in the heart of the san juan mountains of Colorado


OCTOBER 18 - 20, 2019

Charles Eisenstein

joins us to speak on the emergence of a New Story……

For 2019 our main presenter will be Charles Eisenstein who has been described as a sacred activist and teacher, speaker, and writer who focuses on themes embracing consciousness, civilization and cultural evolution.  Since writing “Sacred Economics”, his more recent books include “The more beautiful world our hearts know is possible” and “Climate - A new story.” He speaks frequently at conferences worldwide, gives radio and TV interviews, and hosts his own podcast, A New and Ancient Story.

Visit Charles’ website at: Charles

“Every act a ceremony.
Every word a prayer.
Every walk a pilgrimage.
Every place a shrine
— Charles Eisenstein

An Annual event

Ridgway spirit fest

The purpose of Ridgway Spirit Fest, Inc. is to advance awareness by offering presentations, speakers, discussion groups, movement, art and music, thereby increasing understanding of the many paths, faiths, cultures, philosophies and wisdom traditions. Ridgway Spirit Fest has no church or religious affiliation.


a spiritual journey

bringing dimension to a region of Western Colorado that is already known for its inspired and creative lifestyle

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Schedule of Events

& Workshops

Our Spirit Fest Committee knew they had a hard task in front of them for the 2019 program after the resounding success of Father Richard Rohr from the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque in 2018. Maybe it was time for something new, different but equally appealing?

Suddenly, out of nowhere, it all seemed to fit in. Charles Eisenstein, a sacred activist and author of a number of incredible books was on his way to making the world think differently. After reading “The Ascent of Humanity”, “Sacred Economics” and “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible” everybody was convinced that this rising star, who promotes a non-dual Story of Interbeing would be the ideal presenter to highlight this year’s Ridgway Spirit Fest.

We were extremely fortunate to book him for October and since then, his new book “Climate-a New Story” is gaining much traction both from a natural resource perspective and by challenging our spiritual values.

He will be giving a Friday evening keynote and a workshop with Q & A and book signing on Saturday.

On Sunday morning participants will be invited to gather along the Uncompahgre River for a Radical Joy for Hard Times “Earth Exchange,” with a focus on water - a direct form of sacred activism that you can integrate into your daily life in the face of environmental degradation. In the afternoon we will have an inspired workshop in support of cultivating inter-being in groups, organizations, and communities along with practical tips for “bringing it all home” given by Christie Strickland.

All of this will be conducted in the wonderful rural setting of Ridgway, Colorado, nestled in the shadows of the majestic San Juan Mountains.

To enable everyone to participate, ticket prices for the whole three-day program have been reduced to just $60.

Interbeing doesn’t go as far as to say, “We’re all one,” but it does release the rigid boundaries of the discrete, separate self to say that existence is relational. Who I am depends on who you are. The world is part of me, just as I am part of it. - Charles Eisenstein

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer:    Poetry as Expression of Sacred

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer:

Poetry as Expression of Sacred

Father Richard Rohr

Father Richard Rohr

Ann Dettmer: Art as Expression of the Sacred

Ann Dettmer: Art as Expression of the Sacred

scenes from last year's event

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our lovely town

Ridgway, colorado


Ridgway is a town of only 980 people with one traffic light. At 7000 feet elevation, it is beautifully nestled in a pristine valley in front of the spectacular San Juan Mountains to its south; dominated by our local fourteener, Mount Sneffels.  Directly east lie the rugged Cimarron Mountains. Ten miles south, is Ouray (the Switzerland of America) and the iconic Red Mountain Pass.

The town has become a gateway to Montrose, Telluride and Ouray and evokes a strong creative spirit. In 2017 the Ridgway Streetscape project was completed and this has added a new dimension to its vibrant and social environment. There are numerous good eating establishments in Ridgway and the town has become a magnet for creative arts.

Without a doubt, Ridgway is a growing, progressive community which is now attracting a wonderful cross- section of outdoor-oriented enthusiasts and young, talented people who seek a lifestyle that is rewarding and wholesome, economically sustainable and ecologically responsible.

In September, 2017, four eighth-grade students at Ridgway Schools, Autumn Sagal, Indigo Krois, Eleni Wallin and Maizy Gordon, began the Carry On! Ridgway Reuses campaign, dedicated to raising public awareness about the dangers of plastics to water, wildlife and the environment in general. 

As a result the town of Ridgway has become a single-use, plastic-free town as of June 1, 2019. 

Armed with much research on the plastics problem, the girls circulated petitions for a Ridgway bag ban and visited local businesses.  Their campaign included several presentations to Ridgway Town Council and a screening of the film Bag It at the Sherbino Theater. They wrote letters to editors and partnered with a local bank to sell reusable cotton Carry On! Bags.  The industrious foursome also sewed reusable produce bags and sold them, along with reusable copper straws, at the Ridgway Farmer’s Market.

 The small town of Ridgway, Colorado has now been recognized as a leader in the move to create a cleaner environment.


Mid October is a wonderful time to be in Ridgway. The summer tourists are gone so it is not too crowded. The days can still be warm, but nights are filled with the crisp clean air of approaching winter. (Average high about 62 with nighttime lows in the high 20s). The first pristine snows can usually be seen higher up in the mountains to the east and south and Fall colors in the valleys are still on display with many photographers gathering to capture amazing images.