If you are a follower of Writing Horseback blog, you know that I seek out horseback riding vacations when I travel. While I have not attended this particular retreat, it sounded of interest to the equestrian, writer and horse lover on several levels.
Who doesn’t love summer camp for adults? This week long retreat near Laramie, Wyoming offers horseback riding, in addition to writing workshops.
Literature and landscape of the horse
Offered by author Page Lambert, this combination horseback riding vacation and writer’s retreat is designed to connect writers with horses, as well as provide creative inspiration.
Love of horses
“We all yearn for a deeper connection to the things we love and for many of us, it’s the love of horses that has been with us since childhood,” said Lambert.
“During this retreat, my co-facilitator Sheri Griffith, and the Vee Bar wranglers, will lead us gracefully down the path of deeper knowing, I will lead us down the path of deeper expression, and the horses will lead us deeper into ourselves. The Little Laramie River just outside our cabins reminds us to go with the flow. For five days, we will write about, read about, and be about horses! And, we’ll be in Wyoming.”
What to expect at this writer’s retreat
This retreat is designed to connect writers with horses and provide creative inspiration for writers. Participants will explore what life looks like through the eyes of a horse during this five-day horseback riding vacation.
Equestrian Sheri Griffith and Vee Bar Guest Ranch wranglers will lead horseback rides. Each guest will be assigned a specific horse for the duration of the writer’s retreat. Those in attendance will learn about horses, polish their equestrian skills and further develop their writing craft. Author Page Lambert will lead literature and writing workshops. She is a founding member of Women Writing the West, a nonprofit association of writers promoting the Women’s West.
Vee Bar Ranch Accommodations
Located 20 minutes west of Laramie, Wyoming, Vee Bar Guest Ranch offers shared cabins or ranch rooms. The log cabins are a short walk from the main lodge and offer gas fireplaces, bathrooms, in-room coffee, mini refrigerators and hair dryers. Rooms are available in the Riverside Suites, a rustic, historic lodge with modern conveniences, located near the lodge and hot tub.
Vee Bar Ranch Cuisine
Meals at Vee Bar Ranch are served family-style or buffet-style and include fresh bread and pastries, meat, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and desserts. Water, coffee and soda are available daily.
What to pack for a horseback riding vacation
Wyoming weather temperatures vary; layered clothing (long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, fleece vest) is key at Vee Bar Ranch. Cowgirls know to pack long pants, cowboy boots, comfortable walking and/or hiking shoes and a swim suit for the hot tub. Pack a warm jacket (rain slickers are provided); sunglasses; cowboy hat; scarf and gloves (the weather changes quickly in Wyoming). Don’t forget to pack your camera for pictures with your horse and new writing friends. Writing journals, tack and gear are provided.
Cost of this horseback riding vacation and writer’s retreat: $1,490 plus tax and service charge. For more information on this writer’s retreat for men and women horse lovers, follow Page Lambert on Twitter. Follow Nancy D. Brown on Twitter for all things travel.
If You Go:
Literature and Landscape of the Horse Retreat
Vee Bar Guest Ranch
Contact Page Lambert 303-842-7360
June 1 -6, 2013
Photos courtesy of Page Lambert