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The Art of Unplugging

By Kaitlin Sullivan

Photo by Chris Cohen

05.30.18

Life coach Lindsay Gurley has tapped into the valley’s best places where it’s impossible to shout, “Can you hear me now?”

Some people complain about lack of cellphone service, but Aspen-based life coach Lindsay Gurley has made a career out of finding the valley’s best dead zones. “Disconnecting is key to staying grounded and at peace in this nonstop world,” she says. Through her life-coaching business Ora Māia (oramaia.com), Gurley draws on Aspen’s wilderness to inspire clients to meet their personal edge in a natural setting and find true purpose to living a life they desire. From lavish weekend retreats to after-work pick-me-ups, she shares her favorite spots to unplug in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Best post-work getaway: Roaring Fork River
The river is Aspen’s lifeblood. “Whether you have five minutes or two hours, pick any place you can access the river with some solitude, sit down and just watch the water flow,” Gurley says.

Best weekend retreat: Capitol Creek drainage
Hike in from the Capitol Lake trailhead, pitch a tent next to the creek a few miles in and swoon. “The views are indescribable and the stars are even better,” Gurley says. Her Invigorate Weekend Aspen Intensive jump-starts each personal journey with a weekend of backcountry adventures, yoga and powerful coaching sessions to launch clients forward. Three days and two nights for $2,600

Best place to catch sunrise: Upper Lost Man trail
Catching the sunrise over Independence and Lost Man lakes is worth leaving the trailhead by 4:30am. Hike 2 miles to the saddle, “take in the 360-degree view and watch the colors change,” she says.

Best spot to soak: Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs
It’s an oasis of rustic luxury in the heart of the Rockies. “I love to wake up with coffee and a soak in the rock-laden hot springs,” Gurley says. Her Renewal retreats at Avalanche Ranch are customized getaways that use the tranquil setting as a backdrop for a weekend of restoration through daily meditation and yoga, personalized adventures and insightful coaching. Up to four nights for $499-$2,899