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8 Days Slow Yoga Revolution Retreat in Montana, USA with J. Brown

Feathered Pipe Ranch, 2409 Bear Creek Road, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, USA

Yoga’s Quiet Revolution Retreat in USA

Yoga teacher, writer, and well-known host of “Yoga Talks” podcast, J. Brown invites you to join him in the pristine, mountain-ringed sanctuary of the Feathered Pipe Ranch to explore and create a more intimate, breath-centered, therapeutic yoga practice that can be adapted to each participant’s needs. At once both a revolution and a return to yoga’s roots, J’s approach makes the body strong and flexible even as you cultivate a more peaceful and deliberate practice.

Meet the instructors

Highlights

  • Learn yoga's ancient roots
  • Therapeutic yoga practices
  • Lectures, breathwork, and meditation
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Use of amenities
  • All meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 40
Airport transfer available:
Helena Regional Airport (US$65 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
09:00

You will stay at Feathered Pipe Ranch. The lodging options offer the finest in rustic comfort. Indoor and outdoor choices include a variety of private or shared accommodations ranging from chalet-style rooms and cabins to tents, tipis, and yurts nestled in the forest.

Main lodge

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.

Yurts

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! Our yurts can sleep two and feature raised wood flooring and an interior sealed from the external elements.

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. 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.

Tipis or tents

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.

Program

You may sometimes find that as your yoga practice progresses over time and the initial buzz wears off, you are left with the empty feeling of practice not being enough. You struggle and fight against this quieter, less adrenaline-fueled state, constantly striving to change things and find new ways to spice things up. You may often push yourself to do more and more in an attempt to revive and maintain that initial feeling. Slow yoga instead encourages us to slow down, breathe, and cultivate an appreciation for the subtlety and nuance of each moment.

Slow yoga takes the emphasis off of accomplishment and puts it more on experience. In doing so, it creates space for true inquiry. Are you doing yoga practice because you want to sweat? Are you doing yoga practice because you want to be stronger and more flexible? Are you doing yoga practice because you have pain and want relief? Or are you doing yoga practice because you just want to learn how to be well? Slow yoga will help you discover your true goals -which may surprise you- and pursue them.

Morning and afternoon sessions with J. will blend discussion, lecture, asana, breathwork, and meditation. No struggling. No straining. No striving. Just strong, calm, even, measured work. You will be invited to explore a set of forms and ideas designed to help you develop your own authentic and highly personalized yoga practice. No previous experience or level of physical ability is required. Participants will learn to shape their experience to meet their individual needs, including chronic or acute conditions.

The spacious, serene Ranch environment enhances and complements class time. You’ll enjoy home-cooked, nourishing meals, and quiet time for forest or mountain walks, reading, relaxing in the hot tub, or just floating or canoeing peacefully on the lake. Treat yourself to a session with one of the amazing Feathered Pipe Ranch body-workers. Gather round an evening bonfire for quiet contemplation or friendly conversation. Sleep in a rustic but cozy room, or gaze up at the stars from a yurt, tipi or tent.

  • 40 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Program credit hours for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) are available for this retreat. For more information, kindly send Feathered Pipe an inquiry.

Instructors

J. Brown

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

Activities

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

General

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

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Food

If the spirit of the ranch is captured anywhere, it’s most definitely in the kitchen that’s attached to the main lodge. Feathered Pipe's specialty is wholesome, natural food using recipes from all over the globe. The team strives to use whole, organic ingredients prepared with a commitment to health and well-being. Whenever possible, they use locally grown and raised organic food sources to support a sustainable, healthy community.

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

Things to do (optional)

Bodywork and massage

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. The practitioners offer a broad range of modalities that support the guests as they dive into deep states of relaxation, stress relief, and healing to enrich their overall Feathered Pipe experience. The 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 into your lodging for the night knowing you have begun one of the most beautiful weeks possible.

