Yahoo! Yoga horsemanship retreats here at the ranch!
These retreats will offer morning yoga, a clinic style horsemanship-on-the-trail trail ride where we will talk about the mornings yoga postures & breathing and how it relates to our balanced relaxed seat & neutral pelvis while riding, afternoon yoga specific to your riding posture, wonderful meals & nightly discussions by the fire about expectations, goals & body awareness. The concept of the weekend/week is to fully immerse you in relaxing into your ride, you will leave with tangible concepts you will be able to easily apply to your future rides and a relaxed confidence that your horse (and your body) will thank you for !
This is a highly integrated weekend. Your riding instructor will be learning yoga right alongside you & your yoga instructor will be participating in the riding. During the riding sections of the retreat there will be specific talk about the yoga postures that we’ve already practiced, and the yoga postures chosen will be specific to the body position and awareness that we are trying to attain in our riding. Also, both of your instructors are with you 24-7 so when that question pops into your head they are right there ready to help.
As part of your retreat you will be staying in the beautiful lodge of the Pecos Bar X Bar Ranch, each room has a queen sized bed or two double beds with a private bathroom with lots of water heaters so no cold showers! Meals will be prepared & cooked by our own private chef, and there will always be plenty of snacks available so bring your saddle bags.
This weekend is WAY more than your average clinic, you’re getting 6+ hours of yoga instruction and hours upon hours of riding in a small group (a maximum of 10 participants) with individualized instruction (not three measley hours mostly standing around in an arena with a ton of other participants), there are no auditors or audience to critique your every move, just you, your horse, the earth & sky! The small group offers the best situation for discussion both on & off your horse, and you’ll meet other people looking to learn the same things you are. So there will be great discussions too!
This retreat is WAY more than your average dude ranch, you’re getting individualized attention, you are on your own horse or one of ours, and your yoga classes & riding instruction overlap. The poses & breathing you’ve practiced in the morning directly relate to your riding posture later in the day. Your yoga instructor is there for your riding instruction, and your riding instructor is there for your yoga! We have a chef cooking meals for us & cleaning the kitchen too, so we can relax & discuss the day in order to get the very most of our time together. In order to keep the camaraderie of the group, there is no day-rate available. The retreat cost includes your clinic fee, lodging accommodations, meals, yoga instruction, horsemanship, guided discussions, etc.
You do not need any prior knowledge of yoga to participate in this Cowgirl Yoga Week! Heck you don’t even have to be flexible or athletic! But you will need a steady mount. You are welcome to bring your own horse or rent one from us for the week. Your horse must be trail friendly, and you must be comfortable riding in a group at a walk & a trot without an arena, over uneven terrain. All of our horsemanship work throughout the weekend will be in open areas or out on the trail, just like the cowgirls do it. A full packing list for you will be provided when you enroll for the retreat.
Dates: Friday June 7th – Monday the 10th of 2013
Cost: $1,500 , $2,000 if you’d like a private room! Be a fan on Facebook for giveaways & discounts Payment plans available!
Each retreat is limited to a maximum of 10 participants and their horses (that makes 12 with Christina & Jennifer your yoga instructor)
Now before you balk at the price, take a min to price out what you paid for your last clinic, maybe the clinic fee was only $400 to $600 but you probably hauled a trailer (which you don’t have to do this time) put diesel in your tank, paid for a hotel room, paid an extra cattle fee or ranch fee for overnighting your horse, went out to eat, etc etc etc.. When you add it all up (and compare me to my competition) you’ll find you’re getting a steal of a deal!
Contact Christina if you would like to host a Cowgirl Yoga Retreat! I love to travel & give my hosts a gracious discount!! You will need a facility with nearby overnight accommodations, places to eat meals as a group, chef or catering, place for evening talks, overnight accommodations for our mounts with direct access to riding (trails preferred) must be within a 10 min drive of lodging. Horses for rental are also preferred, but not necessary, as long as you’ve got one for me to ride! Depending on availability I can bring my favorite yoga instructor along with me, or I’d be happy to work with your local certified yoga instructor (as long as s/he has some horseback riding experience).