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  1. Cancellation Policy: For one-day retreats, there is a $25 cancellation fee up to one week before event. No refunds will be issued after that. For multi-day retreats, 50% of the retreat cost will be refunded up to one week prior to the retreat start date. No refunds will be issued within one week of the retreat start date. Note: In the event that Tory/Golden Bowl cancels an event due to inclement weather, registrants will recieve a full refund less a $15 administrative fee.

2019 Upcoming Retreat/Event Schedule: 

*REGISTRATION info is found under each event. 


~ Meditation, Movement, & Creative Exploration ~

A Daylong Retreat in the Mountains.


Tory is offering a one-day retreat for those interested in exploring meditation & their creative life. 


What is "Beginners Mind?" How does it inform our meditation, play a role in movement (& stillness!), and our creative expression - or lack thereof- in the world? 


Creativity is not only about "art." It informs our work & our relationships. And how does our inner world affect our creativity? Creativity is how we access our undomesticated true selves. 


Meditation & trying different things helps grow new neuropathways which allows for greater clarity & creativity.


We will do this creative work through group and individual (witnessed by the group) processes and will be woven deeply together with our psycho/spiritual work.  We may use movement, song, music, sounding, spoken word, poetry, improvisation, mask work, writing, anything that is being called for to further one’s own journey.   Participants will be asked to bring their musings, their art, their open, curious, willing selves to participate in a meeting of soul and spirit.  


Tory’s intention is for those who feel called that a on-going group will form. 

*For more in-depth information please see Tory’s letter (below). 


When: Sunday, January 27th, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 5:00
Cost: $125-$150 sliding scale. Scholarships available ~ please inquire.
Where: Elk Meadow Sanctuary, Nederland, CO. 



Options for payment will be check or Paypal.  When you email to register please let Shannon know which event & which payment method you prefer, and she will email you back instructions, retreat details, etc.   Please email Shannon @ to register. 

**Also please be sure to review the cancellation policy on top of this page. 




8- Week Meditation and Dharma Group

~ Finding our True Selves ~


This 8-week workshop will help us learn how to access our True Selves, our intuition, our essential ground of being.    This will help us live a more embodied, present, spontaneous, and less reactive life.    To live this we have to learn how to access the quiet, stillness inside.   We have to learn to feel our hearts and our bodies so as to not be battered by the experiences life throws at us.  


Tory will use guided and silent meditation, the teachings, our personal experiences and wisdom, and the support of a bonded, committed group to help guide us.   


Beginning and seasoned practitioners are welcome!


Dates: Monday evenings (8 weeks), January 7-February 25, 2019
Time: 5:15-6:45
Cost: Sliding scale $280 - 325 / Scholarships available~please inquire.
Location: 100 Arapahoe Ave, Suite 12, Boulder
Group size: 10 minimum, 20 maximum




    Options for payment will be check or Paypal.  When you email to register please let Shannon know which event & which payment method you prefer, and she will email you back instructions.   Please email Shannon @ to register. 

    **Also please be sure to review the cancellation policy on top of this page. 


    Awake in the Wild: Summer Meditation in Nature Retreat

    With Mark Coleman and Victoria (Tory) Capron

    July 14 - 20, 2019

    Registration will open January 1st


    **This retreat will open for registration on January 1.**

    This retreat will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch.  Whether it is during sunset meditations, listening to the soothing sounds of the river, or sitting graced in the stillness of the aspen trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature.

    This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment. Participants will learn to bring this receptive presence to develop a contemplative relationship with nature.
    By cultivating an inner quiet and curious spirit we can learn from nature as a perennial teacher. The natural world reveals timeless Dharma teachings that support a natural letting go and a wise relationship to all experience.

    Participants will also discover how meditative time outdoors leads to beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, each other and the larger web of life.

    On the retreat there will be guided nature-based meditations, mindful walks, Dharma talks on meditation and nature and group meetings with the teacher. There will be time to relish in the silence outdoors and to explore the wilderness of Vallecitos both in solitude and as part of the group.

    To support a depth of meditative awareness, complete silence is maintained throughout the retreat except during meetings with your teachers and group discussion.

