Cowgirl and Cowboy Savasana Yoga and Horseback Riding Retreat

Sasabe, AZ, United States

Michele Vaughan.
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Nov 20 - 24, 2019
Group size: 1 - 25
Cowgirl and Cowboy Savasana Yoga and Horseback Riding Retreat
Sasabe, AZ, United States

Michele Vaughan.
  • Email address verified
1 review

Nov 20 - 24, 2019
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip


“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Anne Lamott

We all need to unplug to clear our minds, reset our bodies and lower our stress levels. This retreat will give you the space, guidance and opportunity to do that. With 2 yoga classes a day, hiking and optional horseback riding, you’ll have the opportunity to unwind, restore and reset. Yogis and riders of all levels are welcome.


The location for our retreat is the highly rated and beautiful ranch in Southern Arizona, Rancho de la Osa, in Sasabee Arizona. Rich with history of the old west and miles of serene open space to explore, the ranch provides us with the space to disconnect for a few days. Everything you need is at the ranch, so once you arrive, you can stay and not leave until check out time!

Sample Itinerary

Sunrise ~ 30 minute meditation

7 AM Vinyasa Flow Yoga class

8:30 AM Breakfast

10:00 AM Horseback Riding

12:30 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Siesta, Free Time

4:00 PM Creativity Time. Open art studio. Walking, hiking, ranch activity

6:30 PM Dinner

8:00 PM Restorative Yoga or Ranch Organized Activity


Yoga and Horseback Riding

Enjoy the sunshine, clean desert southwest air as you retreat from city life and tuck into life on the historic and beautiful Rancho de la Osa in Sasabe Arizona. The moment you drive through the ranch gates, you can feel the magic of the ranch as you begin to unwind, breath deep and begin to decompress. 

Begin your day with a meditation practice, followed by a Vinyasa flow yoga class. Refreshed, awake and ready for the day, find your way to the community dining room and enjoy breakfast with your yoga retreat community as well as other guests on the ranch. 

Explore the hundreds of undisturbed acres on the ranch on horseback, ATV tour or simply wandering around on foot. 

After you've worked up your appetite, convene again in the dining room another delicious meal, home cooked by the ranch chef. Please let Michele know ahead of time if you have food restrictions and the chef will plan accordingly.

Afternoons are for siestas! Head back to your room, or find a cozy spot on the ranch, and experience what many of us in the Southwest know - siestas are refreshing and a great way to restore our energy for the rest of the day.

Refreshed from your siesta, you can spend the rest of the afternoon creating something in my Pop Up Art Studio, hiking, riding, swimming in the ranch's pool, reading or pursuing whatever endeavor nourishes you.

Join your community back in the dining room for dinner, with a roaring fire in the dining room's fire place and another opportunity to meet new friends and get to know your yoga community better. 

After dinner, we will either join the ranch's activity (maybe roasting S'more by the bonfire and listening to Ross, local Cowboy Poet) or meet in the Cantina for a restorative yoga class. Feeling completely relaxed from your day and restorative yoga, you'll retire to your room where you can fall asleep by a fire in your fireplace. 

Horseback Riding: If you are a beginning rider, or have years of experience on the saddle, you’ll be in good hands with Lynne Knox, the horse wrangler on the ranch. Lynne grew up on horseback and has taught riding to hundreds of people! You’ll find her gentle nature and exceptional horse sense inspiring as you connect with both yourself and the horse. 

Yoga: if you are new to yoga or an experienced Yogi, you will benefit from the yoga classes. Michele teaches a gentle Vinyasa flow class and adapts depending on the experience level of the participants. 

Grab your yoga mat, your cowboy hat and boots and come on down!

What’s included

  • Lodging
    4 nights lodging, dbl occupancy, in a uniquely decorated room with a Western there. Build a fire in the fireplace on chilly nights.
  • Delicious Meals
    Enjoy 3 delicious meals a day while getting to know other guests as you dine in the historic ranch house.
  • Meditation Practice
    Morning sunrise meditation is a great way to start the day. If you've never meditated, or want to learn, I'll provide guidance and tips
  • Yoga Practice
    Greet the day with a morning vinyasa flow yoga class. Unwind from the day with a restorative practice 2 evenings during the retreat.
  • Horseback Riding
    2 options available: Pay for daily rides up front, or pay for rides a la carte.
  • Nature's Nourishment
    Hundreds of acres of wide open space provides opportunities for you to soak up all the benefits nature offers
  • Breakfast Ride
    Horseback Ride to Breakfast one Morning!
  • Community
    Group interaction, discussions and sharing. Meet new friends, get to know the cowgirls and cowboys on the ranch and meet other ranch visitors.
  • Afternoon Tumeric Tea
    Enjoy afternoon healthy and nourishing Ayurveda turmeric tea.

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation
    Transportation to / from Rancho de la Osa

Available Packages

Double Occupancy with Horseback Riding

Double occupancy room

Daily (~90 minute) horseback ride. Advanced rides available for additional fee, must pass riding test.

Deposit: $600
Double Occupancy No Horseback Riding

 Double occupancy room in a uniquely decorated room with a Western flair. For chilly nights, light a fire and enjoy the serenity of a real mesquite wood fire.

You may sign up for individual horseback rides once you arrive at the ranch.

Deposit: $500
Single Supplement with Horseback Riding
Deposit: $600
Single Supplement No Horseback Riding
Deposit: $600

Your Organizer

Michele Vaughan.
1 review
Your Retreat and Workshop Leaders: Michele Vaughan, 200 HR YTT, 30 hour Restorative Yoga TT, 100 hour Yin and MyoFascial TT. Michele's gentle and supportive style will help you feel welcome and supported. Steve Vaughan is a professional nature photographer and ornithologist who has been photographing and studying natural history through his many years in the field, carrying his camera. He has photographed 15 species of hummingbirds in Northern Arizona. You'll learn not only photography techniques, but all about birds & natural history


This was a well organized, well planned, and very educational trip! I was able to photograph 10 species of hummingbirds and I learned a lot in the process. Not only did I learn multiple photography methods for capturing stunning images of these majestic little creatures but I also learned how to identify the various species and the differences between the male, female and juvenile of the different species. I was also able to use equipment that I don't currently have and see if I think it would be beneficial to purchase in the future. Overall this trip was a major success for me. I took home thousands of beautiful images that I can be proud of. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in hummingbird photography!
By Sarah B for The Ultimate SE Arizona Hummingbird Photography Tour on Sep 19, 2019