Brave Girl Camp is a magical, amazing, all-inclusive 4 day art + life retreat, with perfectly planned days of meaningful fun and connection, designed to help you move forward joyfully into the rest of your life. Come join us for art-making and soul-healing at the beautiful and secluded Brave River Ranch, nestled right along the Boise River in the tiny little country town of Star, Idaho. Let us cook for you and pamper you while you make meaningful art projects in the lavishly stocked Art Barn and while you experience the life changing curriculum of Brave Girls Club... All while making lifelong friends and having the time of your life!


2016 Dates

March 15-19, 2016 - SPOTS OPEN

May 3-7, 2016 - sold out

June 7-11, 2016 - SPOTS OPEN

September 13-17, sold out

October 4-8, 2016 - sold out

(Email to be put on our waiting list)

Click on each question below to learn all about Brave Girl Camp

A place of beauty and pampering.

A place filled with lovely things that women appreciate so much but that they often forget to do for themselves, like pretty dishes and colorful flowers.

A place to learn the beautiful truth about ourselves.

A place to rest and feel safe, where you can hear your own thoughts and soul-whisperings.

A place to gather with other women to share our stories and CONNECT with each other.

A place to form true life-long friendships

A place of lots of laughter and remembering what it’s like to have girl friends.

A place to experience what the woman’s soul craves.

A place where every moment is magical from the moment you arrive at The Ranch until late in the evening.

A place where you can stop and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

A place where women of all ages and backgrounds come together and learn from each other by dropping their labels.

A place to make art that burns into your heart the things you will learn, so that you never ever forget.

A place of discussions, projects, and ideas that help women make it through their own adversities.

A place where delicious, nourishing, lovingly made food is served on gorgeously set tables.

A place where women learn how to live the most beautiful life possible, no matter their history or challenges.

A place where good women find each other.   

Brave Girl Camp guests stay at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Eagle, Idaho. The hotel also sits right on the Boise River just a few miles down the road. We pick you up in the morning with our awesome vintage school bus!

Your tuition includes a room in the hotel with two queen beds, so we do assign you a roommate who will likely become a very close life-long friend! Some women prefer to have a private room for the duration of Brave Girl Camp and we can absolutely make sure that happens! Contact us after you register and we'll help you make those arrangements. It just costs a little bit extra in hotel fees.

Brave Girl Camp is held in the little town of Star, Idaho on a beautiful piece of secluded property nestled right along the Boise River. We call it Brave River Ranch. We have spent year after year making it beautiful and magical, a place where you will feel how important you are to us and a place where you can feel comfortable and peaceful. We love Idaho and want to share all of the reasons why, and the Ranch is the perfect place to do that.

These are the dates for the 2015 and 2016 camps:

2015 Camps
March 17-21, 2015 – ALMOST SOLD OUT
May 5-9, 2015 SOLD OUT: waiting list only
June 9-13, 2015 – ALMOST SOLD OUT
September 15-19, 2015 – ALMOST SOLD OUT
October 13-17, 2015 – ALMOST SOLD OUT

2016 Camps
March 15-19, 2016
May 3-7, 2016
June 7-11, 2016
September 13-17, 2016
October 4-8, 2016

We can definitely feed you if you have food allergies or intolerances! Several women have come to Brave Girl Camp who are allergic to gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, nuts, and a plethora of other foods. If you need a special menu, just let us know and we’ll make sure that your meals are delicious and lovely so that you can experience pampering just like anyone else.

No, you most certainly do not have to be an artist to come to Brave Girl Camp! Melody has specifically designed these projects to be for ALL SKILL LEVELS. If you are an accomplished artist, you will learn skills and techniques that will challenge and inspire you. We’ll provide an incredible variety of tools and materials to spark your own creativity and ideas, and you’ll be able to put the skills you already have to work on these amazing projects. If you’re more of a beginner, don’t worry….you will learn easy-to-apply techniques that will translate into beautiful projects that you will be proud of and that will be powerful life-tools. There is always someone in the Art Barn to answer all your questions and give you one-on-one instruction if needed.  So even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, BE BRAVE – Brave Girl Camp is absolutely for you!

All-Inclusive Tuition: $1799.


· 4 nights’ lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn
· All homemade meals, snacks, and beverages
· Daily art/life classes personally designed and taught by Melody Ross,
· Nightly firesides
· Transportation to and from The Ranch and hotel
· Live music
· A Brave Girl Camp journal/sketchbook (for thoughts and ideas)
· A roomy and wonderful Brave Girl Camp tote-bag with hand-made touches
· Countless surprises and keepsakes. (Bring an extra tote or duffle for everything you’ll be taking home with you.)

We have payment plans available! You can see your payment options when you register and you are welcome to email with any questions.

*Note: tuition does not include airfare or other transportation to or from Boise.

A typical day at Brave Girl Camp starts off with having breakfast at the hotel with your fellow campers. We will then pick you up on our vintage school bus around 9:00am and drive you to Brave River Ranch where the morning begins with a lesson by Melody. We will feed you a wonderful lunch and delicious snacks in the afternoon. You will have time to journal, time to make art in the Art Barn, time to take a walk along the river path, time to talk with other women, and time to do whatever else might be nourishing for your soul. At dinner time we gather at the most beautifully set candle-lit tables and enjoy a fabulous meal together. Followed by a delectable dessert, of course. The evenings include more time to work on your art, wonderful shares around the red carpet, live music, laughter, and all sorts of magical experiences. At the end of the night, you will return back to the hotel for a restful night of sleep so you can do it all over again the next day!

