How To Register

To register, fill out the Registration Form on the bottom of the Program page you are interested in. Your registration is complete ONLY when we have received all of the following:

A deposit of 30% of your total program fee paid at the time of registration.

Registration Form with signature (either electronic or actual signature), & notice of how you intend to make a final payment.

Program Application: If your program requires an application, one will be emailed to you. Your application must be submitted to AVI and approved by the guides before your registration is complete.

Programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage early registration to secure your place and to provide sufficient preparation time.

AVI reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. AVI also reserves the right to screen participants for compatibility with AVI programs. For the safety of all participants, we require that participants be in good physical, mental and emotional health. AVI programs can be physically and psychologically challenging. We reserve the right to refuse service based on our assessment of these or other criteria.


Deposit: 30% of the total program fee reserves your space in the program.

Final Payment: At the time of registration we ask for your authorization to bill your credit card for the balance due on your program, 4 weeks prior to the program start date. Or you may choose to send a check for your balance, post-dated 4 weeks prior to the program start date. These payment dates are in effect for all programs except the Year-Long program, which has its own payment schedule. Your registration is not complete until we have received this information.

When registering less than 4 weeks prior to the start date of a program, please pay your entire balance including retreat center or camping fees. You can pay on our website at, call us at 800-451-6327 or send a check payable to Animas Valley Institute: AVI, P.O. Box 1020, Durango, CO 81302.

PROGRAM CANCELLATIONS BY ANIMAS VALLEY INSTITUTE If a minimum number of people are not registered in a program three to four weeks prior to the start date, the program might be canceled. If AVI cancels a program due to low enrollment, registered participants will be given a full refund, or they can transfer their deposit to another program held within one year of the cancellation date.

AVI is not responsible for travel arrangements made before we confirm that the program has sufficient enrollment.

Please Read This Before You Register: Consider carefully your decision to enroll in an Animas program. Your decision to enroll represents a commitment to yourself and to us. Our cancellation policy — on the next page — is designed to support you with this commitment. With over 20 years experience, we can tell you that it is common, even appropriate, for people to feel some fear and resistance before traveling deeply into the inner or outer wilderness, especially as the start date gets closer. During your preparation time, life may present significant obstacles (real as well as imagined, inner as well as outer) and it may seem impossible for you to proceed with the Animas program. These apparent obstacles arise quite commonly and we believe that they are an important part of the experience. We ask that you register only when you are truly committed to attending.

How To Register Offline

To register offline, please contact the Animas office below:

A Colorado Nonprofit Corporation
P.O. Box 1020, Durango, CO
800-451-6327 (US Only)