We offer multi-day retreats for women at the beautiful oceanfront Villa Milagro in Troncones, Mexico. Come to recharge, revitalize, and renew your spirit. These retreats combine daily yoga, meditation, and EAL sessions with clean and nutritious food, massage, breathwork, art, free play, and nightly beach bonfire 'letting go' ceremonies.
See our Retreats page to read more about upcoming and past retreats!
Vicki Rose has been been teaching riding lessons and training horses since 1989. She is passionate about teaching riders of all levels safe and proper horsemanship as well as the intricacies of traditional hunter seat equitation. We offer single lessons on wonderful and experienced lesson horses, leases and half leases that allow you to develop a more complete relationship with a favorite horse, and training packages for those with their own horses. Whether you have an interest to someday attend a horse show or perhaps simply learn how to trot and canter with balance and grace, Vicki can help you meet your goals. See the Ridgemark Farm website for pricing and more information.
Cowpoke Club is an opportunity for kids to be outside and experience the benefits of hard work and the joy of being around horses. In this modern age of iphones, tv, and too much 'screen time', professionals have coined this disconnect from the outside as Nature Deficit Disorder. With Cowpoke Club and Campouts, I use the skills I learned horse camping with my dad to help kids connect with nature, develop bonds with animals, and appreciate and care for the environment.
Instruction will be 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....barbeque.....care for the horses....sing songs around the campfire....and play!
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 them by feeding, watering, and cleaning their paddocks. 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 will be a big part of these weekends. Cowgirl Campouts include trail riding for those with horse experience, and hiking, biking, yoga, guided meditation, or just relaxing for those without. 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 fun!
Horse(wo)manship is a program which aims to help women connect to their true selves and learn how to navigate life’s challenges and transitions with the help of a horse. In their herd, horses constantly move through their days by skillfully navigating the 'themes' listed below. They have evolved to survive in the wild by learning and carefully honing their skills in each area. The horse that does not successfully navigate these skills is at risk, as its successful collaboration with the herd assures its survival. Even though the horses we use are domesticated, they still retain their instinctual nature and behaviors. The philosophies behind horsemanship are universal and not species-specific which allows us to learn directly from them....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
Skillful living comes from being able to navigate the following challenges, which are the themes of our work:
Mindfulness and being present
The power of detached observation
Kinship and being part of a group
Leading and following
Setting boundaries and respect of space
Confidence and safety
Transitions and letting go
Advocacy and speaking up
Listening and being quiet
Goals and setbacks
Energy and flow
Worktime vs. playtime
Predator and prey dynamic
Feel and timing
Working with distractions
Being 100% ready but 100% relaxed
By observing the horse, working them in the round pen, journaling and meditation, Horse(wo)manship participants learn that horses can be some of the greatest teachers in the lessons of our lives. In my experience watching horses, I’ve seen them move and work through these very same themes with their own herds. To become a horsewoman is to become a part of their herd. In the Horse(wo)manship work, we will learn about and work with the challenging themes in our lives that keep us from living a life of lightness, freedom, joy 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.
Cowgirl Camping Adventures
Traditional Riding Lessons
Cowpoke Club and Campouts
Women's Wellness Retreats
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: