Our Directors

Dan Retuta has been a committed practitioner and passionate teacher of healing and martial arts since 1980.  His credentials include:

  • Founder & Program Director of Crestone Healing Arts Center
  • Primary Massage School Instructor in the 12-Week Massage Program
  • Registered Massage Therapist
  • Siddha Vaidya Trained Therapist
  • Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor
  • Kundalini Yoga Professional Level Teacher Trainer
  • Chief Instructor & Founder of Aikido Dojos in Nevada City & Crestone

Sue Beck-Retuta is a deeply devoted practitioner and teacher of yoga and the healing arts.  Her credentials include:

  • Resident Director of Crestone Healing Arts Center
  • Massage School Instructor in the 12-Week Massage Program
  • Registered Massage Therapist
  • Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor
  • Certified Yoga Ed Instructor
  • Founder of First Kundalini Yoga Level I Teacher Training in Colorado
  • Kundalini Yoga Level I Lead Teacher Trainer and Mentor; Level II Teacher

Both Dan & Sue offer a combined total of more than forty years experience in professional healing arts practice.

Our Facility


Crestone Healing Arts Center functions as a dojo, a structure traditionally regarded as a sacred space wherein the healing, martial and meditative arts are practiced.

Our 3000 sq. foot retreat facility is designed to support an in-residence intensive training format.

  • The center’s high ceiling and post and beam construction encourages openness and expansiveness.
  • Residents have the use of a fully furnished kitchen, a solarium study and dining space, 2 bathrooms, laundry facilities, and sleep space in an upstairs loft area.
  • A large open multi-purpose central area is used for study, lecture, yoga, martial arts ( Tai Chi, Aikido), and massage practice.

The majority of massage school students  and yoga retreat participants have chosen to live on site.


To all who would walk among us in peace and respect, welcome to Crestone!

Crestone Healing Arts Center is nestled against the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at an altitude of 8,200 feet with spectacular views of 14,000 ft. high peaks.

Nearby hiking trails, year round creeks, hot springs, winter and summer recreation areas are easy to access from our center.

We are a unique conglomerate of artists, musicians, intellectuals, teachers, healers, peace activists, and environmentalists, all of us seeking our own unique spiritual expression through conscious community.

Numerous CHAC students and retreatants have been enriched by the variety offered by our unique Crestone community.