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The 2019 yoga retreat gift guide is here! While you are in the throes of holiday merry making (and all the busy-ness that ensues), why not make a commitment to yourself for next year – to go on a yoga retreat that focuses on your health and wellbeing. Personally, I love having a trip out there on the calendar that will encourage me to stay focused on healthy goal setting.

I’m a big believer that experiences make the best gifts, and have lasting impact; it’s what I give my daughter more often than not. So whether you give a retreat to yourself, ask Santa for it, or gift it to another lucky yogini…I hope this guide will help you make the perfect choice.

I can’t think of any better holiday cheer than yoga, horses, Montana!

If you want to hop down to a particular gift in our list, click below:

So #justbookit, and let us know if you need a gift certificate.

I’m on top of the world in Baroliche. Cowgirl Yoga & Hiking in Patagonia, March 2-9, 2019

We’re heading back to Argentina to hike and horseback ride under the Southern Cross! Join other thrill seeking yoginis for this action-packed South American adventure – we promise to balance out the action with lots of yoga, meditation and mindfulness.
*Hurry, only TWO spots left! 

If you want: a very active and adventurous vacation in one of the most wildly stunning places on earth (like Montana but in Argentina!); to explore trails by foot and hoof, on our only retreat to offer both hiking and riding. And Malbec.

Riding level: while our outfitters can accommodate all levels of riders, we strongly recommend riding experience and/or lessons before the trip, so you can be as comfortable as possible in the Patagonian terrain.

Fun facts: a private catamaran sail will take us to the trailhead for one of our hikes. Bariloche is famous not only for its outdoor playground, but also for its chocolate. South American seasons are the opposite of North America’s, so our retreat is during their early fall.

Why you should #justbookit: Because when else are you going to go to Argentina?? It’s a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list retreat. And you are going to come back in rock star shape. Because Yoga Journal called it a “Patagonia Odyssey” in its 10 Best Women-Only Yoga Retreats Around the World.

Check out our Cowgirl Yoga & Hiking Patagonia FAQs!

Post-riding pottery + a glass of wine = fun. LUXE Cowgirl Yoga & Creativity, May 23-26, 2019

Cultivate your creative streak with yoga and horses! This retreat is designed to start the day with yoga and more saddle time than our other retreats, on a wide open landscape (over 5,000 acres at Grey Cliffs Ranch!) with a Big Sky overhead. In the afternoons, we’ll delve into pottery, sketching and coloring, journaling and more meditation. If you miss art class and love yoga and horses, this one’s for you.

If you want: to ride out like a cowgirl after warming up with a full yoga practice, to indulge in art with pottery lessons and time to color and sketch, to take a cooking lesson, to connect the dots between yoga, horses and your own creative expression.

Riding level: you can expect between 2-4 hours in the saddle on each ride, so some riding experience is recommended.

Fun facts: Licia your pottery teacher has an etsy shop, but you can also pick up her gorgeous goods at the ranch studio. If you’re feeling really cowgirl, Licia’s husband Chris will take you clay shooting.

Why you should #justbookit: to reTreat yourself for a fresh start in the spring, to awaken your artsy cowgirl yogini.

One of this year’s LUXE cowgirl yoginis practices with Java Bean. LUXE Cowgirl Yoga, June 6-9, September 19-22, September 26-29, 2019

Where it all started – the original Cowgirl Yoga. Not one, not two, but three rounds coming up in 2019!

If you want: the unique combination of yoga + horses; laid back luxury (which abounds at the Double T River Ranch); yoga in a restored barn loft; the most comfortable beds ever.

Riding level: beginners welcome! and we always have something up our chinks for more experienced riders too. This retreat emphasizes the horse-human connection and the connection between our time with horses and our time on the yoga mat, so it’s a lot more than riding: groundwork, meditation and mindfulness, hands-on horse time (as in horse massage!).

Fun facts: CNN filmed a “Passion to Portfolio” segment with me on this retreat; we do before bed restorative yoga on this one – come in your pj’s, and bring wine.

Why you should #justbookit: we take a happy hour fjord wagon ride around the ranch on Saturday night! And LUXE CY was featured by SELF Magazine in 11 Yoga Retreats that are Totally Worth It!

Yoga with a river vibe. Just add fly rod. NEW! LUXE Yoga & Fly Fishing, June 27-30, 2019

It’s been requested, for years. You’re welcome.

Is Fly Fishing the New Yoga? asks the Robb Report. Well, you don’t have to choose since you’ll get both on this retreat.

If you want: to fish where “A River Runs Through It” was filmed; to discover how meditative fly fishing is.

Skill level: beginner fly fisher-yoginis welcome! We’ll divide into groups of 2-3 women with a private guide for each, so whatever your fishing skill you’ll get individualized instruction.

Fun facts: All fishing gear is provided, so you can pack light. We’ll kick things off with a fly tying workshop, with wine; our photographer (who was an extra in the movie “A River Runs Through It”!) will be on hand to capture your best cast (and maybe a yoga pose with fly rod in hand!) as a souvenir. There’s a “Brad Pitt rock” in the Gallatin River. The Gallatin Canyon is primo fishing in June, since it stays cooler than other parts of the river.

Why you should #justbookit: it’s featured in the January/February 2019 issue of SHAPE magazine. Because fly fishing may be the new yoga, but you can have it all. To say you did fish pose on a yoga and fly fishing retreat.

Me and Caitlin, your B-LUXE hostesses. B-LUXE Cowgirl Yoga, July 11-14 & July 18-21, 2019

B Bar Ranch is so peaceful, you can hear your breath. It’s a true retreat into the wilds of Montana, with all the creature comforts. And the creatures.

If you want: the unique combination of yoga + horses; to be smack dab in the middle of Yellowstone wilderness – B Bar is a 9,000-acre ranch and an extension of the Yellowstone National Park ecosystem; to see stars like you have never seen stars before; to watch grizzlies at dawn (through binocs!).

Riding level: beginners welcome! and we always have something up our chinks for more experienced riders too. This retreat emphasizes the horse-human connection and the connection between our time with horses and our time on the yoga mat, so it’s a lot more than riding: groundwork, meditation and mindfulness, hands-on horse time (as in horse massage!).

