Yoga & Ayurveda for Vibrant Aging: Moving Beyond Resiliency to Thrivancy

Yoga & Ayurveda for Vibrant Aging: Moving Beyond Resiliency to Thrivancy

Baxter Bell, MD & Melina Meza
August 12 - 19, 2023
Feathered Pipe Ranch




Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2295

*Invite a friend(s) new to the Feathered Pipe and you both save $100!


Join Baxter and Melina for a rich week of exploration and learning around how the tools of yoga and Ayurveda provide an unparalleled approach to vibrant aging, meeting the unwelcome challenges of life with resilience, and supporting growing deeper as a person with age.

Each day will be a combination of yoga practices, talks on thrivancy, flourishing, resilience, and Ayurveda to meet you where you are at this time. The setting of Feathered Pipe Ranch in the mountains of Montana is the perfect setting to unplug, unwind, replenish and get inspired with two of the most experienced and gifted teachers around.

What folks will get out of our week:

Yoga & Ayurveda for Vibrant Aging - Baxter Bell & Melina Meza Learn how to use yoga and Ayurveda to cultivate resiliency for healthy body, mind, and spirit
Yoga and Ayurveda tools for health and wellness maintenance
How to use our tools to move beyond resiliency to thrivancy
Practical ways to use Ayurveda for seasonal transitions and well-being
Ideas for building your home practice or classes to share with students if you teach

On retreat, your day begins with free time to journal, walk, or soak before our delicious breakfast.  After breakfast, Baxter or Melina will lead an asana class followed by an experiential talk on vibrant aging. With Baxter, late afternoon sessions will weave gentle therapeutic practices together with relevant health topics for everyone. Melina will offer classes inspired by Ayurvedic teachings on how to adapt diet, exercise or yoga practice and daily rituals to flourish in the changing seasons and stages of life.

Yoga & Ayurveda for Vibrant Aging - Feathered Pipe RanchDaily Schedule:

8am — Breakfast
10am-12pm — Asana practice and short talk (more active practice, more practice than talk!)
12:30pm — Lunch/free time
4:30pm-6pm — Gentle/Restorative-inspired class
6:30pm — Dinner/free time
7:45pm — Evening hikes (weather dependent)

*Wednesday — afternoon off (massage, visit Helena, etc.)
*Friday night — Talent/no talent show

This retreat promises to leave you well-equipped to make grounded and informed choices in your daily living to thrive.

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



Yoga & Ayurveda for Vibrant Aging - Baxter Bell & Melina Meza“My mom and I joined Baxter and Melina at the Feathered Pipe Ranch for retreat and it was exactly what we needed. The yoga classes were accessible enough for my beginner mom but engaging enough for me to learn and grow as a yoga teacher and therapist. The setting was superb with lake-side lounging and family-style mealtime. If you are looking for a relaxed retreat with nature, yoga, music, picturesque photography, and reflection, join Baxter and Melina this summer.”

“It was the perfect balance between providing a serene, healing environment and a workshop guiding you in a healthy, relevant way down whatever path you may be on.”

“Thank you. It was a deeply healing experience for me.”

“Melina 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.”

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 retreat with Baxter and Melina at the 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.




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! Baxter has been immersed in the practices of yoga for almost 30 years, teaching for over 20 of those years to thousands of students in the US and beyond. He combines his unique experiences and background in medicine, yoga therapy, acupuncture and life to create extraordinary yoga practices for groups and individuals.

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.

Learn more about Baxter:



Melina Meza - Ayurveda

Melina Meza, eRYT500, is an avid hiker and tennis player, nature photographer, and has discovered many magical places around the Ranch since her first visit in 2013. She also is attuned to the 5 elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether, which she weaves into her rich Ayurvedic teachings.

Meza is a pioneer in the field of yoga, nutrition, and Ayurvedic Health, 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 Anytime, YogaUonline, or at Gaiamtv.

Learn more about Melina:



Yoga & Ayurveda for Vibrant Aging - Baxter Bell & Melina MezaProgram Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2295

*Invite a friend(s) new to the Feathered Pipe and you both save $100!




Registration deposit required: A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure online registration. Full payment is due eight weeks before the start of the program.

Tuition fee includes: Triple Occupancy Main Lodge, Shared Yurt/Deluxe Wall Tent/Sai Condo, 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.

Additional lodging upgrade pricing: Click here

Full description of accommodations options: Click here

The retreat will include:

7-nights indoor or outdoor accommodations (upgraded accommodations require an additional fee)
 All daily 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:

 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, 12 August) 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, 19 August). Checkout is at 9am, and guests are welcome to stay at The Ranch until their flight leaves that day.

Interested, but still need more information? Visit our FAQ page, drop us a message including your contact details here, or give us a ring at (406) 442-8196.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you!

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