Jessica Denison, Executive Director

Originally from Upstate New York, Jessica has called Durango home for over thirteen years. Before joining Vallecitos, she was an integral part of a local, veteran-owned small business, Chinook Medical Gear, as its chief operating officer. The company proudly provides life-saving medical supplies to our country’s military, law enforcement and first responders.

Jessica has been a yoga practitioner since 1997 and became a registered yoga Instructor in 2010. Her passion for the yoga tradition eventually led her to the Durango Dharma Center where she has been a member and served on the board of directors for five years, including serving as board president. A lifelong learner, her practice has taken her to places like India, Belize, Costa Rica, Telluride and others. Vallecitos offers a bridge for her to further connect her work and her practice, creating a wonderful experience for herself and others centered around heart and nature.

 Erin Treat, Guiding Teacher

Erin Treat lives in Durango, CO and serves as a Guiding Teacher of Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center.  She is a member of the Teacher Council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is the Resident Teacher at the Durango Dharma Center.  Erin offers talks, leads classes, and teaches meditation retreats in the southwest and nationwide.  Her approach to sharing the dharma is influenced by her experience as a student of the Diamond Approach by A.H. Almass and by her deep love of socially engaged practice, embodiment and wild nature.

Erin was born and raised in the prairie of Fargo, ND and was active in the performing arts throughout her early life.  After attending college in New York, she moved to Santa Fe, NM in 1995 to attend massage school.  She felt an unexpected sense of homecoming – an immediate connection to the cultures of the southwest as well as the magic of the red rocks, high desert, and alpine landscape of the Four Corners area. She settled in Durango in 1997.  A bodyworker and healing arts practitioner for more than 20 years, Erin enjoys working with students from around the country and especially at her home in Durango.  Erin is happiest dancing, hiking, cooking, and being in the mountains and rivers she calls home.

 Bonnie Bertrand, Operations Manager


Retreat Managers

Katya Lesher

Joey Heusler

Ranch Managers

Daniel Caimi

Gary Sharlow


Katie Gall, Head Cook

Amy Gates, Head Cook

Sam Augustine, Head Cook

Sarah Beane, Assistant Cook

Betsy Vanleit, Assistant Cook

Amber DeLalley, Assistant Cook