LUXE Cowgirl Yoga™
Yoga & Horseback Riding Retreats for Women
For all levels of yoginis and equestrians
LUXE Cowgirl Yoga was literally the best experience of my life so far. It fulfilled my heart, soul, and body. Between the fabulous people, the breathtaking scenery, the yoga, horses, and food...I'd say this retreat offers what every Cowgirl Yogini is looking for. I learned so much from this retreat. I have to admit, I came for the horses. But I left with a deep love for yoga. My mind is forever going over my To-Do list. I started to realize that I was in Montana...with some pretty amazing women and I didn't have to do anything! I was there to learn and absorb. I ticked off my reverse To-Do list in my head: I don't have to pick the kids up from school, I don't have to plan and make dinner...I don't have to....do anything but be here in the present moment!
-Shelley, San Francisco, pictured with RC
Clyde Park, Montana
The Double T River Ranch:
115 riverfront acres, 1 house, 3 cabins,
120 pillows, 1 big barn, and instant memories. Intimate yet expansive.
June 11-14, 2015 (thursday-sunday)
September 24-27, 2015 (thursday-sunday)
LUXE Cowgirl Yoga 3-night retreats:
Ranch house master suite with private bathroom: $2,095 per person
Ranch house single bedroom w/private bathroom: $1,995 per person
Cabin single bedroom with shared bathroom: $1,895 per person
Cabin double bedroom with shared bathroom: $1,795 per person
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due to hold your reservation. For the cabin doubles, we will place you with a roommate if you do not have a travel companion. To better plan your travel (not included in the retreat cost), we begin the retreat at 5 pm on the arrival Thursday and end at approximately 1 pm on Sunday. We also offer an add-on trail ride on the Monday following the retreat; you must arrange your own accommodations for Sunday night (of course we will offer plenty of suggestions!)
Imagine a long weekend of yoga and horses - a cowgirl yogini's dream come true. Explore how both can put you in touch with your potential and teach you a lot about yourself. We'll practice yoga, spend time with horses, and kick up our heels at our own luxe, private ranch. LUXE Cowgirl Yoga is like it sounds - think laid-back luxury, Cowgirl style! Yoga in a restored barn from the early 1900s. Bocce ball and bird-watching. Hot-tubbing and gourmet, healthy meals. And did we mention horses?
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. Through yoga poses and breathing techniques we will learn how to improve balance and body alignment. Best of all, experience how the horse-human connection deepens as you practice yoga. We'll take that off the mat and onto the horse and ride with new friends both human and equine, immersing ourselves in nature and the cowgirl yoga spirit.
Featured in COWGIRL Magazine, January/February 2012:
Horses, Gourmet Ranch cuisine...some of the best yoga instruction in the West.
The LUXE Cowgirl Yoga program includes:
- 3 nights of luxury lodging at the Double T River Ranch
- Daily yoga classes in the restored barn, that build body awareness and help foster an openness of body and mind - the best state to be in around horses - and that target common trouble spots for riders, such as the back and hips, and pay special attention to cultivating core strength (the center of the body's energy)
- Cowgirl Yoga 101 lesson, covering horse-human interaction, grooming, and groundwork basics (required for all levels of equestrians)
- Riding sessions and bonding time: our time with the horses will be both in and out of the saddle
- Pre-ride yoga in the saddle: a focus on yogic breathing will foster a relaxed yet alert posture on horseback, and we'll explore a variety of yoga poses you can do when riding to instantly release tension and relax you (and your horse!)
- Riding out on the Double T River Ranch trails
- Gourmet, healthy, local food by our own private Chef Kate, to satisfy your cowgirl cravings and maintain your energy
- A selection of wine, including Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, and local beers (you have to try a Moose Drool!) to savour after a day on the mat and in the saddle
- Health and wellness discussions, meditation, intention-setting & journaling
- Opportunity for CY portrait shots with photogapher Larry Stanley
- OPTIONAL ADD-ON 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 the retreat, 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 evening; suggestions will be included in your orientation packet. Please note the details and online registration for the 2015 add-on trail rides will be posted shortly.
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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.
This retreat is based in Clyde Park, Montana, which was named for the Clydesdale horses raised there in the late 19th century. It is approximately 20 minutes north of Livingston, and one hour from Bozeman.
You will need to rent a car for this retreat, or we can put you in touch with your roommate/other retreaters to possibly rent together. We highly recommend adding on a day or two in either Bozeman or Livingston, and are happy to make suggestions based on your interests and travel plans. Both places make great starting points for visiting Yellowstone National Park, a frequest add-on for our retreaters.
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!
