What We Offer
We offer transformational retreats for women at the beautiful oceanfront Yoga del Pacifico resort in Troncones, Mexico. Just a 40 minute drive from the Ixtapa/Zihuataneo International Airport, we promise that you will come away with your body recharged and your spirit renewed. Vicki will teach you 5 concrete practices that you'll take home to successfully negotiate and transcend the changes that mid-life brings. A combination of daily yoga, meditation, and Equine Assisted Learning sessions with the horses will help you listen to your authentic self. Nutritious food, massage, breathwork, free time, and beach bonfire 'letting go' ceremonies will help solidify your new practices so that you can take your new skills home with you.
See our Retreats page to read more about upcoming and past retreats!
This is a program for women who want to expand their spirit of adventure and have the often transformative experience of camping outdoors with horses. Participants will learn how to set up the horses' camps and take care of their feeding and watering. You will also learn to set up your own camp, from pitching a tent to setting up the communal kitchen. Learning about the local ecology and the plants and animals that inhabit the environment around our camp rounds out the environmental education component of these weekends. Cowgirl Campouts include trail riding for those with horse experience, and hiking, biking, yoga, guided meditation, or just relaxing for everyone. Horse(wo)manship Sessions are also available for those who want to do some personal exploration. These weekends will focus on learning good horsemanship skills in an environment of female camaraderie, adventure, admiration of nature, and good ol' fashioned fun!
Cowpoke Club and Campouts
Cowpoke Club is an opportunity for kids to be outside and experience the joy and benefits that hard work outdoors with horses brings. In this age of iphones, tv, and oh so much 'screen time', mental health professional have actually named this disconnect from the outside Nature Deficit Disorder. In Cowpoke Club and Campouts, I use the skills I learned horse camping with my dad to help kids connect with nature and their peers, develop bonds with animals rather than avatars, and appreciate and care for the environment.
Instruction is based on the Ridgemark Farm Horsemanship Curriculum. Cowpoke Club is a full immersion experience into ALL aspects of horsemanship, which means kids will be expected to participate in performing basic ranch chores under supervision.
Cowpoke Campouts are extended versions of Cowpoke Club. We spend the night at the ranch in tents....care for the horses....sing songs around the campfire....and play!
Vicki Rose has been been teaching riding lessons and training horses since 1989. She loves teaching riders of all levels safe and proper horsemanship whether in the arena or out on the trail. Vicki is most passionate about starting colts and doing groundwork with horses both young and old. She believes the groundwork lays the foundation for all successful riding, and includes it in all her lessons. Whether you have an interest to go on a relaxed, stress free trail ride or perhaps learn how to trot and canter with balance and grace, Vicki can help you meet your goals.
Horse(wo)manship is a program Vicki developed where she teaches women how to connect to their authentic selves and navigate life’s challenges through the help of a horse. In their herd, horses constantly move through their days by skillfully navigating the relationship challenges listed below. They have evolved to survive in the wild amongst their herd by learning and refining their relational skills. The horse that does not successfully navigate these skills is at risk, because its successful collaboration with the herd assures his/her survival. And vice-versa; the overall success of the herd depends upon each member's ability to refine these skills. Even though the horses we use in our programs are domesticated, they still retain their instinctual nature and behaviors. The principles behind Horse(wo)manship are universal and not entirely species-specific, which allows us to learn directly from these magnificent beings. In this way, horses can be our greatest teachers!
Through our exercises with the horses, we explore certain themes that come up in our lives which oftentimes can:
• Create difficulties in our relationships with others
• Inhibit our ability to achieve our goals and dreams
• Hamper our ability to be our true authentic selves
Vicki's Horse(wo)manship program will teach you how to:
Become Mindful and Present
Access the Power of Detached Observation
Learn Kinship and How To Collaborate
Know When to Lead and When to Follow
Match Your Body Language to Your Feelings and Intention
Set Boundaries and Command Respect of Personal Space
Have Confidence Which Produces a Feeling of Safety
Trust Yourself So That You Can Trust Others
Navigate Transitions and Learn to Let Go When Appropriate
Advocate and Speak Up
Listen When Necessary
Set Goals and Regroup After Setbacks
Use Energy and Life Force To Your Benefit
Set Clear Boundaries Between Worktime and Playtime
Understand and Transcend and Predator/Prey Dynamic
Work With Distractions
Be 100% Ready but 100% Relaxed
By observing the horse, working with them in the round pen, journaling, and practicing short guided meditations, Horse(wo)manship participants learn that horses can be the greatest teachers in the lessons of our lives. In my experience watching horses, they work through these very same themes within their own herds, and to become a horsewoman is to become a part of their herd. In the Horse(wo)manship work, we learn about and actually practice working through the challenging themes in our lives that keep us from living a life of lightness, freedom, and full presence in our authentic selves.
Horse(wo)manship sessions are one hour long and no previous horse experience is necessary. Please bring a journal and wear close-toed shoes.
Traditional Riding Lessons and Guided Trail Rides
Cowgirl Camping Adventures
Women's Wellness Retreats
Guided Trail Rides are offered at the stunning Taos Ski Valley Resort. Our friendly, well trained horses are kept onsite in the meadow adjacent to the Blake Hotel. Rides vary from short hour long beginner rides to 3 hour rides over more rugged terrain for those of you who are more advanced riders.
Reservations are required and there is a 250 pound weight limit to ensure our horses' safety and soundness.
Please see the Taos Ski Valley website for more information.
Vicki manages the retired horses that are boarded at Castlewood Ranch. With over 40 years of experience keeping horses, you can be assured that your horse will receive the best of care. Click on the photo below to view photos of the facility and for boarding rates. View our Retired Horse Management Rate Sheet here: