the perfect place to ride, write,
reflect and renew!
A unique adventure for anyone who yearns for nature, longs to reconnect with horses, and hungers for creative inspiration in an authentic western ranch setting.
5-day Retreat: May 31 – June 5, 2014
Horses have been studying humans from across the safety of a river, or from the overlook of a high ridge, for thousands of years. The oldest archeological evidence links horses and humans as far back as 400,000 to 600,000 years ago—not as companions, but as prey and predator. We may never know when the first horse and human ever looked into each other’s eyes with a mutual respect and fascination, yet horses have been part of the human heart since time immemorial. They have been our faithful friends—carrying us from the wind-swept steppes of Mongolia to the tall grass prairies of America.
Life looks different through the eyes of a horse!
But what is it like to view the world through the eyes of the horse? Can they really help us remember how to be present to our own joy? To remember a deeper wisdom? To recognize ourselves as heroes on a symbolic journey? With stories worth telling? What can “Natural Horsemanship” teach us about “Writing What the Body Knows” instead of relying only on the intellect?
Last year, participants came from as far away
as Alaska and Virginia.
Join us! $300 holds your horse!
"I loved everything about Page's Literature & Landscape of the Horse retreat at the Vee Bar. I haven't felt as refreshed from a trip in years -- it just filled me up! It was truly was one of the top five vacations/retreats of my life!"~ Lisa Couturier, author of The Hopes of Snake and Other Tales from the Urban Landscape
Why the Vee Bar Guest Ranch?
This 100-year-old landmark, nestled in the Centennial Valley, resting in the shadows of the Snowy Range Mountains and below the Medicine Bow National Forest, is breathtaking. But that’s not why. Kari and Brent Kilmer, and their dedicated staff, are why. Kari and Brent, co-owners and managers, are ranch-raised Wyoming natives, graduates of the University of Wyoming, and as real as you can get. You won’t find two people any finer, nor any more willing to say “yes” to my crazy ideas of how to make this your best retreat ever. Guaranteed, you will love the Vee Bar! This will be the 5th year Sheri and I have returned to the beautiful Vee Bar Guest Ranch.
For 5 days, we will write about, read about, and be about horses!
Don't worry if you've never ridden a mile, or written a word.
All you need to bring to Wyoming is a willingness
to open your creative heart to the landscape of the horse.
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“I had SUCH a great time --- my husband hates to hear that the best vacation I've ever had is the one I took without him, but as far as '"vacating" my regular life, the retreat was awesome.”
~ Karen O’Connell, Colorado, Literature & Landscape of the Horse, 2012
“Page’s Literature and Landscape of the Horse Retreat was transformative, the Wyoming landscape impossibly green from melting snow and spring rains. I vanquished old ghosts and conquered old fears. I rode when I was younger but was always too intimidated to become attuned to the horses. They were large, unpredictable and dangerous creatures, a complete mystery. At this retreat, I found myself on Lucky, a horse used to being in the lead. He moved rhythmically under the saddle, strong and sure-footed. I could have ridden Lucky forever. I learned more about horses during this week than in all the years I rode English, and learned a lot about myself too. I left with 22 new friends as well as a new perspective on writing, horses and my life.”
~ Susan Paturzo, NM
5-day Retreat Information
When: Saturday, May 31, 2014 to Thursday, June 5, 2014
Where: The beautiful Vee Bar Guest Ranch, located near Laramie, Wyoming, only 2½ hours from Denver, Colorado. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Vee Bar, with its preserved western heritage and world-renowned outdoor adventures, is one of the Rocky Mountain West’s premier guest ranches. In this rustic setting of mountains, meadows and rivers, award-winning author and writing consultant Page Lambert and equestrian Sheri Griffith lead an extraordinary five-day equine adventure.
What's Included: Shared accommodations in cozy cabins and spacious riverside suites (register early and choose where you want to be); luscious and abundant meals in the main lodge; happy horses and really helpful wranglers; fully-stocked John Wayne Saloon and completely wet hot tub under the stars; creative facilitation by Page (horse stories, how-to stuff, inspiration, and more); equestrian facilitation by Sheri Griffith and the Vee Bar staff, the best-ever Wyoming ranch-raised owners and managers, Kari and Brent Kilmer; and your own special horse for all 5 days.
Price: $1490.00 plus tax and gratuity
$100 discount if you’ve attended a previous retreat. Invite a friend!
Payment & Cancellation Policy:
Deposit: To reserve your space, either send a $300.00 deposit via personal check to Page Lambert, 26037 Mountain View Road, Golden, Colorado 80401, or pay online via PayPal. PayPal securely processes payments for Page Lambert’s retreats, workshops, and writing services.
Questions? Phone Page (303) 842-7360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaders: Founding member of Women Writing the West, Page is the author of the Wyoming memoir In Search of Kinship, hailed by the Rocky Mountain News the year it was published as one of the "hottest reads of the summer.” Her historical novel Shifting Stars, also set in Wyoming, was a finalist for the Mountains and Plains Book Award for Best Novel. Her stories and essays are widely anthologized, appearing in dozens of collections and magazines, most recently in West of 98: Living and Writing the American West. Excerpts from These Things I Can Love received the 2009 Orlando Nonfiction Writing Award from AROHO. A fervent teacher of writing and creative retreats, Page has presented at over 200 seminars, workshops, and conferences and has been leading outdoor writing adventures for 17 years. Her River Writing Journeys with Sheri Griffith Expeditions were written up in 2006 in Oprah’s O magazine as “One of the top six great all-girl getaways of the year.” Al Gore’s editor Leigh Haber called her a “Horse-whisperer for writers.”
Legendary adventurer, Sheri Griffith, and her company Sheri Griffith Expeditions, have taken people down some of the wildest rivers in the U.S. including the mighty Colorado. Travelers have hopped on a raft with her from Costa Rica to Nepal. She has been featured in magazines like Outside, Shape, and National Geographic Traveler. Ever searching for the premier adventure, she always comes home to her horses, falling in love with them as a young girl. For ten years she competed in Endurance Racing, logging in more than 7,000 competitive miles. Studying under “Natural Horsemanship” trainers like Buck Brannaman and Clinton Anderson, she is taking the horse relationship to new levels. Sheri attended the “Road to the Horse 2012” international competition this March, attending presentations by some of the world’s top equine clinicians. Sheri co-founded the La Sal Creek Ranch, a horse retirement ranch located near Paradox, Colorado, and is also co-founder and ride manager for the Moab www.moabendurance.com. Read Page’s interview with Sheri.
Note from Sheri: Some people call quiet horse trainers “Horse Whisperers,” based on the book by Nick Evans and the Robert Redford movie of the same name. It’s really about the powers of observation, like writing. Horses have their own strong feelings, their own body language (since they have no words) and the sensitive horseman reads their ways and feelings, creating a partnership that is enjoyable, rewarding and connected. I call it the ‘soft connection.’ This year I’ve traveled around the U.S., studying and observing the best natural horsemen/women I could find. Never enough time, I’m not done searching them out yet, but l have some great stories and ‘natural techniques’ to share at the Vee Bar. We’ll work with the horses one-on-one, on the ground and on their backs. We’ll start on the basics of the human/horse connection. I look forward to an incredible Retreat and some rewarding horse partners.