The Mindful Unplug Experience: Inspired Inquiry into Sensory Terrain

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This gentle week of mindful movement and sensory awareness — choreographed by a skilled team of yoga, mindful movement, visual arts, sound, and meditation guides — is about slowing down, unplugging, and relishing the unfiltered experience of your personal inner world and the life-affirming natural landscape of the Feathered Pipe. A Ranch offering like no other, the Mindful Unplug Experience includes a restful balance of scheduled activities alongside ample unstructured free time for you to settle into your natural rhythm while surrounded by one of the sweetest Big Sky mountain locales on the planet.

Move. See. Hear. Relax. Stargaze. Repeat. A full feast of sensory options is included in the cost of your program and is yours to enjoy throughout the week. Multiple sessions and activities release tension through accessible, all-levels therapeutic yoga and mindful movement, while our skilled guides re-enliven your inquiry into the experience of seeing and hearing the world anew. No prior experience with any of the modalities is necessary: this is a retreat for anyone and for everyone, so please come exactly as you are and move, see, hear, and breathe your way back to full sensory awareness.

Astronomical bonus: this third running of Feathered Pipe’s homegrown Mindful Unplug Ranch program coincides with the 12 August peak of the Perseid meteor shower, when the thin crescent moon setting in early evening paints a dark sky backdrop against which we can view a prolific show of up to 60 meteors every hour.

The Mindful Unplug team will be available throughout the week for spontaneous small-group sessions arising from interests and desires emerging from the group. Quiet strolls through the environs of the Ranch, dharma talks, and shared inquiry into mindful navigation of our digitally-saturated, over-scheduled lives are just a handful of the impromptu activities that sprung up during past Mindful Unplug retreats. The Mindful Unplug brings people of all ages and many eclectic backgrounds together, so it’s always an enchanting surprise to see how our experiences and discussions unfold at each year’s gathering.

EMBODY MINDFULNESS (with Amir Tahami & Anne Jablonski)
Deposit yourself into the luscious terrain of clear, still, and conscious presence with yoga and meditation that blends restorative, therapeutic movement with wisdom traditions to inspire you in the direction of a fully awake state. Morning class time will incorporate adaptable postures tailored into simple healing tools to take home for a lifetime. You’ll access your own inner guidance system and recover your peace of mind through easy breath work, accessible-to-all meditation techniques, and somatic tools. Mostly, you’ll remember how good it feels to thoroughly relax again and renew your appreciation of how practical and relevant this skill is to your everyday life.

SEE AGAIN (with Zane Williams)
Reconnect with the elemental act of truly seeing your world with celebrated photographer, visual wizard, and long-time Ranch friend Zane Williams. Creative visual mindfulness practices and strolls around the Ranch with Zane revitalize your ability to see the world about you and become truly present to – and renew your appreciation for –  how your visual world is shaped by light and shadow, form and gesture.

HEAR ANEW (with Todd Hammes)
Gifted sound artist and life-long student of the percussive arts Todd Hammes returns to the Feathered Pipe to share his one-of-a-kind gift to reconnect you to your innate curiosity about the world of sound through both passive and creative participatory experience. Using found instruments to create sound, Todd will guide you to tune into and receive healing vibrations. Time with Todd is a rare opportunity to explore how the creation of sound, coupled with awareness, positively affects our whole being.

About the Mindful Unplug
The Mindful Unplug is a homegrown Feathered Pipe Foundation educational initiative applying thousands of years of yogic and other conscious living wisdom into workshops and other learning experiences. It offers practical tools and techniques to stay healthy and grounded in our over-busy and digitally saturated lives. 2018 marks the third year of our flagship onsite Ranch offering: The Mindful Unplug Experience.

The Mindful Unplug intentionally blends inspiration from both the ancient and the modern, weaving timeless truths and practices handed down by the sages with applied knowledge from the latest discoveries in neuroscience, body movement education, and sensory awareness.

*Yoga Alliance CEUs are available for this retreat.

MINDFUL UNPLUG RETREAT TIP! 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 Mindful Unplug week. Glacier National Park is a glorious and scenic 3.5 hour drive north and west of the Ranch, while Yellowstone is just a 4.5 hours drive south and east of the Ranch through some of the prettiest Western territory you’ll ever see.

“In the end, what made this an extraordinary experience were the people in our group and the Ranch. This was one of the best times of my life . . . and the others were so interesting to talk with and had such great senses of humor and humanity. It was a deeply restorative experience for me. The beauty of the place, the ease of staying there thanks to the excellent staff, and the thoughtful instruction all combined to transform me. I see the world around me differently now. Every time I think of all of you who led our group I feel grateful for the deep rejuvenation I had at Feathered Pipe. It truly was life affirming to experience the place and the fantastic yoga and company and afternoon mindfulness exercises and nurturing. It has given me strength to power through another year. Despite the challenges to the planet and our politic body, that events like the Mindful Unplug happen and that people put so much effort into this kind of work gives me hope.” ~ 2017 Feathered Pipe retreat attendee

Event Highlights

  • This gentle week of mindful movement and sensory awareness — choreographed by a skilled team of yoga, mindful movement, visual arts, sound, and meditation guides — is about slowing down, unplugging, and relishing the unfiltered experience of your personal inner world and the life-affirming natural landscape of the Feathered Pipe.

