Hiking

Stowe Mountain Ranch is located directly at the base of Vermonts highest peak, MT Mansfield. We are surrounded by over twenty popular mountain hikes including MT. Mansfield, Smugglers Notch, Sterling Pond, The Pinnacle, MT. Elmore, and many others.  We include one guided hike for each yoga retreat in the cost of your participation.

Biking

We are ideally located within Stowe Mountain Resort directly on the mountain road, on or near the most popular road biking and mountain biking routes in Vermont. 

There is beautiful kayaking & canoeing avalailable at the nearby Waterbury Reservoir in Waterbury Vermont from June thu September. This large reservoir is free from all commercial development and all our rivers in Stowe lead into it including the river behind our retreat center. It is also just one mile from the Original Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory……..just thought you might like to know, for after kayaking of course….;-). You would rent canoes & kayaks directly on the reservoir from Umiak Kayak & Canoes. If you would like to canoe down a river Umiak also has canoe excursions going down the Lamoile River beginning in Jeffersonville Vermont. The cost of these activities is not included in the cost of the retreat.

We provide our highly regarded “Yoga With Horses” program at many of the spring/summer/fall yoga retreats conducted here. Our program includes an introduction to natural horsemanship/horse whisper techniques, the integration of yoga positions both on and off the horse and a bareback journey at a walk with our horses into the forest along a river to the beautiful waterfall that adjoins us. We recently added a running with horses component in which we take the horses out on a beautiful 3 mile trail run. Our Yoga with horses program was recently featured at the Wanderlust Yoga Festival, in Cosmopolitan Magazine and in the next month or so in the Huffington Post. Our horses include, among others, “Black Jack” a stunning 17 hand tall all black German hanoverian gelding trained by eight time US Olympian Michael Plumb. We use our horses extensively in our giving back programs including a therapeutic riding program for cancer patients/survivor, our quarterly innercity teen program “Vermont Bound” for The Boys/Girls Clubs of Boston and an annual retreat gift to Yoga Reaches Out/Children’s Hospital of Boston.

We have available 24 sets of modern snowshoes for use by our yoga retreat guests. These typically rent for $25 per pair per day so having our own saves our guests money.

We are ideally located directly across the street from the Stowe Mountain Resort Cross Country Ski Center home of over 40 miles of snowshoeing trails.  Gerry Scott owner of Stowe Mountain Ranch will serve as a guide to groups who are interested in this adventure.  The cost of one guided snowshoe trip using our property snowshoes is included in the cost of your participation.

We love and welcome acro retreat groups at Stowe Mountain Ranch. As owner I am a member of the Boston, New York, Pennsylvania acro yoga Facebook groups. We conduct lots of acro on top of the mountains here, at our rivers, in our studio, on our horse drawn carriages, with our horses and anywhere we can have fun. We just had Rachel and Ulysses Wilson of Om Yoga in Mechanicsburg here for a retreat and many of these pictures include them. They teach at a lot of the acro festivals.

Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vermont is regularly voted America’s “Best in the east skiing destination”. Stowe Mountain Ranch is ideally located within Stowe Mountain Resort, 400 yards from the closest ski trails.  Downhill skiing is a winter activity from late November to mid-April and retreat attendees are welcome to ski during their free time here.  We are located directly on the free winter shuttle route bringing you to both the ski resort located next to us and to Stowe Village.