The Healing Power of Nature - Baxter Bell, MD

The Healing Power of Nature – Baxter Bell, MD

Dearest Friends,

The Healing Power of Nature - Baxter Bell, MDMelina and I have been teaching at the Ranch together now for many years, and the one thing we both love about leading retreats at Feathered Pipe Ranch in all the abundant natural beauty that is the Ranch.

We live on a busy street in a huge city in one of the most populated places on earth, so arriving at the Ranch with the only appreciable sounds being the changing winds and the babbling brook outside the teachers cabin is like landing in heaven! In years past, we have certainly honored the land by encouraging morning walks, and leading an evening jaunt up to Skye Farm for an unforgettable panoramic view of this impressive area. But this year, we are compelled, with the rapidly changing reality for the earth, to connect more directly with this sacred place during our week-long retreat.

How, you may wonder, will we be doing that? Well, without letting all the cats out of the proverbial bag, we plan to spend more time actually in nature as we explore the power of yoga and Ayurveda, sitting in the shade of the Aspen grove at the edge of the pond for some of our talks and gentle practices, leading more mindful walks with the group as part of our walking meditation practice, inviting those interested to create impermanent earth art as a deep connector to natural beauty, and even do some Forest Bathing!

IF you are like us, you are in need of a great, delicious dose of Nature and self care. This year’s retreat is shaping up to be an unforgettable one on both levels, and we hope to see many of you in Big Sky Country.



Join Baxter Bell and Melina Meza for a new experience at the Feathered Pipe Ranch, one of daily adventures, exploring creativity and sharing yoga practice for vibrant living. This week long retreat will invite you to rediscover what it takes to feel adventuresome, how to kindle your creative mind and spirit and how to fall in love with yoga for the first time or all over again, June 22 – 29, 2024, “Journey To Joy: Adventure, Creativity, And Yoga Retreat




Baxter Bell - Yoga TherapyBaxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT, eRYT500, has been getting to know the power of nature at the Ranch since his first visit in August, 1999! He is the co-author of the book Yoga for Healthy Aging and a co-founder and longtime contributor to the blog of same name, started in 2012. Baxter has his own blog these days called “What’s on Your (Yoga) Mind?”, and it’s a great guide for topics to support your vibrant aging!

Baxter is a pioneer in the area of Yoga for Healthy Aging, co-authoring a book of the same name and leading workshops and immersions on this evolving topic. He has also created many rich learning webinars for Yoga U Online on topics ranging from Yoga for Heart Health to Yoga for Long Covid.

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Melina Meza - Ayurveda

Melina Meza is a pioneer in the field of yoga, nutrition, and Ayurvedic Health, sharing her knowledge with yogis around the world for more than 20 years. She is the creator of Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga, a holistic practice that features lifestyle, diet, and yoga practices tailored to the rhythms of the four seasons to help people stay healthy as they age. Her passion for Nature, the five elements, beauty, and humor forge the foundation of her unique approach to well-being.

Meza is a pioneer in the field of yoga, nutrition, and Ayurveda, sharing her knowledge with yogis around the world for more than 25 years. She is the author of Seasonal Health and Wellness and the Art of Sequencing books as well as the creator of the Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD. Her unique teachings can also be found on the Yoga AnytimeYogaUonline, or at Gaiamtv.

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