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Take a timeout to slow down, practice yoga, connect to yourself and others, and be in nature. This retreat has the power to radically shift your perspectives and rejuvenate you completely so that you go back to your normal routines with more energy, enthusiasm, and health. This holiday will also provide an awesome opportunity to establish the kind of lifelong friendships that go beyond the surface and feed you on a much deeper level.
During this retreat, you will be accommodated at the beautiful Walking Lightly Ranch, which borders more than 300 acres of protected pine forest and contains extensive and gentle hiking trails, multiple lakes, magical encounters with wildlife, and is near the breathtaking Glacier National Park.
Walking Lightly Ranch is a sanctuary nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in northwest Montana. It is home to a small community of humans, a large community of wildlife, and a touchstone for a global community of kindred spirits that value mindfulness, self-awareness, radiant health, and openhearted happiness.
Their mission is to cultivate these qualities in themselves and, with this meaningful work, contribute to the sustainability of the land, the planet, and each other.
At Walking Lightly Ranch, the family has created a sanctuary which sets aside hundreds of acres of wildlife habitat. When you are there, you see it day by day on the three lakes and the miles of trails.
You can experience Canada geese gathering and flocking, black bear foraging, whitetail deer rutting, elk bugling, and share habitat with Sandhill cranes, eagles, hawks, heron, as well as the resident beaver whose hard work keeps the lake clean for swimming.
Both the guest barn and the lodge are comfortable and quiet. Most of the rooms in the barn have a private bath, while most of the rooms in the lodge share one bathroom per two rooms.
To simplify the organization of the retreat, Walking Lightly Ranch now offers first-come, first-serve room or private bathroom requests. All rooms have queen beds, except one room in the lodge. There is also a suite available in the barn, which contains a bedroom, bathroom, sitting area, and kitchen.
The main lodge is the heart space of Walking Lightly. It is where you come together by the fire, enjoy meals, and celebrate your time there with music, conversation, or simple stillness. The lodge offers incredible views of the land, garden, and lake.
It is a warm and cozy environment suitable for just about any occasion, from large gatherings and meals to a quiet afternoon napping on a day bed. It is made up of three floors, yet from the first glance, it looks quite humble for all that it holds.
The guest barn was once the original horse foaling barn at Walking Lightly Ranch but inside you would never guess. It was lovingly converted by local craftsmen in 2009 to hold seven spacious and private bed and bathrooms with serene color schemes reflected from the landscape.
The yoga studio is nestled just a stone's throw away from the lodge and overlooks a quiet pond and mountain vistas. It has been described as “a glass pavilion in the woods.” Coming up the steps and onto the deck, you walk through the front door and immediately feel the stillness and intention this building holds.
It is both grounding and open, with large floor-to-overhead sliding glass doors and windows and calming wood floors. It is a fully functional yoga studio, which can also accommodate other group needs.
Retreats are different than vacations, as you do not have to plan meals, excursions, and schedules. Your basic needs are met and a flexible schedule that honors the natural rhythm of the day provides balance, nourishment, and rest.
Yoga retreats also offer an opportunity to explore the deeper and often unfamiliar aspects of yoga and meditation, allowing you to reach a greater level of self-understanding and respect.
Sharing these practices and experiences with a group increases your awareness and empathy, as you interact with others, and often leads to lifelong friendships. Retreats are also a powerful reminder of how important it is to remain consistent in your practices, whatever form those may take.
During this retreat, there will be one day trip to Glacier National Park, where you will drive the “Going to the Sun" Road, hike, and perhaps take the ranger-guided classic bus ride. You will enjoy Trail of Cedars, Avalanche Lake, or another hike, and may take a boat ride on Lake McDonald. You are responsible for purchasing your own lunch at Glacier.
The venue will be located nearby the charming town of Whitefish, Montana, USA.
During this retreat, you will be served organic, locally grown food prepared with love by the on-site staff. A sample meal would include homemade sourdough bread, fresh green salad with local apple balsamic vinaigrette, and minestrone soup with homemade ice cream for dessert.
Fruit, premium coffee, and teas are available all day long. You are welcome to bring your own snacks, but no one has ever gone hungry on a retreat at Walking Lightly.
The vibrant organic garden and orchard is the first-choice food source at Walking Lightly. You can enjoy abundant crops of kale, green vegetables, and whatever else they can wrangle into the short Montana growing season.
Walking Lightly continues to build the soil each year with compost made on-site, taking the growing cycle from soil to plate and then back to the soil. Being grown with organic and natural materials, food gives the fuel to being healthy and vibrant as well.
In 2007, Walking Lightly added a greenhouse onto the south facing side of the main lodge and now they continue to grow food all year round. It is a wonderful thing in the middle of a long Montana winter to enjoy fresh produce. From micro-greens to hand pollinated peppers, Walking Lightly always has something growing and on the way to the table.
Please book your flight to arrive at Missoula International Airport (MSO) or Glacier Park International Airport (FCA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Shivatree Yoga School will pick you up from the airport.
The shuttle from Missoula International Airport (MSO) to the retreat center departs at 1:00 p.m. and the shuttle from Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) departs at 3:30 p.m.
Please schedule Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) flights at 12:30 p.m. or later and Missoula International Airport (MSO) flights at 3:00 p.m. or later. You are welcome to provide your own transportation.
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