Women’s Wisdom: Women’s Summer Retreat - Jean Shinoda Bolen & Monika Wikman
- The women’s retreat supports women who wish to explore their inner lives in an exquisitely nourishing nature setting. Together, we will tune into womb wisdom, our connection to Mother Earth, moon cycles and the particular seasons of our lives, as the land provides the ‘alchemical vessel’ for our exploration, integration and growth. We will meet in large and small circles throughout the week, all connected by a sacred center, listening to stories and myths that teach us how to use archetypal energies to guide and direct our lives.
- Tapping into highly experiential modalities such as Jung’s active imagination, dreamwork, art, journal writing, movement, bodywork, time in nature and ritual, we will ‘seed’ the imagination in a sacred process of deep inner exploration and self-expression. Building the shared field in community, this workshop brings to life the enriching fruits of inspiration, fresh perspective, compassion, shadow integration, healing, insight and laughter.
ScheduleThe 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
Holding in spirit the loving and supportive presence of their soul sister and Feathered Pipe Foundation founder India Supera, acclaimed authors, Jungian analysts, activists and leading voices in women’s spirituality, Jean Bolen and Monika Wikman return to the Ranch for their second women’s wisdom retreat. India has enjoyed every women’s retreat that Jean has led—with Jan Lovett-Keen, Brooke Medicine Eagle, Barbara McAfee and Monika Wikman—and the 2020 program during our 45th anniversary is certain to be a celebration of the strong, loving and inclusive spirit with which India founded the Feathered Pipe.
The Summer Solstice women’s retreat supports women who wish to explore their inner lives in an exquisitely nourishing nature setting. Together, we will tune into womb wisdom, our connection to Mother Earth, moon cycles and the particular seasons of our lives, as the land provides the ‘alchemical vessel’ for our exploration, integration and growth. We will meet in large and small circles throughout the week, all connected by a sacred center, listening to stories and myths that teach us how to use archetypal energies to guide and direct our lives.
Tapping into highly experiential modalities such as Jung’s active imagination, dreamwork, art, journal writing, movement, bodywork, time in nature and ritual, we will ‘seed’ the imagination in a sacred process of deep inner exploration and self-expression. Building the shared field in community, this workshop brings to life the enriching fruits of inspiration, fresh perspective, compassion, shadow integration, healing, insight and laughter.
Together, we will:
— Share stories in sacred circle and participate in active-imagination and guided imagery
— Lean into transition and support the seasons of our lives
— Enjoy a scenic float down the Missouri River and gather around the fire after dark
— Reap the lasting benefits of laughter, tears and rest
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“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” ~ Jean Shinoda Bolen
- Your workshop will include:
- — Indoor or outdoor accommodations (your choice)
- — Nourishing group sessions twice daily
- — Delicious and lovingly prepared 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 IncludedNot included:
— Optional additional excursion off the Ranch
— Bodywork & Massage
— Staff gratuities
Venue HighlightsLocated 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.
AccommodationsOur 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.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Hot Tub
- Yoga Studio
- House Keeping
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineIf 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.
DirectionsTo 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.
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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