Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $1795
*Invite a friend(s) new to the Ranch and you each receive $100 off tuition price!
This gentle week of mindful movement and sensory awareness — choreographed by a skilled team of yoga, mindful movement, visual arts, sound, and meditation guides — is about slowing down, unplugging, and relishing the unfiltered experience of your personal inner world and the life-affirming natural landscape of the Feathered Pipe. A Ranch offering like no other, the Mindful Unplug Experience includes a restful balance of scheduled activities alongside ample unstructured free time for you to settle into your natural rhythm while surrounded by one of the sweetest Big Sky mountain locales on the planet.
Move. See. Hear. Relax. Stargaze. Repeat. A full feast of sensory options is included in the cost of your program and is yours to enjoy throughout the week. Multiple sessions and activities release tension through accessible, all-levels therapeutic yoga and mindful movement, while our skilled guides re-enliven your inquiry into the experience of seeing and hearing the world anew. No prior experience with any of the modalities is necessary: this is a retreat for anyone and for everyone, so please come exactly as you are and move, see, hear, and breathe your way back to full sensory awareness.
A Backcountry Adventure Too. Unspoiled alpine, wilderness terrain offers the optimal, sacred setting for re-awakening the senses. We’re fortunate at Feathered Pipe to be close to many tracts of Montana wilderness, and this year our program will include a guided half-day hike in the Flathead National Forest backcountry, an unrivaled opportunity available for the first time at the Mindful Unplug. Your degree of engagement will be tailored to your physical ability. This is a very special addition to this year’s program!
Astronomical bonus: this third running of Feathered Pipe’s homegrown Mindful Unplug Ranch program coincides with the 12 August peak of the Perseid meteor shower, when the thin crescent moon setting in early evening paints a dark sky backdrop against which we can view a prolific show of up to 60 meteors every hour.
The Mindful Unplug team will be available throughout the week for spontaneous small-group sessions arising from interests and desires emerging from the group. Quiet strolls through the environs of the Ranch, dharma talks, and shared inquiry into mindful navigation of our digitally-saturated, over-scheduled lives are just a handful of the impromptu activities that sprung up during past Mindful Unplug retreats. The Mindful Unplug brings people of all ages and many eclectic backgrounds together, so it’s always an enchanting surprise to see how our experiences and discussions unfold at each year’s gathering.
EMBODY MINDFULNESS (with Amir Tahami & Anne Jablonski)
Deposit yourself into the luscious terrain of clear, still, and conscious presence with yoga and meditation that blends restorative, therapeutic movement with wisdom traditions to inspire you in the direction of a fully awake state. Morning class time will incorporate adaptable postures tailored into simple healing tools to take home for a lifetime. You’ll access your own inner guidance system and recover your peace of mind through easy breath work, accessible-to-all meditation techniques, and somatic tools. Mostly, you’ll remember how good it feels to thoroughly relax again and renew your appreciation of how practical and relevant this skill is to your everyday life.
SEE AGAIN (with Zane Williams)
Reconnect with the elemental act of truly seeing your world with celebrated photographer, visual wizard, and long-time Ranch friend Zane Williams. Creative visual mindfulness practices and strolls around the Ranch with Zane revitalize your ability to see the world about you and become truly present to – and renew your appreciation for – how your visual world is shaped by light and shadow, form and gesture.
HEAR ANEW (with Todd Hammes)
Gifted sound artist and life-long student of the percussive arts Todd Hammes returns to the Feathered Pipe to share his one-of-a-kind gift to reconnect you to your innate curiosity about the world of sound through both passive and creative participatory experience. Using found instruments to create sound, Todd will guide you to tune into and receive healing vibrations. Time with Todd is a rare opportunity to explore how the creation of sound, coupled with awareness, positively affects our whole being.
About the Mindful Unplug
The Mindful Unplug is a homegrown Feathered Pipe Foundation educational initiative applying thousands of years of yogic and other conscious living wisdom into workshops and other learning experiences. It offers practical tools and techniques to stay healthy and grounded in our over-busy and digitally saturated lives. 2018 marks the third year of our flagship onsite Ranch offering: The Mindful Unplug Experience.
The Mindful Unplug intentionally blends inspiration from both the ancient and the modern, weaving timeless truths and practices handed down by the sages with applied knowledge from the latest discoveries in neuroscience, body movement education, and sensory awareness.
