The Alchemy of Yoga & Creative Self-Expression: An Iyengar Yoga Intensive

The Alchemy of Yoga & Self-Expression: An Iyengar Yoga Intensive - Lara Warren

Lara Warren
July 6 - 13, 2024
Feathered Pipe Ranch




Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2495

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


Join senior-level 3 Iyengar Yoga instructor Lara Warren for an unforgettable retreat exploring yoga and and the creative experience at Feathered Pipe Ranch in the heart of the northern Rocky Mountains. Each day will begin with an in-depth active morning asana session followed by a restorative and pranayama session in the evening. Through these practices, we will journey inward to connect with different facets of ourselves, exploring how we engage with our practice and what we manifest in our lives.

The Alchemy of Yoga & Self-Expression: An Iyengar Yoga Intensive - Lara WarrenEach class will lead you to a deeper understanding of how to connect with the various aspects of yourself. How do you engage yourself? What do you engage with when you are practicing? Are you preparing something? Are you creating something? Or are you simply open to the experience and what it organically reveals? These are just some of the questions and concepts we will explore in this retreat. To visualize what it is you want to create (whether it is a yoga asana, a direction in your life, a project, or a piece of art), uniting mindfulness, skill, purposeful action, and the ability to “lose yourself” in your practice, paves the way toward positive transformation and to an experience that ranges from the practical to the sublime.

Daily Schedule:

7am — Breakfast
9am-12pm — Morning Yoga
12:30pm — Lunch
4-6pm — Restorative & Pranayama
6:30 — Dinner
7:45pm — Evening hikes, bonfires & free time to enjoy just being

*Optional hands-on pottery classes at The Bray — Tuesday/Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon

The Alchemy of Yoga & Self-Expression: An Iyengar Yoga Intensive - Lara WarrenThis year, we are excited to partner with the Archie Bray Foundation (The Bray), world-renowned ceramic arts center in Helena, Montana and the oldest artist-in-residency program, to offer optional “experiential clay” classes. Dive into the world of ceramics with two wheel-throwing sessions and one hand-building class, adding a unique dimension to your retreat experience.

By the end of the week, expect to learn how dynamics shift within a posture, depending on sequencing, timing, props and even the lens with which we analyze them. You will go home with more sensitivity and self-awareness within the asanas and your life, a better understanding of how and what to practice independently, a greater literacy of adjusting your practice based on your given circumstances, and the courage to practice more advanced poses and explore your creativity on and off the mat.

Join us on this journey of self-discovery and creative exploration!

*Please note: This retreat is open to all skill levels with the expectation that participants have baseline understanding of yoga postures and desire to learn and explore more deeply.

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



Yoga Therapy - Lara Warren“Laras unique combination of experienced, intelligent and playful exploration of yoga empowers her students to approach their own practice with a similarly fresh and curious mind. This has given me not only the knowledge and  methodology but also the mindset that enables me to adapt my practice and teaching for any given condition, ever-expanding the maps of my self awareness and freedom of body mind and spirit.”

“For me, a week with Lara is the opportunity to “level up” my yoga practice and body awareness in both organized conscious and organically subconscious ways.  I always leave at the end of the week feeling more balanced in mind and body than when I started, and ready to meet the world from my best vantage point.”

“Lara has an unparalleled gift to see individual bodies and work with/meet people where they are at.  I have attended every level class with her at the Iyengar Institute in New York and seen her help, challenge, and inspire all levels of students from beginners to advanced practitioners/teachers.”

Iyengar Yoga & Pottery - Lara WarrenLara Warren is a rare and uniquely talented yoga instructor who is especially gifted at understanding and working with students who have bodies very different from her own. I recall the first time I attended one of her retreats. I had not taken a single class with her before the retreat and was amazed at the consistently insightful individual instruction I received as a new student of hers. She navigated my needs as a middle-aged male athlete better than any Iyengar yoga instructor I had ever studied with, and I left that retreat feeling a powerful change to my body and mind. There’s no one I trust more to guide me to balance and health than Lara.”

I would like to thank you for all that I have learned from you this past year, not only in my yoga practice which I feel has evolved into a more mature and sensible practice but also in the ways you teach us to approach life, with curiosity and care, being present in the present, and that change can come with subtle adjustments.”


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 Iyengar Yoga retreat with Lara 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.



The Alchemy of Yoga & Self-Expression - Lara Warren

Lara first explored B.K.S. Iyengar’s “Light on Yoga” when she was twelve. Enthralled with the pictures of “Guruji” performing a myriad of postures, a year later, she went to her first Iyengar Yoga class in London.

Lara received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, in 1992. In University, she practiced with a Shingon Buddhist group that combined Chinese Yoga with seated meditation and martial arts. Lara knew she had found her calling from the first class she had ever taught. Lara moved to New York City soon after she graduated from University.

In New York, she studied Iyengar Yoga with Robin Janis and Mary Dunn, began building the HipJoint Yoga Studio, where she was director from 1994-2014, and worked as a project manager and environmental organizer with the Council on the Environment of New York City. In 2001, she decided to go full-time into teaching yoga. Lara felt that as an environmentalist, she was running from crisis to crisis, busy trying to transform her surroundings or influence policy with much effort but without much success–while as a yoga practitioner and teacher, the effects she experiences and witnesses are much more immediate and tangible. She believes that as dedicated yoga practitioners, we are empowered on a very visceral level to make positive and lasting changes in all aspects of our lives.

In addition to daily yoga practice and raising her beautiful child, Lara is happiest when playing guitar, traveling the world, or simply staying closer to home and enjoying all NYC has to offer.

Lara looks for joy and ease; challenge and transformation; evolution and peace in her life and practice, and some of the elements with which she hopes to imbue her students.

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The Alchemy of Yoga & Self-Expression: An Iyengar Yoga Intensive - Feathered Pipe RanchProgram Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2495

*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.

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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 Iyengar 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:

Optional hands-on pottery classes at The Bray, world-renowned ceramic arts center.
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, 6 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, 13 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!

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