About DKD

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For over forty years, practitioners have come to know Dorje Khyung Dzong (“Indestructible Garuda Fortress”) as an ideal place for solitary retreat. Secluded on four hundred acres of piñon and juniper forests in southern Colorado at an altitude of 8200 feet, DKD provides the quiet and privacy of a solitary retreat for those who seek to deepen their spiritual practice through meditation.

Founded in 1972 by meditation master and scholar ChogyamTrungpa Rinpoche, DKD is now under the direction of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, spiritual leader of Shambhala. Two senior practitioners function as resident directors. While most of the retreatants who come here are practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, people from any contemplative tradition who have a well established practice are welcome here.

DKD sits on the slope of Greenhorn Mountain overlooking the HuerfanoValley and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado. In summer, wildflowers decorate the fields. Autumn skies are the bluest blue and create the perfect backdrop for golden aspens and bright red oaks. Snow covered mountains and fresh mountain air make winter retreats popular with many people who return each year to the warmth of a wood fire in their cabin.


The Huerfano Valley remains a very rural area with many privately owned cattle and horse ranches. Bordered on two sides by the San Isabel National Forest, DKD provides a pristine and tranquil environment that is ideal for meditationFox and spiritual development. Deer, elk, and other familiar forest dwellers such as foxes, chipmunks, squirrels and many species of birds make their home here along with a few, but rarely seen, black bears.

The retreat cabins are separate from each other in various locations on the land. In general the cabins are equipped with solar lights, an outdoor water hydrant, a propane stove-top for cooking, cooler and ice packs, an outhouse, a single bed, a shrine/altar, a wood burning stove for heat, and a kitchen area. Dragon cabin has propane lights and a propane stove for heat. Rigdzin cabin has a solar powered electric refrigerator and a fenced yard and pet door to allow retreatants to bring a dog. This cabin is also large enough to accommodate a couple. A central shower house is available for hot showers and long term cold food storage.

Retreatants must be a participant in an established spiritual community and have specific guidelines on retreat from their spiritual teacher or guide. To preserve the isolation and quite, DKD does not offer group programs and has no guest facilities. For more information, or to schedule your retreat, please contact us.