With Carrie Varela


THURSDAY AUGUST 24TH –  27TH,  2017 


Enjoy a full weekend immersion into the healing power of Reiki at an eco-friendly mountain sanctuary at the foothills of Grand Lake, Colorado.  In this training, you will learn to receive and send Reiki energy as a means of self-treatment, treatment for others, clearing of space and long-distance healing.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.  “Rei” means “spiritual wisdom” and “ki” means “life force energy.”  It is administered with a light, gentle touch where the Reiki healer effectively channels Reiki energy through the hand chakras.  Reiki is a safe, non-invasive practice which can be used for healing and spiritual development.

This course is a combination of lecture, discussion and experience.  Practice time includes giving and receiving a Reiki treatment using Reiki hand positions, practice using Reiki II symbols, distance healing and practice using several Japanese Reiki techniques. In additional to learning Reiki, you will have ample opportunities to get outside, SUP, hike, meditate, learn and practice Reiki.  Each participant will become a certified Reiki Level 2 practitioner by the end of the weekend!

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONShadowcliff,  Grand Lake, Colorado
Retreat Start:Thursday August 24 – Arrive and settle by 3pm.
Retreat Ends:Sunday August 27 – Checkout and Depart by 10 am.
WEARComfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
  • 3 nights accommodations
  • 3 Meals a day
  • 1 SUP or Kayak Session
  • 1 Guided Hike to Waterfall
  • Yoga
  • Reiki Level 1 and 2 Certification
Travel to the Retreat Location



  • Arrive and Settle by 3pm.
  • Opening Session
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Reiki Session 1
  • Lunch
  • Hike / SUP
  • Reiki Session 2
  • Dinner


  • Morning Reiki Session
  • Breakfast
  • Checkout and Depart by 10 am.



Shadowcliff is an eco friendly mountain sanctuary nestled in the heart of the Rockies and the foothills of Grand Lake, Colorado.

Shadowcliff is a not-for-profit organization. Our mission is, “An eco-friendly mountain sanctuary where together we are creating a climate for a restorative world.” As a sanctuary, we provide a safe place for personal and community retreat and renewal. At Shadowcliff, we educate and encourage others to reconnect with the natural world and ask questions about choices that we make during our lives. We provide this educational message to all of our guests, especially through our groups and educational workshops, many of which are conducted by Shadowcliff faculty.


Compassionate Kitchen – We like to think of Shadowcliff’s kitchen as a compassionate kitchen (1), a place where the food we prepare and serve is a further expression of the principles of sustainability and hospitality that guide our work here. By modeling ethical choices that result in tasty and nutritious meals, served with care and attention, we are showing guests and staff, alike, one more way to bring our daily decisions into alignment with a sustainable restorative world. From planning menus to buying, preparing and serving our goal is to live both well and lightly on the earth.


Grand Lake is a small town that is located in the Northwestern region of the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. Grand Lake sits at the southwest entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake, and is part of the headwaters of the Colorado River. The Town of Grand Lake is a Statutory Town located in Grand County, Colorado, United States. The population was 447 at the 2000 census. Established in 1881, Grand Lake sits at an elevation of 8369 feet (2551 m). It derives its name from the lake on whose shores it is situated: Grand Lake, the most extensive natural body of water in Colorado.


Carrie Varela

Carrie is a yogi, Reiki Master, mystic, lover, kindness junkie, world traveler and a modern day healer. She is passionate about helping people find good energy.   Good energy happens when we are in the flow, connected, inspired, filled with purpose.

She is a Reiki Master in the Usui Mikao lineage and certified by the International Center of Reiki Training (ICRT).  In 2014, Carrie received the Master Level of Holy Fire Reiki®, a new type of Reiki energy developed by the ICRT. She was initially led to Reiki as a tool for awakening and healing during a time of transition in her life.

Recognizing the beautiful benefits she has received from nine years of healing through Reiki, Carrie teaches Reiki to others and offers Reiki treatments at in the Denver area.




About the Retreat Facility

Shadowcliff offers a variety of European-style accommodations for guests looking to stay in Grand Lake. Our distinctly unique feel has been described as reminiscent of summer camp, both warm and welcoming, and peacefully rustic. We offer comfortable, relaxing private guest rooms in each of our Rempel and Cliffside Lodges with shared gender-specific bathrooms and private showers.

Room Options

  • Shadowcliff Single – $895
  • A private room with double bed and shared bathrooms.
  • Shadowcliff Double – $795
    A shared room with 1 double, 1 bunk, and shared bathrooms.
  • Shadowcliff Triple – $745
    Shared room with 1 double, 1 bunk and shared bathrooms.

Tour Reviews

5 based on 1 review
February 8, 2017

I came just wanting to relax and get away – I left knowing so much more about my gifts and the wisdom within me. Shadowcliff has a beautiful view and excellent mountain setting.

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