With an experienced staff of over 12 women, your every need will be considered and attended to. We strive to make every detail memorable and special... nothing is overlooked.

Brave Girl Camp is the vacation from life that you have been waiting for and the experience of a lifetime. Our goal is to make sure that you have the time of your life while making lifelong friendships, and especially that you go back to your life a stronger, more joyful woman, feeling on-track and ready to be exactly who you are and to do exactly what is in your heart.

For the optimal experience, we recommend that you come by yourself. It is not against any rules to come with someone! In fact, many women do come with a friend, sister, mom, etc. We truly believe that you will get the most out of Brave Girl Camp if you come without anyone who knows you. Here are some words of encouragement from alumni who are so thankful they came alone:

“It is a game changer and the minute you get off that bus you will not even think you came alone – I so promise you. best.healing.decision.ever!!” -DF

“Most girls come by themselves, and I PROMISE you, it’ll be okay.” -Kathy

“[I’ve] been lots, went many times by myself but never left that way!” -RM

You’ll make soooo many new friends. It’s amazing!! Melody and Kathy and the rest of the brave bunch are the best.” -KW

“I went solo…SO WORTH IT!!! And as [previously] said: you never leave that way!!” -FB

“You will be surrounded by brave girl sisters and your soul will be so blessed!” -KK

“I went alone – best thing I’ve ever done for myself. Brave River Ranch is a very special place, and that Art Barn is simply magical. But the best part of Camp is Kathy & Melody and the Brave Girl team – so much love shared every minute of the day.Give yourself this gift – you deserve it!” -DW

“Going solo is the way to go because I feel your more apt to participate and won’t hold back. And you won’t be solo for more than a minute because you will meet a whole new group of sisters that will be lifetime friends and the second you meet you will click. Promise!!!” -DB

“Totally went by myself – knew no one… Truly blessed beyond measure! I hope you give yourself the gift of BGC!” -CF

“You cant be alone at Brave Girl Camp! I went alone…I met 3 BGCampers on the second leg of my flight and another at the shuttle. I am shy too…just do it anyway!” -GP

Went alone in October. Best decision, ever!! Made some amazing, true, soul sisters!!! In fact, three of us are road- tripping to a weekend retreat in April! Definitely a lifechanger for me!” -TE

“Going solo is the way to go. That way you just bring yourself and no obligations from home including family & friendships. It opens you up to have the full experience just for you.” -HW

“Go by yourself!!! It is honestly a very intense, amazing experience that you really want to do alone. You don’t go and socialize with your friends anyhow, it’s hard to explain… It really is a life changing gift you should totally give yourself! I went 3 years ago and am still seeing changes from it!” -SR

Absolutely! We have many women who have come to Brave Girl Camp year after year. Your second experience can be even more wonderful than your first!

Q. What airport do I fly into?
A. Boise, Idaho (BOI)

Q. What time should I book my flights?
A. Your flight will need to arrive on Tuesday by 2:00 pm. You’ll be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Eagle, ID, which is about 30 minutes from the Boise airport. There is shuttle service available, provided by the Hilton. You will need to call the Hilton when you arrive to schedule a shuttle pick up, or if you are getting in at the last minute, you may need to take a cab in order to make it. The Brave Bus will pick you up at the Hilton at 4:00 pm on Tuesday and take you to the Brave River Ranch. Camp ends at the Ranch late on Friday night, so you will be able to schedule your return flight at any time on Saturday. Checkout is noon, so take your time if you can and plan a relaxing morning at the Hotel with your new friends.

Q. What kind of weather should I expect?
A. Idaho has four distinct seasons with everything from hot weather in the summer to snowy days in the winter. We will be in touch when your camp nears to let you know what to expect.

Q. What should I bring with me?
A. We will be in contact with you when you register and we will provide you with a packing list. It'll include comfortable clothing and just a few art supplies... We try to make it easy to travel light!

Q. What about computers and cell phones?
A. We are 100% unplugged at Brave Girl Camp. We ask that you leave your laptops and iPads and such at home (gasp!) and turn OFF cell phones for the duration of camp. This is a very important part of what makes camp so special. Don’t worry — your loved ones will have an emergency contact number so that you can be reached if needed. You deserve this to be the best experience possible and unplugging is a critical part of that. (When was the last time you were in a room with a group of people where no one was texting or checking their messages?) You’ll be able to really focus on yourself and the incredible experiences you are having. Trust us – it’ll be okay.

Q. What about women who are couples?
A. Because of the dynamics of this camp and as it is not a couples retreat, we do not invite women who are couples to attend together. They are certainly invited to attend separate camps, however. Because none of the other women have their partners in attendance, the interaction is far different than in a couples retreat session. We invite women in intimate partnerships to attend separate sessions.

Q. Is tuition refundable?
A. There is an enormous amount of expense and advance preparation that goes into preparing for each individual guest. While the initial $300 deposit is not refundable, up to a certain point tuitions are transferable to another person. So if something comes up that prevents you from coming, you are free to sell your spot to another person. Please contact for details on how to do that. You will see the entire refund policy as part of the registration process. Please be sure to read it carefully before you complete your registration.

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Your camp experience will be completely unique to you. What we have heard from all of our Campers is that Brave Girl Camp is an experience like nothing else. No matter what they expected, Brave Girl Camp exceeded their expectations. Our promise is that we will do everything we possibly can to make your experience something that you will never forget, something that will set your feet on brave new paths, something that will help you to live more joyfully and purposefully going forward. We hope you will come join us!

melody and kathy

Are you ready to come join us at Brave Girl Camp?

(installment plans are available)