Welcome to The Copeland Institute, home of Healthy Habits for Life Weight Loss and Optimal Health Retreats. Our setting for life transforming work takes place at La Casa de la Luz, a European style retreat house located beneath Mt. Meeker at 8,900 feet elevation in the Colorado Rocky Mountains of Northwest Boulder County. The Copeland Institute serves as a gathering place for the work of personal transformation and community renewal. Here we create a context for you to develop Healthy Weight, Healthy Movement, Healthy Relationships and Healthy Spirituality practices for life.

Through our preservation and conservation efforts, we also teach sustainability practices to care for this fragile wilderness and her peoples on behalf of generations yet to be born.

We hope you will find nourishment and renewal through retreat work in this place apart. We invite you to enjoy the mountain community of Allenspark, her pioneer people and pristine wilderness. Your life transformation begins here.


We receive our name from Copeland Mountain, one of the nearest mountain peaks, so named after one of the area’s earliest settlers. We glimpse this familiar triangle peaking out from behind it’s grander neighbors, Mt. Meeker and Long’s Peak at more than 14,000 feet, their familiar profile visible from the plains between Boulder and Estes Park, Colorado. La Casa de la Luz sits on 32 acres of private mountain and national forest, inhabited by elk, bobcat, moose, coyote and deer. Miners first claimed the property less than 150 years ago, leaving remnants of exploratory digging behind. No one struck silver or gold, but settlers followed, claiming the property under the Homestead Act, with a deed signed by President Woodrow Wilson early in the last century.