New Cowgirl Camp 2018

Thank you for your interest in The New Cowgirl Camp

Our first Cowgirl Camp was a great success. Our eight participants told us it was a life-changing experience. We have scheduled two New Cowgirl Camps for 2018. They are to be held on:

May 28-June 1 and August 27-31, 2018

Lazy R Ranch, Cheney, Washington


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Explore Your Ranching Future at New Cowgirl Camp

Photo of woman smiling standing close to a while horse. Just the horse's head and neck show on the other side of a fence. The woman is wearing a jacket with a western blanket patter. She's smiling and looks happy. It's snowing and snowflakes are visible.
Beth Robinette, fourth generation rancher and second generation Holistic Management Practitioner, is co-leader of New Cowgirl Camp. Photo by Michael Guilfoil

Thinking about a career in agriculture? New Cowgirl Camp gives you a leg up.

May 28-June 1 and August 27-31, 2018

Lazy R Ranch, Cheney, Washington


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New Cowgirl Camp is a five-day intensive course for forward-thinking women who are interested in becoming farmers or ranchers. You will learn new skills and discover a holistic approach to farming, life, and land management.

Cowgirl Camp is Led by a Team of Seasoned Pros

Your camp leaders for this retreat-style hands-on camp are Sandra Matheson, DVM, and Beth Robinette, MBA, Sustainable Business, of the Roots of Resilience team. Both are life-long ranchers, ranch owners, entrepreneurs, and accredited Holistic Management professionals. Beth, a Millennial,  and Sandra, a Baby Boomer, bring generation-spanning perspectives.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Modern Ranching But Didn’t Know Who To Ask

Maybe you have been dreaming of a career in agriculture, but you did not grow up in a farming or ranching family. It can be hard to know where to start. At Cowgirl Camp you will be learning from lifelong ranchers and seasoned professionals. No question is too basic or too advanced.

Cowgirl Camp curriculum includes:

  • Basic farm skills, fencing, and facilities
  • Animal husbandry and low-stress animal handling techniques
  • Raising and working with horses
  • Managing your farm or ranch for resilience
  • Relationship building
  • Farm business management
  • Leadership and creating positive change
  • Working in the field of agriculture and seeking opportunities

Should You Sign Up for Cowgirl Camp?

If you—

  • Are considering a career in agriculture, but aren’t sure where to start;
  • Have taken ag-related classes, and now want practical experience;
  • Are thinking about a career change to agriculture from another field; or
  • Are just curious about farming or ranching life;

New Cowgirl Camp is for you.

At Cowgirl Camp you’ll learn about ranching heritage and traditions from a fourth-generation rancher. And you’ll learn about current, science-based regenerative practices that will put your future farm or ranch business on a sustainable footing.

Whether you want to work on a farm or ranch or, maybe, own your own farm or ranch business someday, you will benefit from Cowgirl Camp.

There is good demand for workers in the field of agriculture but it is hard to find people with skills and up-to-date training to fill jobs. Cowgirl camp will give you a start on building the skills and knowledge you need for farming and ranching jobs of today.

There are many retiring farmers and ranchers who would like to find someone qualified to take over their operations. If you plan to buy, transition into, or create your own farm or ranch business, Cowgirl Camp will help you prepare.

Cowgirl Camp Proposed Curriculum

We are still finalizing the 2018 program. Here is what we have so far:

Day 1: Intro to Holistic Management & Livestock

Morning—Holistic Management Decision-Making, managing for resilience, and creating a Holistic Context

Early Afternoon—Animal behavior, low-stress livestock handling

Mid to late Afternoon—Testing decisions, feedback loop

Evening—Empowering women in agriculture and the community & campfire social time

Day 2: Business and Financial Planning;  Livestock Husbandry

Morning—Holistic Financial Planning

Early Afternoon—Livestock husbandry

Late Afternoon—The One Page Business Plan

Evening—Campfire social time and relationship building

Day 3: Your Land and Facilities; Animal Helpers

Morning—On the ground: Ecosystem, Monitoring, and Diagnosis

Early Afternoon—Dog selection and handling

Mid to late Afternoon—Land and facilities planning and field trip

Evening—Group trip to explore Spokane

Day 4: Intro to Planned Grazing; Farm Skills; Fencing

Morning—Holistic Planned Grazing

Early Afternoon—Farm skills and fencing

Late Afternoon—Holistic Planned Grazing, continued

Evening—Campfire social time and celebration of  our accomplishments

Day 5: Building Your Team; Equestrian Skills

Morning—Building your team, working together

Early Afternoon—Raising and working with horses

Mid Afternoon—Q&A; your next steps

Is it really a “camp”?

Yes. Most activities will take place on the Lazy R Ranch in Cheney, Washington. Camping on site is encouraged. Bring your own tent, sleeping bag, and other necessities. (A complete list of suggested items will be supplied after you register).

If you choose to not to camp, hotel accommodations are available nearby.

Register for Cowgirl Camp

Space is strictly limited to ensure personal attention to each participant.

You must be at least 18 years old to participate in Cowgirl Camp.

If you are interested and would like to learn more, please contact us  at and watch for the announcement!

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Questions? Need more info?

If you still aren’t sure if Cowgirl Camp is for you, or if you have additional questions, please contact us at

Waiver of Liability

Cowgirl Camp will take place on a real working ranch. Many activities will be hands-on. Before registering for Cowgirl Camp, you will be asked to sign the following required liability waiver. Please also read the warning about liability limitations for agri-tourism activities under Washington State law.

To protect the safety of all participants, alcohol and drug use is not permitted during Cowgirl Camp. Participants who appear to be impaired with not be allowed to participate in Cowgirl Camp activities.

Acknowledgement of Possibility of Risk or Injury

As a participant in Roots of Resilience Cowgirl Camp, I recognize the risk and acknowledge that there are certain risks of physical injury—including death, damages, property damage, or loss—which I may sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with Cowgirl Camp, or the use of the facilities or equipment.

I understand that a ranch environment has many inherent risk factors, including, but not limited to:

Cold and sun/heat
Dust and pollen
Hand tools
Highway traffic
Livestock handling
Machinery and equipment
Slips, trips, and falls
Small critters that can sting or bite

I understand that it is my responsibility as a Cowgirl Camp participant to be aware of and mitigate exposure to these and other risks inherent to Cowgirl Camp participation.

Waiver of Claim for Injury

I agree to waive and relinquish all claims that I may have for injuries or damages as a result of participating in Cowgirl Camp or using the facilities or equipment against Roots of Resilience and the Lazy R Ranch, and their officers, agents, servants, employees, owners, volunteers, and affiliates.

Release from Liability

I do hereby release and discharge Roots of Resilience and the Lazy R Ranch, and their officers, agents, servants, employees, owners, volunteers, and affiliates from any and all claims for injuries, including death, damages, property damage, or loss which may have or may in future accrue to me in account of participating in Cowgirl Camp.

Indemnity and Defense

I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless and pay defense costs and defend Roots of Resilience and the Lazy R Ranch, and their officers, agents, servants, employees, owners, volunteers, and affiliates, from any and all claims resulting from injuries—including death, damages, property damage, or loss—sustained by me and arising out of, connected with, or in any way associated with the activities of Cowgirl Camp or the use of facilities or equipment.


Under Washington state law, there is limited liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agri-tourism activity conducted at this agri-tourism location if such an injury or death results exclusively from the inherent risks  of the agri-tourism activity. Inherent risks of agri-tourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. We are required to ensure that in any activity involving minor children, only age-appropriate access to activities, equipment, and animals is permitted. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agri-tourism activity.

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