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The path of Kriya yoga as outlined by Patanjali is a path of action. In the asana practice, you are guided by Yama and Niyama to offer points of reflection. Each action has a reverberation. Through the study of your actions on the mat, you develop the skills to balance your efforts, thoughts, and actions with the reflective quality that develops discrimination and intelligence. Join senior-level Iyengar Yoga instructor and founder of Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics, Marla Apt for a week-long practice in the art of tuning in deeply to your own internal sense of direction and being.
You will stay at Feathered Pipe Ranch. Basic accommodations are shared room Main Lodge, Yurt, Sai Condo or single tipi/regular tent, and include use of all amenities (bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds).
The main lodge has the character of a western luxury of the last century with a huge, wood-beamed main hall and library with four adjoining spacious bedrooms.
Each room sleeps three or four and has its own bathroom. Staying in the main lodge has the advantages of immediate, 24-hour access to the main hall for personal early morning practice and close proximity to the Feathered Pipe kitchen and dining hall where the staff works culinary magic.
The most requested lodging at the Feathered Pipe Ranch may be the yurt accommodations and for good reason. With large, glass domes located at the center of the lattice-supported, canvas ceiling, brilliant, warm sunlight pours in during the day and offers a breathtaking view of the starry, starry sky at night. Nothing compares! The yurts can sleep two and feature raised wood flooring and an interior sealed from the external elements.
Sai Condo is nestled still farther back in the tall pines with a large floor to ceiling wall of windows and room for three. Both the Honeymoon Cabin and Sai Condo have heat, but Sai Condo lodgers will need to toddle off on a short walk to the beautiful bathhouse for restroom and shower facilities. Both cabins comfortably straddle the two worlds between nature living and the creature comforts of home.
Feathered Pipe's tipi dwellers love falling asleep on elevated cots inside toasty sleeping bags while gazing at the myriad sparkling stars spread across the crystal clear night sky and waking to a cathedral of bird songs welcoming in the new day. True, intimate connection with nature can be experienced in tipi living. It is clear why the plains Indian tribes developed this perfect nomadic dwelling. The tipis offer you an open “eye to the sky” with canvas walls that shift color, light, and shadow during daylight.
Tent accommodations as well are hidden amidst the trees for those who truly want solitude to “rough it” the comfortable Feathered Pipe way. “Roughing it” includes full access to the nearby bathhouse with its fragrant cedarwood, the warmth of the sauna, and soothing bliss inside the sparkling hot tub.
The chalet offers spectacular views of the ranch overlooking the lake and the northern Rocky Mountains stretching beyond. Rooms have been handcrafted with wood flooring, abundant soft lighting, wood-chinked, outer walls, and baseboard heating for the rare occasions when the wondrous, Montana summer nights become too chilly for your comfort. Private and shared bathrooms are available with a shared veranda for the upper floor and outer deck for the ground floor rooms.
Up in the forest beyond Teachers Cabin, two more cabins are available for those who like being still more intimate to nature. The Honeymoon Cabin offers a rustic ambiance with a front porch and room for two with a private bathroom. Its proximity to the bathhouse allows you to take full advantages of the sauna, hot tub, and restful, healing massages before snuggling in for the night.
Nestled in the trees next to a small brook near the bathhouse is Teachers Cabin. Having its own kitchenette shared by two one-bedroom apartments with a living room and private bathroom, makes this lodging offering special. Ceiling fans, baseboard heat, and huge comfy queen-size beds assure your comfort in all weather. Typically used by the teachers for each week's workshop, it is now available along with the Lake Cabin for select retreats.
You can choose to stay in other room options for an additional charge to the 1895 USD basic fee:
Starting with the underlying foundational principles of asana and pranayama practice, your understanding will build from the gross to the subtle, and progress to a deeper practice that addresses individual needs, balancing each student’s strengths and weaknesses.
