Yoga & Horseback Riding for Women - Retreat Add-On
For all levels of yoginis and equestrians
If you’re on the fence about Cowgirl Yoga, just do it. Don’t hesitate. Stretch yourself physically, emotionally and soulfully, as I did, with the horses, yoga and people in this irresistible Montana setting. Meet freshly-minted Cowgirls from all over the country! Learn to apply the sacred yogic principles of stillness and being in the moment to the sacred beings known as horses. During CY, I added many ‘firsts’ to my catalog of life experiences, and for that I will always be grateful.
Experience the unbridled joy of Cowgirl Yoga for yourself. It is an enduring state of mind.
- Denise, North Carolina, pictured with RC
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Please note this is not a retreat! It's an option to extend your LUXE Cowgirl Yoga retreat with more horse time and a trail ride in the Bridger Mountains. Or, if you participated in a Yoga & Hiking or Yoga & Yellowstone trip, it's a great way to experience Cowgirl Yoga and decide if you want to come back for more on a full retreat.
Featured in Yoga Journal, June 2009: Cultivate an intimate connection with a four-legged friend, and with yourself.
Post Cowgirl Yoga dates:
Sunday & Monday, June 1-2 (after Cowgirls vs. Cancer retreat)
Sunday & Monday, June 15-16
Sunday & Monday, September 21-22
Sunday & Monday, September 28-29
Post Yoga & Hiking/Yoga & Yellowstone dates:
Sunday & Monday, August 10-11
Sunday & Monday, August 24-25
Monday & Tuesday, September 1-2 (after Labor Day Weekend retreat)
Cowgirl Yoga Add-On Program
The CY Add-On program includes a Sunday afternoon lesson at 4 pm, Cowgirl Cookout with the horses on Sunday evening, and a trail ride with lunch on Monday. We usually end retreats between noon and 1 pm on Sunday. You must arrange your own accommodations in Bozeman for Sunday and Monday night (we will offer plenty of suggestions!).
Come join fellow wanna-be cowgirls for yoga and fun in and out of the saddle under Montana's legendary Big Sky. We'll explore the link between yoga and riding to improve not only your saddle skills, but also your overall well-being. Best of all, experience how the horse-human connection deepens as you practice yoga. We'll take all that out on the trail and ride with new friends both human and equine on scenic mountain trails, immersing ourselves in nature and the cowgirl yoga spirit.
The Cowgirl Yoga apres-retreat program includes:
- An intro riding lesson to prepare you for trail riding the following day (non-CY retreats only)
- Dinner Sunday evening after the retreat ends: a Cowgirl Cookout by our own private chef Kate, and a meet-in-greet the CY herd at Horse Camp in Bozeman
- The TRAIL RIDE will be the Monday following the retreat; this is typically an all-day ride in the Bridger mountains and includes lunch and yoga on the trail. Please note that we work up to this ride all weekend during CY retreats, to ensure a safe and enjoyable trail riding experience; if you have any concerns about your riding skills please chat with us prior to signing up. You are responsible for your own lodging Sunday and Monday evenings; suggestions will be included in your orientation packet.
This program is based in Bozeman, Montana and we recommend lodging at the Fox Hollow Bed & Breakfast - TripAdvisor's #1 Rated Bed and Breakfast in Bozeman. Now in their 17th year hosting over 16,000 vistors to Montana from all over the world!
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Pack your jeans & cowgirl boots (or come early to shop for some at Murdoch's) and get ready for a once in a lifetime experience! Yeehaw and Namaste.
You will need to rent a car for this add-on option, or we can put you in touch with your roommate/other retreaters to possibly rent together. You are also responsible for your post-retreat lodging in Bozeman (Sunday and Monday nights).
Bozeman is sophisticated Western chic meets college town. Great shopping, dining, and some of the best hiking trails in SW Montana. Ask us for suggestions!
Things to know before you go,
or actually...before you book
Horses: safety is our top priority. Height and weight restrictions do apply; please call to discuss if you have any concerns. In general, 175-195 lbs. is our max for horseback riding (also depending on your height).
Thank you so much for a healthy, active, balanced, peaceful, refreshing, life-changing retreat. The experience gave me a new perspective on friendship and connection between women, the wisdom and power of horses, the strength resulting from being gentle with our body and soul, vast beauty and being present at all times.
- Becky, Indianapolis
Cowgirl Yoga: An experience of enlightenment on the yoga mat and horseback. A journey every yogini should take!
- Linda, Oregon
It was the best time. I enjoyed every moment. The Montana Big Sky, gorgeous regal horses, those beautiful Bridger Mountains, the sweet smell of pine trees, amazing yoga, amazing food, and simply the feeling of cantering through the open fields on your new favorite horse...there is nothing like it. Riding a horse at that speed makes me feel alive. I have said it before but it is worth repeating...Thank you for one of the best vacations of my life...I will cherish the memories.
- Rebecca, Maine
It was an absolutely indescribable experience! Margaret and Janice led us on a life-changing adventure. Rocky - the horse I was blessed to spend the week with during our retreat - taught me how to connect with being present and in the moment again. Cowgirl Yoga enabled me to be strong and true to the people I love when I returned home to meet my 2-day old nephew in intensive care, and days later when my mom had a stroke. No words can explain how thankful I am for my week in Montana. I strongly recommend anyone with an interest in yoga and horses to go visit and experience CY for yourself - I am SO glad I did!
- Jess, Connecticut