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.

Explore our current Feathered Pipe Health, Wellness and Yoga Retreat schedule here.


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.

Interested in applying for a Feathered Pipe Scholarship?

For those interested in attending Lanita Varshell & Diane Ambrosini’s Opening To The Joyful Flow Of Life: Mindfulness, Gentle Yoga & Joyful Movement and having real financial need in making that happen, please read through the following information and apply before June 29, 2024. And please do share this information with anyone who you feel would be a good candidate.




Here is some info to get you prepared:

Scholarships do not cover the full cost of attending a Feathered Pipe hosted retreat program. Scholarships, which range from $500 to $750, are deducted from retreat tuition*. Check the website for details about a particular retreat’s tuition.

Bear in mind that tuition does not include travel expenses. We strongly recommend looking into your travel costs  to the Feathered Pipe Ranch in Helena, MT before you apply, so you have a more complete picture of your total out-of-pocket expenses.

For example, if you apply for a retreat with a tuition and tax of $2520, a scholarship award of $500 will reduce your cost to $2020 (before travel expenses). 

If you’re offered a scholarship, you will need to register for the retreat and pay a non-refundable $500 deposit. Any remaining balance is due four weeks before the retreat starts with awarded scholarship applied to remaining balance due.

*Scholarships apply to a Feathered Pipe hosted retreat programs only, and may not  be applied retroactively to existing registrations. 


Testimonials from Past Scholarship Beneficiaries

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In Feb. 2020 I saw that Judith Lasater would be leading a week long Restorative Yoga Retreat at the Feathered Pipe in August 2020. I looked at the price and felt quickly discouraged, knowing I couldn’t afford it. (I’m retired and live on a minimal fixed income.)

With Joanne’s help I was directed to Eric, and I applied for a scholarship. Being awarded the $500.00 scholarship was the “green light” I needed to trust that I could come up with the remainder of the fee. 

Because of Covid, everything being cancelled for summer 2020, I decided to transfer my scholarship and deposit to August 2021. 

Recently, during some very dark times in Sept. and Oct., (due to injury, surgery and being confined to bed for four weeks), I was able to re-visit the time spent at the Feathered Pipe, in meditation…….to recall the sounds, tastes, textures, voices, stars, prayer flags dancing in the wind, faces, smiles, laughter, and the majesty of the natural world. I know now that wherever I am, I can always return to The Ranch………the goodness, beauty, comradery, compassion, and wonder have been absorbed by my heart and soul.

I have so much gratitude for the scholarship that made it possible for me to attend Judith’s retreat. It was one of the greatest gifts in my life! From the moment I arrived at The Ranch, until my departure, I felt embraced by the extraordinary energy of the physical location, the participants, the staff, and everyone who contributed to making me feel so safe and loved. 

~ Anne C. Tullar

Feathered Pipe - Self-Empowerment ProgramMelina Meza and Baxter Bell designed their yoga retreat at Feathered Pipe Ranch to fully celebrate and incorporate the stunningly beautiful landscape of the western Montana mountains. That combined with warm and welcoming staff made the retreat a unique and unforgettable experience.

Your generous scholarship made the workshop and Feathered Pipe experience possible for me at a difficult time, and difficult times are when we more than ever need the loving care and beauty offered to guests at Feathered Pipe Ranch. Thank you so much.

~ Christine Crozier

Hard to put into words all the Feathered Pipe Ranch has done for me. I’ve had the most amazing visits, each one unique and emotionally and spiritually fulfilling. The environment lends itself to all the nature one could ask for. The workshops are inspirational, educational, and often entertaining. The accommodations are unique and very comfortable and there is no place else I know of with such amazing staff. Everyone is kind, welcoming and there to insure everything runs smoothly. The food is beyond great. My life has been changed three times now. It’s a must for any kind of serenity or time for personal growth.

~ Jude Austin

The scholarship I received was a huge help and blessing for me. It enabled me to receive teachings and make connections that served me greatly in my life’s journey. I have immense gratitude to all who make the Feathered Pipe Ranch and the scholarships available and for all the dedication and care put into this magical place. 

~ Eric Scheibenhoffer

We invite you to support our efforts to usher in a new season of humanity through a financial donation.

Feel free to call us at (406) 442-8196 if you’d like to learn more about the specifics of our projects and how you can be a part of our seva yoga. As well if you desire that your tax-deductible donation go to support specific projects, please contact Executive Director, Crystal Water, at crystal@featheredpipe.com.




You can also help the Feathered Pipe by designating Feathered Pipe Foundation when you purchase items at over 3,000 online stores through Giving Assistant. We also maintain a WishList on Amazon for those who like to help the Feathered Pipe by purchasing supplies we need for the Ranch.

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