Sophia Is For Sale!
It is time for Sophia Retreat and Event Center to move to its’ next owners and experiences. Vince and Mary Kramer purchased the property in the fall of 2014. We purchased the property for our family to bring retreats and family reunions and it was being run by our eldest son.
The property has expanded with each owner starting in 1997 with the first couple who built the lodge as their home for family, to a couple who ran Cloud 9 Yoga Center, then to Order of Christ Sophia, Inc. who offered nearly free not-for-profit retreats primarily for those doing social work and offered weddings and retreats to support families, and then us. Each owner added buildings and improvements over the years.
During the past 5 years we brought the three buildings and 30 acres back up to it’s full magnificence. It was a labor of love and very rewarding. The previous owners had each made capital improvements by adding buildings, concrete, the labyrinth, etc. We invested the equivalent of a new building on up-leveling the improvements.
We had many exciting ideas for Sophia and successfully dabbled with ventures to include a weekend restaurant which was a tremendous success and supported the surrounding communities with a beautiful place for brunch each weekend, special events, birthdays, etc. There is always a demand for business holiday parties each year. We opened our B&B with Airbnb and were Super Hosts right away there are hundreds of reviews available at their site. We expanded to include all platforms hosted under Expedia and bookings.com. We supported many self-improvement retreats, family reunions, and weddings. Several of these events are documented on our Facebook page.
The property is a natural staging place for individuals to large groups exploring Mesa Verde and other ancient sites, along with the reservoir, bike trails, national forests and fly-fishing river. It is also in the heart of some of the most productive hunting areas in the state.
Our website, Facebook page and word of mouth have brought many fun and interesting people to the center from all around the world. The memorable events and accommodating space has created a lot of return business. The center is set up to attract your specific niche and create an environment for effective and stimulating activities, events and/or adventures.
Our vision for Sophia was very rewarding to all involved, but it is time for our next adventures. Below we have shared a list of some possibilities for you to consider this property as your next home or your next business. We can share our P&L of our experiences at Sophia and share a business plan for opportunities.
Be sure to scroll down to view our website and look at the photos on our Facebook page. You can contact our realtor, Bill Stanley, Broker Owner, Blue Sky Homes and Land. You can see our listing here: Sophia Real Estate Link
- Bed & Breakfast
- Rehab Center
- Adventure Guides - hunting, fishing, boating, back country hiking, snowmobiling tours
- Sacred Tours
- Family Reunion Center
- Retreat Center
- Yoga Center
- Corporate Retreats
- Team Building
- Wedding Venue
- Church Retreats
- Bicycle Tours
- Boating Adventures
- Daycare Center
- Event Planning
- Artists in Residence
- Healing Center
- Dude Ranch
- Pet Boarding, Grooming, Raising
Here is current website exactly as it is available to everyone on the internet:
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.
If you are visiting Sophia in association with an existing event or group:
"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
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.
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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