*18 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Program credit hours are available for this retreat.
“In the end, what made this an extraordinary experience were the people in our group and the Ranch. This was one of the best times of my life . . . and the others were so interesting to talk with and had such great senses of humor and humanity.
It was a deeply restorative experience for me. The beauty of the place, the ease of staying there thanks to the excellent staff, and the thoughtful instruction all combined to transform me. I see the world around me differently now.
Every time I think of all of you who led our group I feel grateful for the deep rejuvenation I had at Feathered Pipe. It truly was life affirming to experience the place and the fantastic yoga and company and afternoon mindfulness exercises and nurturing.
It has given me strength to power through another year. Despite the challenges to the planet and our politic body, that events like the Mindful Unplug happen and that people put so much effort into this kind of work gives me hope.”
~ 2017 Feathered Pipe retreat attendee
MINDFUL UNPLUG 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 Mindful Unplug week. Glacier National Park is a glorious and scenic 3.5 hour drive north and west of the Ranch, while Yellowstone is just a 4.5 hours drive south and east of the Ranch through some of the prettiest Western territory you’ll ever see.
About Your Guides
Amir stands at the helm as a senior teacher and owner of the renowned Sun & Moon Yoga Studios in Northern Virginia. He works attentively with students who want an enhanced quality of life through a plainspoken and sensible approach to health and well-being. He holds Yoga Alliance’s highest certification level and is a practitioner of Thai Yoga Therapy. Amir is an avid amateur hockey player, has fulfilled a lifelong dream to design and build his own custom home, and is also known to herd cats.
Learn more about Amir: www.sunandmoonstudio.com
Zane is putting down his camera more often these days to appreciate his reality unmediated through a lens and share with others the revelation of truly seeing their world. A celebrated and award-winning Wisconsin photographer, Zane has contributed his photographic skills in volunteer support of international humanitarian projects, captured the alluring photographic images you see on the Feathered Pipe website, and is an extensively published photographer (panoramics, architecture, travel, & portraits). He’s also an accomplished craft beer connoisseur. Zane paraphrases one of his favorite teachers: “Money and fame may seem to be wonderful, but nothing can compare to the joy of seeing something new.”
Learn more about Zane: www.zanewilliamsphotography.com
Through the breadth of his musical endeavors and his own unique inner vision of sound and music, Todd creates meaningful connections between himself, his students, colleagues and audiences everywhere. Fellow musicians and participants in his engaging workshops experience a special connection to his energy and extreme sensitivity to his medium. His body of work includes performances both domestically and abroad, extensive musical composition, and teaching and outreach programs to groups large and small. Todd is, all at once: a prolific composer; a hand drum exploratorium creator; a marimba, tabla, frame drum, and African kalimba player (just for starters); and an interactive performance sound virtuoso.
Learn more about Todd: www.toddhammes.com
Relaxation Guide – Anne Jablonski
A Yoga-Alliance registered teacher (RYT 500) in Virginia, Anne teaches at Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, serves as President of the Feathered Pipe Foundation (she midwifed the Mindful Unplug!) and works for busy startup companies. She knows all about what it’s like to yearn for practical ways to insert pauses into a heavily scheduled, rat-race-y life. Anne’s mission is to return you home with skills to plug back in consciously so you can step back into the world of noise and technology equipped to nourish and safeguard your own health — and apply your consciousness for good of all. Anne’s teaching draws on inspiration from her most influential teachers: Erich Schiffmann, every fine poet, her cheeky teacher within, and the Feathered Pipe Ranch itself.
Learn more about Anne: www.yogasetfree.com
Pricing & Registration
Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $1795
Basic Accommodations are shared room Main Lodge, Yurt, Sai Condo or single Tipi/Tent, and include meals and use of all amenities – our bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds.
Feathered Pipe Community Discount: Invite a friend(s) new to the Ranch and you each receive $100 off tuition price!
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*A $500 deposit is required to secure online registration/payment.
**Airport shuttle service on the day of arrival/departure is an additional $65. Non-arrival/departure shuttle service is $100
***Please plan to arrive at the ranch before 6pm on the first day of your retreat, and to depart in the morning or early afternoon of the final day.
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Thanks and look forward to seeing you!