoom, widespread vaccinations and safety protocols herald the return of fitness workshops and wellness excursions in Colorado. Use the pennies you have saved on suspended fitness memberships to get you out of one of these amazing opportunities.
Garden of the Gods Resort & Club’s advanced medical spa, Strata Wellness, recently launched annual Wellness Concierge Medical memberships for well-heeled individuals seeking health care that are as meticulously tailored as their suits. Both at the Colorado Springs resort and externally, Strata’s team of physicians, fitness and nutrition coaches, physiotherapists, and energy healers help you achieve goals such as improving heart health or strengthening immunity through various classes and treatments. From $ 3,000 to $ 15,000 annually
Eleven Experience, which has Crested Butte headquarters, is known for its half a dozen amazing adventure properties (think: helicopter fishing in New Zealand and mountain biking in Iceland). Now its 2.5-year-old wellness-focused arm, Eleven Life, takes guests’ physical and mental health to, well, an 11. At Taylor River Lodge in the Gunnison National Forest, you might want to start your day with an oatmeal dish prepared by the chef and then attend a class to prepare for the day’s guided activity, such as breathing before climbing. When you return, enjoy a massage, dinner with a portion of nutrition lessons and a meditation session before setting off in your luxurious cabin. Winter rates start at $ 900 per night for a single room cabin (double room) and $ 11,600 per night for the entire property, which can accommodate up to 24 guests
Mary Susan Stults had been practicing yoga on the ground for about two decades when she started offering sessions on stand-up paddleboards through her company Float & Flow in 2014. She left Colorado for Hawaii four years ago, but returns regularly to be hosts a number of retreats. In 2022, it includes a five-day stay-and-play package in Ouray in mid-August; participants can do SUP yoga in nearby Telluride, hike and take art workshops. From $ 1,499 pr. person (includes accommodation and some meals).
Formerly Chicks Climbing & Skiing, 23-year-old Ridgway-based IRIS (Inclusive Rock Ice Ski) recently renamed to be more inviting for trans and non-binary adventurers. Its multi-day courses – held across Colorado and in more remote locations such as Moab, Utah – are led by highly experienced guides who identify themselves as women or non-binary. During the open clinics at all levels in Ouray’s famous ice park, cozy group sizes (a four-to-one guest-to-guide relationship) ensure you get improved technique and new friends, because nothing builds bands like scaling frozen rocks and then celebrating by happy hour. Starting at $ 550 per person for a two-day clinic (meals and lodging not included)
Northwest of Fort Collins, the Shambhala Mountain Center’s 600-acre campus was reopened in July last year after suffering a wildfire damage in October 2020. Fortunately, the more than 50-year-old Buddhist structure – the large stupa in Dharmakaya – was spared. Hike to it between yoga classes, guided meditations and communal meals during recurring Retreat & Renewal weekends. $ 100 plus lodging; nightly rates include three meals and start at $ 90 for a shared tent or dorm room.