Absaroka Institute takes inspiration from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Our headquarters was founded a stones throw from the banks of the Yellowstone River in Livingston, Montana where craggy peaks meet open prairie.
Absaroka Institute is place named for the Absaroka (Ab-sor-ka) Range, one of the largest and wildest ranges in the lower 48 states, running throughout northwestern Wyoming and into southwestern Montana. This range has served as the setting for many of our wilderness meditation expeditions. Absaroka is derived from Apsáalooke, the original name of the Crow Tribe of Indians. Apsáalooke, means “children of the large-beaked bird.” We come to this place indebted to history and humbled by form.
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) and the Sangre de Cristo Range of southern Colorado serve as our two wildland venues on Absaroka Institute wilderness meditation expeditions.The GYE encompasses 20 million acres in the heart of the Northern Rockies, and is characterized by rugged and remote land—the last remaining large, nearly intact ecosystem in the northern temperate zone of the Earth. The GYE is home to grizzly, eagle, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, black bear, coyote, wolverine, mountain lion, lynx and gray wolf.
The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are the southern most subrange of the Rocky Mountains, running through southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. The area contains numerous fourteen thousand foot and thirteen thousand foot peaks and is characterized by steep valleys and vibrant aspen groves.
Absaroka Institute brings Buddhist practice and wilderness expedition to these remarkable places, providing participants an opportunity to explore the mountains and valleys of these vast outer landscapes while exploring the inner landscape—the intricacies of the human mind and heart. In their rawness and honesty, the these landscapes provide excellent settings for a wild Buddhist pilgrimage.