A Gentle Way Yoga Retreat: Mindfulness and the Practice of Inclusivity

A Gentle Way Yoga Retreat: Mindfulness and the Practice of Inclusivity - Feathered Pipe Ranch

Lanita Varshell & Diane Ambrosini
June 10 - 17, 2023
Feathered Pipe Ranch




Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2150

*$400 discount for registrants desiring to lodge in a single Regular Tent! 

*For more information/questions about this retreat, email Lanita at agentlewayyoga@gmail.com.


Yoga is the practice of reconnecting to the roots of the soul through mindful introspection. While the act of re-centering the self and disengaging from the daily grind can be difficult, it is a crucial component to physical health, mental wealth, and spiritual well-being. The practice of self-awareness also increases the capacity to join, see and honor everyone’s full humanity.

Mindfulness And The Practice Of InclusivityThis is an Accessible Yoga Retreat. Lanita Varshell and Diane Ambrosini of A Gentle Way Yoga invite everyone—regardless of age, size, physical ability, ethnicity, or gender, to take a break from the hustle and noise of daily living and join them on this mystical land for a life-changing week. The week will offer daily opportunities to practice self-love through joyful movement and therapeutic yoga sessions with easy to apply yoga philosophy woven in. There is time built into the schedule for solo contemplation, (or naps) as well.

In addition to three exquisitely prepared, locally sourced meals per day, this special week at the Ranch will also offer guided hikes, artistic journaling sessions and group story-sharing gatherings focused on listening with open hearts to the wisdom of nature, our inner-guides, and to each other – the true power of mindfulness and inclusivity. All asana (poses) are offered as choices, so that each pose “fits” each individual practitioner – meeting you where you are within each session. Additionally, all sessions and activities available throughout the week are offered as options, meaning you get to decide what’s best for you the entire time.

Yoga Retreat - Accessible YogaDaily Schedule:

7am — Early Yoga/Meditation Practice – Great Time For A Morning Walk!
8-9am — Breakfast
9-10am — Morning Walk – Meditation
10-12pm — Wellness/Yoga Workshop
12-1pm — Lunch
1:00-3:30pm — Free Time for bodywork*, napping, Art, Sound and/or Breath Therapy
4:00-6:30pm — Wellness/Yoga Workshop or Wisdom Circles
6:45-7:45pm — Dinner
8:00pm — Meditation/Yoga Nidra/Storytime/Restorative Yoga/Breath

*Bodywork is not included in registration fee

This amazing week at the Ranch is a time to recalibrate on an individual level and connect as a collective. You’ll be reminded that each of us is more than a small part of this Earth and humanity – together, we are everything!

Learn more about Feathered Pipe Ranch’s COVID-19 safety protocol.



Mindfulness and the Practice of Inclusivity“I cannot express enough how grateful I am to Lanita for choosing to teach yoga as her life’s journey. She is an exceptional yoga teacher, guide, and mentor for so many.”

“Dear Diane – How you communicate such respect for yoga while inspiring ‘just sayin’ laughter is a gift that changed yoga for me. Thank you for leading me into a transformation with so many smiles.”

“I am celebrating my 60th birthday! I met you in Feathered Pipe 10 years ago this month. One of the best experiences of my life! I had studied Iyengar Yoga for years but had quit teaching thinking I was too fat. That Retreat changed my life. Thank you for giving me the confidence to teach and let my light shine”

“What can I say about our Retreat at Feathered Pipe with Diane and Lanita? My cup is full again, and my heart is open, and my body is so happy! I laughed, cried, danced, sang, got the best massages, ate the most delicious food, and met the most amazing people. This is my retreat home. These teachers are warm and wonderful.”

