Coming soon! Women of the Rancho retreat at the Alisal Guest Ranch. More details in March!

Women in the Rockies is a women’s retreat with horses where your heart will be transformed. Held at Colorado’s premier guest ranch in the Rocky Mountains, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded women, Nature’s beauty and the healing energy of horses.

Are you:

  • Ready to create a new and livable vision for a life of wellness?
  • Ready to gain new strategies about your biggest life challenge?
  • Ready to embrace mindful living and stop mindless eating?
  • Ready to build your personal toolkit for stress management?

If YES, then this is the women’s wellness retreat! Duke Health Coach Janet Solie and her team are offering a special program that uses the best of the 5 star ranch amenities, its horseback riding program, and its world-renowned western hospitality along with a structured coaching program to provide a once-in-a-lifetime transformative experience.

No riding experience is necessary at our women’s retreat with horses. You will be assigned a horse that matches your needs, and to facilitate healing with horses, you will spend time on the ground bonding with your horse before you ever get in the saddle.

No riding experience necessary at this women's retreat with horses.

Huge smiles on a trail ride at our women’s retreat with horses.

A powerful, healing connection is built between the horses and the participants during this women's retreat with horses.

Connecting With Your Horse

Spend five days at C Lazy U ranch connecting with a ranch horse matched up with your level of riding experience.  We will trail ride most mornings and also have some time to groom and do ground work with our horses.  

With a herd of over 200 horses each woman has the opportunity to ride a well-trained horse. The program is geared for women of all riding abilities. Whether a beginner or an experienced rider, we have a great horse for you.

A Retreat with Women Riding Horses 

On the first full day, we spend a little time learning getting to know our horses before hitting the trails.  With 8,500 acres, we have miles of trails to explore in small groups.  We group the trail rides by levels of experience beginning with scenic, walk/trot or an advanced trail ride that includes short lopes along with walking and trotting. 

Our morning rides are anywhere from 2 to 3 hours long usually with a rest stop at a scenic point on the trail for photos.  Saddle bags and water bottles are provided to carry your essentials (including your raincoat for weather changes.)

We often encounter wildlife on the trail including deer, elk, birds of prey, coyote and maybe a moose once in a while.  Our women’s retreat focuses on the horse experience for each attendee.

You will ride a wonderful, well-trained horse during this women's wellness retreat!

Begin your day at the retreat with fresh coffee made on an open fire, the way cowboys do!

The Women’s Wellness Retreat Begins With Cowboy Coffee and Horse Jingle

For our early risers we offer at 7 AM a famous C Lazy U tradition of Cowboy Coffee in front of the lodge around a fire.  Usually we have a ranch manager hosting Cowboy Coffee and it is a casual time to visit and get to know other women.  If you get there early enough, you can watch the herd of horses jingle in from the meadow while you enjoy hot coffee or tea.

As part of our wellness experience yoga is available every morning in the Patio House with a cozy fire for those wanting to have yoga as part of their Women in the Rockies retreat experience. 

Breakfast is served upstairs in  the lodge before we meet at 9 AM at the mounting block for our morning time with our horses. There is a breakfast buffet with eggs, breakfast meat, cereal, fruit, yogurt, juices and smoothies, or you can order food from a made-to-order menu.

Wow, where to start about my adventure with “The Women of the Rockies” at the C Lazy U Ranch, Sept. 2019   I’m still in disbelief.  I signed up solo for this wellness adventure retreat to get away and have time to think.  I was also excited about meeting new women from all over, hearing their stories and having some laughs.  Although I was excited, I was a little anxious about traveling alone.  However, from the minute I got to the ranch, my fears disappeared. 

The C Lazy U speaks for itself. From the breathtaking scenery, western rustic cabins and top-notch staff, I could not have felt more at ease.  The attention to detail is the best I’ve experienced.  From the staff warming our coffee mugs up each morning over a fire at Cowboy Coffee, to the special horse cookies with our horse’s names for the last days’ lunch, to outstanding meals served in the lodge, and evenings gathered around the fire branding or listening to a special musical concert by a longtime friend of the ranch’s, I was in a place that took care of me.  

 The first morning, I met a bay quarter horse named Rico and he couldn’t have been more perfect. The Director of Equestrian Operations, Ami Cullin, matches you up based on your skill set and I must say, she has a gift. I spent the week with Rico trail riding, grooming and doing ground work.  It’s hard to describe the depth of the bond that is formed with such a magnificent animal.  It was nothing short of magical!

As for the “Women of the Rockies’ workshops, Janet Solie made you feel special but also a part of a family.  And that’s what we are, a family, a “herd”.  I came home with many new skills and the courage to embrace new challenges in my life. I may never see some of these amazing women again, but I will never forget the experiences we shared.  I am already planning my trip next year back to the “Women in the Rockies” and hope to see many dear friends who are planning to return.  My family and friends say my pictures show my happiness inside and they couldn’t be more right. I found myself again and left of a part of my heart on ranch in Colorado!  Thank you, Janet!!! “Ride with no fear!”


Kill Devil Hills, NC

I’ve known Janet Solie for several years since we both survived breast cancer about the same time. There was an instant connection between us. She is truly one of the kindest, smartest and most fun woman I know. I wanted to attend this women’s retreat with horses just because of her.

Being from Texas, Women in the Rockies offered me the opportunity to revisit the wide open spaces of the American west. I used to ride and show horses but have not done so for almost 15 years. This was a chance to continue to focus on my wellness, spend time with Janet and other quality women, and ride again. Something I’ve always found uplifting.

Women in the Rockies at C Lazy U Ranch did not disappoint beginning with gourmet meals to wonderful cabin accommodations. The horses were well trained, responsive and well matched to our ability. We even had a night of entertainment by a famous country singer.

Some things are just meant to be. Growing up with my dad who taught me to ride, he always called me Dutchess. I heard that name many years later, when I learned that the horse I was matched with at the ranch was Dutchess.

The women were wonderful and I believe I have met one that may remain a friend for life. It felt so good to ride again and to recapture something that had been lost to me.

I had a breakthrough regarding the struggle I was having with aging and my bodily aches and pains. I found the joy of the moment. And the good in the moment. I can choose to focus on these things and bring them to life and give them expression by acting on them.


Thousand Oaks, CA

Linda on Hoss

Linda on Hoss

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Linda on Molly

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Lori on Pearl

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