Self-Compassion: Exploring the Heart of Yoga Practice

  • Feathered Pipe Ranch Feathered Pipe Ranch
  • 2409 Bear Creek Road, Helena, Montana, USA 59601
  • Jul 29 - Aug 5, 2017 (8 days)
  • $2350

About us

Our most dear and cherished friend, Judith Hanson Lasater, blesses us with her return to the Feathered Pipe Ranch inviting every level of student, from beginners to teachers, to embrace yoga as a practice of learning who we are, not simply something we “do.” Among the many gifts of insight Judith gives to her students is an embodied understanding that practicing yoga shapes not just our lives, but is capable of informing our being on fundamental levels.

Our daily schedule will include two distinct practice periods. Each morning after we’ve savored the arrival of the day’s light and birdsong (not to mention breakfast) we will set a practice intention based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras followed by an active yoga practice all the basic types of poses. Our joyful work will be to challenge our bodies with compassion and drawn our minds inward through curiosity and focus on the postures. Every afternoon we will settle deeply into restorative poses to unwind and decompress from the stresses of modern life. Each day will also include pranayama (breathing) and a dedicated period for meditation.

To take maximum advantage of the tonic offered by the Ranch’s magical alchemy, afternoons between lunch and class are wide open for you to do whatever you choose: hike, read, nap, swim, socialize, or simply BE without doing. Judith strongly encourages the latter! She asks that you refrain from bringing any form of work with you. Evenings will include one question and answer about teaching and practicing which will be open to all, as well as a presentation by JoAnn Lyons, Judith’s long-time assistant, on her work with students facing great challenges from disabilities.

And it certainly wouldn’t be Judith’s workshop without Friday night’s signature “Talent Show.” So do bring your instrument, a poem to read, a joke to perform or a dance to share. We 100 percent guarantee that all acts will be thunderously applauded!

About Judith Hanson Lasater

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D, PT, taught at the very first workshop ever held at Feathered Pipe Ranch in 1975. “The Pipe” has become a touchstone for her, her family, her friends and her students. She brings broad and deep experience across many disciplines and in a multitude of settings. She holds a doctorate in East West Psychology, is a physical therapist, and began her yoga teaching career in 1971. She is co-founder of the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco and of Yoga Journal. Her teachings have been shared in nearly every state in the United States and on six continents.

Her strong academic credibility and extensive experience teaching – she has don yoga in almost every state of the US, and on six continents – make her a sought-after voice of wisdom and experience. Judith served as a consultant on three National Health Institute studies on various aspects of yoga and has accepted scores of invitations to speak at international conferences on yoga.

Judith received a Senior Teaching Certificate from BKS Iyengar in 1983. She is president emeritus of the California Yoga Teachers’ Association authored eight books on yoga including Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana and Asana and What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication. She was featured in 2010 by Natural Health magazine as one of five people who have most influenced natural health in the United States during the previous 40 years. Judith is the author of eight books on yoga which will be available at the Ranch store during the workshop.

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Pricing & Registration

Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2350

Basic Accommodations are shared room Main Lodge, Yurt, Sai Condo or single Tipi/Tent, and include meals and use of all amenities – our bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds.

Full description of accommodations options: Click here

*A $500 deposit is required to secure online registration/payment.

**Airport shuttle service on the day of arrival/departure is an additional $65. Non-arrival/departure shuttle service is $100

For more information, visit our FAQ page, contact us at, or give us a ring at (406) 442-8196.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you!

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  • Jul 29, 2017 - Aug 5, 2017 (8 days)


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