Fun facts: Caitlin teaches a mala making workshop, and your Cowgirl Yoga mala is the perfect retreat souvenir.

Why you should #justbookit: to learn more about an eco-friendly working ranch that strives to live in harmony and balance with its many native floral and faunal inhabitants. For the mind-blowing experience of seeing the Milky Way when you look up at night. Rainbows. There are lots of rainbows.

Tree pose in front, Lone Peak behind. Yoga & Advanced Hiking in Big Sky, August 1-4, 2019

Everyone thinks because of our name that all our retreats are in Big Sky. This is actually the only one. The ski town becomes a hiking mecca in the summer.

If you want: to experience the best lunch you’ve ever had (after approximately 1200 feet altitude gain, food tastes so. good.); the feeling of accomplishment that comes from hiking 18 miles in 2 days; to say you did mountain pose in the mountains.

Activity level: challenging. Hiking at altitude requires good cardio fitness, and preparation. So get your workout on, and then come get that hiker’s high on a choice few of Montana’s best trails.

Fun facts: we almost always see moose, and if we’re really lucky we’ll see a mama and baby; one of our hikes Beehive Basin was included in Austin-Lehman’s World’s 10 Greatest Hikes (of course we agree).

Why you should #justbookit: we send you training tips to get in tip-top, mountain climbing shape.

Sharing the Boiling River with elk this year!  Yoga & Yellowstone, September 13-16, 2019

Did you know that our Yoga & Yellowstone retreat is also a hiking trip? Yep.

If you want: moose, grizzly, and elk galore; Yellowstone Park in all its autumn glory; to explore YNP with our own charming private guide.

Activity level: moderate. We have options for shorter or longer hikes depending on your mood, and our hikes in the Park are interspersed with wildlife scoping, geyser gazing, and Boiling River soaking.

Fun facts: wine selections at dinner include the apropos Yellowstone Cellars, and Elk Cove.

Why you should #justbookit: Fall is one of the best times to be in Yellowstone; it’s the elk rut (mating season), and hearing those big boys bugle is like nothing else. Also, the summer crowds are gone.

Si, dinner is this gorgeous every night.
Yoga & Vineyard Tuscany, October 13-19, 2019

Fall in Tuscany. What else is there to say? Just add yoga.

If you want: yoga under the tuscan sun; to stay in a villa in the Florentine Chianti; to learn how to make gnocchi (because how can you go through life without knowing how to make gnocchi??); to learn the ins and outs of olives during harvest time; plenty of Italian food and wine, plus the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for a full week!

Special touches: we send you a JADE Travel mat to pack for your Italian yoga adventure, and a copy of A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure by Marlena de Blasi for pre-Italy reading.

Fun facts: The sumptuous Villa il Leccio is part of the Agriturismo movement, translated literally as “farm stays”; the best Italian food is not in a swanky Florence restaurant – it’s in the countryside. We have the opportunity for horseback riding through the vineyards (at additional cost), because it’s almost impossible to say no to that. You’ll be able to say you visited the birthplace of Chianti, Castello Brolio.

Why you should #justbookit: Um, because Italy. And yoga in a medieval villa. And wine. And butter soft Italian leather, and cappuccino, and gelato, and…and…

Check our our Yoga & Vineyard FAQs!

NEW! Yoga & Vineyard Sicily, October 20-26, 2019

Yoga and Vineyard is such a great combo in Tuscany, we thought we’d go south with it.

If you want: to stretch, sip and sightsee in Sicily; to compare and contrast typical “Italian” fare to Sicilian cuisine with its Spanish, Greek and Arab influences; to visit the ancient Greek ruins of Selinunte and see mythology come to life; to pair freshly caught seafood with your Sicilian vino; to soak up thousands of years of history and an enormous variety of cultural influences that will fascinate and fuel your imagination and intellect.

Special touches: we send you a JADE Travel mat to pack for your Sicilian yoga adventure, and a copy of Sicilian Splendors: Discovering the Secret Places that Speak to the Heart.

Fun facts: Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean; it’s home to the largest active volcano in Europe, Mt. Etna, at almost 11K feet; there’s only a mile and a half between Sicily and the Italian mainland.

Why you should #justbookit: According to Goethe: “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything”. In addition to immersing ourselves in food, wine and Agriturismo, we’ll visit the coastal towns of Trapani and Marsala.

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Guest post by Cowgirls vs. Cancer 2017 alumna Becky. Looking for a holiday gift that gives back? Introducing the Big Sky Yoga collection of lavender eye pillows. Every purchase will help provide free eye pillows for cancer patients! Read on to learn more. And then order up! 

It can be difficult to know what to do for someone when they are going through a difficult time, like cancer treatment. Often, there is no “right” thing to say, so we say nothing. It can feel like nothing we could do could put a dent in the magnitude of pain that comes with a cancer diagnosis, so we do nothing. Others might send cards or make a meal for the patient and their family, typically at major junctions of the patient’s course with cancer, like at diagnosis, before a big surgery, or after their last chemo. 

Still, despite the support they may receive from loved ones, many patients end up feeling isolated and lonely at some point during their illness. No matter how many people care about them, it’s hard not to feel this way when 6 months in, the mailbox and fridge are empty. It can feel like everyone else has continued on with their lives (as of course, they should), while the patient is dragging themselves to yet another chemotherapy appointment, stuck in the all-consuming cancer-world. 

One day last spring, I was at home sewing (sewing is one of the few activities I have left given my limitations with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer), and I was mulling over these issues. I thought about the people that I see every 3 weeks at my infusion center, and how many of them show up alone. I looked over at my pile of scrap fabrics and realized that it was enough to make a basket of lavender eye pillows – a project I had worked on for my family members, so I knew how to do it. Why not make a basket of eye pillows and bring it in to share at my next infusion? 

I did just that, and the eye pillows – made with a variety of my scrap fabrics and filled with lavender and rice – disappeared in an instant. I felt a flush of satisfaction and happiness as I sat in my own infusion chair, hooked up to my chemo, and looked around at my fellow patients, each reclining next to their hanging IV bag with an eye pillow draped over their eyes. The room smelled more like a spa than a clinic with all the lavender. I went home, made another basket, and brought it to my next infusion. Soon enough I was delivering baskets of lavender eye pillows to every infusion center in town. Once I announced my latest hobby on Facebook, which I called Harriet + Ginger, my husband and I began delivering boxes of eye pillows to infusion centers and oncology nonprofits nationwide. My mom helped me cut fabric. As I’m a patient myself, finances are an issue, so my husband and I began selling them as well in order to fund the free ones. Between those sales and generous donations, we have been able to donate over 1100 eye pillows in about 5 months.

