Anyone who has heard about the Feathered Pipe Ranch has heard about what a special place it is.
I loved it from the first time I taught there, in 1975. In those days Montana was a lot more “exotic.” And a “yoga workshop” was just plain weird.
When we 23 hearty souls gathered that July, we ate our dinners sitting around the kitchen table. The three-week long workshop cost $250. We became a family, a community, whose influence would reach out and touch people around the world over the next 45 years.
But “the Pipe” is more than just a special place.
It is a magical place.
People have met and fallen in love there. People’s careers have been influenced in immeasurable ways. But most importantly, the magic of the Pipe is that it simply changes lives.
The summer ritual of a week spent at the Ranch, surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest, nurtured by deepening and rich friendships, and by the profound joy of sharing yoga practice with each other, is as magical an experience as one can have.
I think of the Ranch as a touchstone in my life. My children spent their summers there; I taught there in my 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and now my 60s.
One day, years ago, I was walking past the Honeymoon Cabin and saw a deer asleep on the couch on the porch. The deer lay on its side, its head was resting on the armrest for a pillow, and its legs stuck straight out toward the road.
I stood there entranced. I longed for a camera. And in truth, some people later thought I was making it up. What a wonderful life memory for me.
One of many painted on my heart.
The Feathered Pipe Ranch has become my refuge, my home, my family.
Judith Hanson Lasater
Judith Hanson Lasater, Restorative Yoga pioneer and beloved Feathered Pipe friend, returns with two week-long retreats exploring the practice of letting go, July 31 – August 7 and August 8 – 14, 2021, “Letting Go: The Heart Of Yoga Practice.”
About Judith Hanson Lasater
Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D, PT, taught at the very first workshop ever held at Feathered Pipe Ranch in 1975. “The Pipe” has become a touchstone for her, her family, her friends and her students. She brings broad and deep experience across many disciplines and in a multitude of settings. She holds a doctorate in East West Psychology, is a physical therapist, and began her yoga teaching career in 1971. She is co-founder of the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco and of Yoga Journal. Her teachings have been shared in nearly every state in the United States and on six continents.
Her strong academic credibility and extensive experience teaching – she has done yoga in almost every state of the US, and on six continents – make her a sought-after voice of wisdom and experience. Judith served as a consultant on three National Health Institute studies on various aspects of yoga and has accepted scores of invitations to speak at international conferences on yoga.
Judith received a Senior Teaching Certificate from BKS Iyengar in 1983. She is president emeritus of the California Yoga Teachers’ Association and has authored nine books on yoga including Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana and Asana and What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication. She was featured in 2010 by Natural Health magazine as one of five people who have most influenced natural health in the United States during the previous 40 years. Judith is the author of eight books on yoga which will be available at the Ranch store during the workshop.
Learn more about Judith: judithhansonlasater.com