Level 3: The ART of Leadership


December 4 - 10, 2019

SunMountain Center

Nestled near the base of Pikes Peak and adjacent to the majestic Garden of the Gods Park, the SunMountain Center is a creative sanctuary for wellness and serenity. Steeped in history and local lore, what makes this property so unique and compelling is that it was designed in Elizabethan style in 1913 and built with wood, stucco and red stone indigenous to the area.

With miles of rustic walking and meditation trails and an on-site organic farm, the world-class urban farm property provides inspiration through nature, art, and locally sourced cuisine. A world away from the hustle and bustle of city living, Manitou Springs’ SunMountain is the perfect retooling and refueling escape. 

The six acres of terraced gardens, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, are home to chickens, geese, and rabbits as well as Jezebel the resident pig! Participants will be staying in uniquely decorated and appointed rooms, and will have a wholesome, nutritious vegetarian breakfast with a gourmet lunch and dinner prepared by the in-house chef, featuring ingredients from the on-site urban farm.

Participants may also partake in activities such as touring the land, on-site yoga, venturing into the historic city of Manitou Springs, horseback riding in the Garden of the Gods, taking a tour of the local Mineral Hot Springs, escaping to our neighboring SunWater Spa for a blissful soak in the Hot Mineral Tubs, as well as many other enticing endeavors.

Included in the course fee is a pass to SunWater Spa, which houses one private and seven public cedar pools available for use. All eight of these tubs are filled with mineral water from the famous Seven Minute Spring – the same water which flows from the Manitou Karst aquifer. The health-giving waters from our aquifer filter through deep underground cracks, crevasses, and rock faults, infusing the water through its journey with the highly sought-after health granting minerals.

Using an array of solar panels, the water’s temperature is raised generally to between 100 to 104 degrees. As it heats, the cedar oil is extracted, first changing the color of the water to a yellow tint, sometimes followed by a rich, dark red. By drawing the oils out of the wood, SunWater Spa is essentially creating a cedar tea. This unique process introduces the soothing and healing properties of the cedar oil, promoting healthy skin, a soothed respiratory system, and an enjoyable, relaxing, and aromatic sensation.


  • ART Level 3 Leadership Course led by ART Co-founders Ryel Kestano and Jason Digges

  • Welcome day before the course (December 4)

  • Integration day after the course (December 10)

  • Gorgeous accommodations in restored historic buildings

  • Homemade vegetarian meals prepared 3x daily by a professional chef with ingredients from the on-site farm

  • A pass to SunWater, the connected hot springs resort

  • A group of amazing humans to journey with!


Course Details

By Application Only

To create the most potent group field, we ask that all interested prospective participants go through the application process so that we can get a better sense of where you are in your leadership path and carefully determine if the Level 3 course is a good fit for you and for the group as a whole.  

Ongoing Participant Contact

Part of the context of the Level 3 course is to support graduates in sharing the authentic relating practice and its constituent tools and skills with a wider audience. As such, we are committed to providing extensive support to help establish the resources and infrastructure our graduates may need to create the vehicles by which the practice can spread.

Course Leader Track

ART is rapidly growing and we are always seeking qualified Course Leaders, and anticipate identifying candidates for future course leadership from the pool of Level 3 graduates. For those graduates who may be interested in pursuing a track towards ART and ART-related course leadership, this is the course for you.

Course Fee:

EARLY BIRD ~ (deposit by September 30)

Shared room (double): $2,145

Private room: $2,945

FULL PRICE ~ (deposit after October 1)

Shared room (double): $2,345

Private room: $3,145


*All prices listed are for one person.

Five percent of all ART profits are donated to Authentic Relating International (ARI), ART International’s sister organization and 501(c)3 nonprofit, bringing authentic relating training to jails, prisons and schools.

Application Process

Please note that acceptance into the Leadership Course is by application only, and at this time, is open solely to graduates of our Level 1 course. (Here’s more information on our Level 1 and Level 2 courses.)

Submit your application now for 2019 Level 3 Leadership courses!

Schedule an Exploratory Call with an ART Facilitator

If you aren’t quite sure that you’re ready to apply or you just have some questions and want to learn a little more about the program, this is a great place to start!

Fill out this short form to express interest in the program and one of our course leaders will be in touch with you soon, Together, we can explore whether this program is a good fit for you. We look forward to connecting with you!

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