About The Retreat

Through natural interactions with horses, we practice deepening our awareness, exploring our desires, finding our truth, and expressing our leadership and power in ways that are authentic and confident.

As the summer season comes to a close, we are often left feeling both a little sun-burned and perhaps a little soul burned. The excitement and adrenaline wane, and as a new season approaches, it’s time to hunker down and prepare for what comes next.

This is a time of transition, as our kids return to school and our work summons more focus, is a time to pause, reflect and reset. To gather with ourselves and other women in order to access our hearts, our creativity, our power... our truest gifts. It is a time for you and a time for us. A time to retreat, replenish and reclaim.

Join us at The Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for this unique opportunity and let nature, animals, and a community of women support you for a few days of meals, mountains, horses, meditation, hiking, and hot springs. This is nature at its finest.

Our time together we will include equine learning activities and nature-based experiences that:

  • Promote body and mind awareness through both quiet and moving meditations.
  • Identify your strengths and learn more about your default patterns and self-limiting behaviors.
  • Give you space for insight and reflection, relaxation, connection with like-minded souls, and FUN!

The Power of Equine Learning and Leadership:

Why We Work With Horses

Step into the world of your Natural Leadership and discover the source of your power, the feel of your presence, and a resilient creative force that knows no limits. Equine experiences will introduce you to one of the most astute teachers we know: the horse.

As prey animals, horses possess exquisitely attuned emotional systems and they are able to pick up on the ever-changing nuances of honesty, intention, and authenticity. The survival and cohesion of the herd relies on a radical commitment to awareness and to an ever-present feedback loop throughout the herd. The horses have been practicing trust-building, interdependence, honest feedback, and authentic leadership for centuries. And they are ready to share these lessons with you.

Our equine-assisted activities (non-riding) allow the horses to reveal to us parts of our essential leadership that need further examination and expression. You will have an opportunity to receive honest and gentle feedback from your equine teachers, coaching, and support from your human facilitators, and you will leave the experience with an open channel of your authentic power ready for you to use in every part of your life.

Your Retreat Guides

Beth Killough

Circle Up Head Cowgirl, Owner

Beth Killough is the owner of The Circle Up Experience, a consulting firm which provides leadership training and culture development to corporations, universities, teacher groups, first responders, and non-profit organizations. Beth has an MA degree in Clinical Psychology from Santa Clara University and an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. A life-long cowgirl, writer, professor, and a licensed psychotherapist, Beth has 20 years of experience working with people to awaken their innate leadership gifts so they can live and work with more authentic relationship and connection. Circle Up’s model of Natural Leadership and experiential learning with horses integrates human psychology, animal behavior, and natural systems to offer a unique approach to personal and professional development. Circle Up has trained thousands of leaders all over the country and has created long-term culture change programs within large institutions. Beth is a seeker and a truth-teller who brings heart and humor into her work. She is gifted at finding The One Question that needs to be asked and using her cowgirl courage to ask it. Beth owns Take a Chance Ranch in Morgan Hill, California where Circle Up hosts workshops. The ranch also hosts women’s events, recovery groups, weekly meditation with Dhammakaya monks, horsemanship events, and art programs. Beth and her human family live on the ranch with and an ever-growing menagerie of animals who support her and her work.

Amy Hublou

Gallop Venture Co-Founder, Lead Facilitator

Amy Hublou is the co-founder and lead facilitator of Gallop Ventures, LLC and Gallop Adventures, 501c3. The Gallop programs are offered throughout the Bay Area and more recently in the Boise Treasure Valley. Gallop programs range from leadership and team building experiences to personal development workshops to deeper awareness and learning through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Amy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and provides a variety of Nature-Based Therapies with a special emphasis on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Amy has been in clinical practice for more than 20 years providing traditional talk therapy, Ecotherapy and EAP. In addition, Amy spent 10 years as a therapist in Wells Fargo’s Employee Assistance Department as an organizational consultant to managers, leaders, and human resource partners to address a wide range of people issues affecting workplace performance, effectiveness, and engagement, including threats of violence, poor performance and fitness for duty concerns. Amy has a passion for outdoor experiential learning and believes that we each hold the answers to our own questions. When we can find a quiet space around and a still space within, awareness and insights emerge. Amy recently relocated her family to the outskirts of Boise, ID with the intention of creating a space to connect more deeply with self, family, others, animals and the earth. There she has built her homestead and shares the farm resources and ecosystem with others for their own growth, learning and development.

What to Expect

This powerful experience includes 2 nights in the solitude and peace of a 900-acre luxury ranch full of historic charm and modern comfort.

  • 3 Healthful Meals Per Day (prepared by the Ranch Chef)
  • Facilitated Horse Experiences and Conversations
  • Hiking and Meditation
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Springs and Nightly Fire Pit
  • Individual Reflection and Guided Writing

Retreat Cost Per Person

$1700 for a double occupancy room. $2000 for a single occupancy room.