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Grab your boots girls and get ready for the yoga retreat of a lifetime. This retreat focuses on yoga and the human-horse connection. Horseback riding with a 360 degree panorama of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range in the healing energies of the San Louis Valley on a real working ranch. Whether novice or experienced, this is a ranching retreat you don't want to miss. There are 25 head of incredibly well trained horses you will be personally paired with, with the emphasis on learning to connect with your horse individually. You will see real ranch hands in the field working and (may even be asked to help). A gourmet chef will be on hand to incorporate all your meals and pack lunches, all sourced raised and sources organically and locally from the area.
The Music Meadows Cottage, built in 1914, is a historic cottage with a very classic homey feel. It sits on the back of the property and has all the horse corrals right out the back door with a gorgeous natural spring running through the property. The cottage is set up to house 10 guests. The cottage has three rooms, two bathrooms, large kitchen, and dining area. There are also two Teepees outside that are fully furnished for any guides or client representatives and instructors. It’s not camping, they are cozy, warm and fully furnished.
The retreats are the perfect balance of time in the outdoors with comfortable lodging, hearty meals, and amazing yoga practice. The Wet Mountain Valley is known for its lush pastures, mystical healing, and restoration powers. Wild Woman Adventure balances the tranquility of the ranch with an active riding schedule. Rides vary from introductory to half-day and full-day advanced rides. The herd of 25 horses can accommodate all skill levels.
Other than riding, the ranch offers numerous activities like Fly-Fishing in high mountain lakes or our private stocked pond, hiking music meadows pass (a bucket list trail on all serious hikers list), learning to drive a horse drawn buggee, campfires, ole fashioned barn dances, or just putting your feet up on the front porch and reading a good book. All this is possible, and customizable with a maximum group size is 10 guests.
Guests arrive at local airports as early as possible. Wild Woman Adventure will be waiting to greet all guests and start your journey to the ranch! There will be options for stops in Colorado Springs, and Westcliffe to pick up any last-minute items and see the towns. If you prefer to drive yourself, it is advisable for you to be to Westcliffe by noon.
Welcome ceremony to get everyone introduced to each other and evening meditation or yoga practice. You will have a spot in the barn to gather in. The San Louis Valley is known for its powerful healing energies. Dinner will be served then perhaps free time to relax before our first big day.
Full days ride: Clients are taught the etiquette of horses and horse language. Clients get use to their horses and comfortable. We take the whole day with a tasty pack lunch and lots of road snacks that have been packed in your saddlebags and head for the hills! Seeking out wild elk herds, and exploring endless country. The cowgirl ranch guides take everyone into remote parts of the mountains and surprise trails.
Clients get use to handling their horse and experience the human horse connection as taught by Elin. They also get to witness Sangre’s Best Cattle being worked in real life, and even participate if they feel moved to help move cattle into different pastures. Clients will be educated by the owner of the ranch Elin Parker, about the benefits of raising grass finished beef and collaborative conservation in action.
Then, you will head back to cottage around 6pm to get ready for dinner. Maybe a nap. Dinner will be served around 7pm. Afterwards, you will do Moonlight yoga!
Sunrise ride to the beaver pond pasture for morning Yoga. Use a pack horse to carry everyone’s gear and yoga mats. We will have a saddlebag breakfast (which means we pack our breakfast and eat in in the pasture). Beaver Pond Pasture is about an hour’s ride away from the cottage.
Fly fishing! Head up to the pond after lunch via horseback. Rods will be provided and if clients would like to learn they can learn or if they are already experienced they can go ahead and fly fish the ponds. Ponds are stocked full of fat trout and are catch and release. Or there is a beautiful hiking trail our guides can take clients up for an afternoon hike.
Guests would be encouraged to ride their horse before dinner if desired and or keep riding instead of fishing and or hiking. 6:30 p.m. dinner. Followed by a recap group gathering and A YOGA POSE COSTUME PARTY!
Time to say goodbye! You will pack up this morning, enjoy the last meal and yoga practice together, say farewell to our horses, and shuttle back to Denver airport by 3pm. You will have the morning and afternoon to squeeze in a few activities of your choosing, maybe you’d like to ride one more time, or possibly hike up music meadows pass. You will be back to Denver by 4pm and you can plan to fly out any time after 4:30pm.
The owner, Elin Granshaw, is a world renown horse trainer and teacher of the equestrian arts as well as a successful business woman. She owns a successful grass finished beef company called Sangre's Best Beef. She is passionately devoted to educating about collaborative conservation. In 1995 Elin started offering guests a chance to step into the boots of a real cowboy or cowgirl. With encouragement from her friends to make the big step she says, “It has been nothing but good and has caused me to slow down a bit and see the wonder and beauty of it all through the eyes of my guests”.
Denver International Airport
Please book your flight to Denver International Airport (DEN) before noon on the day of the retreat start date. You will have a shuttle service to meet you at the airport and as a group Wild Woman Adventure will take guests up to the Ranch which is about an hour and a half drive. Guests arrive at local airports as early as possible. They will be waiting to greet all guests and start the journey to the ranch! There will be options for stops in Colorado Springs, and Westcliffe to pick up any last-minute items and see the towns. If you prefer to drive yourself, you are advisable to be at Westcliffe by noon.