Cost: $2595 includes a private room and all meals (a discount of $100 for all who are Patchwork alums). You can bring a companion (sharing a room and not participating in yoga or writing) for $1500.
All gratuities are included in this price. No other tipping will be necessary.
This price does not include individual transportation to and from the Ranch, special off-ranch excursions, or alcohol.
$700 non-refundable deposit. Balance due July 31st.
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The retreat includes
- 6 days, 5 nights, accommodations and mostly vegetarian meals;
- all gratuities
- private room
- morning yoga
- morning writing circles;
- evening writing sessions
- all instruction and materials;
- workshops on the craft of writing;
- individual consultations on your manuscript or your writing life;
- use of a horse, guided rides, heated pool, hot tub, and ranch activities (everything except private fishing instruction).
Travel to CM Ranch: You fly into Jackson Hole, Wyoming and head north!
Head North out of Jackson on US 26-E. Continue on US 26-E (keep right) past Moran Junction and climb back into the mountains. Later, the valley will open back up. Keep going. When you pass Longhorn Ranch Lodge on your left, start watching for a right turn. Turn right on Trail Lake Road and right again (almost immediately) on Fish Hatchery Road.
There are a couple of transportation options. If everyone aims to arrive at the Jackson Hole airport before 2pm on the day of the retreat, we can organize a van transfer and everyone can split the expense ($175). You might like to rent a car and you might team up with others to share. We will share everyone’s flight information so you can contact one another and travel together. It’s nice to have a car for further exploring the area.
The retreat begins at 4:00 pm on August 28th and ends after breakfast on September 2nd.
Consider staying in the area after the retreat: September is a perfect time to visit The Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The tourist season has wound down, but the weather is still terrific. You would also love the Jackson area. Prices for accommodations are lower and availability are easier. Try airbnb.com or www.tripadvisor.com (the reviews are often quite helpful) to help you find a terrific place to stay, singly or in groups of retreaters.
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.
The 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.
Through 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.
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.
In 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.
Meals 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.
About our Staff
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 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.