Rewild your Soul

A Return to Nature in the Mountains of Montana

 June 18th – 23rd 2025 & June 26th – July 1st 2025

Rewild your soul and return to nature in the stunning mountains of Montana! Known for its breathtaking scenery and wildlife, wide open spaces, and majestic snow-capped mountain ranges, we can’t think of a better place to get inspired! 

Explore charming off-the-beaten-path towns, dine on chef-prepared farm-to-fork fare and experience the beauty of Big Sky Country with its pristine lakes, rivers, and streams!

Along the way, we’ll lead you through creative prompts as we take time to gather inspiration from the beautiful places we visit. Our talented guest artist Cassie Berube has designed custom workshops from Botanical Printmaking & Mixed Media Nature Collages to Forest Florals! 

This journey is for anyone looking to explore their creative side, and all of our activities and workshops are for beginners and seasoned artists alike! No Art experience necessary!

Discover all Montana has to offer on our very own private ranch right outside of Glacier! Featuring more than 150 acres of Montana’s legendary wonderland to explore, including miles of walking trails, ponds to kayak on, and gardens to roam, there is something to explore around every corner!

Our adventure takes place in the heart of the Flathead Valley, set amongst fields of green and home to national forests, wild rivers, and the famed Flathead Lake. Formed by a melted glacier the lake lies in between two mountain ranges and offers stunning vistas, islands, and maybe even a Loch Ness monster or two! 

Explore the picturesque mountain town of Whitefish with its eclectic shops and adorable small-town vibes, dive into rustic cuisine with a hands-on cooking class from our award-winning chef and traverse the crystal clear waters of the Flathead on a private sunset cruise, are just a few highlights of this unforgettable adventure!

If you’ve been looking to take some time for yourself to reconnect and explore your creative side with an awesome group of women, consider this your invitation!

Why should you join us?

Umm..when are you going to get the chance to stay at your very own Ranch?! If you’re looking to explore and celebrate nature while discovering your creative side, this is definitely the retreat for you!

This is truly the adventure of a lifetime, and with all the hustle and bustle of everyday life (not to mention these uber-stressful times we’re living in)  you deserve to take some space for yourself, that’s right! Not the kids, family, or your job, but something just for you!

So buckle up buttercup cause we’re offering an adventure to reset and explore your best self.. It’s more than a retreat, it’s an experience, so let’s loosen up, get inspired and above all have fun!

Come Wander with us!

A peek into our adventure!

Where we’ll be staying

We went all out and booked our very own private ranch!

Nestled in the middle of northwest Montana’s legendary, recreational wonderland and just 20 minutes outside of Glacier, lies our 150-acre oasis! 

Welcome to Dancing Spirit Ranch a beautiful family owned boutique retreat center in the heart of the Flathead Valley. 

Rustic meets modern from a 100 year old barnhouse & the historic schoolhouse where we’ll host workshops to numerous modern rock art installations featuring stonehenge inspired rings, labyrinths and even a secret garden, this is truly a place to be inspired and connect with nature.

“The land dances with forests, tall grasses, a gentle river, and ponds. The moment you drive through the stone gate, you will know that this is a place where time moves slowly, according to the season and nature’s rhythm.”

Featuring miles of walking trails, ponds to kayak on, and gardens to explore, we can’t think of a better place to rest, reset, and soak it all in!

Be sure to check out our slideshow of this beautiful venue below!

Let’s Talk Food

“The entire dining process at the Ranch is designed to nourish and comfort you. The food is prepared with care and attention, from the very beginning as a seed in our soil to being served on your plate.”

Enjoy a seasonally inspired menu of rustic farm-to-fork fare, from our talented on-site chef whose whimsically-plated dishes and clever flavor combinations earned him the 2023 James Beard Foundation nomination for Best Chef in the Mountain Region!

“I am grateful to be sharing my playful approach to cooking with the guests at Dancing Spirit Ranch, and I am eager to share a farm-to-table dining experience with you!”

Meet our Guest Artist

Meet Cassie Berube award winning printmaker and artist!  Cassie is known for her nature inspired creations from printmaking to mixed media and as the founder of Wandering Women Retreats!  

Recipient of the Denis Diderot grant and residence at Chateau Orquevaux in France, her work has been featured in numerous shows and publications from  House & Garden to the cover of Inside of Sacramento .

Cassie is excited to share her love of nature with a new group of ladies and has designed custom workshops just for us from Botanical Printmaking to Mixed Media Nature Collages and Forest Florals!

VIEW MORE OF CASSIE’S WORK HERE

Meet our Featured Local Artist!

