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.
- 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.
Explore the woods on horseback while attending our 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.
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.
My trip to the C Lazy U Ranch and participation in the Women in the Rockies program were truly life-changing. It was wonderful to ride and spend time with horses in such a beautiful and majestic place. My lifelong love of horses was rekindled and is now stronger than ever. These amazing animals have much to teach us about life, love, and the power of belonging to “the herd.”
I came to this women’s retreat with horses carrying my struggles with depression, anxiety, and what seemed like a general inability to fit in, especially with other women. I think the lessons we learned about the many facets of wellness and self-care opened our eyes to the possibilities of what we can become if we love ourselves enough to put them into practice.
Although I, and many others, arrived there with some broken pieces, I left with an understanding that I really do fit in with others and that I am really loved. I also learned that if we as women love, accept and care for ourselves and one another, we can be and do anything. Just like our horse friends we came to know and love, we also became a “herd.”
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.