I’ve done a lot of thinking about why such a simple product is so popular, and I think it has a lot to do with what the eye pillows represent. Of course, they are designed to provide some comfort and relaxation – which is much needed for anyone going through cancer or anyone who loves someone going through cancer – but they are also a reminder that someone out there cares. I care. My husband cares. My mom cares. Every person who donated fabric cares. When patients are given a free eye pillow, they are reminded that there are people out there thinking about them, who care about their pain, who want to help. Even when their mailbox is empty – they aren’t forgotten. 

Others have found them to be affordable, meaningful gifts to give to a loved one facing cancer (or any difficult time). It’s a unique, thoughtful gift that shows a level of recognition for what the patient is going through. In a simple way, it says, “I want you to be in less pain. I want you to feel less stress and have more comfort. Here is something that might help.” People have told me that the eye pillows help them sleep and reduce their anxiety – two major issues for many cancer patients. Personally, I can’t fall asleep without mine, and when I’m facing a particularly stressful day, like a scan, laying in my bed and breathing in the lavender helps me focus and calm.

Becky and Java at the 2017 Cowgirls vs. Cancer retreat.

While we do have a small Etsy shop, most of our funding is due to the generosity of Margaret Burns Vap at Big Sky Yoga Retreats in Montana. She runs a non-profit yoga/horseback riding retreat for women with breast cancer called Cowgirls vs. Cancer. I had the good fortune to attend the retreat in 2017. Margaret gives women a weekend of complete luxury, pampering, and fun. Her program makes women feel cared for. It’s a place for patients to connect with each other and break down the sense of isolation that too often develops throughout treatment. When she heard about Harriet + Ginger, she offered to stock the eye pillows in her Big Sky Yoga Retreats shop in order to help us fund the free eye pillows, and she has been an invaluable member of this project ever since. Those 1100 free eye pillows would never have happened were it not for her help and generosity.

Now, we are teaming up once more to bring you the Big Sky Yoga Collection – a special holiday offer. All profits will go back into making free eye pillows for cancer patients, loved ones, and providers. The collection includes one eye pillow, plus two removable, machine-washable (essential for any chemotherapy patient) eye pillow cases – each with a different design: elk, unicorns, and namaste/om. Each design represents the different types of trips that Big Sky Yoga Retreats offers. [Editor’s note: WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD NOT WANT A UNICORN EYE PILLOW?]

These make the perfect holiday gift, and your purchase will go towards helping those in need feel loved, remembered, and cared for. To place your holiday order – remember, it’s only $15 + $7 shipping! – email info@bigskyyogaretreats.com.
Donation upgrade: $15 sponsors 5 donation eye pillows. Add $10 to your order, and Harriet + Ginger will donate 3 more eye pillows! #winwin

Yeehaw, Namaste, and best wishes for healthy holidays ahead.

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I just returned from 10 days of hiking with my hub in the Austrian Alps, while my girl skied the Austrian Alps (summer ski camp on a glacier, in case you were wondering). I had lots of time putting one foot in front of the other to ponder the moving meditation of hiking.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 2:46 – sthira-sukham asanam – says that your connection to the earth should be steady and joyful. It’s not always that easy, when you are struggling to catch your breath as you gain altitude, almost trip on about 1,000 rocks, and wonder not for the first time how long until we get there. But then it all smooths out. You look up and around at your surroundings and declare them the most beautiful you’ve ever seen. You feel the expansiveness of the sky above. You feel the connection to the earth with every step, one in front of the other. And you find your rhythm, your hiker’s high.

The point is, we have to work to cultivate steadiness and joy. They don’t just happen spontaneously. In our yoga practice it’s the same. From the hot-off-the-press book Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat: When we approach even challenging poses with ease, they eventually become steady. And if we can remain steady in Mountain Pose and resist the itchy nose, the desire to fidget, the red numbers on the clock, we have prepared ourselves to take our practice off the mat. When we have that ease and steadiness in our physical practice, we begin to cultivate those same qualities in business meetings, in our relationships, and with ourselves. 

If you’ve read this blog at all or know much about what I do, you’ll recall that I combine yoga with other activities on retreat, including horses and hiking. My philosophy is that yoga helps you do anything you do better. When we practice yoga and then hit the hiking trail, I want you to see the connection, to feel it. Yoga awakens an awareness of putting one foot in front of the other, of creating a steady and joyful connection to the earth – and of making your trail time a moving meditation, vs. just logging miles.

On the mat, we awaken many things within ourselves that we previously weren’t aware of. There are more than a few books out there on that subject. When we spend time outside in nature, we intensify that awakening. When you can experience how yoga influences your time off the mat, to me that is the most meaningful benefit of all. One that’s taken me years to articulate. And sometimes that awareness of something greater than ourselves, and discovering that we are part of it, is best felt and not spoken.

Hiking yoga break: cow face pose amongst Austrian cows.

I hate to sound clichéd, but it goes back to it’s about the journey, not the destination. When I lead a guided meditation, I always discuss how linear our culture is. We are all about the end game, which makes it really hard to have any appreciation for the process. It’s a cultural heritage that is tough to shake, and one that yoga and meditation do not jibe well with. We actually lose the benefits that they offer if we approach them linearly. So, when I catch myself wanting to know how much further on a hike that happens to be kicking my ass…I have to dig into my yoga practice for the tools to be present.

We have only three spots left this year to practice moving meditation and hike with me – one spot on our August 2-5 Yoga and Advanced Hiking retreat, and two spots on our September 13-16 Yoga & Yellowstone Hiking retreat. Hope to meet you in Montana. Namaste.

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This great grey owl has been hanging around the Vap Ranch this winter…our neighbor ought to be a pro wildlife photog!

