A Journey Through...
Using Movement and Mindfulness to Dive into Our S.H.I.T.T.
Sensei Derek Cook
Find your expression, and explore your SHITT. Join one of NYC’s most innovative yogis, and founder of the "SHITT," a "Serious High Intensity Thoughtfulness Training" at the stunning Piney River Ranch in the rugged Colorado Back Country. Follow a dirt road to its end, and keep going. We will meet you there, on a crystal lake surrounded by forest, mountains, waterfalls, and maybe a resident moose.
Set on the edge of Piney Lake at the foot of the stunning Gore Range, Piney River Ranch is a private, rustic Rocky Mountain spread, long known as a favorite day-trip destination for residents of the Vail Valley and Eagle County. Our new management has made a number of recent improvements to make every wedding, family reunion and corporate retreat truly memorable. Come to Piney River Ranch—just 11 miles from Vail—to experience a range of outdoor activities, from fishing and hiking to horseback riding and overnight camping. Our on-site restaurant boasts the best smoked BBQ around, too…so make sure to grab a spot at one of our family-style picnic tables and enjoy some on your next trip up! Piney River Ranch holds active partnerships with both the National Park Service and the Denver Water Board, each established to preserve the natural beauty of the ranch and its surrounding areas.
"I have always worked with my body in one way or another. My hands my tools. I’ve been a carpenter, an artist, and a sculptor. I have desired to help, to teach and to heal those around me. This path as a healer has given me the opportunity to use all these skills together in a well rounded approach to health and well being... I discovered my love of movement and the body after a childhood of health problems, weight issues, joint problems and other physical ailments played a large part in my young life. After years of misunderstanding and mistreating my body I discovered the benefits of running and began to head down the path of physical health and wellness. Running lead me to the gym which gave me the ability to begin my first version of a yoga practice. This yogic workout opened my mind to the idea of yoga as a practice and over time, I found my own teachers who helped to guide me to the path of a healer, though even they did not know it then. In recent years, I have immersed myself in an understanding of the body and movement and cultivated an intuitive sense for healing. I have discovered a badly hidden passion for teaching and guiding others. I have chosen to answer a relentless call to help others. I have been blessed enough to find many different outlets for this. Budokon, Yoga and Thai Bodywork all act as tools to aid me in guiding others to health and well being, and to enable them to continue the work we begin on the mat."
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For all on the path, at some point the choice to deal with our "SHITT" must be made. To get down and dirty & deep and honest with EVERY aspect of our self is the only option. Join us on this powerful and beautiful journey in(side). Just outside of Vail Colorado, lies a safe space to spend time with the best of, and to get real with the worst of our process. Amidst the awe inspiring mountain air and views, we can truly open up...and commit to exploring every nook and crevice as we split our time between "seriously high intensity training and deep spiritual work." The "SHITT" was developed to use High Intensity Interval Training, and smart bodyweight based functional movement coupled with mindful meditation and yoga, to connect with the best versions of ourselves... to reveal and reshape the "SHITT" we place between us and "that" self. Come with an open mind and a commitment to show up. Leave with a heart full of excitement and the knowledge that you are everything you seek.