Cowgirl Retreat

Granby, CO 80446, USA

Lavender Elephant Retreats
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Aug 15 - 18, 2024
Group size: 8 - 15
Cowgirl Retreat
Granby, CO 80446, USA

Lavender Elephant Retreats
  • Email address verified
1 review

Aug 15 - 18, 2024
Group size: 8 - 15

About this trip

Cowgirl Retreat started in 2012 with a group of ladies horseback riding into the deep wilderness, we did yoga, we explored, we relaxed....we gathered in light discussion and laughed over coffee & wine. We ate really well and slept under the stars in big canvas tents. No light pollution, just the sounds of a wood burning stove and nature. Ever since, we've created an annual retreat focused on unplugging from the every day hustle n bustle to connect with ourselves, ride into the wild west and eat good food. 

Abbey Samuelson and her mother in law, Cathy Samuelson offer this once a year retreat, on horseback into the Troublesome Basin for an unforgettable over-night #wilderbliss experience combining yoga, horses, art and nature. This experience would not be possible without her family's generations of experience in this beautiful wild west. Abbey wishes to carrying on the tradition of her mother in Law, Cathy Samuelson, she knows she's got a big pair of boots to fill and it's worth it.

Troublesome Basin Wilderness of Granby, Colorado

The origin of “Medicine Bow” is legendary. Native American tribes, such as the Ute Indians, discovered mountain mahogany growing within the valleys of the Colorado and Wyoming area. Here they discovered how to construct a bow of exceptional quality and annual traditions began. Tribes would gather together to create their weapons and form ceremonial “powwows” for the cure of disease. Assimilating speech between the Indians and the early settlers as, "making medicine" and “making bow” resulted in the name “Medicine Bow,” and now refers to the local region of this special and magical forest.

The Routt National Forest is named in respect to the last territorial governor and first state governor of Colorado, Colonel John N. Routt. The Routt National Forest occupies a unique setting in Northwest Colorado. The forest is between two internationally recognized destination sites - Rocky Mountain National Park and Dinosaur National Monument. 

The Troublesome Basin is a segment of Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest located Northwest of Granby, Colorado consisting of 80,000 acres of timbered land, open parks and meadows, river drainages and peaks above timberline. The elevation ranges from 7,500 to 12,300 feet with breathtaking views. The retreat camp is located in a road-less section that can only be traveled through on foot or on horseback, making it a prime location to indulge in the sights and sounds of nature. Our trip into the campsite is a 45-minute horseback ride with seasoned horses fit for both experienced and non-experienced riders. The site is located in a serene area, out of cell phone reception, inviting you to surrender to a state of relaxation. 

Retreat Terms and Conditions

The customer shall pay a deposit for each person named in the reservation.

The balance is due not less than 2 weeks prior to the date of your retreat. If you book in the last 4 weeks, retreat must be paid in full at time of booking.

If the deposit or the balance is not received by the due date RMYR reserves the right to cancel the reservation and retain the deposit.

In the event of cancellation by the customer, regardless of the circumstances, the following refund fees, minus the deposit, apply. The deposit is non-refundable, as mentioned above.

  •   0% refund- cancellation 2 weeks or less before 1st date of the retreat
  •   25% refund- cancellation less than 4 weeks before 1st date of the retreat
  •   50% refund- cancellation more than 4 weeks before 1st date of the retreat

Due to teacher cancellations or other situations beyond our control, RMYR reserves the right to change bookings and shall inform the customer as soon as possible. Alternative arrangements will be offered but we do not accept responsibility for any costs incurred, including airfare. RMYR is not held liable for flight costs.

RMYR reserves the right to offer discretionary discounts and this does not affect the status of any guests who have paid the full price and no discount will then become due to them.

We highly recommend that all customers have adequate travel, cancellation and medical insurance for the duration of the trip.

Disclaimer: We highly Suggest Travel Insurance incase of any natural disasters. If incase a natural disaster occurs and or the forest is inaccessible due to National Forest Service Policy we will refund your deposit.

Any non-emergency exits of retreat are susceptible of a $450 fee.  

What to expect?

  • We will have a generator to recharge needed devices, however we do not have electricity through out the day, nor do we have reception.
  • We have an emergency SAP phone on site if by chance it is needed.
  • Staffing is First Aid Certified and/or NOLS WFR (First Responder Certified)
  • Covered Latrines for a unique yet comfortable bathroom experience with the best view imaginable
  • Bed Cots created from logs with foam mattresses
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Cool mornings, Warm afternoons, Cool Evenings
  • Fresh mountain spring water for drinking, located on site
  • Intermediate - Advanced trail riding 

What's Included?

  • 3 x nights accommodations in canvas tent with person bed & wood burning stove
  • 3 x chef-prepared breakfasts
  • 3 x chef-prepared lunches
  • 3 x chef-prepared 3-course dinners
  • Coffee, Non Alcholic Beverages, Cocktails  
  • Daily Meditation & Yoga Sessions
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Horsemanship Clinics
  • Extended horseback trail rides
  • Creative Workshops
  • Mini Hikes
  • Personal Time
  • Horse Tack & Saddle is provided (if you'd like to bring your own, please let us know)
  • Yoga Mats provided

Whats Not Included?

  • Travel Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transportation to and from Ranch
  • Personal Gear 
  • Personal Snacks

What to Pack?

  • Headlamp
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Bed sheet for cot mattress
  • Pillow
  • Water Bottle
  • Sturdy boots with non-slip sole
  • Camping Shoes
  • Camping Slippers
  • Hat, Light Scarf, Sunglasses
  • Gloves to Get Dirty
  • Sturdy Pants
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Layers for varying weather
  • Medications
  • Baby Wipes/Clorox Wipes for personal care
  • If you have personal snack food/beverages you would like to pack, please feel free.

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Available Packages

Trip Price
Available until July 29, 2024
Deposit: $500

Available options

Healing Touch Session w/ Abbey

Healing Touch is an "energy therapy" that uses gentle hand techniques to help re-pattern the patients energy field and accelerate help

1hr Creative Lifestyle Consult w/ Abbey

Unleash your creative vibrations utilizing tools that align with you where you are & where you want to be in all areas of your life.

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Lavender Elephant Retreats
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Abbey's core focus is to help guide women to design their own mindful toolkits so they can navigate life as the best version of themselves. Life can be challenging and can sometimes flow with complete ease. Abbey uses a blend of her propriety techniques and curriculum to help women find their true greatest potential.


Outstanding staff, great matchup on ponies, phenomenal meals, yoga overlooking the valley.
By Karen B for Cowgirl Retreat on Aug 27, 2023