Venue Highlights

The pristine nature and supportive community of the Ranch offers an ideal setting for yoga and conscious living retreats and educational programs that cultivate meaningful personal growth.

Year after year, guests tell us that they love to return to their beloved ‘Pipe’ over and over — not just because they appreciate the transformative power of our innovative programs, but also because they long to experience the enchanting healing power they feel pulsing from the land itself.

Nearly a million acres of national forestland surround the Ranch and offer opportunities nurturing self-care and rejuvenation in the natural world. Ambling brooks fed by pure mountain springs, aspen groves, pine forests, and a sparkling lake, and well-marked nature trails.

— Many of today’s foremost voices on yoga, meditation, wellness and health have come through our doors, with many of them getting their start as a student through our scholarship fund. Joseph Campbell, K. Pattabhi Jois, Dr. Bernard Jensen, Dr. Andrew Weil, Lilias Folan, Angela Farmer, Mary Dunn, Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, Erich Schiffmann, Judith Hanson Lasater, Seane Corn, and world-renowned Native American flutists, Carlos Nakai – to name just a handful – are honored alumni of the Feathered Pipe.

— The Feathered Pipe has always been relevant to the times we’re in. Today, we are actively cultivating innovative, thoughtful voices and conversations that contribute to the global inquiry into conscious living. In recent years, we’ve welcomed a new generation of yoga teachers like Gernot Huber, J. Brown, Marla Apt, Lizzie Lasater, and others. We also incubated our own homegrown program to explore the relationship between humanity, technology, and contemplative practices.

We look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home in Montana at our beautiful mountain setting.


  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping


The daily schedule for individual workshops is customized by the teacher(s), but a typical day often looks like this:

7:30-8:30 am – Breakfast
9:00-12:00 noon – Morning class
12:30-1:30 pm – Lunch
1:30-4:00 pm – Leisure time
4:00-6:00 pm – Afternoon class
6:30 pm – Dinner and optional evening program, time to soak in the hot tub, indulge in a sauna, and relax as you gaze at our spectacular Rocky Mountain sunsets.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


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 food at the Ranch is the stuff of legend. Our recipes are so popular and so often requested that we went ahead and created our very own cookbook – you can pick it up at the Shanti Boutique.

Our talented cooks are continually creating and updating dishes, drawing inspiration from a variety of sources from around the world.

More than a few of our guests over the years tell us, just before departing, that perhaps they’ll miss the exquisite Feathered Pipe meals most of all. If you ever tasted our chocolate chip cookies, you know what they mean!


Our 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 to tents, tipis and yurts nestled in the forest.

After retreat registration, Feathered Pipe office staff will contact you to confirm your lodging preference. Accommodations include all meals and use of all amenities – our bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds.

Your stay at the Feathered Pipe Ranch includes access to our extensive grounds, our fully-equipped bath house with showers, sauna, and a beautiful new hot tub.

While you’re at the Ranch, you’ll also have access to extraordinary hiking on and surrounding our beautiful grounds. A spring-fed lake sits at the heart of the property and lots of guests love to spend time lounging, boating, or swimming in the fresh mountain water.

Massage and Bodywork are offered for an extra fee.


To which airport should I fly?

We recommend the Helena Regional Airport for those coming to retreats and programs at the Feathered Pipe Ranch. Direct flights into Helena currently originate in Salt Lake City, UT (Delta Airlines), Denver, CO (United Airlines) and Great Falls, MT (Alaska Airlines).

We strongly suggest that you book your flight to arrive on Friday (a day early) and enjoy a night in beautiful downtown Helena, as unfortunately it is not uncommon for the major airlines, particularly out of Salt Lake City and Denver to overbook flights to Helena. That being said, travel insurance is recommended.

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 and Bozeman International Airport 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, and Bozeman if you wish to spend some extra time in Yellowstone National Park.

If you are coming for a Blacktail Ranch retreat, we suggest that you arrive either at the Helena Regional Airport or Great Falls International Airport as the Blacktail is about an hour’s drive from either airport. Note: Shuttle service only available from Great Falls for Blacktail Ranch retreats.

How do I get from the airport to the Ranch?

For those coming for a Feathered Pipe Ranch retreat, we meet flights at the Helena Regional Airport, offering shuttle service for $65 roundtrip. For those coming to a Blacktail Ranch Retreat, we offer roundtrip shuttle service from Great Falls International Airports for an additional charge of $100.

Our driver will meet you at baggage claim wearing a Feathered Pipe t-shirt. We are now grouping some pick-ups, so you may have a 30 minute wait. Please contact the office at or call (406) 442-8196 to arrange and confirm pick-up.

If you prefer to arrive early and stay in Helena, we will contact you at your hotel to arrange your pick-up. There is plenty to do and see in Helena. Contact our local Chamber of Commerce at (800) 743-5362 or Helena is half way between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks (3 hours by car in either direction), so you might consider coming a few days early or staying a few days after your retreat to take in one or both of the country and world’s true natural treasures!

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