Livingston is caught between very cowboy and very hip. Tons o' cute shops and restaurants, and celebrity sightings are common. They call its location "Paradise Valley" for a reason. A visit to nearby Chico Hot Springs is a must, and our Cowgirl Yoginis love staying at the Murray Hotel.
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).
Yoga: we highly recommend that you have prior yoga experience in order to get the most out of your retreat, even if you start a practice with the retreat in mind. We practice vinyasa flow yoga. We're happy to help you with class suggestions for your area.
This is an active vacation, so if you prepare accordingly you will have more fun.
To say “this was the retreat of a lifetime!” is a huge understatement, but it certainly was that, and then some. Montana might be the only place on earth with a sky big enough to nurture the spirit of Cowgirl Yoga, and big enough to hold the feelings that came out during my time here. It was magical on many levels. From the moment I arrived in Montana I was in love, and from the moment I arrived at the ranch I felt loved. The warmth, acceptance and welcoming nature of all humans and horses involved was overwhelming, and to be in their presence was both inspiring and calming. Reconnecting with my spirit, with the horses, releasing what needed to be released through the yoga, meditation, and horse time was healing – in many ways it felt like coming home.
My first night at the ranch, I woke up in the middle of the night and took a peek out the window, and there they were – stars; without my glasses on I could see the stars! I was on another planet! I’d pushed through some fears to make this journey and couldn’t have felt more blessed. I began to count those lucky Montana stars and fell asleep. I awoke a Montana Cowgirl.
- Lori, Washington, 2013
Montana is the perfect setting to do some soul searching. I came to LUXE Cowgirl Yoga after making a very difficult life transition. I felt physically and emotionally drained when I arrived but I cannot express how much those days at the Double T River Ranch re-energized me. Between yoga sessions, time with the horses, chats with inspiring women, and of course the breath-taking views I walked away with my cup full of possibility. I will definitely return for another retreat!
- Kathleen, Tennessee, 2013
I grew up liking horses. Well, technically, I grew up infatuated with horses. I was at the barn weekly—if not daily. The rich smell of freshly-oiled leather, the gentle nickering of horses eager for breakfast, the velveteen muzzles—it was heaven on earth. But after college, riding faded to make way for a career, grad school, and ‘more important things.’
Yet, the ‘me in my mind’ still wore dusty, butter-soft cowboy boots. The ‘me in my mind’ still wore jean skirts and straw hats. The ‘me in my mind’ answered to no one but herself. She was independent, adventurous, brave. I feared that easy-going, horse-crazy cowgirl was gone for good.
But I had a hunch she’d been waiting for me in Montana all along.
- Read more about Nicole's 2013 retreat experience in her We Said Go Travel online article Yeehaw Namaste: Adventure and Peace in the American West
My experience last summer was deeply profound; previous vacations left me with a fleeting sense of refreshment, but my time in Montana soaked into my core and has given me lasting peace.
- Jessica C., Wisconsin
Big Sky Yoga Retreats is a new way of vacationing - an exceptional way to nourish your mind, body, and soul, the way a vacation is meant to be. And Montana is the paradisical host for such an experience.
From the moment my LUXE CY retreat was booked, I experienced a smile that came from my soul. There was something about Margaret Burns Vap, the description of LUXE CY, and the testimonials, that said this vacation was going to be something amazing.
LUXE CY reveals the infinite possibility of the present through awareness. The welcoming energy you feel as you drive into the Double T River ranch, the warm smile of Addie, the owner, as she shows you to your cabin - a cabin unlike no other - warm earth tones decorate the rooms, luxurious linens on the bed, plush Turkish cotton towels hang in the bathrooms, a calming stream that flows in front, the deer that roam the ranch. And the "Barn", the centerpiece of the ranch, where you eat local, organic, delicious creations prepared by chef Kate and her assistant Casey. The Barn also provides a yoga "studio" full of peace and character. The yoga sessions promote the growth of one's own practice. The yoga during this retreat contributes to improved confidence, and the meditation encourages your mind to notice the infinite possibility of the present through awareness of each moment.
The cowgirl component was like no other, thanks to Janice. Janice and her team (both equine and human) cultivate an experience to build riding skills, enjoy trail rides, and enhance your interactions with horses. My future with horses is changed forever. Horses can provide us with a true sense of character if you are open to experience and see "it."
I would highly recommend Big Sky Yoga Retreats to anyone. The experience is nothing short of AMAZING. The hand-selected team of experts provide retreaters with an experience of a lifetime. Experience true peace, the infinite possibility the present has to offer, experience Big Sky Yoga Retreats,THE new way to vacation. Namaste and Yee-haw!!
- Lori P., Pennsylvania