It’s been a never ending winter here in Montana, and our cozy little neck of the woods has felt like Narnia, all sparkly snow, owl sightings, and shooting stars (full disclosure: we’ve also had a frozen pipe or two, and our garage doors have frozen shut on multiple inconvenient occasions. But it’s been stunning outside!). As we await some semblance of spring, so we can get fencing and barn building started to bring our horses home…I’ve been spending a lot of time doing groundwork, with a certain horse named Skywalker.

Think about what groundwork means: it’s establishing a base, a foundation. It’s getting grounded so you can grow from there. The problem is, many people want to skip it, no matter what we’re talking about. With horses, people just want to get on and ride. With yoga, they muscle right in to advanced asana. Most of the time, you will fall on your face if you attempt crow pose without practicing some prep work. Not doing groundwork with horses can have similar results.

A few weeks ago, I came back from our first Cowgirl Yoga retreat in Argentina. I hadn’t seen Skywalker in a few weeks, my body was adjusting after travel and time zone changes, and I’d had some parenting challenges (#tweenlife). I walked into the arena without even realizing how amped up I was. Skywalker must not have recognized this emotionally discombobulated me, and his reaction was to run. And keep running. And the longe line between us reflected this tension. My lovely trainer stepped in, smooth as silk, and he slowed down, maybe even sighed in relief. He looked like he was dancing with her. Groundwork with horses 101: any emotional state you are in will be reflected in your communication with your horse. Take some deep breaths. Scan your body. Set an intention. If you can have this effect on your horse from the ground, consider what your body would tell him while on his back.

Here’s a great video of Skywalker and I, on a better day when our energies aligned:

Groundworking Skywalker - YouTube

Groundwork gives you the opportunity to recognize your energy, read your horse’s energy, and hopefully make positive adjustments to both. It creates an energetic relationship. Sometimes I ride after doing it, sometimes I don’t; but anytime I am going to ride, I’ve learned things on the ground that improve my partnership with my horse. I see things on the ground that I might not see from the saddle.

I introduced ground working sessions on our Cowgirl Yoga retreats a few years ago, not even realizing why: it’s the link between yoga and what we do on the mat, and getting on the back of the horse. It dispels any myth that one just gets on and rides a horse, with the horse doing all the “work”. It illustrates how sensitive and finely tuned these animals can be to us. We approach groundwork as an energy exchange, with the goal of becoming the horse’s leader. People cry, become overjoyed, spill all kinds of emotions they didn’t even know they had inside when they join up with a 1200 pound animal, who will follow them around like a puppy. It reminds our cowgirl yoginis to bring key elements of the yoga practice – like breath, calm and centered intention, controlled and flowing (vs. imprecise and choppy) movements – to every moment with a horse. Oh, and we do horse massage too. As you can imagine, that goes over quite well with both horse and human.

I’ll scratch your back if you open up mine…

And while you might not be able to indulge in a groundwork session with every horse you ride, there are certainly things you can take from it to use in every interaction you have a with a horse. And guess what – we work on many of those things on our yoga mat. Stay connected to your breath, and let the horse feel your deep inhales and exhales. Center yourself and create a positive intention. Check in with your physical and emotional energy. It’s not esoteric, it’s being in touch. And it’s a healthy way to live – horses agree!

Want to try groundwork with a horse? We still have a few spots left on our July B-LUXE Cowgirl Yoga retreats!

Yeehaw & Namaste.

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Guest post by Caitlin, who teaches on our B-LUXE Cowgirl Yoga retreats in Montana, and on our Yoga & Vineyard Tuscany retreat in Italy. She will lead a Body Empowerment for Tweens and their Moms workshop in Bozeman, Montana this summer, hosted by Big Sky Yoga Retreats. I admire her openness to sharing her journey through eating disorder recovery, and her authentic activism to inspire positive body image in women and girls. 

(Photo credit to Cheyenne Gil Photography for helping me break out of my shell in my new body and feel beautiful in #EDrecovery.)

One year ago, I would never have considered going to Italy…specifically because of the food. The amazing and beautiful buildings and history seemed nice, but knowing that I would “have to eat so much”  made me decline many vacations during my 15 years in the grip of eating disorders.

In December 2016, I was 110 pounds, fainting regularly, and sneaking to the bathroom at work, at home and in public to vomit whatever I ate for fear of losing control of my body. This was my reality for 15 years of my life, but it came to a head when I also started restricting my food intake. I lost 25 pounds in 2 months, and was inevitably sent to partial hospitalization treatment to get myself back on track.

Food was always my enemy for half of my life. I couldn’t go to the grocery store, cook for myself or even go out to eat with friends without having panic attacks. My diet consisted of plain cereal with 10 almonds for breakfast, maybe some lettuce for lunch and no dinner at all. When I did eat meals, I purged them within the hour.

Treatment was the most difficult thing I have ever done. Learning to eat, feel my body and be ok with its changes was excruciating, scary and enlightening. I was hospitalized from December 2016 to March 2017, and in May, the family I have been a part of for many years as their babysitter/nanny invited me to Italy with them. I planned out every minute I could in terms of eating and food and when I could purge every meal. I got off the plane, had one dinner and everything shifted.

In the US, food is “on the go”, fast, and “the enemy”. We restrict, feel the need to detox and burn off what we eat, and it has become accepted as normal language to comment on the things we eat as “bad” or how we need to compensate for them.

In Italy, I found healing, strength and a new view on food and eating, because everything that is familiar at home is the opposite; food is made from scratch, with care and with love. It takes hours to prepare and even more hours to eat. No one orders “just a salad”, and skipping the appetizer is unheard of. Food is respected, loved and used to nourish the body and feed the soul.

I came back from my first trip from Italy inspired and motivated in my eating disorder recovery journey. As soon as I came back, I knew I had to return.

Caitlin teaching yoga in Tuscany, October 2017.

When given the opportunity to teach on the Big Sky Yoga Retreats Tuscany adventure, I knew it was meant to be. My second trip to Italy solidified my idea that this was a place that loved, cherished and took TIME for their food, and I am so thankful for it. We ate food and drank wine nourished from root to table, met the animals that made the delicious cheese that accompanied our homemade pasta, and touched the olives that were pressed to make the oil we tasted on handmade bread.

Italy has inspired me to see food as not just something that I have to eat to survive. It has taught me that food is precious, sacred, and should be given the proper care and attention. Italy has been a huge part of my recovery from 15 years of eating disorders, and I hope than anyone suffering even a little bit (which seems to be most people these days) should experience the beauty, magic and healing of Italia.