Meet Olivia Stark! An award-winning local artist whose work spans multiple media and styles, from sculpture to beautiful landscapes and colorful abstracts! 

“I find my best work is through improvisation. I’m drawn to the shapes and lines that surface in my work. My intention is to create opportunities for what’s hidden to emerge. A dance of physical and mental imagery. To reveal the essence of what arises and include the viewer in my assertions.”

Olivia will be coming to the ranch and hosting a pop of her work with an artist talk, demo and more!

See more of her beautiful work here!

A Word From Your Host

Hi Everyone! Cassie here, founder of Wandering Women Retreats, art and travel lover!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to not only host but also teach in my beautiful home state of Montana! I think there is something really special about exploring with a local and as a born and raised Montanan it doesn’t get any more local than this!

With over a decade of experience in the travel industry and as a professional artist, it’s been a long-time dream to merge the two and offer unforgettable journeys that both nurture your creative side and immerse you in local culture. 

I’ve cooked up a seriously dreamy itinerary that has a taste of it all! We’ll not only be staying at a gorgeous ranch surrounded by beautiful naturescapes but with creative workshops and amazing day trips this retreat is the perfect place to nurture your creative side! 

So join me on an adventure in the beautiful mountains of Montana!

Our Itinerary

(This retreat has TWO departures! Both itineraries are identical)

Day 1: ARRIVAL, OPENING CELEBRATION & WELCOME DINNER

Arrival in Kalispell, check into our private ranch. Relax, soak in the epic vistas and beautiful natureside that will be our home for the week! 

In the evening, the fun commences with a special Opening Celebration and Welcome Dinner!

DAY 2: BOTANICAL PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP, MIXED MEDIA NATURE COLLAGES, GARDEN TOUR  & COOKING CLASS, SOUND BOWL CEREMONY

After a homemade breakfast, we’ll dive into our first creative session! Cassie will go over all the basics of botanical printmaking as we learn how to create lush designs on paper using printing plates, foraged plants, and flora. You’ll learn what to look for when selecting plants, techniques to create texture, working in layers along with how to choose complementary colors so your designs pop!

Afterward, we’ll head to the ranch’s secret garden for a special tour and behind-the-scenes glimpse at all the beautiful things grown here! Then, we’ll enjoy a cooking demo by our on-site chef, followed by a scrumptious al fresco lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy another creative workshop as Cassie goes over how to create beautiful nature collages that weave in our nature prints, vintage papers, mark-making, and more!

In the evening, join us for a special sound bath ceremony followed by a farm-to-table dinner under the stars.

Day 3: NATURE WALK & FORAGING, NATURE FLAT LAYS & FOREST FLORALS WORKSHOP, DAY TRIP TO WHITEFISH, ARTISAN SHOPPING, ART GALLERY VISIT, LOCAL ARTIST POP UP

After another scrumptious homemade breakfast, we’ll set out to explore the surrounding forest with a relaxing nature walk. Learn to look for patterns in nature and find what speaks to you as we collect leaves, flora and grasses that will serve as inspiration for our forest florals!

After soaking in the countryside, we’ll dive into our next creative workshop! We’ll start with creating nature flat lays from our forest finds. Next, we’ll delve into the amazing realm of watercolors, fluid acrylics, and inks as Cassie goes over fun techniques for creating abstract florals and leaves using a variety of mediums!

The fun continues with a day trip into the picturesque mountain town of Whitefish. Known for its adorable downtown, we’ll have time to explore its collection of eclectic shops with a stop-in at a local gallery. Enjoy free time to shop local handcrafted goods or grab a bite to eat at one of the many charming eateries.

In the afternoon, we’re in for a treat with a visit from local artist Olivia Stark. Hear the process behind her beautiful pieces with time to shop her private collection. In the evening, we’ll meet for another rustic farm-to-table meal.

Day 4: LOCAL ARTISAN FOOD TASTING, RUSTIC COCKTAIL WORKSHOP, Forest Picnic, KAYAK, PADDLE BOARD & CANOEING, S’MORES AND PJ PARTY

After another delicious breakfast, we’ll head out on an adventure with a custom private tour! Our first stop will be a local gourmet grocers, where we’ll have a private sampling highlighting the region’s producers. Enjoy time to shop some Montana favorites like huckleberry balsamic and more!

Our next stop will be to Glacier Distillery, a craft distillery nestled in the foothills of Glacier National Park!  Here we’ll be crafting our very own rustic cocktails, learning two different recipes from an expert mixologist. Enjoy a picnic lunch as we sip our gorgeous concoctions surrounded by epic views.

