Since 1975, Feathered Pipe Foundation – a registered US non-profit 501(c)(3) organization – focuses on inspiring positive change within ourselves and our communities. By facilitating access to humanity’s great wisdom carriers and travel experiences that promote self-discovery, it is our hope and mission to play an active role in this transformation in human consciousness.
In addition to offering yoga retreats and travel experiences that encourage individuals to live more sustainable, inclusive and conscious lives, we also recognize the honor and responsibility to give back to the cultural traditions that have preserved and shared the guideposts in the journey toward the deeper self. With this at the heart of our mission, we have midwifed and continue to incubate scores of humanitarian efforts, or ‘good works’ as we like to call them. Some, that we are honored to say, began their non-profit work under our fiscal sponsorship and went on to create their own non-profit organizations.
One such project that we took on early in our history, and which underpins some much of the work we continue to do, was supporting the late Cree Elder Pat Kennedy in his efforts to reclaim and reinvigorate ceremonies of the Cree people that were in danger of being lost. Along with the state of Montana and The Four Winds Foundation of New York, the foundation raised money to sponsor the encampments, providing food, camping accommodations and education for 500-800 tribal members each year. To date, the Feathered Pipe Foundation has provided over $70,000 for these peace encampments and a Cree language project. Bringing together tribal leaders with tribal members and the general public, peace encampments were held to raise awareness of the rich ceremonial traditions that hold their community together in the midst of incredible hardship.
Our Legacy Projects
We are particularly honored in recent years to have played a pivotal role in the creation of two worthy organizations that are now independent nonprofits engaging in vital work in the world today – the Veterans Yoga Project and the Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation.
— The Veterans Yoga Project is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of military veterans. Working in partnership with veterans, active-duty military personnel, student veterans organizations, and other non-profit organizations, Veterans Yoga Project facilitate and undertake teacher training and healing programs that promote resilience and well-being among veterans, their families, and their communities.
— For many years, our beloved founder, India Supera, served as board president of Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation(TCEF), an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Tibetan culture through education and assistance, raising awareness of the culture, and empowering Tibetans to carry out these goals. Crystal Water, India’s daughter and current executive director of the Feathered Pipe Foundation, and ranch manager Winter Safronoff continue the tradition serving on TCEF’s board of directors. Read about TCEF inspirational beginnings here.
Today, the Feathered Pipe Foundation fiscally sponsors:
— The Feathered Pipe Scholarship Fund: This fund assists those who have the intention and heart but may not have the financial ability to afford participating in a Feathered Pipe retreat. 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.
— Veterans Yoga Project Healing Retreat: In 2012, we held our first healing retreat free of charge for Montana Veterans. Lead by Dr. Daniel Libby of the Veteran’s Yoga Project and attendees were referred from a program at the Helena VA Hospital. In 2020, Veterans Yoga Project is again partnering with the Feathered Pipe Foundation. We are currently raising funds for two, 10-day teacher training programs for veterans at the Ranch in 2020.
— The 5th United Nations World Conference on Women (5WCW): India Supera, the founder and visionary of the Feathered Pipe, never accepted the societal notions of gender separation when it comes to opportunity and forging one’s own path. India took part in a conference at United Nations in the spring of 2011 in which women leaders from around the world including Chilean President Dr. Michelle Blachelet, the first executive director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, planned for a potential 5th United Nations World Conference on Women to address the current state of women and children throughout the world. Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, well-known social activist and author of 13 influential books including her most recent, Artemis: The Indominatable Spirit in Everywoman, actively continues advocating for 5th World Conference on Women.
Your Ongoing Support is Essential
While attendance at yoga retreats and travel experiences are integral to our efforts to sustain and grow our seva yoga projects, we rely on donations for our service work to thrive and grow. Kindly consider a donation of any size to the Feathered Pipe Foundation.
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. If you want to target your tax-deductible donation to support a specific project or projects, define this in the “Description” field during online payment, or contact Executive Director, Crystal Water, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to support our efforts to usher in a new season of humanity through a financial donation.