Now, can we have a 3 hour lunch break like we do in Italy?

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Hola! Just back from our Cowgirl Yoga retreat in Costa Rica, feeling refreshed and tan. As always after CR, I’ve got some good travel stories that blend a bit of Indiana Jones with pura vida. And I’ve been musing about travel trends, since not only have I been traveling, but I’ve also been reading about travel and planning other peoples’ travel (as we flush out the exciting details of this year’s retreat schedule).

I’ve been thinking a lot about my own personal travel philosophy, and how our yoga retreats have become an extension of that. As someone who studied abroad as many times as I could, who majored in languages, and who worked for international companies, I’ve always viewed travel as a life experience vs. getting away from my life at home. A time and place to enhance and expand my worldview. From every plane ticket, I’ve wanted something I could bring home…a piece of this planet that becomes a piece of me.

Here’s my take on how all of the above translates into what we do on retreat. And fits quite nicely into this year’s travel trends.

Me and Rambo on Playa Pelada, Costa Rica.

Active Adventure Travel. “Wellness trips will become more active”, says Intrepid Travel in 10 Travel Trends for 2018 (#3). Back in the day, I worked for a cosmetics company and forecast health and beauty trends; I always, always played the spa card, and “spa travel” was one I was fond of. Who wouldn’t want to go on a trip and come back feeling better, more healthy, more fit? Or find inspiration to become more healthy and fit at home? I saved money so I could go on a cycling trip in California wine country in between grad school semesters. I viewed travel as an opportunity to explore and be active; sitting on a beach all day or on my butt in a café didn’t have the same appeal. The great news is, exploring and being active can go hand in hand. On our Cowgirl Yoga retreats, you will practice tons of yoga, ride horses, and take in your surroundings from the saddle. On our Yoga and Hiking retreats, you’ll do yoga, hike miles and soak up sights you wouldn’t see (like moose!) if you didn’t lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail. And our most active and adventurous retreat this year combines yoga, hiking and horseback riding, on the new Cowgirl Yoga and Hiking in Patagonia in March (3 spots left!).

From PopSugar’s 10 Travel Trends on the Rise in 2018 (#9, Adventure Travel):

The average bucket list used to consist of mostly the classics: the Eiffel Tower, the Greek Islands, Times Square, etc. Today, that list is so much more diverse, with more heart-pounding activities than ever in the must-do category. Combining nature, culture, and activity has never been more popular as travelers look to have experiences in places off the beaten path.

IMHO: yoga, horses and hiking go way beyond the average bucket list! So make your bucket list above average.

Furthermore, says Intrepid Traveler, “Adventure travel will cater to experiences” (#7):

According to a recent study by the Adventure Travel Trade Association…the definition of adventure is changing. Risky adrenaline activities are favored 45% less than “experiencing a new culture” in the definition of adventure travel.

I’ll go out on a limb and say our retreat horses, hiking and yoga are NOT “risky adrenaline activities”…but they definitely will get your heart pumping and prana flowing. Or how about learning to fly fish? Not an adrenaline rush, but a surge of mindfulness can for sure be found on our new Fly Fishing and Yoga retreat in June. And about that “experiencing a new culture”…have I mentioned Argentina? Or Italy? (read on for more on Agriturismo, that’s not on the typical Italy bucket list!)

Yoga & Vineyard Tuscany retreat.

Food & Wine Travel. From PopSugar’s 10 Travel Trends on the Rise in 2018 (#10, Wine Destinations): Wine country: the rolling hills, stunning landscapes, bountiful history, and, well, the wine. Travel should be about eating and drinking well. And healthy, to boot. Building on the active travel trend: why would you want to go home after a vacation and feel like crap? On all our retreats, we take time to enjoy our food and each other’s company…and to fuel our active adventuring with fresh, healthy and local fare. Wine becomes part of the foodie experience, with an emphasis on quality over quantity. Food and wine are to be enjoyed, and make you feel good. Not like crap. We want you to ask for the recipe and the name of the wine.

Italian Agriturismo captures this perfectly. Agriturismo, a combination of the Italian words for “agriculture” and “tourism,” is a style of vacationing in scenic rural farm areas. Agriturismo is food, wine, and farm oriented. The big sightseeing checklist of churches and works of art are not on the agenda; this is an authentic travel experience designed to show you where all the amazing Italian food and wine comes from. There aren’t any long lines to wait in, tickets to buy, or crowds to navigate. You can slow down and truly feel a connection to the stunning surroundings.

Our Yoga & Vineyard Tuscany is the ultimate vino + vinyasa vacation. Wine, pasta, and yoga?? Yes! You can have it all…as in, a wellness retreat and an indulgent foodie vacation combined into one. I believe that food is a beautiful part of life, and we appreciate the Italian food philosophy. I also believe that being active and practicing yoga is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Eating good food, drinking wine, and being healthy are not mutually exclusive. We’ll kick off this retreat with a led discussion on eating and drinking mindfully.

P.S. – Also new this year is our Culinary Cowgirl Yoga retreat, for foodie cowgirl yoginis – but it’s sold out, so put it on the radar for 2019!

Women retreaters: coming alone to come together.

Solo Women Travel. According to Intrepid Travel, there’s been a 40% increase in solo passengers on group trips over the past five years. PopSugar says solo travel is on the rise…especially for women. I just parted ways with one of our Costa Rican cowgirl yoginis who was staying on until the end of the month – and gleefully making plans. By herself. Women traveling alone aren’t renegade anymore. In fact, we crave solo travel, and I firmly believe it makes us better women. And better friends, partners, parents, professionals, and well-rounded individuals. My daughter and I went on a horseback riding trip to Iceland last year, and I’m already looking at one in Ireland for 2019. I want her to grow up believing that the world is a wonderful place – and one that she shouldn’t fear exploring.

But are you really alone…? “Solo” often means you are coming by yourself on a group trip, like our retreats. So truly, you end up with quite a few new BFFs. You are anything but alone. However, busting out to plan a trip without a companion, getting there on your own, and not being totally sure what awaits you on the other end – that requires being a bit of a badass. And the woman-as-badass concept is motivating – think Cowgirl Yoga. Because what could possibly be more badass than a woman who can ride a horse and kick asana?? Many women’s trips push against our comfort zones, and challenge us to grow in ways we never thought possible. And, in the end we come alone to come together.

