Awakening the Inner Body: A Montana Yoga Retreat

Awakening the Inner Body: A Montana Yoga Retreat - Iyengar Yoga

Dorinda Nyberg & Debbie Gilman
June 30 - July 6, 2024
Feathered Pipe Ranch




Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2190

*Wait List Only: If you are interested potential openings, email Debbie at


Yoga practiced on retreat has a magical quality. Over days of steady practice away from home, in community and in nature’s calming beauty, it enables us to knead together awareness, body and will. The mind becomes reflective and the body receptive as awareness moves from a superficial to a deeper level allowing us to sense the subtleties of the inner body. A goal of practice becomes: more space, less effort.

Debbie Gilman and Dorinda Nyberg use Iyengar-inspired yoga as their foundation and approach their teaching by deeply honoring their students. Both studied with Donald Moyer, an early student of B.K.S. Iyengar, trained at The Yoga Room in Berkeley, and taught on the faculty of the 500 hour teacher training program there for many years.

A Montana Yoga Retreat - Iyengar YogaThe retreat’s active morning yoga classes will marry gentle but precise anatomical instructions with inner body imagery to go beyond the body’s mere mechanics into deep interoception. Afternoon sessions offer choices including restorative yoga, inversions, pranayama & mindful writing and yoga. An exploration of yoga history and the purpose of the yoga will be woven into the practice. Alternatives are offered when a pose is inappropriate for a student. Small group practice sessions with a choice of focus will be offered for more individual attention. We aim to let students feel safe and seen.

Daily Schedule

8am — Breakfast
9:45am-12:15pm — Asana Practice
12:30pm — Lunch/free time
4:15-6:15 — Afternoon Practice
6:30pm — Dinner
7:47pm — evening hikes, bonfires, free time
Friday Night – Closing Circle

This July Fourth week of yoga in the heart of the Montana’s northern Rocky Mountains will allow you to step away from your routines and stressors, feel the lightness that comes with deep, regular practice and grow in your understanding of what yoga means to you and why you practice.

*This retreat is open to student with at least one year of Iyengar yoga experience.

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A Montana Yoga Retreat - Iyengar Yoga“I’ll follow the two of you anywhere to have the privilege of practicing yoga w/you.”

“The most significant thing I took away from our time was a space in my head where I can just stop and be. In yoga class there are times when I get there but with a retreat, that is focused on being internal – finding that ‘space’ a few days in a row – means that I know where it is now and can more easily access it. Invaluable.”

“I would say that yoga attracts the loveliest people, but in reality it is the yoga that you teach and give your students that brings these great groups together. I loved it.”


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 time with Dorinda Nyberg & Debbie Gilman 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.



Dorinda Nyberg - Awakening the Inner Body: A Montana Yoga RetreatDorinda’s teaching style helps students focus on intention and anatomical alignment through compassionate and clear instruction, skillful sequencing, and perceptive hands-on adjustments.  Her purpose is to help students experience this ancient practice in a way that reveals its wisdom, and ease.  Dorinda’s love of yoga comes through in her devotion to her teachers, her reverence for yoga’s complex lineage and is balanced with humor so that students leave class feeling refreshed with clear minds and energized bodies.

Dorinda has been studying Iyengar yoga since 1995 and began teaching in 2010.  She is a long-time student of Donald Moyer, Mary Lou Weprin and Debbie Gilman, a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program and a Relax and Renew Trainer.  She is certified at the Experienced 500 hour level (ERYT500) and a Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) with the Yoga Alliance.  For seven years Dorinda coordinated and served as a member of the core faculty for the Advanced Studies Program at The Yoga Room in Berkeley.


Debbie Gilman - Awakening the Inner Body: A Montana Yoga RetreatDebbie Gilman, MA, E-RYT 500 has been teaching yoga since the late 1990s and studied with master Iyengar yoga teacher Donald Moyer for over 20 years. Debbie teaches public classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, leads workshops and retreats locally and internationally and has trained yoga teachers in The Yoga Room Advanced Studies Program as well as other training programs. A life long teacher, she loves sharing the movement-based mindfulness practice of yoga in an accessible way with her students. She is currently indulging her interest in the history of yoga through academic classes and her own writing. Debbie has a BA from Stanford and an MA from Harvard.



A Montana Yoga Retreat - Feathered Pipe RanchProgram Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2190

*Wait List Only: If you are interested potential openings, email Debbie at



Registration deposit required: A $500 deposit is required to hold your space in our retreat at Feathered Pipe Ranch. Full payment is due 15 April.

Cancellation Policy:  If cancelled after full payment has been made and we are able to find a replacement, your funds paid minus $500 deposit will be returned.  If a replacement cannot be found all funds are forfeited.

Non-participating partner fee:  $1765

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

After receiving your non-refundable deposit a welcome letter with follow up information will be sent to your email. For more information/questions about this retreat, please email Debbie at

The retreat will include:

6-nights indoor or outdoor accommodations (upgraded accommodations require an additional fee)
Nourishing yoga practice twice daily
Delicious and lovingly prepared international cuisine
Shuttle service from/to Helena Regional Airport on arrival/departure day. If you arrive early the shuttle will pick you up at your hotel in Helena on Sunday June 30.
Full access to the extensive Feathered Pipe grounds (including the hot tub and sauna)

Not included:

 Any/all excursions off-campus
 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 (Sunday, 30 June) of your retreat so you can join us for a tour of the grounds before dinner at 6:00pm and our group evening orientation following dinner. Please arrange to leave the Ranch in the morning or early afternoon of departure day (Saturday, 6 July). Checkout is at 9am, and guests are welcome to stay at the Ranch until their flight leaves that day.

Travel Insurance:  We recommend you protect your investment and purchase travel insurance.

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

For more information/questions about this retreat, please email Debbie at or Dorinda at

Thanks and look forward to seeing you!

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