The Healing Way of the Heart: A Summer Solstice Shamanism Retreat

The Healing Way of the Heart: A Summer Solstice Shamanism Retreat

Brant Secunda
June 18 - 25, 2022
Feathered Pipe Ranch




Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2195

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


“Each of us is a miniature universe, a mirror of the natural world outside of ourselves, and also a mirror of the spiritual world. All the knowledge and the secrets of those two worlds are inside of us, and everything is in perfect arrangement”

~ Brant Secunda


Join Brant Secunda as he returns to the Feathered Pipe Ranch for a Summer Solstice celebration. Embrace the light of the summer season and learn ancient techniques to connect with the spiritual world of nature. Awaken your soul, empower your body, and open the flower of your heart through the practice of Huichol Shamanism.

Feathered Pipe - ShamanismShamanism is a way of living in harmony with nature. Discover the ancient wisdom utilized for millennia by the indigenous Huichol culture to help you live a more balanced and peaceful life.

Delve into this 7-day retreat to experience the power and beauty of the Huichol traditions. Find clarity for your life through simple, yet profound teachings. Learn to tap into the life force of the earth and find yourself in the center of the 4 elements, as the 5th direction. Purify the mind with the breath of life, heal the body with the sound of flowing waters, uncover the wisdom from the light of Grandfather Fire, and ground in the love of Mother Earth.

This retreat provides an opportunity to join in a sacred circle of community and learn from Brant through his humorous storytelling, while also partaking in powerful ceremony to help facilitate both personal and planetary healing. The days will include a balance of lecture, guided practice, outdoor ceremony and ritual, pilgrimages in nature, and time for reflections and relaxation on the beautiful grounds of the Feathered Pipe Ranch.

We will as travel Blacktail Ranch out on the rugged Northern Rocky Mountain Front. The family-owned and homesteaded ranch is rich in archeological sites including an extensive cave system dating back to the last Ice Age, a Sun Wheel, a Medicine Wheel and numerous tipi rings from the more recent Native Americans.

During this week, you will with learn to:

Journey to the 4 directions through guided spiritual practices to release negative emotions and bring positive energy into your heart.
Awaken with daily morning ritual to empower your dream state and brighten both yourself and the world.
Rejuvenate your body, heart, and spirit with ancient chants and the healing sound of the drum and rattle.
Connect with the life force of nature through the art of pilgrimage and learn to internalize the energy of places of power.
Celebrate your life in sacred ceremony and dance your prayers into the altar of Mother Earth.

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What is Shamanism?

Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and way of life. Ceremony, sacred dance,
vision quest, and pilgrimages to places of power in nature are all essential aspects of
Shamanism. Through these techniques, the shamanic circle embraces us, unifying our
lives with strength, healing, and love.


The Healing Way of the Heart: A Summer Solstice Retreat - Brant Secunda “Brant has shown me the power of balance. He has brought hope to my life and trust in all of life to my heart. But the scope of his work goes well beyond just the person. Brant gives us all a chance to pray for the earth and all who live on her. And there is perhaps no more important time to do just that than right now!”

“Why do I need to be in a workshop with a group of people to connect with nature and the earth around me? I don’t – but the group offers me the opening to learn, to be with a teacher who sends us out into nature with lessons on how to connect in a powerful way. Spending time sitting on the earth communicating with each direction is a language from the heart. Learning ways to be with and part of nature, so much more than being in nature. I feel it differently, maybe because it is shared, and when I leave the group the feelings stay with me. They grow the more I continue to connect with the light, air, water, and earth.”

“I have been truly blessed to have Brant in my life as well as this special, sacred, tradition. It has changed my life in ways that I never thought were possible. I am truly grateful for all the
blessings I have received.”

“I have found Brant Secunda to be a devoted shaman, bringing the spiritual messages of the Huichol tribe in Mexico to many other cultures in the world and inspiring us with their purity of purpose – to love the Earth and bring balance to our lives through the beauty of this Earth.”

RETREAT 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 Brant 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.




Brant Secunda - Huichol ShamanismBrant Secunda is an internationally acclaimed shaman, healer, and teacher in the indigenous Huichol tradition of Mexico. During an intensive 12-year apprenticeship, Brant became the adopted grandson and close companion of Don José Matsuwa, the renowned shaman who passed away in 1990 at the age of 110. Brant was chosen by Don José to take his place in helping to carry on Huichol Shamanism. He founded the Dance of the Deer Foundation – Center for Shamanic Studies in 1979 and leads seminars, retreats, and pilgrimages worldwide. His work has been documented on television, radio, and in articles and books throughout the world.

To help provide sustainable cultural and economic support for the Huichol tribe, Brant founded the Huichol Foundation, which continues to expand upon his more than four decades of indigenous cultural preservation projects throughout the Sierra Madre.

Alongside other dignitaries including President Jimmy Carter, Brant cofounded the Peace University in Berlin and was also a co-founder of the Humanistic Medicine Conference with the World Health Organization. Recognized as a global thought leader and spiritual teacher, Brant has been a lecturer at the Mayo Clinic, the American Holistic Medical Association Conferences and a faculty member of the Five Branches Institute of Chinese Medicine.

Striving to bridge the worlds of fitness and spirituality, Brant co-authored the award-winning book Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You.

Learn more about Brant:


Brant Secunda - Huichol ShamanismThe Huichol are a small tribe of approximately 35,000 people living in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. They are considered to be one of the last tribes in North America to have maintained their pre-Columbian traditions and they continue their spiritual, ceremonial, and ancient agricultural way of life to this day.

Shamanism pervades every aspect of Huichol life. Ceremony, sacred dance, pilgrimage, and visionary artwork are some of the techniques they use to connect with the heart of creation and sustain a life of balance and harmony.

Learn more about the Huichol:



The Healing Way of the Heart: A Summer Solstice Retreat - Brant SecundaProgram Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2195

*Invite a friend(s) new to the Feathered Pipe and you each 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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The Healing Way Of The Heart: A Summer Solstice RetreatThe 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, 18 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, 25 June). 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!