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7 Day 'The Journey Inward' Iyengar Yoga Retreat, in Montana, USA
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Feathered Pipe Ranch, 2409 Bear Creek Road, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, USA

Iyengar Yoga Retreat with Marla Apt, Montana, USA

The path of kriya yoga as outlined by Patanjali is a path of action. In our asana practice, we 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, Feathered Pipe 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.

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  • Daily class of Iyengar yoga
  • Asana and pranayama practices
  • Skilled instruction in philosophy with Marla Apt
  • Use of all amenities, facilities, and grounds
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 40 participants
Airport transfer included: Helena Regional Airport
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The Lake Cabin

A beautiful two-bedroom, two-bath, fully appointed mountain cabin, this lovingly-constructed space is tailor made for those seeking all the comforts of home (kitchen for coffee/tea and ready-made food only).

The East side of the cabin has a large living room/sitting area bathed in morning light with a large bay window offering a relaxing view of the Peace Garden, our sprawling lawn, and Main Lodge. The West side of the cabin has a second seating/lounging area off the master bedroom with a long row of windows outside the lake-side deck for lake- and sunset-viewing. The deck is a perfect space for gathering with friends or sitting in solitude to appreciate the late afternoon sparkles of Montana summer sunlight on the lake.

Teachers Cabin

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 living room and private bathroom, makes this lodging offering special. Ceiling fans, baseboard heat and comfy queen-size beds assures your comfort in all weather. Typically used by our teachers for each week’s workshop, it is available along with the Lake Cabin for select retreats.

The Ranch Chalet

The chalet offers spectacular views of the Ranch overlooking the lake and the mountains stretching beyond. Rooms have been hand crafted 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 (Rooms 2 & 3), and outer deck for the front ground floor (Rooms 4 & 5).

Honeymoon Cabin

Up in the forest beyond Bathhouse, 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 and heating. Its proximity to the bathhouse allows you to take full advantages of sauna, hot tub and restful, healing massage before snuggling in for the night.

Sai Condo

Sai Condo is nestled still farther back in the tall pines with a large floor to ceiling wall of windows and room for three. Sai Condo lodgers will need to toddle off on a short walk to the beautiful bathhouse for restroom and shower facilities. There is no electricity in the Sai Condo. Both cabins comfortably straddle the two worlds between nature living and the creature comforts of home.

Main Lodge Rooms

The main lodge has the character of 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 our staff work their culinary magic.


Experience Montana’s great outdoors in comfort! The most requested lodging at the Feathered Pipe Ranch without question is our 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! Our yurts can sleep two and feature raised wood flooring and an interior sealed from the external elements.

Deluxe Wall Tents

Glamping at its finest – our wall tents will make you feel like royalty while lounging in the great outdoors of Montana’s Rocky Mountains. Our lovingly-appointed wall tents are more than just a great shelter for getting a good night’s sleep – they’re unique, roomy outdoor living spaces that offer a relaxing oasis for savoring fresh air and solitude.


Our tipi dwellers love falling to sleep 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’s clear why the Plains Indian tribes developed this perfect nomadic dwelling. Our 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 in the Montana great outdoors. “Roughing it” includes full access to the nearby bathhouse with its fragrant cedar wood, the warmth of the sauna, and soothing bliss inside our sparkling hot tub.

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).

Additional lodging upgrade pricing

  • Deluxe Wall Tent (single occupancy/shared bath in bathhouse) - add 300 USD
  • Yurt & Sai Condo (single occupancy/shared bath in bathhouse) - add 600 USD
  • Chalet Room 2 & 3 (double occupancy/shared bath) - add 240 USD
  • Chalet Room 2 & 3 (single occupancy/shared bath) - add 720 USD
  • Chalet Room 1, 4, 5 & 6 (double occupancy/private bath) - add 360 USD
  • Chalet Room 1, 4, 5 & 6 (single occupancy/private bath) - add 1080 USD
  • Honeymoon Cabin (double occupancy/private bath) - add 390 USD
  • Honeymoon Cabin (single occupancy/private bath) - add 1170 USD
  • Lake Cabin (shared room/shared kitchen/private bath) - add 450 USD
  • Lake Cabin (private room/shared kitchen/private bath) - add 1350 USD


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 this 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. And lovingly prepared vegetarian cuisine throughout the week will nourish your body - and thrills your taste buds!

AND, for those interested in exploring a little more deeply the Big Sky vibe, a gentle, guided rafting trip down the Missouri River will be offered on Wednesday afternoon-evening. An email will be sent out to all registrants for Marla’s program with details and additional nominal cost. So don’t forget your swimsuit and license to laugh!


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Retreat location

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.

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming


  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth
  • Lake
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio


  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library


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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

Feathered Pipe Ranch massage and bodywork specialists are internationally recognized and have rightfully earned their place as some of the most compassionate and skilled healers practicing today.

Our practitioners offer a broad range of modalities that support our guests as they to dive into deep states of relaxation, stress relief, and healing to enrich their overall Feathered Pipe experience. Our massage and bodywork staff will greet and introduce themselves at orientation, right after dinner on arrival night. You may sign up for appointments then as their schedules for the week typically fill up quickly. After that, you can saunter off to the sauna or the hot tub to relax and snuggle in to your lodging for the night knowing you have begun one of the most beautiful weeks possible.

Not included in retreat tuition fee.

What's included

  • Daily class of Iyengar yoga
  • Asana and pranayama practices
  • Skilled instruction in philosophy with Marla Apt
  • Use of all amenities, facilities, and grounds
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Optional additional excursions
  • Bodywork and massage
  • Staff gratuities
  • Laundry

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Helena Regional Airport (HLN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. 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 departure day. Checkout is at 11 a.m., and guests are welcome to stay at The Ranch until their flight leaves that day.

Arrival by car

The Ranch is located about eight miles west of central Helena off of Highway 12.

If you are driving from Helena, take Highway 12 West a few miles out of Helena, turn left (south) at the sign for Colorado Gulch. If you are driving from Missoula, you turn right (south) at the sign for Colorado Gulch a few miles before you reach Helena. We are at the very end of this road, about 5 miles in. You’ll see rolling lawns, a small lake, and the Main Lodge on your right. Pull into our loading area (past the parking lot) and unload your luggage. You can get settled in, park your car in the parking lot and walk down to the lodge.

If you are using a GPS to get to the Ranch, the address is 2409 Bear Creek Rd., Helena, Montana.

Airport: Helena Regional Airport Airport transfer included: Helena Regional Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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