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Medora, North Dakota

Monday, September 25 - Friday September 29 2023

We're going on a journey of self-discovery in the badlands of North Dakota.  Join us for an adventure where horses guide us to finding the hero within. 


A Hero's Journey

This retreat is a journey of self-discovery. And in true Beyond the Horse fashion, we will stand shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart alongside horses as we take an adventure to find our authentic selves. Unlike my Badlands Cowgirl's Retreat, this retreat is for horsewomen and non-horsewomen alike. The only horse requirement is that you come with an open heart that is ready to be guided by the most beautiful beings on the planet: our equine companions of course. This group of like-minded, connected women will come together to take a journey to the Badlands of North Dakota and return home with gifts beyond measure.

We all know that life is full of ups and downs. There is joy and there is pain. There is ease and there is downright struggle. Throughout our lives there are lightening strike moments that happen with or without our permission or consent that often leave us with lasting negative impacts. The aftermath of life's negative moments can build resilience AND it can also create defenses within us that negatively impact us. We carry our life's story of events, along with the residual negative side affects, upon our shoulders, hearts and minds. The side affects of the negative parts of life can leave us feeling inferior, alone, misunderstood and inauthentic. We all have road blocks keeping us from showing up as our authentic selves in our lives. A Hero's Journey Retreat is designed to help us move away from the negative and take off some of our armor. We than can move toward joy, ease, grace, abundance, connectedness, wholeness, peacefulness and happiness.

The horses will accompany us as we take a journey in self-discovery and will guide us to awareness, self-appreciation and respect AND SO MUCH MORE! Along the way, we will gather tools for repairing the parts of us that created negative defenses in our past as well as learn applicable strategies for our future to feel better, communicate better, and be more of who we authentically are and long to be. We will experience and learn things along this journey that our past selves were begging for and our future selves will be so grateful to have in their toolbelts.


What would your past or younger self have given to feel unstoppable, loveable, worthy and full of empowered ability? Mine would have given anything. And now I'm so grateful to be able to share these gifts with you!

This retreat is more than just a vacation to the Badlands. It's more than camping and campfires under the stars. It's more than smores and sunburns. It's more than hiking or horseback riding. It's more than shopping and visiting the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This retreat is an opportunity for you to dig deep and start your journey towards living your most authentic life! This retreat offers you a ticket to a journey towards becoming your best self. And girl, she wants nothing more than for you to take the time to do your work to heal and grow and shift and show the F up in this one wild and precious life you have.

This retreat is an investment in your future. An investment in your life! It is meant to be a gift to your future self. It's the best chance you can give yourself to actually show up for the life you want to live.


The Badlands & Accommodations


Born a "flat-lander" from the Minnesota River Valley, I was FLOORED the first time I experienced the Badlands of Medora. The land dramatically changes from the farmlands and prairies we expect in the middle of North Dakota to the most unforgettable landscape imaginable. Buttes and valleys combine with the red shale rock to create vistas that are uniquely Medora. 

Whether this is your first trip to the Badlands, or you've been going for years, you'll love the location of this exclusive retreat. Held at the privately owned King's Guest Ranch we will have access to thousands of acres of some of the most scenic land in the county.

>>> BYOH (Bring your own HORSE) and Camper <<<

Accommodations for you and your horse are a horsewoman's dream. You'll have power hook up for your horse trailer, as well as access to water and sewer (weather permitting). If you don't have a living quarters or camper trailer, book early to reserve the ranch's incredible RV and Camper accommodations for an additional rate. Don't be fooled by the word "camper". I have been calling them the Taj Mahals of Western North Dakota! The camper sleeps 2 comfortably and the RV up to 4 without problem.

Your horse will have access to private outdoor pens. Group lots are also available at no extra charge. Shade, access to water and CLEAN! Your horse will be as comfortable as you are during your stay. 

We will experience the method of A Hero's Journey workshop in the mornings as a connected group and participation is required for those joining me on this amazing retreat.


The afternoons are for you to design, this is YOUR retreat! Maybe you will ride with the other retreat participants. Maybe you'll go shopping or sight seeing at the National Park and catch a glimpse of the wild horses and buffalo. 

Space is VERY LIMITED. I am only taking 6 women along with me on this adventure.


I desire to have like-minded women experience this life shifting journey with me. I want you to join me if you are ready to dig deep and learn about yourself. If you need to learn how to do real self care and are looking for a step by step guide to take the guess work out of how to achieve that, this is your retreat. If you are stuck and no longer want to be, this retreat is for you. If you are in a need of a big dose of self-empowerment, this retreat is for you. If you know that getting away to the Black Hills is your chance to unplug and really take the time to learn ways to grow and heal and shift and be the best damn version of you there is, this retreat is for you.