Enjoy free time back at the ranch and take in one of the estate’s numerous ponds or the meandering Whitefish River with access to kayaks, paddle boards, canoes and more! Go for a swim or simply stroll through the property’s many trails and meditative spaces.

In the evening we’ll meet for another tasty chef prepared dinner.Next it’s PJ party time! Don your cutest PJs and join us for some late-night shenanigans as we gather fireside for some classic s’mores ,hot cocoa, and maybe a ghost story or two!

Day 5: MIXED MEDIA ART BOOKS, PRIVATE CHARTER BOAT CRUISE, SUNSET PHOTOSHOOT, CLOSING CELEBRATION AND FAREWELL DINNER

A rustic breakfast followed by our last creative workshop exploring the fun world of altered art books! In this workshop, Cassie will be going over how to create accordion-style art books that will highlight the different pieces we’ve created through the week for the perfect keepsake of your journey!

After lunch it’s on to our last adventure with a journey to the quaint town of lakeside where we’ll meet our own private charter boat for a special cruise around the famed Flathead Lake.

Enjoy free time in the afternoon to take in the many amenities of the estate, pack away your cool shopping finds or continue crafting in the studio!

Join us at the golden hour for a magical group photoshoot followed by a special closing celebration and farewell dinner.

Day 6: Breakfast & Departure

We’ll share one last opening circle and breakfast together before departing for the airport. Remember to stay in touch with your new creative besties, and we hope you Wander with Us on our next adventure!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS OUR PROSPECTIVE ITINERARY. SMALL CHANGES MAY BE MADE DUE TO WEATHER, DESIRES OF THE GROUP, AND UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES 

(such as spontaneous adventures, can we say heck ya?!)

Spots are limited!   Our retreats aren’t just about the wonderful things we’ll see and do but about building relationships; that’s why we like to keep our groups small and intimate. This enables us to travel like a local and have an inside look at all the city has to offer!  This retreat is limited to 15 guests.

THIS AMAZING EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • 6 days and 5 nights at our very own private 150-acre Ranch
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfers ( on arrival & departure day)
  • All Inclusive Meal Plan with daily chef-prepared Farm-to-Fork Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners
  • Private Transportation to and from all activities
  • Tips for our Guides, Drivers & Ranch Staff
  • Intimate group limited to 8-15 women
  • Opening Celebration 
  • Garden Tour
  • Cooking Class
  • Sound Bowl Ceremony
  • Day Trip to Whitefish
  • Art Gallery Visit
  • Local Artist Talk & Pop Up
  • Paddle Board, Kayak & Canoeing 
  • Day Trip to Columbia Falls & Glacier Distillery 
  • Local Artisan Food Tasting
  • Rustic Cocktails Class
  • Forest Mountain Picnic
  • PJ Party & Fireside S’mores
  • Flathead Lake Private Charter Boat Cruise 
  • Most Art Supplies & Takeaway Guide 
  • FOUR Creative Workshops!! with your host & local artist, Cassie Berube  
  • Forest Foraging and Botanical Printmaking 
  • Mixed Media Nature Collages
  • Ink and Watercolor Forest Florals 
  • Mixed Media Art Books 
  • Private Photographer & Sunset Group Photoshoot

Sweet Extras

A private Facebook Group so you can get to know your fellow  

A curated bag of goodies, aka the most amazing swag bag ever, including art and local finds!

A Dedicated on-site host to make sure you have the most amazing time ever!

This is a Wandering Women LUXE Retreat

* This is a Wandering Women all-inclusive LUXE retreat! Our very own private 150-acre ranch, daily chef-prepared meals, along with a private photographer and professional photoshoot are included in addition to our amazing itinerary and day trips!

The Ranch has a variety of room categories to choose from!

The Bunkhouse

Bunkhouse Twin Room with Shared Bath $4425

Bunkhouse Private Room with Shared Bath $4625

The Lakehouse

Lakehouse Shared Room and Shared Bath $4825

Lakehouse Private Room and Shared Bath $5125

Lakehouse Private Room and Private Bath $5325

(airfare not included)

A $1000 Non -Refundable deposit is required to hold your spot balance due by February 1st, 2025

Registration – Sold Out!

Both departures are currently sold out! Reach out through our contact form to be added to the waitlist.

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What our retreaters are saying

Say What?! Testimonials from our fellow Wandering Women

Something I will remember for the rest of my life!

“What a spectacular trip! I knew it sounded good on paper, but the real-life version was more than I could have ever imagined. Thank you for all the hard work you put into making this retreat something I will remember for the rest of my life”

Jocelyn K

The trip of a lifetime!

