Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions. If you still need answers, explore our site or visit the Contact page where we will answer all inquiries as quickly as possible. You can always contact us directly and our helpful and friendly staff will be very happy to assist.

We are always delighted to hear from you.

What Is Sunrise Ranch?

Sunrise Ranch is a conference and retreat center in Loveland, Colorado, hosted by an intentional spiritual community of about 80 to 100 people. Founded in 1945, it is one of the oldest intentional spiritual communities of its kind in the United States.

Sunrise Ranch is a working ranch on 400 acres on the Front Range of Northern Colorado. The Ranch raises grassfed cattle, lamb and chickens, and it stewards abundant natural gardens and greenhouses. It offers a real farm-to-table cuisine in which much of the food is sourced from the Ranch itself, as well as from neighboring farms and local sources. No chemical pesticides or fertilizers have been used at Sunrise Ranch since its inception.

The easiest way to find out more about Sunrise Ranch is to go to the Sunrise Ranch Overview page. If you have a specific question—or if you’d like to ask about visiting—please feel free to contact us directly at 970-679-4200, or email the Ranch at guestservices@sunriseranch.org

Where is Sunrise Ranch?

Sunrise Ranch is located 34 miles north of Boulder in Loveland, Colorado, USA. The Ranch is west of the center of Loveland off U.S. Route 34 (Eisenhower Boulevard) before it enters Big Thompson Canyon on the way to Estes Park.

Sunrise Ranch lies within Eden Valley, just over the first set of foothills before the Rocky Mountains. It is in an ecotone—the intersection of the biomes of the Great Plains to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west. Because of this, it is full of many species of wildlife, including elk, deer, turkey, eagles and lazuli buntings.

How can I find out more about Sunrise Ranch?

The easiest way to find out more about Sunrise Ranch is to go to the Sunrise Ranch About page. If you have a specific question—or if you’d like to ask about visiting—please feel free to contact us directly at 970-679-4200 or email the Ranch at guestservices@sunriseranch.org.

What is the relationship between Sunrise Ranch and Emissaries of Divine Light?

Sunrise Ranch was founded by the 501(3)c non-profit organization Emissaries of Divine Light in 1945. It is owned and operated by the Emissaries today. Sunrise Ranch is the hub of a network of people who are connected with Emissaries of Divine Light around the world.

Emissaries of Divine Light believe that the essential nature of every human being is divine, that we are all born to live a happy and fulfilling life through the expression of the unique spiritual gifts within us. We believe that all unhappiness and failure stems from a failure to express our unique gifts. And all happiness and fulfillment flows when individuals give what is theirs to give in life.

We believe that at the core of every issue humanity faces today—from the personal to the global— is a spiritual issue that we have the ability to address and answer as human beings. We believe that the most central spiritual issue we face is whether we will express on the outside who we already are on the inside—a sun, a being who has great love and light to give.

Emissaries of Divine Light welcome people from any spiritual path who acknowledge the sacredness of all life and who honor the Divine within all people and all Creation.

You can find out more about Emissaries of Divine Light at emissaries.org.

What classes, workshops and events do you offer?

Sunrise Ranch offers classes, workshops and conferences in personal development, sustainability, spirituality, wellness, the arts, writing, technology and many other topics. We also host occasional concerts in the Dome at the Ranch, and we are home to the annual ARISE Music Festival. Check out our calendar of upcoming events to see what’s on tap.

How can I arrange a visit to Sunrise Ranch?

Sunrise Ranch welcomes visitors who are interested in attending events at the Ranch, living or working at the Ranch, leading events, enjoying a retreat or just having a new experience. You can arrange a visit to Sunrise Ranch by calling us directly at 970-679-4200 or by emailing the Ranch at guestservices@sunriseranch.org

Whom should I contact if I want to take a class, workshop or other event at Sunrise Ranch?

If you have found a class, workshop or other event at Sunrise Ranch on our Upcoming Events calendar, you can fill in the online registration for that event, call us directly at 970-679-4200, or email the Ranch at guestservices@sunriseranch.org.

Do you allow pets at Sunrise Ranch?

Pets are not allowed for visitors at Sunrise Ranch except for service animals. They are generally not allowed for Full Self Emergence interns.
Residents can apply to have a pet on Sunrise Ranch, and pets are approved on a case-by-case basis.

Can I camp at Sunrise Ranch?

While Sunrise Ranch offers rooms in our Accommodations Building to guests of our conferences and retreats, it also offers a camping alternative. We have shaded camping areas within steps of the facilities in the Accommodations Building. Campers should bring their own tent, ground cloth, bedding, and flashlight/headlamp; towels are provided in the Accommodations Building.

You can learn more here, or contact us for more information about camping at Sunrise Ranch.

How many people live at Sunrise Ranch?

The population of Sunrise Ranch typically swells during the spring and summer when the needs of the garden are greatest. On average, the population runs between 80 to 100 residents. This includes people of all ages, including children and seniors.

How can I apply for a job at Sunrise Ranch?

Sunrise Ranch is often looking for people who desire to join us in our work. Most of the people who work at the Ranch have taken the Full Self Emergence program, a seven-month residential program for spiritual awakening and personal development. And most of the employees at the Ranch live there as part of the spiritual community.

To apply for Full Self Emergence, visit our Full Self Emergence page.

To apply for work at Sunrise Ranch, visit the Job Opportunities page.

What are the spiritual beliefs and practices of the community at Sunrise Ranch?

The core belief at Sunrise Ranch is that the reality of the Divine lives within all people. To be known by the individual, it must be expressed and embodied in a human life. True knowing of the Divine in this way creates personal happiness and well-being, and it leads to a fulfilling life experience for the individual.

Sunrise Ranch is founded on the belief that the world has entered a crucial time in its unfolding history. We believe that, more than ever, the world needs teaching and demonstration sites that offer an enlightened vision of the future. It needs places and groups of people who show a creative path forward into what is next for humanity. Sunrise Ranch is a place where this happens.

The essential spiritual practice of Sunrise Ranch is Primal Spirituality—the discipline of conscious, creative expression at all levels of the human experience. We use many practices to deepen and strengthen this experience. These include a Sunday morning service, conscious dialogue, Attunement, Healing Chant and meditation.


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