Experience Yoga & Horses
A Yoga and Horseback Riding Retreat With Tammy Pate and Janice Baxter
Now in its 12th season, the “Experience Yoga and Horses Retreat” with Cowgirl Yoginis Tammy Pate and Janice Baxter, is the ultimate girlfriend getaway to our beautiful ranch home in Colorado’s gorgeous Elk River Valley.
Adventuresome Cowgirls of all ages and abilities are cordially invited to join us for an all-inclusive, luxurious week of health, wellness and relaxation centered on horseback riding, horsemanship instruction, gentle yoga, healthy gourmet dining, massage, and deep relaxation on the beautiful Home Ranch property.
This year The Home Ranch will be offering two unique weeks with Tammy and Janice in October. Join us October 1 – 7 for our traditional week with up to 17 women or October 8 – 14 for our limited week with only 10 women. Both weeks will follow similar schedules as in the past seasons. Cowgirls joining for the limited week will have increased one-on-one interactions with Tammy & Janice.
Riding & Yoga For Women Of All Ages
Whether you’ve been riding all of your life, or you’ve always wanted to ride, this retreat will give you the tools, guidance, and support to work through your limitations and realize a more joyful riding experience. The retreat is designed to balance your body, calm your mind, lighten your spirit, and improve communication between you and your horse.
Invite your best girlfriend, your mom, your daughter, or your sister, and come ride, relax and reconnect with each other and the great outdoors at The Home Ranch. This is an unforgettable experience for the women who’ve attended and many women return every year. Space is limited to 17 guests, so please reserve your room early.
Previous yoga and riding experience are not required to enjoy this retreat.
Traditional Week October 1-7, 2017 $4,050
Limited Week October 8-14, 2017 $4,990
Your Rate Includes :
- Luxurious private lodging in one of our lovely cabins or lodge rooms
- Your own horse for the week, selected for your riding style and preference.
- Personalized horsemanship and riding instruction from Tammy Pate
- Daily equestrian yoga classes with Janice Baxter
- One wonderful 55 minute massage
- Riding in the spectacular Elk River Valley and Routt National Forest areas
- The exceptional Haute Mountain Cuisine of Chef Jonathon Gillespie at every meal
- Evening hors d’oeuvres and cocktails
- Evening entertainment & live music
- Transportation to and from Hayden (HDN) Airport and attractions in and around Steamboat Springs
- Nightly viewings of the Great Milky Way
- Great conversation and bonding with amazing women from around the world
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Tammy Pate Bio & Vision
“A cowgirl is a spirit. It’s an inner quality that allows her to do something for no one else’s reasons but her own.”
Tammy Pate was literally raised on horseback.
Born into a ranching family in Montana, her father was a rodeo steer wrestler who spent his free time teaching young Tammy and her sisters all he knew about horsemanship and riding.
Her grandmother, Betty, instilled in her the deep values of the ranching life: a reverence for nature and the practical skills ranching families needed for the demands of their rural life.
She married her husband, Curt Pate, who was then a rodeo announcer, and followed him into the demanding life of managing a cow camp. Together they developed innovative, gentle ways of training horses and managing livestock. During this time, she raised her own children, literally in the saddle, carrying them with her on horseback as she worked with Curt on the ranch.
These rich experiences, along with a growing interest in the benefits of yoga on the equestrian body, have led Tammy to combine her horsemanship knowledge with her love of yoga.
Tammy’s horsemanship clinics are designed to bring deeper awareness of your mental and physical balance, and above all, to improve your horsemanship.
Everything she and Janice teach at this clinic is designed to gently bring about the inner balance that improves your ability to bond with and communicate with horses.
Cowgirl Yogini Janice Baxter
Janice Baxter has loved horses since her first memory of a horse-drawn milk wagon as a toddler. She has loved yoga since her first Integral Hatha class in 1971 at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. For Janice, yoga and horses are a natural integration of awareness, inspiration, balance, and joy. She has combined these passions in creating the “Experience Yoga and Horses” retreats at The Home Ranch with her friend Tammy Pate.
Janice began teaching yoga in 1972. She says that “yoga is a way of life that brings heightened sensitivity to horses, as horses are a way of life that brings deeper intention to Yoga.” Earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Hawaii has prepared Janice to understand and teach yogis and equestrians. Her studies and licensing in massage therapy have inspired her to apply anatomy and physiology principles to Yoga and riding. It is her intention to inspire equestrians to practice yoga and yogis to ride horses for life!
“What’s a cowgirl yogini? She can be a lot of things, but the bottom line is that she incorporates yoga into her riding program, or vice versa, as Tammy’s friend and fellow yoga instructor, Janice, did at The Home Ranch. A yogini might be a mature horsewoman who is trying to remain limber despite the inevitable toll that aging takes on a person’s suppleness, or she might be a ranch wife curious about yoga and wishing to hone her riding skills, as well. Or, a cowgirl yogini might be a novice horsewoman determined to use all the tools at her disposal, including yoga, to become a better rider. A yogini can even be a cancer survivor, who, during treatment, discovered the combination of disciplines helped her better focus on her horsemanship program-one of the few things over which she still had control in a world otherwise gone awry.”
Yoga and Horseback Riding Retreat Testimonials
“WOW! I’ll start with “exceeding my expectations!” From the moment I turned into the ranch, I felt welcomed: a first class resort without being pretentious. Janice teaches a philosophy that allows all to experience a ”greater” being individually. I practice yoga and ride – the ability to connect these is huge. Excellent horsemanship lead by Tammy and acknowledging awareness and gaining a higher level consciousness is making me a better rider. And, it’s not just about me! How wonderful to truly work as “one” with the horse. Life is a series of relationships; I have truly taken one more forward step. My book of Life is filled with many chapters – some completed. I think I just started Volume 2. Happy Trails, Namaste, Right on Sisters!” ~ Linda L., Boulder, CO.
“I expected to do some yoga and horseback riding. What I did not expect was the opportunity to connect with other women, with the horses, the physical place and with my self. All this has been a wonderful surprise. Every day we support each other and open our hearts to receive support. I feel stronger, braver, and more at peace with myself than I ever have. I am deeply appreciative of the energy the staff and the other participants have devoted to this experience.” ~ Paula N., Austin, TX
“This week has been awesome, life-changing growth for me. Much more than I expected. Loved the entire program and schedule. Loved the intimate, women-only aspect. This felt like Home. Now I know why it’s called The Home Ranch. I felt like part of a family. Tammy and Janice are gems. I now have 15 best new friends, memories that will make me smile and new doors that I plan to walk through. Thank you, I’ll be back.” ~ Phran G. Nashville, TN
“What a magical week! I came stiff and sore from an accident and I now feel healed. My strength and flexibility have returned. Thank you, Janice The varied riding increased my skill and confidence. Thank you, Tammy. This is a week for introspection and personal growth. It is a week just for me and the other participants to reflect and let go. Thank you Home Ranch for providing such a great experience.” ~ Mary H., Germantown, TN