6 days of Creative Writing and Yoga at CM Ranch, near Jackson Hole

August 28 – September 2, 2016

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains

Join us for Creative Writing, Hatha Yoga and meditation at CM Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming.  We will write and practice yoga every morning with most afternoons free to rest, hike, ride, fish & explore. CM is a dude ranch in the best sense, so riding and other outdoor activities will be available to us at no additional cost.

Here’s your chance to celebrate the magnificent wild west and spend time exploring your inner muse, writing and stretching into your true self.

We can accept only 14 participants and everyone will have a private room!  This offering will fill up fast, so please register right away.

If you have been on retreat with Patricia before, we will thank you with our “alum” discount.

About Our Retreats

Our retreats include people with a wide range of yoga and writing experience, from beginners to professionals. We are all enriched by the diversity. While we will offer a daily schedule of suggested activities, writing and yoga sessions are optional: your time is your own.

The yoga is practiced each morning for 1 1/2 hours, before breakfast. Yoga is offered in a safe, supportive environment with a deep respect for every practitioner regardless of their level of experience. Modifications of poses will be offered to make the yoga accessible to every body. Special sessions for individuals can be arranged, if needed.

y2003 Participants - Morning CircleThe writing is done in structured groups for about 3 hours each morning, with additional sessions one afternoon and several evenings. You will have opportunity to write in an encouraging, confidential and inspiring setting, in response to exercises we suggest. You will be invited to share what you have just written, and to respond to the writing of others with what is fresh, what you like, what you remember. Patricia will meet with individual writers to discuss their manuscripts or issues relating to their writing life and offer workshops on the craft of writing.

While Patricia and Penfield will always be where the schedule calls them, for you all activities are optional, and the entire week should be considered free time. Pick and choose from organized activities to make your own schedule. Take as much time each day as you’d like to set off on your own or with others. CM Ranch is sunny, serene, but also invigorating so you can sink into a chair on your porch and enjoy the view or take a horse and ride off into the wild. Stroll along the shore of Jakey’s Fork, the river that runs by us.  Drive off and explore some of the most outstanding scenery in the country or explore small town Dubois, a classic small western town with an interesting history. It was a meeting place for trappers and fur traders, and around it were the wintering grounds for the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes.

The retreat is designed and facilitated by Patricia Lee Lewis with Penfield Chester.

Combining Writing and Yoga

The practice of yoga, the joining of body and mind, can open pathways into the feelings, memories, stories and images embedded in the tissues. Writing workshops during the retreat are designed to help you shift your awareness and write from those deeper levels of consciousness.

4. Yoga at AmalindaThrough Hatha Yoga, we will get in touch with our kinesthetic sense of self. We will use special meditation techniques to slow the mind and create a sense of the sacred. No writing or yoga experience is required – only a sense of adventure.

Beginning and experienced writers will find a supportive, encouraging context in which to write from their deepest selves. We will write in response to exercises offered by Patricia Lee Lewis, MFA. In a small group, writers will be invited to read their work aloud, and the group will offer simple affirmations of what is done well and what stays in the memory.

CM Ranch


The CM has access to 13,000 acres of ranch lands contiguous with the Shoshone National Forest and Fitzpatrick Wilderness, allowing for seemingly endless private riding and fishing in country of stunning, unspoiled nature. Hike to glacial lakes and top mountain vistas.

Charles Cornell Moore, the founder of the CM, was the son of a trader who grew up in Wyoming on the Wind River Indian Reservation. When he was a young man, he ventured East for law school in Michigan. He built his first operation, Yellowstone Camp for Boys, at the mouth of the Dunoir.

IMG_9827-550x360In search of guests, he travelled to the East Coast to wine and dine high society, convincing families to send their young boys to Wyoming, so they could bear witness to the splendors of the West. He organized and led pack trips through Yellowstone Park for these affluent, teenage boys, all inexperienced outdoorsmen. The boys returned home so changed and appreciative of their time in Yellowstone, that entire families soon wanted their own introduction to the park.

The dude business, at that point, was such a passion for Charles that he abandoned the idea of pack trips for boys and started the CM in 1927.  The ranch is run much like it has always been – passionate management hosting an array of lovely guests that have set out to partake in simple pleasures and commune with the wilderness.


We will be arrayed across the ranch in either two-bedroom or single cabins.  Everyone will have a private bedroom.  On the grounds, enjoy an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, library, sitting rooms next to a fireplace, recreation areas, and a hat and boot room with most sizes of boots available.


CM plateMeals will be most vegetarian with fresh ingredients created by CM’s talented chefs. Service will range from outdoor, campfire cooking to traditional hearty dinners served family style in their dining room. Start your day with a hot breakfast and eggs made to order or fruit and pastries from the breakfast bar. There are always excellent choices on our lunch buffet. You are more than welcome to bring your drink of choice to dinner and special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.


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Chairs near stream

About our Staff

Patricia Guat Bed

Patricia Lee Lewis, a native Texan, lives and works at Patchwork Farm Retreat in Western Massachusetts, where she shares the world with trees and stones, chickadees, writers and bears. A prize-winning poet, she is currently writing a novel set in West Texas in the 1930’s. For over 20 years, she has led weekend writing retreats and weekly workshops at Patchwork Farm and throughout the United States, and yoga and writing retreats at sacred sites around the world – in Guatemala, Mexico, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Spain, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe and New Zealand. 

Penfield Bio Pic

Penfield leads her own yoga and writing groups in Shelburne Falls and is honored to help lead response groups and yoga at Patricia’s retreats.

Penfield has a MA in Women’s Studies from Vermont College, and MEd from Antioch University. She lives on a farm in Vermont, volunteers with Hospice and loves being a new grandmother.


More about our staff here.



Where to begin….for opening in me an aspect of my heart and mind that I had not known, for bringing the specificity of words to my fingers (again, to my heart and mind), for introducing me to a community of writers, and for locating us in sacred places. Susan S.

I’ve been writing this morning. I will continue, and when the chatter says ‘this is dumb’ I will continue more; so thank you for the safety of you loving my voice and the safety of my throwing in semi-colons just for the hell of it. Bonnie S.

Since the retreat I have been writing every day. I wake up ready to write and go to bed thinking what I would write the next day. Some days are better than others but all are great. The blank page has become an exciting adventure again. Thank you, thank you and thank you again for your insight and guidance. Myrna

You have given me new insight into how to write and make it my writing.   You are so very generous with your time, support and expertise.  I feel newly energized in my writing journey! Ellice