I hope you will hop on these travel trends and join me on retreat this year. Yeehaw and Namaste.

Inspiring Reads:

Destination Earth: A New Philosophy of Travel by a World-Traveler

What is Agriturismo? on Trip Savvy

100 Places Every Woman Should Go

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The 2018 yoga retreat gift guide is here! While you are in the throes of holiday merry making (and all the busy-ness that ensues), why not make a commitment to yourself for next year – to go on a yoga retreat that focuses on your health and wellbeing. Personally, I love having a trip out there on the calendar that will encourage me to stay focused on healthy goal setting.

I’m a big believer that experiences make the best gifts, and have lasting impact; it’s what I give my daughter more often than not. So whether you give a retreat to yourself, ask Santa for it, or gift it to another lucky yogini…I hope this guide will help you make the perfect choice.

I can’t think of any better holiday cheer than yoga, horses, Montana! And unicorns, of course.
So #justbookit, and let us know if you need a gift certificate.

LUXE Cowgirl Yoga Costa Rica, January 6-13, 2018
Cowgirl Yoga, pura vida style. This will be our 4th time starting off the New Year in Costa Rica with our friends at Equisol. *Hurry, only two spots left!

If you want: to check off that bucket list item of riding a horse on the beach; daily swims in the most stunning infinity pool overlooking the ocean; morning yoga while being serenaded by howler monkeys.

Riding level: beginners welcome, but we suggest some riding experience for our rides in the jungle, on the beach and to a waterfall. This retreat also emphasizes the horse-human connection and the connection between our time with horses and our time on the yoga mat, so it’s more than riding: groundwork, meditation and mindfulness, hands-on horse time (as in horse massage!). And if we’re lucky…swimming with the horses too!

Fun facts: We have a free day when you can take a surf lesson, zipline through the jungle, be a beach bum, or visit a coffee farm. The girls at Finca Austria make the best cappuccinos this side of Italy. Howler monkeys sound like dinosaurs (well, what we think dinosaurs must’ve sounded like.)

Why you should #justbookit: Yoga, horses and beaches. What more is there to say? Also, check out 10 Costa Rica Questions for further enticement.

Bariloche, our retreat playground!

Cowgirl Yoga & Hiking in Patagonia, March 3-10, 2018
We are absolutely thrilled to be heading to Argentina for the first time to hike and horseback ride under the Southern Cross! Join other thrill seeking yoginis for this action-packed South American adventure – we promise to balance out the action with lots of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. *Hurry, only 2 spots left!

If you want: a very active and adventurous vacation in one of the most wildly stunning places on earth (like Montana but in Argentina!); to explore trails by foot and hoof, on our first retreat to offer both hiking and riding.

Riding level: while our outfitters can accommodate all levels of riders, we strongly recommend riding experience and/or lessons before the trip, so you can be as comfortable as possible in the Patagonian terrain.

Fun facts: a private catamaran sail will take us to the trailhead for one of our hikes. Bariloche is famous not only for its outdoor playground, but also for its chocolate. South American seasons are the opposite of North America’s, so our retreat is during their early fall.

Why you should #justbookit: Because when else are you going to go to Argentina?? It’s a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list retreat. And you are going to come back in rock star shape.
Check out our Cowgirl Yoga & Hiking Patagonia FAQs!

LUXE Cowgirl Yoga & Creativity, May 17-20, 2018 – SOLD OUT!
*We added another weekend – May 10-13! Come celebrate Mother’s Day in Montana!
Cultivate your creative streak with yoga and horses! This retreat is designed to start the day with yoga and more saddle time than our other retreats, on a wide open landscape (over 5,000 acres at Grey Cliffs Ranch!) with a Big Sky overhead. In the afternoons, we’ll delve into pottery, sketching and coloring, journaling and more meditation. If you miss art class and love yoga and horses, this one’s for you.

If you want: to ride out like a cowgirl after warming up with a full yoga practice, to indulge in art with pottery lessons and time to color and sketch, to take a cooking lesson, to connect the dots between yoga, horses and your own creative expression.

Riding level: you can expect between 2-4 hours in the saddle on each ride, so some riding experience is recommended.

Fun facts: Licia your pottery teacher has an amazing etsy shop, but you can also pick up her gorgeous goods at the ranch studio. If you’re feeling really cowgirl, Licia’s husband Chris will take you clay shooting.

Why you should #justbookit: to reTreat yourself for a fresh start in the spring, to awaken your artsy cowgirl yogini.

Me and Gus.

LUXE Cowgirl Yoga, June 7-10, 2018 & September 20-23, 2018
Where it all started – the original Cowgirl Yoga.

If you want: the unique combination of yoga + horses; laid back luxury (which abounds at the Double T River Ranch); yoga in a restored barn loft; the most comfortable beds ever.

Riding level: beginners welcome! and we always have something up our chinks for more experienced riders too. This retreat emphasizes the horse-human connection and the connection between our time with horses and our time on the yoga mat, so it’s a lot more than riding: groundwork, meditation and mindfulness, hands-on horse time (as in horse massage!).

Fun facts: CNN filmed a “Passion to Portfolio” segment with me on this retreat; Lisa teaches her famous before bed restorative yoga on this one – come in your pj’s, and bring wine.

Why you should #justbookit: we do a happy hour fjord wagon ride around the ranch on Saturday night! And LUXE CY was featured by SELF Magazine in 11 Yoga Retreats that are Totally Worth It!

Cowgirl Yoga love.

B-LUXE Cowgirl Yoga, July 12-15 & July 26-29, 2018
B Bar Ranch
is so peaceful, you can hear your breath. It’s a true retreat into the wilds of Montana, with all the creature comforts. And the creatures.

If you want: the unique combination of yoga + horses; to be smack dab in the middle of Yellowstone wilderness – B Bar is a 9,000-acre ranch and an extension of the Yellowstone National Park ecosystem; to see stars like you have never seen stars before; to watch grizzlies at dawn (through binocs!).

Riding level: beginners welcome! and we always have something up our chinks for more experienced riders too. This retreat emphasizes the horse-human connection and the connection between our time with horses and our time on the yoga mat, so it’s a lot more than riding: groundwork, meditation and mindfulness, hands-on horse time (as in horse massage!).

