© 2019 Baxter Bell. All rights reserved.

Beautiful photos by Melina Meza Photography.
Web services by

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • YouTube - White Circle



Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Stonebridge, Western MA

September 22-29, 2019



Yoga Retreat and Travel Adventure in the Land of the Rising Sun

November 5-16, 2019


This 30-hour residential retreat at beautiful Kripalu will provide instructions on maintaining your physical, mental, and emotional health as you age. The main focus of the course is on preventative strategies, covering:

  • Strength

  • Flexibility

  • Agility

  • Balance

  • Stress Management

  • Circulatory System/Heart Health

  • Brain Health

  • Medical Conditions (in general)

  • Equanimity


Baxter and Melina present the scientific background that explains how and why yoga works to foster healthy aging, so you’ll understand which techniques to use when. We’ll also teach you the essential yoga poses, yoga sequences, and other practices that will set you up for a lifetime of practice.

This intensive is designed for relatively healthy, relatively physically able participants of all ages.

On this exciting yoga adventure we meet and begin our tour in Osaka, the heart of Japan. From here we travel to Nara and Kyoto for 5 nights. This area is home to thousands of shrines and temples, many of them World Heritage Sites. The super fast bullet train takes us to Hakone and Lake Ashi to view the magnificent Mt. Fuji. We will spend our last two nights in Tokyo.

All along the way we will have morning yoga with Baxter and Melina, guided tours and plenty of free time for exploring on our own. Most of our hotels have onsens, the lovely Japanese baths for men and for women. This is a releasing and luxurious way to end a day, in the natural hot springs, in the quiet.

We’ll have the chance to experience Srinrin Yoku, the ancient practice of quieting and deepening into meditation, in the forest of Nara. The Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony will be taught by a local tea house.

All along the way, Leaf Peeping! The autumn colors are outrageous in hues of red, orange and yellow.

Tokyo is a world to itself. We’ll have a short guided temple tour and the rest of our time is our own…


A Deeper Village Experience

January 18-25, 2020


I am very excited to announce our 2020 Mexico retreat – “A Deeper Village Experience!” – as we will be interacting deeply with the local village of Yelapa. Each day will include a morning and late afternoon yoga class designed to be accessible to students of all levels, including those very new to yoga. We will play with how the yoga practice is valuable as a tool for healthy aging, how it fosters community, and how it connects to the world we live in. And we will have a great deal of fun along the way!

The Deeper Village Experience Yoga Retreat is held in a unique setting. You will enjoy the combination of a beautiful sacred space to practice yoga, immersion in tropical beauty and being part of village life. Combining yoga, walking, hiking, ocean, river, tropical nature and local culture affirms Yoga’s ultimate theme of Oneness.

Feathered Pipe Ranch


The Potential of Ayurveda and Yoga

August 15-21, 2020


The Ranch Always Delivers! With the amazing week that all experienced for the Power of Nature 2019 from the powerful weather changes to Forest Bathing and Impermanent Art in Nature, we decided to expand this perfect match for the Feathered Pipe Ranch, with an upgraded 2.0 version!

Melina and Baxter can attest to the power of nature to connect us with our authentic selves, especially at places like the Ranch. So our week together will be an opportunity to take advantage of the natural environment to help us rest, restore and recharge, with walking meditations in nature, yoga practices and talks out on the front lawn when weather permits, evening hikes to the Skye Ranch and beyond.

We also know that our everyday lives don’t always have the time or access to this kind of powerful setting on a regular basis. The good news is that Ayurveda and Yoga for Healthy Aging practices can help us bridge those times away from nature with powerful tools to improve our overall well-being and help us to recover in times of greater need. Our practice sessions twice a day will focus on sharing the most relevant practices for you to take back home with you to maintain the reboot that the Ranch will provide.

And as in past years, we will enjoy silent mornings until the start of the morning class.

30 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Program credit hours are available for this retreat.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available.
If you invite a friend new to the Ranch you can each save $100!

Baxter's Newsletter