Yoga, Ayurveda, and the Power of Nature
at Feathered Pipe Ranch, Helena, Montana
August 10-17, 2019
The famous 20th century spiritual teacher J Krishnamurti once said to his students “You’d all be much better off to be out in nature somewhere.”
This summer, we’ll be taking the master’s advice, learning and practicing the techniques of yoga for healthy aging and Ayurveda for deep healing in one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Feathered Pipe Ranch. Along the way, we’ll be storing up wisdom to support three pillars of a happy and fulfilling life: a sustainable yoga practice, a wholesome diet, and a healthy lifestyle.
Mornings at the retreat will include meditation, an asana class with Baxter or Melina, and an experiential talk on yoga for healthy aging (Baxter) or diet, nutrition, and Ayurveda (Melina). Late afternoon sessions will include gentle therapeutic practices, and instruction related to diet, exercise, yoga practice and daily rituals that can align your being with the changing seasons and stages of life.
Our week together will offer plenty of opportunity to rest, restore and recharge in the natural world, with walking meditations in nature, yoga practices and talks outside on the front lawn in the shadow of the Montana hills, and evening hikes to Sky Ranch and beyond. We will enjoy nourishing, home-cooked, plant-rich meals, along with unstructured time for silence, reading, journaling, daydreaming, hiking, sauna, hot tub, or just swimming peacefully in the lake.
Early registration discount!
$100 off for full payment by Thanksgiving, November 22, 2018.
Also if you invite a friend new to the Ranch you can each save an additional $100.
Yoga For Healthy Aging Intensive
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
September 22-29, 2019
Yoga For Healthy Aging Intensive
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:
- Stress Management
- Circulatory System/Heart Health
- Brain Health
- Medical Conditions (in general)
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.
YOGA IN JAPAN!
Yoga Retreat and Travel Adventure in the Land of the Rising
November 5-16, 2019
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…
YOGA IN YELAPA, MEXICO
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 being part of this Mexican village life affirms Yoga’s ultimate theme of Oneness.
The Sky Temple offers a beautiful view of both the ocean and the jungle…