About Us

About Estes River Retreat and Elements of Touch Spa


Owners and founders Monte and Ravit Michener, licensed massage therapists from the state of Florida, opened Elements of Touch massage clinic in 1992 in a small one room clinic treating Estes Parks locals for 14 years. Due to increasing demand, they decided it was time to invest in a grander vision, and in August 2006 they purchased the property that is now the Retreat.

They added luxury accommodations designed in a fun and funky mountain modern style–hosting guests from 2 nights to one month from all over the world with the intention of providing quality accommodations with a focus on “the Retreat experience” Being body workers for 30 years, artists, as well as loving to travel themselves, they understood the daily stress so many of us live with and why vacation time is so important. The Micheners strive to provide an opportunity for guests to experience original art, fun decor (check out the vintage cowgirl room with real worn horseshoes, cowgirl hat, lasso, and cowskull) and of course the beauty of the mountains. The quaintness of our small mountain town pairs perfectly with the cozy upscale home decorated with personal touches, local art and peaceful surroundings, by a flowing mountain stream.

What makes this Retreat unique is the exceptional wellness services provided on site. The wellness approach to life and balanced living is their passion. While their guests do not need to partake in the wellness services offered at the spa, many choose to come and experience a week of massage therapy, rejuvenating body treatments, breath work, therapeutic yoga, pilates, wellness coaching, and Ayurvedic healing treatments. Packages are offered for girlfriends getaways, honeymoons and elopements, art weekends, and wellness retreats.

Elements has also been working closely with the local medical community for the last 25 years to provide therapeutic bodywork for people with injuries and caters to clients who would like to enjoy restorative body treatments with exceptional products brought in from all over the world. Elements currently has a staff of 6 licensed therapists with with experience, compassionate hearts, and a wide range of exceptional skills ready to serve the public, one special guest at a time. Quality above quantity is what this place is all about!