Personal Growth, Personal Retreats at Sunrise Ranch Loveland, CO

Growing our Hearts as Wide as the World

“Buddhist teachings offer concrete practices to grow our hearts wide. The teachings are referred to as the Brahamaviharas, the Four Immeasurable Minds. When we practice love, compassion, joy and equanimity, we learn how to heal the illness that blocks our mind of love. Thich Nhat Hanh refers to the Four Immeasurable Minds as practicing true love. True love is within us and within everyone and everything. Join us as we practice watering the seed of true love and in cultivating joy and happiness”.


Retreat Format

Check‐in is on Friday, February 15th, 3– 5pm. The retreat will end after lunch at about 1pm on Tuesday, February 19th. Please join us as we practice mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We will enjoy sitting meditation, indoor walking meditation, outdoor activities (weather permitting), dharma talks, dharma discussion, eating meditation, total relaxation, mindful movement, singing and community circle. We will be surrounded by the pristine beauty and wisdom of the Rocky Mountains. Wrapped in a blanket of noble silence, we will have a unique opportunity to come home to our deepest selves and waking to the beauty that is present in every moment.


Winter Retreat photo


Sunrise Ranch is a spectacular setting for a mindfulness retreat! We will have the option of single, double, three people per room accommodation as well as dorms and camping. All meals will be vegetarian.  Please complete online lodging/registration.


Dana – The Gift of Generosity

Peggy and Larry follow a long tradition of offering the Buddha’s teachings without charge, as these teachings are priceless. As part of this tradition those receiving the teachings support the teacher. Please consider making a donation according to your means and the value you feel you have received. Make your donation at the retreat. Suggested Dana is $25 per day.


Partial scholarships may be available. Please enclose a letter describing your aspirations for your practice and the amount of your need with your registration form. We also accept donations for scholarships with your registration.

About the Facilitators

 Peggy Rowe-Larry Ward photo Peggy Rowe Ward and Larry Ward both received the teacher’s lamp transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2000. Peggy has her doctorate in education and is a spiritual director, university teacher and artist. Larry is currently a doctoral candidate in Religious Studies with a major in Buddhism. He is Director of The Lotus Institute, a non profit religious and educational institution, and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at University of the West. Peggy and Larry authored “Loves Garden” which was selected for The Best Buddhist Writings in 2009. They live in southern California near Deer Park monastery and offer retreats in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh throughout the US.


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