Fun facts: Caitlin teaches a mala making workshop, and your Cowgirl Yoga mala is the perfect retreat souvenir.

Why you should #justbookit: to learn more about an eco-friendly working ranch that strives to live in harmony and balance with its many native floral and faunal inhabitants. For the mind-blowing experience of seeing the Milky Way when you look up at night. Rainbows. There are lots of rainbows.

Bear Basin, Big Sky.

Yoga & Advanced Hiking in Big Sky, August 2-5, 2018
Everyone thinks because of our name that all our retreats are in Big Sky. This is actually the only one. The ski town becomes a hiking mecca in the summer.

If you want: to experience the best lunch you’ve ever had (after approximately 1200 feet altitude gain, food tastes so. good.); the feeling of accomplishment that comes from hiking 18 miles in 2 days; to say you did mountain pose in the mountains.

Activity level: challenging. Hiking at altitude requires good cardio fitness, and preparation. So get your workout on, and then come get that hiker’s high on a choice few of Montana’s best trails.

Fun facts: we almost always see moose, and if we’re really lucky we’ll see a mama and baby; one of our hikes Beehive Basin was included in Austin-Lehman’s World’s 10 Greatest Hikes (of course we agree).

Why you should #justbookit: we send you training tips to get in tip-top, mountain climbing shape.

Culinary Cowgirl Yoga California, August 16-20, 2018
Food, Horses and Yoga. If I had to name my top three passions, that’s what I’d say. Therefore, I am always coming up with new ways to savor and share them on retreat. I’m pretty excited about this new retreat that’s evolved from this mélange of my life’s primary pleasures.We’ll be taking Cowgirl Yoga to new heights next summer, and we even had to add an extra day to do that justice.*Hurry, only 4 spots left! 

If you want: to stay and do yoga on a working goat/sheep dairy and farmstead creamery – love animals and artisan cheese? then this is the place for you; to tease out those gorgeous flavors that might otherwise elude our palate (you know, like that scent of grapefruit in your sauvignon blanc, or the pomegranate and fall leaves in your pinot noir) with the help of food and wine educator/taste bud wrangler Dory Kwan; farm-to-table food galore; lots of get up and go riding.

Riding level: Riding experience is required for this retreat. We ask that you be comfortable at all three gaits, at speed; have an independent seat, and soft hands; are experienced riding on open trails, outside of the arena, and comfortable with Western tack.

Fun facts: we will attempt goat yoga! How can we not if we’re staying on a goat farm? Dory, our taste bud wrangler, is a badass horsewoman.

Why you should #justbookit: it was featured by Yoga Journal in 8 Ultra-Luxe Yoga Retreats We Can at Least Dream About (don’t dream it, just do it!)

Fall at B Bar Ranch. That is a moose sculpture.

Yoga & Yellowstone, September 14-17, 2018
Did you know that our Yoga & Yellowstone retreat is also a hiking trip? Yep.

If you want: moose, grizzly, and elk galore; Yellowstone Park in all its autumn glory; to explore YNP with our own charming private guide.

Activity level: moderate. We have options for shorter or longer hikes depending on your mood, and our hikes in the Park are interspersed with wildlife scoping, geyser gazing, and Boiling River soaking.

Fun facts: wine selections at dinner include the apropos Yellowstone Cellars, and Elk Cove.

Why you should #justbookit: Fall is one of the best times to be in Yellowstone; it’s the elk rut (mating season), and hearing those big boys bugle is like nothing else. Also, the summer crowds are gone.

It’s the equine paparazzi! those are my boys Java and Skywalker.

Cowgirl Yogatography, September 27-30, 2018
Look at horses differently. See more. Expand your vision. All this and more in a retreat that combines yoga, horses and photography. I call it a new travel genre: an active and creative vacation.

If you want: to let your creativity run wild and free in Montana; to get to know your camera and what it can do; to explore how yoga and meditation can awaken your artistic streak; to see what happens creatively when you spend some time nurturing yourself and soaking up nature.

Special touches: after you have a few days behind the camera, our Yogatography guru Larry will turn his lens on you and send you home with some snaps with your fave horse. Maybe in a yoga pose (you, not the horse). A Saturday night slideshow that showcases your new talent.

Fun Facts: our gorgeous equine models are members of the Cowgirl Yoga herd, plus some Fjords, Clydesdales, and a donkey named Walter.

Why you should #justbookit: if this slideshow from our 2016 retreat doesn’t convince you, not sure what will.

Misty morning with San Gimignano in the distance.

Yoga & Vineyard Tuscany, October 14-20, 2018
Fall in Tuscany. What else is there to say? Just add yoga.

If you want: yoga under the tuscan sun; to stay in a villa in the Florentine Chianti; to learn how to make gnocchi (because how can you go through life without knowing how to make gnocchi??); to learn the ins and outs of olives during harvest time; plenty of Italian food and wine, plus the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for a full week!

Special touches: we send you a JADE Travel mat to pack for your Italian yoga adventure, and a copy of A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure by Marlena de Blasi for pre-Italy reading.

Fun facts: The sumptuous Villa il Leccio is part of the Agriturismo movement, translated literally as “farm stays”; the best Italian food is not in a swanky Rome restaurant – it’s in the countryside. We have the opportunity for horseback riding through the vineyards (at additional cost), because it’s almost impossible to say no to that.

Why you should #justbookit: Um, because Italy. And yoga in a medieval castle. And wine. And butter soft Italian leather, and cappuccino, and gelato, and…and…
Check our our Yoga & Vineyard FAQs!

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Well, it’s about time I’m back on the blog…after 4 back to back retreats in Montana + 1 in Italy this fall, I’ve been too busy living it to write about it. I’m looking forward to being a hOMebody for the holidays.

And, I keep writing this in my calendar: Cowgirls vs. Cancer blog post. But I keep procrastinating. This is the time of year that we take nominations for next year’s retreat, and while I couldn’t be happier to see them come in, they bring many mixed emotions. Compassion for the suffering, anger at the disease, hope and inspiration from the stories of the beautiful resilience of the human spirit, no matter how broken the body might be. I’m used to tackling things head on – but I’ve noticed that I sometimes push C vs C away. I fear not being able to make a difference. I fear having to choose next year’s group, because every single nomination deserves more than we can give. I fear the cocktail of strong emotions that reading these cancer experiences brings on.
Left: Unicorn OM cake by Elle’s Belles.