    This workshop is appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators who are curious about meditation, mindfulness and how to deepen your insight practice and open your connection to the mystery of the natural world.  Be prepared for unexpected delight, mystery, silence and illumination.

    REGISTER HERE beginning January 1st. 


    Tory's Letter ot the Sangha about her interest in Creativity and more...


     As many of you know I went to France to study with my beloved creativity and spiritual teacher of 9 years, Paul Oertel.   He helped me come to understand my gift accessing consciousness, spiritual depth and profoundly grounded psychology, through the dharma, meditation, and the creative process.    The more I experience my own awakening using the creative process woven together with meditation and the teachings, the more I want to explore this process with you.   


    Freedom is found through discipline.    This is why the practice of meditation is so important.   Within the discipline of being with the stillness, the quiet, and the willingness to be with all experience, we find freedom from the onslaught of our minds and of our culture and touch our essential selves.     When we bring this discipline to our art, our creativity, we find the same freedom, the same letting go into our lives and thus come more closely into contact with our True Nature, our undomesticated, pure expression of love.    We begin to tell the truth, to find our heart, to find our spirit.   This practice is more rigorous then most of us can bear so we stay away and become domesticated autotrons unwilling to let life in too close.    And this is why discipline in our practice, our art and our life is fundamental to our freedom.  


    I have spent 40 years exploring meditation.    I have also spent many years exploring creativity through improvisation, theater, dance, other movement forms, and writing.   I have always brought some form of creative process into my retreats but I have not focused on it as a primary path to our spiritual journey.    I am seeing that if we don’t attend to this part and only sit in meditation we often bypass a very important part of our engagement with life and of an authentic active relationship with ourselves (the good, the bad and the ugly).   Life is, as Chogyam Trungkpa Rinpoche said, flexible, fickle and ruthless.    When we learn to touch this truth, and our heart, our joy, our pleasure, our sensuality, our humor, there can be a lightness of spirit that arises.  Thich Naht Hahn says… that one must develop a lightness of being in order to feel safe enough to delve into and heal the wounded heart. 


    The next phase of my teaching will include meditation, explorations in nature and a deep dive into our creative world.    We will do this creative work through group and individual (witnessed by the group) processes and will be woven deeply together with our psycho/spiritual work.  We will use movement, song, music, sounding, spoken word, poetry, improvisation, mask work, writing, anything that is being called for to further one’s own journey.   Participants will be asked to bring their musings, their art, their open, curious, willing selves to participate in a meeting of soul and spirit.   We are all artists so no one needs to be a declared “artist” in any way.    We can all trust our artistry.   


    Because I have found that people tend to get close to true freedom and then back away in fear, laziness and delusion and never actually get to taste the real freedom available to them, I have decided to offer a different type of course.    I am finding that to really go all the way, one needs discipline, a lot of support and strong sangha around them.    They also have to be willing to feel a lot of discomfort at times.   To break through old engrained patterning we have to confront all the old defense mechanisms that have kept us safe.    When we begin to really embrace those habits, acknowledge them, tell the truth about them, it can be uncomfortable, even terrifying.    That means we are right where we are supposed to be.   This is the point where most people become complacent about their spiritual journey and want to give up.   This is the point where the creative process gives us an abundance of options, where we can feel and act outside the box we have created.  


    My plan is to offer a course of work that I will call the Dedicated Practitioner’s Group where folks will commit for a 4-6 month period (I am still feeling into the appropriate length).   Within that time we will meet one evening a week, and for 2 one day retreats.   Participants will also meet with me for 2 hours a month individually.    These 2 hours can be as 4 half hour, 2 one-hour, or 1 2-hour session.    This will help support the movement of one’s journey so the material that one is working with stays fresh and alive.    Individual practices will be created for each participant designed by the participant and myself that will best support their work.    


    I would like to let the community get a taste of my work before they have to commit to such an undertaking.   To do this I have decided to offer a 2 day retreat where we will delve into the discipline of freedom.  This 2-day retreat will include meditation woven into group and individual creative work.    We will begin the exploration of bringing our humanness face to face with the unknown, the new, the unseen, the quiet, the wildness and the truth of our being.   



To express interest in any or all of the above, please contact Tory Capron at