If you only want to shop or trail ride and do your own thing, half ass show up and be less than fully invested in this process...I'm sorry darlin' this retreat isn't right for you at this time.

If, and only if, you've read everything above and this is speaking directly to your heart and you can feel yourself being pulled toward this journey, below are the nitty gritty details you'll need to know:

I'll be inviting 6 women to join me. 

You have the option to bring a horse if you'd like. You will have access to hundreds of acres of state and national land to explore. The trails are as easy or as complicated as you desire. There is direct trail access from our campground.

Most women come to my retreats solo. Some come with one other friend. The choice is yours. However, do not be afraid to come on this journey solo. This experience is FOR YOU. I will share the list of retreat goers 60 days in advance of our trip so that you may plan travel and maybe meals or adventures together with the other ladies attending.

This retreat is flanked before and after by a Badlands Cowgirl Retreat. Some of you may choose to make a week of it and attend both! 


During this retreat, we will be completing the Hero's Journey workshop.


Investment in YOU

This retreat offers you an opportunity to make an investment in your future self. This investment impacts your happiness, joy, awareness, self worth and so much more. This investment is truly for you and is only available to you if you choose it. You have an opportunity to give yourself what you need. And that opportunity just so happens to be an amazing retreat in a beautiful location.

Your retreat spot in the A Hero's Journey North Dakota includes:

A shared meal your first evening, trailer/camper/tent parking and horse lodging (if you bring one). Your afternoons will be flexible and for you to enjoy at your hearts' content. Travel to and from the retreat is on your own as well as food and beverages beyond the first evening.

Our retreats fill EXTREMELY quickly, I encourage you to apply today.


This retreat is open to women only, 21+


A Hero's Journey North Dakota

Monday, September 25 - Friday, September 29 2023


Monday: Check into Kings Guest Ranch 1-2 pm

Retreat officially begins 4:00 pm 

7:30 Dinner on Anna

Tuesday:  9 -12 Group Workshop/Circle

12:00 Choose your adventure: Ride/Hike/Shop/Explore

Sunset: Social and campfire  

Wednesday: 9-12 Group Workshop/Circle

12:00 Choose your adventure: Ride/Hike/Shop/Explore

Sunset: Social and campfire  

Thursday: 9 -12 Group Workshop/Circle

12:00 Choose your adventure: Ride/Hike/Shop/Explore

Sunset: Social and campfire  

Friday: 9-12 Closing Circle 

Clean up campsites & Depart 

Investment in your future self: $775

$100 donation from each reservation to Lauren's Legacy, see below

Terms: Retreats are non-refundable unless your space can be filled. If Anna can fill your reservation space, your payment will be returned less a 50% rebooking fee. There are no refunds for cancellations 60 days or less prior to the retreat start date.


Need a customized payment plan? I'd love to work with you. Shoot me an email and we'll set it up.

Shine up your boots, pack your bags and get ready for the trip of a lifetime! All details will be emailed including packing suggestions and guest list 60 days prior to retreat. Retreat goers will secure their own transportation to and from the location.



Lauren Munger (with Smokey Lonesome), Creator of A Hero's Journey with Horses

 Lauren was a professional in the field of psychology and healing for most of her life. She had a private practice working with children and adults for decades. She was the founder and creator of A Hero’s Journey self-esteem workshops which she owned and operated in Boulder, Colorado throughout the eighties and nineties. Lauren was also a colleague of mine, a certified practitioner in the Equine Gestalt Method of coaching. 

When Lauren became unable to continue to personally work with client and her beloved horses, Lauren's Legacy was devised and established by a cohort of Gestalt Coaching Method practitioners who desired to continue to share her amazing work. She created A Hero's Journey with Horses in the 1980's and touched thousands of lives. I was lucky enough to be trained in her method and am honored to share it with those who I can. Lauren's method pairs wonderfully with the Gestalt Coaching method that I practice at Beyond the Horse. 

Lauren passed away in the fall of 2022, I feel beyond honored to continue her life's work.

A portion of all proceeds from A Hero's Journey trainings offered through Beyond the Horse will be donated to Lauren's Legacy to support her family and gifting her work to those in need.

The donation feels small in comparison to the amazing gift that Lauren has shared with the world.

Lauren's Legacy will be managed through Pegasus Bridge to Wellness. The mission of Pegasus Bridge is to provide equine-partnered coaching and facilities to guide at-risk and under-served populations toward greater self-awareness by empowering them through experiential insight. Please visit the website to learn more and to donate if your heart chooses to do so.


"Enlightening, inspirational, and exciting. I has been complete soul food!"

— Kim B.

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