Hiking

The ranch’s surrounding forest has numerous, well-marked trails for your exploration of hidden, highland wildflower meadows, mountain tops where Montana’s “Big Sky” can be appreciated in full grandeur, as well as scenic views of the ranch from high above. For those more adventurous and adept in backwoods hiking, the trails branch out endlessly into the national forest that surrounds. Hikers stumble on long-forgotten mining trails, remnants of abandoned homesteads, and gurgling mountain brooks emptying into unknown lakes. There are several trail routes such as:

  • Lower Loop Trail with a scenic overlook of Feathered Pipe Ranch (2 hours)
  • Skye Farm Trail with a scenic view of Colorado Gulch and beyond (1.5 hours - 2 hours)
  • Boulder Creek Falls Trail to pine grove above dry falls (1 - 1.5 hours)
  • Beaver Meadow Trail through mixed forest to wildflower meadow (3 - 4 hours)

Enjoy the water

Right smack dab in the heart of the ranch is a beautiful spring-fed lake. Between classes on lazy afternoons, hop into the canoe and paddle around, absorbing the healing, hushed sounds of busy western meadowlarks, wood ducks, and sparrows dashing through the aspens, pines, and grasses that encircle the clean water. Hop right on in and go for an invigorating mountain swim, pausing at least once to float on your back under the big blue sky. With healing earth and water all around you, you may hear, even more clearly, the guidance offered by the wise Rocky Mountains that surround you. Grab a lawn chair or sprawl your relaxed and restored self on the big green lawn for a well-earned nap.

Afternoon excursions

When you find yourself with a free afternoon and a hankering for a change of scenery, Feathered Pipe Foundation will work with you to arrange an excursion into Helena. Montana’s capital city features 19th century architecture and offers a perfect setting to stroll around some of the favorite spots that the repeater guests have come to love visiting during a free afternoon. The spots are: The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Real Food Market & Deli, and The Gothic-style Cathedral of St. Helena.

What's included

  • Yoga's ancient roots learning
  • Therapeutic yoga practices
  • Lectures, breathwork, and meditation
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Use of amenities (bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds)
  • All meals

What's not included

  • Massage and bodywork
  • Optional airport shuttle service (available at an additional cost)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Great Falls

  • Take I-15 to the Helena Cedar Street exit
  • Follow signs to Hwy 12 toward Missoula through town
  • Eight miles from the west edge of town look for the “Colorado Gulch” sign, Feathered Pipe Ranch is 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 the parking lot and walk down to the lodge

Driving directions from Bozeman

  • Take Hwy 12 to Helena and stay on it through Helena, following signs to Missoula
  • Eight miles from the west edge of town look for the “Colorado Gulch” sign, Feathered Pipe Ranch is 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 the parking lot and walk down to the lodge

Driving directions from Missoula

  • Take I-90 East toward Butte then exit 174
  • Merge on to US-12 E toward Garrison/Helena
  • Continue on US-12 for 37.7 miles
  • Look for the sign for “Colorado Gulch” and turn right, Feathered Pipe Ranch is 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 the parking lot and walk down to the lodge

Driving directions from Butte

  • Take I-15 to Helena and take the first exit into Helena, which will put you on Hwy 12
  • Follow the signs to Missoula
  • Eight miles from the west edge of town look for the “Colorado Gulch” sign, Feathered Pipe Ranch is 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 the parking lot and walk down to the lodge

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Helena Regional Airport (HLN). Direct flights into Helena currently originate in Salt Lake City, Utah (Delta Airlines), Denver, Colorado (United Airlines), and Great Falls, Montana (Alaska Airlines).

Airlines fly in from all parts of the country on a regular basis, with Delta serving those flying from the east coast, midwest, mountain, and west coast via their Minneapolis and Salt Lake City hub, United Airlines serving passengers from all over via the Denver hub, and Alaskan Airlines serving west coast flyers via their Seattle hub.

Missoula International Airport (MSO) and Bozeman International Airport (BZN) are also feasible points of arrival but will require a two-hour commute via bus or auto that you will need to arrange yourself. For those interested in art and cultural events, Missoula might be the place to spend a few extra days. If you are planning to go to Glacier National Park consider Great Falls International Airport (GTF), and Bozeman International Airport (BZN) if you wish to spend some extra time in Yellowstone National Park.

Airport: Helena Regional Airport Airport transfer available: Helena Regional Airport (US$65 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 56 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 56 days before arrival.
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