Cultivating Everyday Awe: Yoga, Nature and You!

Cultivating Everyday Awe: Yoga, Nature and You! - Baxter Bell & Melina Meza

Baxter Bell, MD & Melina Meza
July 23 - 30, 2022
Feathered Pipe Ranch




Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2295

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


When we experience awe in our lives, whether from being in nature, hearing an incredibly beautiful piece of music, or at the end of a sublime yoga practice, we are both overwhelmed by the power of the moment and our limited experience of “self” is expanded. And it feels incredible! Now, modern research is confirming the benefits of regular doses of “awe” on our health and well-being. This 7-day retreat will help you cultivate practices and opportunities to bring more awe into your everyday life through your yoga practice, guided experiences in nature, immersion in sound and more!

Cultivating Everyday Awe: Yoga, Nature and You! - Feathered Pipe RanchOur week together will be an opportunity to take advantage of the natural environment to help us rest, restore and recharge, with walking meditations in nature, yoga practices and talks out on the front lawn when weather permits, evening hikes to the Skye Ranch and beyond.

We also know that our everyday lives don’t always have the time or access to this kind of powerful setting on a regular basis. The good news is that Ayurveda and Yoga for Healthy Aging practices can help us bridge those times away from nature with powerful tools to improve our overall well-being and help us to recover in times of greater need. Our practice sessions twice a day will focus on sharing the most relevant practices for you to take back home with you to maintain the reboot that the Ranch will provide.

And as in past years, we will enjoy silent mornings until the start of the morning class.

*25 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Program credit hours are available for this retreat.

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Baxter Bell, MD & 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 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! He is the co-author of the book “Yoga for Healthy Aging” and co-founder of the blog of same name, started in 2012, and is a great guide for all yoga practices to support your healthy aging!

Baxter fell in love with yoga in 1993 while working full-time as a family physician. His appreciation for the potential of yoga for fostering health, healing, and equanimity was so great, he soon stepped away from his medical practice and trained to become a yoga teacher. Now he focuses on teaching yoga full time to ordinary students of all ages and physical conditions as well as the next generation of yoga teachers. He also sees students privately, helping them use yoga to help heal from and/or cope with a wide range of medical conditions.

Baxter teaches classes, workshops, and retreats internationally. He has presented at Yoga Journal Conferences and the International Association of Yoga Therapy’s Sytar Conference, and teaches online courses and classes at YogaUOnline. He has written articles for Yoga Journal and the Journal of the International Association of Yoga Therapy and is often quoted as an expert on yoga and health by major national news outlets such as the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

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Melina Meza - AyurvedaMelina Meza, eRYT500, is an avid hiker, mountain biker and 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.

Melina Meza is a pioneer in the field of yoga, nutrition, and Ayurvedic Health, sharing her knowledge with yogis around the world for more than 20 years. She is the creator of Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga, a holistic practice that features lifestyle, diet, and yoga practices tailored to the rhythms of the four seasons to help people stay healthy as they age. Her passion for Nature, the five elements, beauty, and humor forge the foundation of her unique approach to well-being.

In addition to working with individual clients, Melina facilitates year-round yoga and Ayurveda workshops, leading retreats in extraordinary sanctuaries around the world. 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.

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Cultivating Everyday Awe: Yoga, Nature and You! - AyurvedaProgram 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: Basic shared occupancy in Main Lodge, Yurt, Sai Condo OR single occupancy Tipi/Regular Tent, plus meals and use of all amenities – our bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds.

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Cultivating Everyday Awe: Yoga, Nature and You!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, 23 July) 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, 30 July). 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!