Action And Reflection: Yoga And The Journey Inward - Marla Apt

Event Highlights

  • 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 our retreat will be extended daily asana classes, allowing plenty of time to build understanding and physical readiness. There will also be 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.

Schedule

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

8 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.

About This Event

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 study of our actions on the mat, we develop the skills to balance our 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 our own internal sense of direction and being.

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 our retreat will be extended daily asana classes, allowing plenty of time to build understanding and physical readiness. There will also be 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.

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“Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

What's Included

  • Your workshop will include:
  • — Indoor or outdoor accommodations (your choice)
  • — Nourishing yoga practice twice daily
  • — Delicious and lovingly prepared vegetarian international cuisine
  • — Shuttle service from/to Helena Regional Airport on arrival/departure day
  • — Full access to the extensive and nurturing Feathered Pipe grounds (including the hot tub and sauna)

What's Not Included

Not included:

— Airfare
— Optional additional excursion off the Ranch
— Bodywork & Massage
— Staff gratuities
— Laundry

Venue Highlights

Located outside of Helena, Montana, the Feathered Pipe Ranch is nestled in the pristine Northern Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,000 feet. We 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 our 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. And in the morning, a chorus of birds make the forest a cathedral urging the sun to rise welcoming in the new day.

Accommodations

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 and cabins 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.

Accommodations exclude massage and bodywork. 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.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

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

Menu/Cuisine

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.

Directions

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), Minneapolis (Delta Airlines), and Seattle (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 is a great 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.

How do I get from the airport to the Ranch?
The Ranch is located about eight miles west of central Helena off of Highway 12. Turn south at the sign for Colorado Gulch. 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 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.

Cancellation Policy

All deposits are non-refundable.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
The remaining balance is non-refundable once paid.
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