Yoga in the Backcountry: A High Alpine Retreat

Ouray, CO, USA

Yogi Magee (Natalie) magee
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Jul 21 - 25, 2021
Group size: 7 - 19
Yoga in the Backcountry: A High Alpine Retreat
Ouray, CO, USA

Yogi Magee (Natalie) magee
  • Facebook verified
32 reviews

Deposit: $400
Jul 21 - 25, 2021
Group size: 7 - 19

About this trip

*Please note this retreat includes shared lodging. No matter if you book a private room or loft room you will be sharing a common lodge space and bathrooms with the other retreat guests. If you are not comfortable sharing a space then this is not the retreat for you. All yoga sessions will be outside unless weather impedes our practice in which case we will practice in the lodge. If you do not feel comfortable sharing your space then another retreat would be better suited for you. No refunds given if participant signs up then decides they do not feel comfortable in a group setting*********

Step off your mat and into the wild on this retreat set at 11k above sea level.

Most of us have a hard time disconnecting from our cell phones and computers on a day to day basis. This retreat is designed for you to break away from the ordinary and connect with nature and your truest self. Set in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, we'll take three nights and four days away from the stresses of daily life to allow ourselves time to reset. 

The lodge features a spacious yoga deck for mat placement with our backdrop being the gorgeous Red Mountain #3 you'll have the option to summit. There's also opportunity for walking meditations and star gazing.

This will be my third yoga adventure retreat  at the Red Mountain Alpine Lodge   

which is a beautiful, brand new custom timber frame lodge located at 11,000feet on Red Mountain Pass. The cute little small town of Ouray is 20 minutes to the North and Silverton is 15 minutes to the south making the positioning of our retreat both convenient and remote. Located conveniently only 300 yards from Highway 550 just at the base of Red Mountain #3, we will have access to some of the best hiking Colorado has to offer. 

Hiking options include: 

Hiking to the top of Red Mountain #3

Hike the Powerline, Putney, MacMillan Loop

Run to Telluride on the Black Bear Pass Road

Hike to Richmond Basin via Commodore and Spirit Gulches

The 3,2,1, Traverse to Ironton

Hike to the Opus Hut on Ophir Pass via Mineral and Porphyry Gulches

I'll also be offering a day trip hike to Red #3 and you'll have the option to join us on the newly placed Ouray Via Ferrata with the San Juan Mountain Guides on our Friday free day. If you choose not to participate in the Via Ferrata you can cruise into Silverton or Ouray for hot springs and shopping.

Leave your worries and bring your hiking boots, there will be no shortage of adventure at this retreat!

*Please note all payments are final. No refunds given on deposits. No exceptions. You have the option to purchase trip insurance upon booking, however, if you decide to opt out of the retreat for any reason, no refunds are given. You may transfer your trip to another guest if you find someone to take your spot for a $90 transfer fee but I am under no obligation to find a replacement for you. In the case of a force major you will be given a credit good for two years and applicable to any yogi Magee Expedition***

About the Red Mountain Alpine Lodge

This brand new, premium off-grid timber frame lodge offers amenities galore. There are three private rooms and a large loft. There's four flushing toilets, three showers and 3 vanities, radiant in floor heat, a large living room and dining area and plenty of space to cozy up to read a book.

Breakfasts and dinners are included during your stay as well as an afternoon soup/appetizer. A licensed on-site tavern is available and will offer a great selection of local on-tap beers as well as wine and spirits. 


There are three private rooms on the main level each of which includes a queen bed and a loft above with two twin beds. The other lodging option is the upstairs loft with partitioned twin beds and privacy curtains. Participants will be placed based on roommate requests and availability. 

Please note that even if booking a private room this is shared lodging. If you are a very sensitive sleeper, do not like sharing your space with others, or get bothered by roommates this may not be the retreat for you. 


Can we bring our own alcohol? --Because the lodge is a licensed tavern, Colorado Law prohibits its patrons from bringing their own alcoholic beverages to the hut. However, when hiking, trail ales will be provided courtesy of my sponsor Denver Beer Co.

Where can I park? -- In the summer you can drive right to and park at the lodge. 

Is there cellular signal, WiFi, and internet access? -- I hope you enjoy your stay more than your smart phone! There is no cellular service at the hut but WiFi is available should you need it and a house phone in case you need to call home.

Is there running water, showers, and flushing toilets? -- There is running water that is safe and clean for drinking and there is three hot showers and 4 flushing toilets.

What if I have dietary restrictions? -- The kitchen is please to accommodate dietary needs and requests. If you have nutritional requirements or allergies please specify upon booking. Please note that I typically do not request Vegan dinners as they are an uncharge in pricing so if you are looking for an entirely vegan food experience all requests may not be met and you are welcome to bring your own food or this may not be the retreat for you.

Cancellation Policy Updated

Updated Booking Terms and Conditions due to COVID-19:

Given the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, I have been adapting my booking conditions and cancellation policy regularly in response to evolving nature of the situation. The scale of the pandemic has yet to be understood and I am trying to communicate any changes to these terms as quickly as I can in order to be transparent with customers. I am doing my best for those that also rely on my business and providing travel credits helps me do that as well as ensures I am able to run future expeditions. Thank you for understanding!

Travel insurance is available upon booking through a private insurance company. No refunds of any kind if the trip runs as scheduled and all payments are final so if you think you might need to cancel for any reason please purchase the travel insurance to protect your trip. If you become ill and cannot attend the retreat and cannot find a replacement you will lose your deposit or final payment depending on when you need to cancel so please purchase trip insurance ahead of time. 

 In the case of a *force major you will be given a credit to attend a local retreat that is good for two years from the date of the cancellation.