“When I broke my back, my doctor said it would never heal. Because my first teacher trained with A Gentle Way Yoga, and then I followed and received my A Gentle Way Yoga certificate, I refused to believe that my back could not heal. I was guided to reach out to Diane and work with her one-on-one on Zoom. The healing of my back has been a true miracle. “

Summer Vacation Tip! Extend your time in peace and beauty while savoring Western hospitality by spending some time exploring the great West’s National Park treasures either before or after your Gentle Way Yoga retreat at Feathered Pipe Ranch. Glacier National Park is a glorious and scenic 3.5-hour drive north and west of Feathered Pipe, while Yellowstone is just a 4.5 hour drive south and east of the Ranch through some of the prettiest Western territory you’ll ever see.



Transformative Yoga Therapy Retreat - Lanita Varshell

Lanita Varshell is a soft, kind, mystic earth mother. She emanates love and compassion. Lanita is one of the oldest and most and respected plus-size, gentle and therapeutic yoga teachers in the United States. She has been a pioneer in the world of body positive, accessible and adaptive yoga.

Owner of A Gentle Way Yoga and Joyful Movement, she has taught yoga and trained teachers full time since 1996, and owned a busy yoga studio for over 20 years, all while living with chronic health, weight, and life challenges. She has inspired thousands of students and teachers to look at themselves and others through the eyes of kindness and love. In addition, she is an inspiring writer, public speaker, and yoga life coach.

Learn more about Lanita: agentleway.com



Transformative Yoga Therapy Retreat - Diane Ambrosini

Diane Ambrosini, MA, is the author of the highly acclaimed Instructing Hatha Yoga: A Guide for Teachers and Students. An anatomy geek, Diane earned a Masters Degree in Exercise Science, with an emphasis on Kinesiology and shares her knowledge with her yoga clients as well as those studying to be yoga teachers. She is a certified yoga therapist (IAYT) and Reiki practitioner who uses both Eastern and Western modalities to guide clients deep into self-healing.

Diane strives to improve the art and science of teaching yoga and to help others enjoy the myriad benefits of yoga as a lifestyle. She is an outdoor enthusiast, and her students love that she presents knowledge from her heart with a sense of humor, inquiry, and humbleness.

Learn more about Diane: di4yoga.com



Yoga Retreat - Yoga TherapyProgram Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2150

*$400 discount for registrants desiring to lodge in a single Regular Tent! 




Registration deposit required: A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space in our retreat at Feathered Pipe Ranch.

Tuition fee includes: Triple Occupancy Main Lodge, or Single Tipi/Tent, plus meals and use of all amenities – our bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds. Upgraded accommodation are available.

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After receiving your deposit a welcome letter with follow up information will be sent to your email. For more information or questions about this retreat, please email Lanita at agentlewayyoga@gmail.com.

The retreat will include:

 7-nights of indoor or outdoor accommodations (upgraded accommodations require an additional fee)
All daily Gentle Way Yoga classes and group sessions, suitable for all
Delicious and lovingly prepared international cuisine
 Shuttle service from/to Helena Regional Airport on arrival/departure day
Full access to the extensive Feathered Pipe grounds (including the hot tub and sauna)

Not included:

One-on-one yoga therapy sessions
 Bodywork & Massage
Montana Accommodation Tax $25
 Staff gratuities

Shuttle service: Shuttle service from/to Helena Regional Airport on arrival/departure day is complimentary (free) for all registered guests! Please note that if you are needing pick-up or drop-off on any other day, that there will be a $35 one-way charge.

Arrival and departure: Please plan to arrive at the Feathered Pipe Ranch no later than 5pm on the arrival day (Saturday, 10 June) of your retreat so you can join us for a tour of the grounds before dinner at 6:30pm and our group evening orientation following dinner. Please arrange to leave the Ranch in the morning or early afternoon of departure day (Saturday, 17 June). Checkout is at 9am, and guests are welcome to stay at The Ranch until their flight leaves that day.

For more information about the Feathered Pipe Ranch in general, please visit our FAQ page.

For more information or questions about this retreat, please email Lanita at agentlewayyoga@gmail.com.

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