Feathered Pipe Foundation - Scholarship Fund

Feathered Pipe Scholarship Fund: Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders

Feathered Pipe - Educational ScholarshipsA large number of today’s leaders within the yoga, health and wellness communities have come through our doors at one time or another, with many getting their start right here at the Ranch through our scholarship fund.

The objective of the fund is to assist those who have the intention and heart but may not have the financial ability, through educational scholarships to afford participation in one of our health, wellness and self-empowerment programs. We believe the best way to create the sustainable and cooperative communities we dream of starts with the individual. The scholarship fund goes right to the heart of our philosophy and mission.

Donate to the Feathered Pipe Foundation and help tomorrow’s leaders benefit from the immeasurable value of a Feathered Pipe health, wellness and self-empowerment program.




*Those desiring to apply for a partial Feathered Pipe Scholarship scroll to bottom of the page.

Testimonials from Past Scholarship Beneficiaries

Feathered Pipe - Self-Empowerment ProgramIn August of 2012, I was honored to enjoy a yoga retreat with JJ Gormley and Chase Bossart at Blacktail Ranch aided by the generosity of a partial scholarship offered through the Feathered Pipe Foundation. I want to tell you what that retreat did for me. Prior to the retreat, I had reached a dark place full of depression and a lack of interest regarding my path. I teach yoga in small communities in north western Montana and simply put, it is a struggle to make ends meet. Attending the retreat was a reach for me financially, emotionally and physically.

The blessings started when I was fortunate enough to host JJ at my small studio prior to the retreat and then drive with her to the retreat. Spending the time with her was the first gift of the retreat. While at the retreat, I was blessed with daily care, the comfort of like-minded souls, wholesome food that honored and nourished my dietary needs (without my attention!), and a beautiful place to rest, recover and recreate.  Instruction by JJ and Chase fed a thirsty mind and soul and provided inspiration.  I returned from the retreat  relaxed and renewed.

Since the retreat, I’ve been inspired to return to teaching with anticipation of the miracle! I’ve completed my 700 hour certification through Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School with JJ and registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 500 hour instructor. I’ve been working with a local college to bring yoga into their Substance Abuse Counselor Certification program and hope to spread the gift of yoga to the many substance abuse treatment facilities here in NW Montana.

So much of the energy moving through this process was released through my time at Blacktail with JJ and Chase. I cannot thank you enough for the generosity of your scholarship. It made it possible for me  to attend the workshop and what came from that continues to be a part of my life.

~2012 Scholarship Recipient


Feathered Pipe - Charitable CauseAs a recipient of several Feathered Pipe Ranch scholarships I have been able to support my educational needs and my personal healing and recharging. To be able to attend the ranch’s wonderful offerings has been a blessing to me and all my students at The Lotus in Helena. The Feathered Pipe brings in some of the best Yoga and Spiritual teachers. Helena even benefits from the Ranch’s teachers during the summer months as several of the season’s Yoga teachers offer a fundraising Yoga class at the The Lotus, all monies go to the Scholarship program so we can all benefit. I even studied my Profession there as a body worker. The Ranch hosted Tom Meyers of KMI, a structural body work program, right here in Helena Montana!

This community of healing is a powerful base not only to Helena but to many from all over the world. If one can imagine a place where they step out of time and let each day bring what it will and go to bed at night feeling the ease of “yes this is what I needed” and knowing that the week at the Ranch has changed their lives forever in a positive way.

My last week in 2010 was one of those. Yoga with Judith Lasater and restorative yoga every afternoon was the life-changing reinforcement of how much we all try to do in our lives and lose site of the pleasure in just being! Practicing Yoga, walking in the woods, eating amazing healthy food, kind people, returning friends and the time to be. Oh and not to mention the Teachers that the Ranch brings to Helena.

I hope you too can experience the Feathered Pipe.

~Kelly Baraby,


Being at the Feathered Pipe Ranch over the past ten years has been such a healing place for me because of my diagnoses of endometrial cancer. My finances were such that I couldn’t afford coming to the ranch and I am so grateful for the Feathered Pipe Foundation’s scholarship program. My time at the Ranch was an integral part of being cancer-free for ten years. Again, I thank the the Foundation for the gift given so I could be at the Ranch.

~Laura Strachan




Feathered Pipe - Scholarship FundApplying for a Feathered Pipe Scholarship

We are a small organization and we give as much as we can, but our help is limited to partial scholarships. You’ll need to accompany your request with a workshop deposit – deposits will be refunded in full if the scholarship is not awarded or accepted by the applicant.

Please be aware that scholarship recipients will be expected to assist in program-related work, such as cleaning, setting up classrooms, etc. Your work contribution is limited and will not interfere with your class time. Specific arrangements will be made at the Feathered Pipe Ranch, usually after our first group introductory meeting on arrival day.

Also be aware: Scholarships are only available for Feathered Pipe Foundation hosted retreats at the Feathered Pipe Ranch, and not for our travel programs or rental programs at the ranch.

Scholarship Application Form

First Name *
Last Name *
Phone *
Email *
Address *

Zip code
Program *

How much assistance are you needing? *

Describe your need for financial assistance in attending the workshop you have indicated above. What other sources have you pursued? *

What is your personal background (education, work, etc.) in relation to the subject area of the workshop you would like to attend? *

In what ways do you think this workshop will benefit you? Especially note whether it will be useful in your work or in other avenues influencing you, your family and friends, and the society at large. *

Is there any other information you would like the Committee to consider? *

Are you a previous scholarship recipient? *