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About Boulder

To whet your appetite when considering the possibility of visiting Boulder and attending the 2008 Feldenkrais Method Annual Conference at the University of Colorado, here’s a short description of this beautiful city. More at

"Located 35 miles northwest of downtown Denver and 45 minutes from Denver International Airport, Boulder is nestled at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains at 5,430 feet above sea level. A captivating mountain community enriched with natural beauty and diverse cultural delights, Boulder has a dynamic economy, an award winning University, and a vibrant love of the outdoors. Populated by approximately 97,000 residents, including 25,000 students annually at the University of Colorado, Boulder is the eighth largest city in the State.  Spanning approximately 27 square miles, Boulder is commonly referred to as the little town nestled between the mountains and reality, a saying originating from the quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors alike." 

—excerpted from with permission

Boulder Links

Normal tourist sites-
Boulder, Colorado Convention and Visitors Bureau

Very large “wiki” overview-,_Colorado

Hip magazine-

Here’s what one Feldenkrais practitioner says about Boulder:

Boulder, one of the most beautiful towns in the country, is a community of 100,000 people, 30 miles from Denver.  It snuggles against the the Rocky Mountains, is surrounded by greenbelt parks, and is intersected by biking and pedestrian paths.  Boulder’s rich culture, shops and restaurants are easily accessible by foot and public transit.

The conference is held at the University of Colorado in the heart of Boulder.  The campus is a showcase of Tuscan architecture with impressive structures built from local red sandstone. Our meeting is held at the University Memorial Center - the student center that also houses restaurants, bookstore, and an art gallery.

On the one hand in Boulder, you may sip a latte and on the other hike along a mountain stream.  Civilized Boulder is surrounded by 30,000 acres of greenbelt with 200 miles of hiking trails.  Mountain biking, fly fishing and kayaking are also minutes away from the conference site.  And if the local scenery isn’t enough for you, an hour’s drive west will reveal the more daunting scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park.  At 10,000 feet, it will be early summer in the alpine meadows.  Snow melt fills the streams that course through fields of wildflowers below the craggy peaks.  There is plenty to see by car, and accessible hiking trails range from gentle to rugged. 

Boulder also has rich cultural offerings.  The Colorado Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2008.  The Bard’s plays are presented every summer in the Mary Ripon Theater close by on the CU campus.  The Colorado Music Festival brings a first rate symphony to Boulder’s Chautauqua Auditorium each summer.  The Auditorium, a half-mile from the Memorial Center, also hosts pop music acts, such as Shawn Colvin and the Neville Brothers, and silent movies.  Other concerts take place at the Boulder Theater downtown and at the Fox Theater on “the Hill,” the shopping area adjacent to the campus.

Downtown Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall is a five-block pedestrian mecca overflowing with sidewalk cafes, bookstores, galleries and street theater.  Just a mile from the conference site, it also welcomes pushcarts and street entertainment including jugglers and mimes, balloon artists, musicians and more.  On Wednesday nights there is a concert series that showcases top-notch local bands. 

The Dushanbe Teahouse is located in downtown Boulder near the Pearl Street Mall.  It is a gift from Boulder’s sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan and is the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.  Handcrafted by over 40 Tajik artisans, the Teahouse is a feast for the eyes with its vibrant colors, patterns, and furnishings The Teahouse features an eclectic, international menu and offers teas from all over the world. 

It is easy to see why this intriguing town has been dubbed “the city nestled between the mountains and reality.”  At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space roll into Boulder’s quaint cityscape in the shadow of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  Boulder gets 300 days of sunshine a year and regularly wins awards as one of the top small towns in the country to live in.

Bob Schlesinger