We do recommend that you rent a car if possible because the Retreat is fairly isolated and transportation will not be provided to you while you are there. However, if you are flying to Denver and are not able to rent a car, we can help arrange for transportation to and from the airport. The drive from the airport to the QuietWaters Retreat takes about forty-five minutes.
Denver’s weather can be unpredictable, especially in the winter, so we recommend bringing layers. In the winter, the temperature could be into the 70’s or below freezing and snowing so it would be best to be prepared for both. Make sure you bring your swimsuit if you would like to enjoy the hot tub and workout clothes if you’d like to take advantage of the fitness equipment.
The City of Denver is at an altitude of 5,280 feet, the Town of Parker is at 5,869 feet, and the Retreat is nearly 6,000’ above sea level. If you are arriving from a lower altitude, we highly recommend that you drink more than your usual amount of water while here. Bottled water is always available. Altitude sickness usually begins after 2-3 days if your water intake is limited.
All of your counseling sessions will occur at the home in the privacy of the Pikes Peak Library or the Mt. Evans Drawing Room both of which are comfortable, roomy and beautifully decorated to make you feel safe and relaxed. Counseling rooms also have white noise machines for added privacy.
Yes, a Host Couple will prepare and serve your meals. All meals are provided for a one-week Intensive. For a two-week Intensive, all meals are provided except a few meals on the weekend between a two-week Intensive (Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch).
Yes, laundry facilities including soap, etc. are available at the Retreat for you to use.
Yes, Wi-Fi is available.
The counseling is usually in the morning, Monday through Friday, and meals are shared with the Host Couple and other guests. The rest of the time in the afternoons, evenings, and weekend between a two-week Intensive is free time. The counselors do give certain assignments to work on throughout your time at the Retreat, but there will still be plenty of time for you to rest, read, hike, and take a trip to town or the mountains. The counselors recommend a good balance of reflection, study, and recreational activities. Here are a few ideas:
The QuietWaters Retreat Center: There are many places throughout the Retreat for family discussions, lounging around in your robe and slippers (bring those both with you) while you read and rest including the Pikes Peak Library, the Mt. Evans Drawing Room with its gas fireplace, the lower level recreation area with a large flat screen television and fireplace, and winged backed chairs in the kitchen next to the fireplace. Or you can retreat to your own private bedroom for solitude. The fitness center at the Retreat Center is available for you to use, as well as a hot tub just a few steps out the back door. You will enjoy lovely mountain views and abundant Colorado sunshine from the large deck. Many enjoy walking on the rural road around the Retreat. An outstanding feature of the Retreat is the prayer garden with its three-tiered fountain and fire pit. You can wander on the sidewalks that lead to several patios where you can relax or have a quiet time of prayer. There is also an indoor prayer chapel for meditation and prayer.
While there is not typically a waiting list, the months of April through August and October tend to be our busiest times of the year. Most of our Leadership Intensives are scheduled 2 to 4 weeks in advance while Sabbatical Intensives are normally scheduled 6 to 8 months in advance.
Things to do while in Metro Denver and Colorado
While the primary purpose of our clients’ time at QuietWaters Ministries is spent on their counseling and resting at our retreat home in Parker, Colorado, guests often want to see the local attractions and experience the grandeur of Colorado.
Please refer to the map below of Metro Denver and the State of Colorado when considering afternoon and day trips. Denver International Airport is located on the extreme eastern edge of the city, as is the bedroom community of Parker. With a population of nearly 50,000, Parker is located in the Southeast part of Metro Denver and offers numerous national chain and local restaurants and shops just minutes from the retreat home. To assist you in your travel plans, please note the approximate travel times listed below:
Retreat House to town of Parker
Retreat House to Castlewood Canyon State Park
Denver International Airport to QuietWaters Retreat House
Retreat House to Downtown Denver
Retreat House to Colorado Springs
Retreat House to Colorado Springs
Retreat House to Boulder
Retreat House to Winter Park Ski Resort or Loveland Ski Resort
Retreat House to Rocky Mountain National Park
Retreat House to Aspen
Parker, Denver, and the rest of Colorado have hundreds of different attractions, but here are a few that you may want to consider:
Focus on the Family
Castlewood Canyon State Park
16th Street Mall-Downtown Denver
Pikes Peak Highway
Garden of the Gods
Park Meadows Mall
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Colorado Christian University
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Cherry Creek Mall
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Denver is serious about its professional sports! While tickets are relatively easy to get for the Denver Nuggets NBA team, the Colorado Avalanche NHL team and the Colorado Rockies MLB team, the Denver Broncos NFL team tickets are rather difficult to come by.
Fitness Centers – Lifetime, 24 Hour, Parker Recreation Center and many more
Golf – Several courses within 20 minutes of retreat house
Horseback riding – The Parker area has numerous riding stables
Hikes and mountain biking – We have four mountain bikes available for you to ride and there is a trail behind our retreat house that you can bike or walk. Many other hiking and biking trails are also nearby.