At the center of the retreat will be extended daily asana classes, allowing plenty of time to build understanding and physical readiness. There will also be a daily practice of pranayama, restorative asanas, and discussion of the philosophical context of the yoga practice.
Between daily classes with Marla, plenty of leisure time remains for you to savor the afterglow of your practice in an unspoiled Rocky Mountain setting that features soft mountain breezes, a sparkling lake, the healing scent of pines, and star-studded night skies.
Lovingly prepared vegetarian cuisine throughout the week nourishes your body - and thrills your taste buds! - while an optional traditional Native American sweatlodge ceremony will be available for those wishing to experience this gentle and healing form of prayerful meditation.
Extend your time in peace and beauty while savoring Western hospitality by spending some time exploring the great West’s National Park treasures either before or after your retreat with Marla at the ranch. Glacier National Park is a glorious and scenic 3.5-hour drive north and west of Feathered Pipe, while Yellowstone is just a 4.5-hour drive south and east of the ranch through some of the prettiest Western territory you’ll ever see.
Los Angeles based Marla Apt is a senior intermediate level Iyengar yoga teacher who has been involved with medical research studies at UCLA on yoga for depression, anxiety, and IBS. She was honored in 2013 by the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California with the Manouso Manos Leadership award. She is pursuing her interest in making the healing benefits of yoga available to communities in need as a member of the non-profit organization, Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics. She leads workshops and teacher trainings throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Located outside of Helena, Montana, the Feathered Pipe Ranch is nestled in the pristine Northern Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,000 feet. They are surrounded by the Helena National Forest, almost a million acres of mountainous wilderness. The ranch provides a spacious but still intimate setting for wandering, bird watching, aspen-tree gazing, swimming, and canoeing on the pretty spring-fed lake, and seeing all manner of wildlife.
Deer freely roam the ranch, with beaver, muskrat, mallard ducks, and trout populating the lake. Moose and bear occasionally visit, though largely keeping their distance and wishing to be simply let alone. Large herds of elk roam the high alpine grasslands with rare sightings of wolves and mountain lions in the surrounding wilderness areas. At night, owls and whip-poor-wills softly usher you to sleep. In the morning, a chorus of birds makes the forest a cathedral urging the sun to rise welcoming in the new day.
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If the spirit of the ranch is captured anywhere, it’s most definitely in the kitchen that’s attached to the Main Lodge. Our specialty is wholesome, natural food using recipes from all over the globe. We strive to use whole, organic ingredients prepared with a commitment to health and well-being. Whenever possible, we use locally grown and raised organic food sources to support a sustainable, healthy community.
The Feathered Pipe staff pours great love and care into the preparation of every one of our guest meals. If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, simply let us know when you fill out the guest information form before your arrival. We’ll make sure you have all the healthy, delicious fare you need for every meal.
Bodywork and massages are available for an additional cost. They’re happy to boast that they have some of the best bodyworkers around. Professional massage and bodywork is available during all retreats. The practitioners offer a broad range of modalities that support the guests as they to dive into deep states of relaxation, stress relief, and healing to enrich their overall Feathered Pipe experience. Introductions to bodyworkers and details about how to sign up and where to go for your session will be shared at the retreat orientation and appointments can be made then. It’s a good idea to sign up early as their schedules often fill quickly! Payment is by cash, check, or credit card.
Helena Regional Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Helena Regional Airport (HLN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Starting in 2020, shuttle service from/to Helena Regional Airport on arrival/departure day will be complimentary (free) for all registered guests! Please note that if you are needing pick-up or drop-off on any other day, that there will be a 35 USD one-way charge.
Please plan to arrive at the ranch no later than 5 p.m. on the arrival day of your retreat so you can join a tour of the grounds before dinner at 6:30 p.m. and group evening orientation following dinner.
Please arrange to leave the ranch in the morning or early afternoon of the departure day. There are no classes or sessions on departure day. It is requested that guests depart their lodging by 9 a.m. on departure day to give the staff sufficient time to prepare for incoming guests.
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