*Force Major examples include but are not limited to: Ouray County not allowing visitors, Ouray county being shut down, Red Mountain Alpine lodge not allowing guests, Retreat leader becomes sick and cannot teach, forest fire shuts down lodge, road closures. 

 *Yogi Magee Expeditions reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at owners sole discretion. If you are removed from the trip you may receive a full or partial refund at my discretion on a case by case basis*

Please note, in order to keep my costs low there are no refunds for your choice to cancel travel. All payments are final. If you cannot commit financially to this trip then you might want to wait and sign up. This helps me keep my costs low and ensure I have the minimum number of participants needed to run this retreat. Optional travel insurance for an additional cost provided at check-out. and is highly encouraged.

What's the schedule like?

Please message me if you have any specific questions on programming. I try and protect my intellectual property as much as possible from those wishing to copycat my retreats by not releasing a specific schedule but to retreat attendees. 

What’s included

  • Meals
    Breakfast, afternoon soup/appetizer and Dinner
  • 4 night stay
    shared lodging based on bed you book
  • 4 yoga/meditations
    outdoor yoga and meditations weather permitting. Rain sometimes forces us to practice inside. Classes will be a mix of 60-90 minutes and will include time to meditate and journal.
  • Yogi Magee apparel
    custom locally designed retreat swag
  • Company hiking
    At least one group hike will be scheduled with the opportunity to take short day hikes from the lodge. Please note I am not a licensed hiking guide and do not pretend to be - just a friend hiking!
  • WiFi
    the wifi is weak but the connection to nature is strong. This is not the place to bring your laptop to try and work during the retreat.
  • Alcohol
    must purchase from the hut
  • Tips/gratuity
  • Transportation
    you can fly in to Montrose to make the trip easier but you will need to provide your own flight and rental car
  • Lunch
    suggested items to bring include apples, nuts, dried fruit, protein bars, sandwich material.
  • Ouray Via Ferrata
    $152 and includes tip. option to climb the newly opened Ouray Via Ferrata with the San Juan Mountain Guides

Available Packages

Single bed in the loft
Available until Jun 30, 20218 left

The loft sleeps 10 and offers dormitory-style bedding. Loft features comfortable seating area, small table and a bathroom with a shower. Comfortable memory foam mattresses and linens including towels and robes are provided. Integrated curtains provide additional privacy.  Please specify roommate request upon booking. I can book loft beds in pairs of two.

The loft is upstairs and has one bathroom available and all other bathrooms are downstairs. There is plenty of seating in the loft area to for relaxing or playing games.

There are no doors to the loft beds only curtains for privacy and walls between groups of two beds. 

Deposit: $400
Bestie Duo, Trio or Quad Package
Sold Out

Want to book a room with your and your best friend(s) or family? As of 10/20/2020 I have one private room package left. Cost is per group and only one person needs to sign up. Please indicate your roommates when booking and under organizer notes you can indicate their tank top size. Whoever signs up is in charge of payments for the group and also in charge of finding a replacement if any group members drop out. Perfect for 2-4 guests if two guests share a queen bed and the other two use the bunk beds. Please message with any further questions. 

Deposit: $650

Available options

Ouray Via Ferrata with guides and tip19 left
Deposit: $400

Single bed in the loft

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Yogi Magee (Natalie) magee
32 reviews
I'm a full time adventurer and part-time flight attendant. My passion is teaching yoga, cycle, barre and boot camps along with hiking Colorado's 14ers, blogging, soy lattes and travel. My company Yogi Magee Expeditions is designed to take people off their mats and into the wild for an experience they'll never forget.


This was an awesome time. Beautiful people, a beautiful place and an overall wonderful experience. I would suggest Natalie's retreats to people of all fitness/yoga levels. She really makes everyone feel welcome and is so flexible without any judgment. Worth every single cent and more. Thank you Natalie! :)
Had an amazing time! Natalie never disappoints and always plans such amazing retreats! She is patient, flexible, and overall an amazing energy to be around. The women she attracts to her retreats are also amazing, which elevates the experience and makes it more special! I always have a great time on her retreats and end up bringing more friends to each one! She plans great activities and also gives you time to do your own thing if you want. They are truly exceptional and memories I will cherish! Thanks Natalie!
This trip was amazing! This was my first retreat with Yogi Magee and it’s definitely won’t be my last!!
This was hands down one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. Natalie is amazing! She’s knowledgeable, organized and super fun. From perfectly selected locations for daily yoga (with insane views) to kick ass adventures including the Via Ferrata, paragliding, biking to the Telluride Brewery and hikes with awesome views and waterfalls. A trip with Natalie is a guaranteed good time. You won’t regret it. Can’t wait to signup for another trip!
I had an amazing time! The yoga in the mountains is just what I needed and the push on the hikes was well worth it! Breakfast was always good. And the best part was meeting some amazing women from all over the US! Women need other women! Friendships are so important!
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Just got back from a retreat with her at red mountain pine Lodge. It was a wonderful adventurous experience!!! Thank you so much!!
By Rosemary Vargo on Aug 13, 2020
I have gone on two retreats now with Natalie and plan on doing a third (and possibly 4th) next year. The experiences she puts together and the people that she attracts to these retreats are what make them exceptional. Her approach to yoga and adventure is all about self empowerment, you won't find any snobby yoga egos here. If you don't do yoga regularly, you will be fine. If you don't hike regularly, you will be fine. Natalie creates an environment where you feel comfortable, safe and empowered. If you are on the fence, just book it. You will walk away from it with so much more than any other vacation. You will come away from the retreat realizing things about yourself you never knew you were capable of. You will not be disappointed!
By Kimberly Nelson on Aug 06, 2019