“ Wandering Women put together a fabulous venue, a great mixture of workshops, tours & amazing food. The friendships I made only sweetened the whole experience. If you’re on the fence, don’t be! Treat yourself – we’re all so worth it! “

Jill V.

Unique & Unforgettable! 

“This retreat was the perfect blend of adventure, rest, and creativity. The luxe experience with activities that were off the beaten path made it unique and unforgettable.” 

Molly D.

WHAT ISN’T COVERED IN THE COST?

  • Airfare from your hometown to Montana
  • Travelers Insurance (required for this retreat)
  • Any extra tours, meals, or excursions that you choose during your free time if you choose to go.
  • Alcohol & Specialty Drinks outside of those provided in the retreat package
  • Transportation & lodging outside of the retreat dates, should you choose to arrive early or stay later in Montana
  • Anything you buy in the markets or on various outings.

Faq’s

Book with Confidence –  A note about Covid 19

We have a great team in place that is monitoring the global pandemic and travel advisories on a daily basis. In the event we need to cancel the retreat due to Covid 19, retreat participants will be offered the option of moving funds to a rescheduled departure date. We are also requiring all participants to get a  travel insurance policy. We want you to feel fully comfortable and confident when booking that you are covered!

* Please note that we will NOT be refunding cancellations for any reason, including if you yourself contract COVID before the retreat and can not attend. Due to the planning, logistics & upfront costs of these events, we have a strict no-refund policy regardless of circumstance. We are requiring retreaters to get trip insurance for this very reason, trust us the peace of mind alone is worth it! 

View our Terms and Conditions here.

Absolutely! All of our workshops and activities are for beginners and experienced artists alike!! We’ll provide you with creative prompts, but you will be at your own pace, and it’s completely up to you how you’d like to use your art journal and creative time.

The remaining balance after deposit is due on or before February 1st, 2025. We will send a payment link the month before so you can complete payment.

Yes, a travel insurance policy is required in order for you to attend the retreat. Trust us, it’s worth it! Stumped on what policy to choose? Don’t worry we got you, our welcome packet has info on trip insurance and more!

That is completely up to you and depends on how much shopping you plan to do. ATMs are available to you and credit cards are taken at most major retailers.

This retreat has a mix of single private rooms and shared rooms, which will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event you are traveling solo and book a shared room we will do our best to pair you up with someone we think you’ll match well with.  Cute Story: I met one of my besties on an art retreat where we shared a room! Little did we know we only lived 20 minutes apart, and we have been inseparable ever since!

Montana is famous for its farm-to-fork cuisine, local meat, produce, and excellent farm cheeses. We will be having a variety of meals all featuring the best local ingredients.

We really want to give you a taste of the countryside through its food, in most cases we will have vegetarian options but unfortunately severely restrictive diets and other food sensitivities can not be accommodated.

We have arranged group transportation to and from Glacier International Airport on arrival and departure day.

When booking your flight, please fly into Glacier International Airport in Kalispell (FCA). We recommend booking your flights at least 90 days before the beginning of the retreat.

Weather in Montana will be pleasantly warm during the days, with temperatures ranging in the low 70s to 80s. Evenings can cool down, and we’d recommend packing layers and a light jacket or cardigan. Montana is a wild place, so be prepared for the occasional sprinkle with a light rain jacket and small umbrella!

Montana is best explored on foot. Opt for comfortable shoes, sneakers, or sandals. For our day trips, we’ll be most of the day outdoors. Plan outfits that will work for exploring but also some fun outfits for our evening dinners. Layers are always a great idea!

The last thing we want is you having to lug a ton of supplies around so we’ll send a minimal list of art supplies along with a simple packing list and tips a couple months before the retreat.

We also recommend that you bring an extra bag (a collapsible duffel or tote works great) to bring home your goodies you have collected on our shopping trips. The temperatures will vary, so don’t forget layers, pack a bathing suit, sweater and a light jacket!

Due to liability and that occasionally alcohol is served at our venues or during our activities participants must be 21 or older.

It is your responsibility to be up to date on what the visa requirements are for entering the country.

One of our main goals is to lift up our fellow female creatives! When we set out to create Wandering Women Retreats we thought about all the wonderful female artisans around the world. What’s going on in their studio, what inspires them and how can we be inspired in return? Each of our retreats highlights a different woman artist with visits to her workspace and talks about her journey and creative process. 

From floral foragers to textile designers to mixed media painters, we strive to spotlight a diverse group of female artisans. On each of our retreat pages, you’ll find a bio for our featured female artist for that particular trip.

Still have questions? We got you! Visit our FAQ page.

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