We provide a safe, secluded, and supportive space for you to teach and connect with your audience.
From the life coach helping people find fulfillment within themselves, to the business owner seeking rejuvenation of teamwork and creativity, the Sophia Retreat and Event Center offers the space for growth and transformation.
Located in beautiful Dolores, Colorado on 30 acres, he have the all inclusive amenities, sacred land, and experience to support you in taking your retreat to the next level and amplify its effects.
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We have a multitude of indoor and outdoor options for any kind of event or retreat. Our location is truly unique. Tucked on the outskirts of the mighty San Juan Mountains, on the immediate edge of 5,000,000 acres of continuous National Forest, we have the seclusion, privacy, and the views to rival any venue in the country.
Yet, our proximity to the second largest body of water in Colorado, McPhee Reservoir, adds moisture to the hot dessert air which get’s quickly cooled by the steep elevation gains of the mountains, creating one of the most comfortable year round climates in Colorado. In addition, we are close to many historical and spiritual places including, Mesa Verde National Park, Four Corners National Monument, Hovenweep, Canyonlands, and many more.
Event space at Sophia Retreat and Event Center
The Grand Room
With majestic views of the La Plata Mountains, beautiful large logs, and a warm, yet elegant atmosphere, the Grand Room provides a magnificent space for a multitude of purposes, from yoga class to banquet seating for up to 100 people.
Our main building is called The Ariluna Lodge. We derived it’s name from the Hopi language, meaning “Home for Many”. We stand behind that purpose in it’s every use and strive to provide the comfort, warmth, and elegance of your own home.
Octagon Meeting Room
The Octagon meeting room in the Guest House is excellent for meditation and workshops for between 30 and 40 people. With two glass door entrances and 8 windows around the room, the natural lighting illuminates the beautiful wood ceiling creating a welcoming and supportive feeling.
The outdoor labyrinth at the Sophia Retreat and Event Center is an exact replica of the most famous one, The Chartres labyrinth near Paris, France.
This was an eleven-circuit design divided into four quadrants. In walking the Chartres style labyrinth the walker meanders through each of the four quadrants several times before reaching the goal. An expectancy is created as to when the center will be reached. At the center is a rosette design which has a rich symbolic value including that of enlightenment. Learn More
The Mezzanine in the Ariluna lodge is a great space for socializing outside of your room and is also used frequently for breakout sessions. It offers a variety of configurations and a home-like comfortable atmosphere for sharing.
"I would like to express our deep gratitude for providing a wonderful venue for our meditational retreat this past Dec. 28th – Jan 1st. We felt very welcomed by you and your staff and all our needs and request were taken care of in a very timely manner. The kitchen staff really went out of their way to cater to our various food preferences and provide us with tasty and nutritious food.
I would be very happy to provide and enthusiastic reference for you to anyone who might be interested in utilizing your facility for their retreat or event.
Jim Bolton, Retreat Coordinator for the Durango Dharma Center
Your event has unique needs and it is our priority ensure that our event space supports and encourages your purpose and goals. We would love to discuss hour your event can make the best use of our space, click the Contact Me button to have us contact you.
Retreat Configuration and Nightly Room Options
We have 21 rooms across three buildings for rent during events. The majority of our rooms can accommodate three to four beds. Our maximum overnight capacity is around 60 people for events.
Remodeled in January of 2017, this room in the Ariluna log lodge features a spectacular view of the La Plata mountains, private bathroom, coffee/water in the room, and a king size aspen wood bed.
With it's own private balcony, this room has a beautiful Aspen wood king size bed, beautiful private bathroom and large closet. The in-floor heating and modern insulation keep a consistent, comfortable temperature year round. We recommend this room for event/retreat facilitators as it has doorway into the Octagon meeting room.
Mesa has a nice, large, concrete parking lot, allowing you to back right up to the door. Mesa #3 and #4 have a door between them and can be purchased as one large room. Mesa #4 has two queen beds and a private bathroom.
"Thank you Sophia Retreat & Event Center for providing such a warm and inviting space..."
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