Today, I learned that one of the cowgirls that was supposed to attend this year’s retreat, but could not for health reasons, passed away. She was planning to come next year. And the mix of emotions that has tugged at my heart all day formed two words: do something. I started Cowgirls vs. Cancer to do something, because I hated feeling powerless every time the word cancer came up. Today, Laci’s passing reminded me to move forward. To keep doing something, however insignificant or scary it might feel sometimes.

Jennifer and Cody, Cowgirls vs. Cancer 2017

After this year’s retreat, we got the best thank you note ever from Jennifer:

It took me awhile to craft this thank you note. I wanted to get the words just right to express my gratitude for the Cowgirls vs. Cancer retreat.

Cancer, at any stage and any type, has a substantial impact on your life. Once you get past the initial heartbreaking diagnosis, then comes the treatment. 

My daughter once asked me which hurts worse, the cancer or the treatment. At that time, I couldn’t feel the cancer so I told her the treatment, for what it would ultimately put my body through. What I didn’t realize was the emotional toll it would take on me as well. 

I pushed through treatments like a warrior; my coworkers told me I was not normal. I wanted to stay strong for my family, my girls and my husband. I didn’t want pity from others because I had cancer, I didn’t want to look in the mirror and see cancer. I wanted to keep living life. 

However, five surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy over the course of two years hits a person hard. The reality that your body is not the same, and that there is a new normal can be a hard pill to swallow. I didn’t want a new normal, I wanted my old life back. Now that I am not able to do some of the things I did before, it is hard to feel like the warrior I once was. 

The gift you gave me was the opportunity to attend the most life altering retreat ever. I was able to connect with others who really understood where I had been and how I felt. This retreat provided me with time to just be me, without the shadow of cancer – an opportunity to experience real joy again. 

Each and every moment during the retreat was a gift that I received and will forever cherish in my heart. On those occasions when I am feeling dark, I can reflect on this opportunity and take a moment to breathe in the memories and positive affirmations, and remember the Double T River Ranch. 

Are you a breast cancer survivor or currently undergoing treatment? Do you have an inspiring woman in your life who is? Giddy up and get nominatingWe’ve extended the nomination deadline until November 25. What are you waiting for?

See what it’s all about! We were recognized as as one of TheOneHundred.org’s 2017 honorees, and they captured Cowgirls vs. Cancer so wonderfully well in this video. Yeehaw and Namaste.

Cowgirls vs. Cancer - the one hundred 2017 - YouTube

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It’s been a complicated summer, that required lots of coordination and meticulous planning. I’m not complaining – it was filled with travel (Iceland!), beautiful retreats (see the video of Cowgirls vs. Cancer!), and a big move for my family to our new “Vap Ranch”, where we plan to build a barn and move our horses hOMe with us. However, I’m all about balance, and as the summer ends that’s what I’ve been craving – some time with nothing going on. Some time that doesn’t feel complicated.

No wonder yoga and horses have exerted more of pull on me than ever.

They’re not complicated. What is complicated is all the thinking about them before hand, analyzing them after. How many yoga practices will I get in this week? Are my yoga clothes clean? Where’s my mat? Do I have enough time to ride? Where are my jeans? What did I accomplish with my horse?

In tumultuous times (personal and political), we seek simplicity, whether we know it or not. A part of us has become addicted to the rush of rushing around and the sensationalized news feed – it’s the curse of our culture, for sure. It’s why yoga became so popular. It offers an opportunity to stop rushing, to channel that nervous energy into moving meditation (and ultimately, some stillness), and come out calmer and slower. Horses offer a similar benefit, as time with a “moving yoga mat” (as I like to call them) forces you to be present; you can’t be obsessing about the past or fretting about the future while you are engaging with a 1,000 pound animal. It’s as if they look at us and say, Be Here Now, you silly human. Their equine wisdom is simple and timeless.

Back in the outdoor studio with Larry our Cowgirl Yogatography guru, unleashing creative vibes for this fall’s retreats.

Both yoga and horses require a shifting of gears: from complicated to simple. They both require that we get back to basics: particularly our breath. The breath is often the first thing to go when we feel challenged, rushed. We lose our awareness of it, it becomes light and shallow and doesn’t penetrate the body much. This triggers a “fight or flight” response, while deeper breathing cultivates a relaxation response.

A quote from a lovely book called She Flies Without Wings – How Horses Touch a Woman’s Soul evokes the simple pleasure of breathing:

We can begin with the breathing. When we pause to draw air deeply into the lungs, we lift the diaphragm, open the ribs, and rush oxygen to the spine, into the back of the neck, and along all the extremities. Relaxed, deep breathing is an instant pick-me-up for all our senses because it replenishes every cell. We don’t have to flare our nostrils the way horses do, but we can follow their example of breathing deeply enough to fuel every muscle for movement.

The simplicity of breathing. The simplicity of horses and yoga. The simplicity of savasana, of horse breath. The simplicity of stillness, good intentions, healthy living. My autumn mantra is keep it simple – I plan to actively seek out ways to simplify my life in an enriching way. Who’s with me?

Yeehaw and Namaste.

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Introducing Skywalker, the newest member of the Cowgirl Yoga herd. He’s a Tennessee Walking Horse. But here he reminds me of the Black Stallion (without the stallion part). One recent summer day, he gracefully posed for photos to demonstrate his enthusiasm for our upcoming Cowgirl Yogatography retreat this fall.

The seasons are shifting. I absolutely adore this time of year, when the promise of autumn in is the air. Cooler mornings and nights, softer sunlight. I feel more and more inspired, and less depleted. The autumn ahead will be full of creative energy.

Join us in Montana this fall to reignite your creative spark. We have 2 spots each left on two retreats dedicated to creativity: Cowgirl Yogatography (September 28-October 1) and LUXE Cowgirl Yoga & Creativity (October 5-8). It’s the last chance to Cowgirl Yoga with us this year. Yeehaw and Namaste.

Gorgeous photos by Dee Dee Tronson Naab

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