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Being Breathed (February 2025) - Buteyko Wellness Retreat about Breath, Stress, and Relaxation

Experience deep relaxation at a hot spring spa in Colorado, boost your vitality, learn and apply the Buteyko Breathing Method and improve your overall health.
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5-day Hot Springs Retreat to experience deep relaxation and develop stress resilience by practicing the art of peaceful breathing 

Dates for 2025: 
February 23rd (arrival) - February 28th (departure) – 5 days, 5 nights
The retreat begins on Sunday, 2/23, at 4.30 pm and ends on Friday, 2/28, at 11 am.

Who is the teacher? 
Sasha Yakovleva, an Advanced Buteyko Specialist and founder of the Buteyko Breathing Center, will lead this retreat.

The retreat theme: 
Deep relaxation is a foundation for optimal breathing and health. We will practice relaxation of breath, mind, and body. We will also work on dissolving personal stressors and not being afraid to face them in the future. 
(Please note: the former title for this retreat was Joyful Journey to Health)

Who is this retreat for?
This retreat is for anyone who is feeling stressed or has ever been stressed and wishes not to experience stress in the future. Participants should be open to practicing peaceful breathing and the approach of K.P. Buteyko, MD-PhD. 

This retreat will take place at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Resort, located at 7,700 feet elevation in San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado. It offers spectacular views of the 14,000-foot mountain peaks. For centuries, Native Americans, Spanish explorers, and early settlers traveled to this place (sometimes for months) to experience the unique healing qualities of the water. Native American elders and other spiritual masters consider this area to be one of the most sacred and energetically active places in North America. 

The Healing Waters:
The soothing waters of this area are known for their powers to awaken the hearts and uplift the spirits, as well as various therapeutic effects such as enhanced respiration, restored nervous system, increased metabolism, better blood circulation, increased energy, remedied insomnia and arthritis, and improved immunity.
Naturally heated by the earth’s active geothermal and hydrothermal activity, the mineral waters rise from secluded artesian springs between 120 and 140 degrees and are tempered down to 98-108 degrees to several soaking pools. The water is a sodium bicarbonate type with significant levels of boron, calcium, lithium, and magnesium, along with several other beneficial minerals. No chlorine or other chemicals are added, and there is no sulfur odor that is often present in other hot springs.

What to expect:  

- Every element of this retreat is designed to help improve your breathing, vitality, and overall health and become aware of the obstacles on this path. 

 - Prepare to experience deep relaxation as a foundation for effortless, enjoyable breathing and well-being. 

- You will learn the Buteyko Breathing method or deepen your knowledge of Dr. Buteyko’s approach to natural health improvement. 

Retreat practices include Buteyko breathing exercises, gentle physical exercises (possibly yoga and qigong), walks and other vitality-boosting techniques. We will also spend quiet time in a lovely greenhouse, walk in a breathtaking labyrinth, and do sun and star gazing. 

Unlimited hot spring usage is included. The participants will start and end every day by relaxing in natural hot springs, nourishing their lungs with pure mountain air, and enjoying stunning mountain views. 

- During this retreat, participants will experience profound stillness. We will spend at least half of most days in silence, creating a wholesome environment for transformation and insight.

- Many people have used Joyful Journey hot springs to heal and find peace from the stress of their daily lives. Expect the same and much more! 

Testimonials of the retreat participants: 

Three wholesome meals will be served daily. We will gladly accommodate your dietary restrictions. 

The price:  

Your total payment for the retreat will comprise of:
1. The tuition price (meals are included) 
2. The room price. 

1. Tuition: 
The price on this page includes tuition and meals. You can reserve your spot by paying a nonrefundable $100 deposit. The remaining tuition payment ($795) is due on January 5th, 2025. 

Cancellation policy for the tuition: 
If canceled before January 15th, 2025, you will receive a full refund minus a $100 deposit.  If canceled after January 15th, 2025, you will receive a 50% refund. 

Contact us if you need a payment plan for tuition. 

2. Rooms: 

You will need to pay for a room separately (between $500 and $1,200 per person, depending on the amenities you choose). Beautiful rooms with private bathrooms and yurts (shared or private) are available. 

After registering on this page (making the deposit or paying for the tuition in full), please email us to choose a room. Room payments are due in December (50%) and the end of February (50%); they are refundable prior to 3 days before check-in.  

Directions to the location:
Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa is 32 miles south of Salida and 50 miles north of Alamosa on scenic highway 17, which runs parallel to the Sangre de Cristo range. The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is 40 minutes from Joyful Journey and the spiritual mecca of Crestone is 30 minutes away. Joyful Journey is located in the San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado - on highway 17, one mile south of the Highway 285 junction. 
Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa
28640 CR 58 EE, Moffat, CO 81143

Options for transportation to and from the retreat location:

1. Travel by air and our transportation: 
We suggest arriving in Alamosa, CO, on Sunday, February 23, 2025,
and leaving on Friday, February 28th.  by taking  a flight from Alamosa, CO, to Denver, CO: 

- We will have cars available to assist in transportation from/to Alamosa Airport (San Luis Valley Regional Airport) to/from Joyful Journey Spa for the afternoon flights on  February 23rd and 28th.  

It takes about an hour to drive from the airport to the retreat location. 

February 23rd:
The check-in is between 3.15 and 5 pm. Dinner is at 5.30 pm. The first session is scheduled for 7.15 pm on the evening of. 

February 28th:
The retreat will end at 10.30 am; check-out is at 11 am, leaving for Alamosa around 12-1 pm. 
Please plan your flights accordingly.
Email us if you plan on using our transportation or prefer to use your own. 

2. Make your own arrangements:
Travel by car. Car rental is available in Denver, Colorado Springs, Salida, and Alamosa. 

With any questions, send us an email:


We look forward to seeing you at this retreat!





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 Relaxation is the key to optimal health!