Living With Passion

First Annual Dunrovin Ranch Getaway for Women

In response to the forest fires this year in the Missoula/Lolo area, we are no longer offering Living with Passion. Instead, we are offering Fire Medicine: Using Your Passion to Heal the Animals and the Land. Please click HERE to join us in ceremony and prayer. 

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

- Mary Oliver 

Fill your senses

Rekindle your passion

Relax your mind and body

Take in nature's vast beauty and vibrant rhythms

Passion is visceral. When our bodies feel alive, we feel alive. From that place of feeling fully alive, we connect with what has heart and meaning for us – in other words, our passion!

Passion arises from letting ourselves love what we love. From there we naturally come to live with both passion and purpose.  

I'm cooking up a weekend at Dunrovin Ranch near Missoula, Montana Sept. 8 - 10 that is a sure recipe for rekindling your passion, no matter what your age or circumstances.



In this workshop you will:

  • Dance with the horses
  • Commune with them in the fields that are their home
  • Create new stories that help you see the world with new eyes
  • Meet and play with special guest Danica Winters, author of a series of new mystery romance novels set at Dunrovin Ranch

Left: Mystery romance writer Danica Winters with aptly named Mystery, the horse

Photo by Pam Voth

The Ranch

What better place to step out of your ordinary life and rekindle passion than with the incredible Tennessee Walking Horses of Dunrovin Ranch?  Among the many reasons I love doing workshops at Dunrovin, one that matters most to me is that the ranch considers their horses partners in work and play. 

Dunrovin Ranch, just 10 miles southwest of Missoula Montana, is a little slice of paradise. Situated in Montana’s stunning Bitterroot Valley with mountains on either side and the Bitterroot River running through it, you will feel cradled in nature's magnificence. 

Dunrovin offers an intimate and comfortable atmosphere with clean, cozy, and convenient accommodations. We will also be lodging participants at a nearby mountain lodge, making it possible to offer this workshop to 16 participants.  
Right: Lady Lonza nuzzling son Oggy, born this year
Photo by John Ashley

A Rich Experience

This workshop includes elements of ritual, meditation, movement, storytelling, artistic expression and just plain fun. All horse activities are done on the ground . However, if you want to ride, you can book a 2 hour ride on Sunday afternoon after the workshop ends at an additional charge.  

We start Friday night, September 8 with dinner and end after lunch on Sunday, September 10.


Workshop only: $697 includes two nights lodging in cozy cottage and studio units that house 3 – 4 people each or the lodge that houses 9, all meals, and all workshop sessions.

Workshop and Sunday afternoon horseback ride: $775 

Early Bird Special: Register by July 30 and save $50

 Photo, left, by Debi Lorenc




"Spirited women and supportive horses and human coaches changed my perspective of myself.  I learned that my authentic self is fully supported to be who I want to be now."   -  Sharon Bertrand, Ed.D, R.N., Mendota Heights, MN

Your Facilitators:

Lynn Baskfield, M.A., PCC

Lynn is a certified professional coach who guides people through rites of passage with storytelling, writing, nature and horses. A lifelong horsewoman, she partners with horses to evoke insights and learning that her clients cannot get anywhere else.  It is Lynn's experience that when her clients connect with themselves through the horses, empowerment and creative solutions emerge quite naturally. She is author of Some People You Will Always Love: Finding the Stories that Satisfy Your Soul.

Lynn owns Spirit Dance Coaching based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has been doing equine guided retreats and trainings all over the world since 2000 and is delighted to be designing and delivering this fabulous weekend on passion and purpose in Missoula!


Right: Painting of Lynn on her horse Blue Angel by Sarah Kennedy



Coe Dolven, M.A.

Coe is a licensed trauma clinician in private practice at Red Willow Center for Health and Healing in Missoula. She works primarily with adults healing from depression, anxiety, trauma and challenging life transitions, but also helps couples and older adolescents. Coe acquired her first horse Olivia, a buckskin mare, at age 50. It was then she began her own journey of self-discovery, learning about and confronting fears, and finding courage and confidence through her relationship with her horse. 

After two years of training, Coe became certified as an Equine Interaction Education and Mental Health Professional. This approach enables her to combine her love of animals and her commitment to growth and healing. When not doing therapy in her traditional office setting, she can be found offering the same assistance at the barn with the help of her equine partners. 

Our Partners

Missoula's convention and visitor's bureau, Destination Missoula, is creating a contest in partnership with Harlequin Books. The contest is centered around Danica Winters' books and Dunrovin Ranch. The winner will have her transportation costs covered to come to the retreat. Stay tuned for details.

The Executive Director of Destination Missoula, Barbara Neilan, is a Certified Equine Facilitated Coach using the Mind Body Coaching™ method.  Barb has 15 years’ experience in heart-based, mindful leadership, PR and Marketing.  She and her partners from Atlanta, Georgia and Amarillo, Texas are the founders of Equus Wisdom & Coaching, whose focus is helping women navigate life’s transitions from a choice-based, empowered and authentic place.  Barb is a Montana native and horses have been a part of her life for as long as she can remember.  

Right: Barb Neilan having a sweet moment with Erskine.

Photo by Pam Voth


  Enter the Destination Missoula Giveaway         
You Could Win aTrip to Living with Passion Getaway for Two!


Airfare for Two (limited to $600/person)
3 Day Car Rental valued at $80 per day
Two nights stay at The Holiday Inn Parkside in Missoula, Montana
Mystery Evening in Missoula
Fully paid Living with Passion worshop fees for two
Two nights lodging at the ranch
All meals included during the retreat
Sunday afternoon horseback ride at Dunrovin Ranch
Once you've clicked the link, scroll down to fill out your entry form
If you win and you've already registered and paid, your registration fee will be refunded.

Harlequin Books, publisher of the new series of mystery romance novels written by Danica Winters and set at Dunrovin Ranch, is helping sponsor this event! Welcome to all of Danica's avid readers. 

Fill your senses

Rekindle your passion

Relax your mind and body

Take in nature's vast beauty and vibrant rhythm's


for Living with Passion at Dunrovin Ranch