Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $1995
*A $500 deposit is required to secure your online registration.
What would it feel like to take a true break from the world of work, news, and social media? How can you be in the world, in these times, without abandoning your peace?
The constant tug to pursue and consume digital information makes it hard to stay connected to our real lives—the ones we had before the Internet. This is a chance to reclaim those lives, redirecting our individual and collective attention through mindful movement, contemplative practices, sensory awareness, and shared inquiry.
The Mindful Unplug is no ordinary mindfulness retreat — it’s a full sensory experience to reconnect with nature, your inner landscape, and the joy of community. Our guide team will help you refresh and renew your perception of the world. You’ll return home with tools, insights, skills, and mindful practices that cultivate resilience, compassion, and a more conscious relationship with technology. It all happens in a glorious mountain landscape with plenty of space for solitude as well as connection, supported by an easygoing, casual, and joyful vibe (along with heavenly food!) that has kept good souls coming back to Feathered Pipe Ranch for 45 years and counting.
This is a come-as-you-are retreat. No experience is needed with any of the modalities we explore and practice during our time together. We always have a lot of good old-fashioned fun during the Mindful Unplug! Our week together includes opportunities for: mindful movement and sensory practice; forest bathing, participatory sound, rhythm awareness, and voice practices (including an introduction to West African hand drumming); accessible meditation; and ample unstructured time for you to move at your own pace. For this fifth running of ‘the Unplug,’ we’re incorporating dedicated time for inquiry —guided by informed wisdom and deep expertise— into how to coexist with ubiquitous technology in a more conscious and mindful way.
— Joining us for the first time at The Mindful Unplug is Liza Kindred, the founder of Mindful Technology, an agency that helps companies to build technology that values humans more than machines. An entrepreneur, author, minister, meditator, and all-around effervescent force of nature, Liza’s offering spotlights not just the value and wisdom of periodically unplugging, but offers practical, hands-on-hearts-open techniques for plugging back in mindfully. Liza is skilled at sharing practices and encouraging inquiry focused on reclaiming agency over technology in ways that align with our individual values.
— Longtime Ranch friend Matthew Marsolek of Drum Brothers is returning to The Unplug in 2020 to share his popular participatory sound, rhythm awareness, and voice practices, including an introduction to West African hand drumming. Simple, guided exercises to open and free the voice will be a prelude to a song circle, featuring chants and songs gathered from Matthew’s travels abroad and studies in World Music.
— Mindful Unplug emcee Anne Jablonski of Yoga Set Free will serve as your daily yoga, mindful movement and accessible meditation practice guide. 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.
— Our sensory awareness guide, renowned photographer Zane Williams, returns to The Mindful Unplug to encourage exploration into “forest bathing” (also known as shinrin-yoku) and to assist us in experiencing the vast sensory gifts that the Ranch environs offer. Over the course of our week, we’ll move toward feeling and experiencing nature less as a separate entity “out there,” and more as an overarching fabric in our everyday lives.
We’ve seen how tending to qualities of mindfulness and inner ease at the Ranch helps people become beacons of compassion and goodness for their families, workplaces, and communities. Our retreatants tell us that the Mindful Unplug week is a potent catalyst for recovering equanimity and embracing the bounty of the present moment. If the experience of past participants is any guide, you may even discover that it doesn’t matter so much how crazy the world is. Your contentment and peace can be independent of all that.
WHAT PAST MINDFUL UNPLUG EXPERIENCE ATTENDEES SAY:
“You allowed me to discover your graces at my own pace. You have restored in me a newfound peace. I will be forever grateful for this week and I pray that I will be able to carry the lessons I have learned with this week with me for all my days on this earth.”
“It was a rich and varied experience — beautiful and meaningful activities, interactions with people, and physically and emotionally healing. The food, lodging, natural beauty, staff — it was all so nurturing and stimulating.”
“I can’t adequately explain the experience when people ask, but it seems to me perhaps like a work of art? First, you are alone with your thoughts or ideas; then, perhaps noticing something more – such as colorful spools of thread or seeing unique patterns and shades in the light. And soon there are also individual squares of lovely textured fabrics that have formed to include palpable elements of depth and soul. And then, before you know it, this all blossoms into one magnificent living quilt! Bound together by spirit. By love. By each other. By Feathered Pipe.”
“My heart here was filled with love, laughter, challenges, and joy. All part of a good recipe for growth.”
“It’s so apparent how much thought, effort, and planning are put into this program. I appreciate it so much and it refreshes my soul. I’m lucky to be able to experience this. Your team made it look easy – it was all pretty seamless. I know from experience how much work goes into creating that effect!”
For additional detail about this program, please also see our Mindful Unplug FAQs here.
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.
YOUR 2020 MINDFUL UNPLUG GUIDES
Pausing, Breathing, Moving, Meditating – Anne Jablonski
A Yoga-Alliance registered teacher (E-RYT 500) in Virginia, Anne teaches at Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, serves as President of the Feathered Pipe Foundation (she is the den mother and emcee of the Mindful Unplug!) and juggles work for busy startup companies. She knows what it’s like to yearn for practical ways to insert mindful pauses into a rat-race-y life. Anne’s teaching draws on inspiration from her most influential teachers: Erich Schiffmann, every fine poet, Hanuman, her cheeky teacher within, and the teacher that’s inspired her most—the Feathered Pipe Ranch itself.
More about Anne: yogasetfree.com
Mindfully Reclaiming Agency Over Technology – Liza Kindred
Liza is the founder of Mindful Technology, an agency that helps companies to build technology that values humans more than machines. Liza also founded the EFF THIS! Meditation online community, where the sacred meets the profane. She is the author of a brand new book, EFF THIS! Meditation: 108 Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for When You’re Anxious, Stressed Out, or Overwhelmed, published by Rock Point Press, which is full of practical advice for self-love in a chaotic world. A meditator and student of Buddhism for more than a decade, Liza also received her 300-hour meditation teacher certification in 2017. Her approach to mindfulness is light-hearted and welcoming, while grounded in deep study of ancient teachings. Liza believes that our wisdom lives in our bodies and offers a somatically aware approach to meditation. She is also a level two reiki practitioner, a licensed minister, and a perpetual student of the human condition. She lives between NYC and Miami.
More about Liza: mindfultechnology.com
Sensing the Present Moment – Zane Williams
Zane picks up his camera less frequently these days, preferring to appreciate the world unmediated through devices. A more deeply felt sense of participation with Nature and embracing the present moment is the challenge, he feels. Zane’s long tenure photographing landscapes, photographing people, and contributing his photography to volunteer humanitarian projects informs inquiries and themes during the Mindful Unplug week: greater immersion in the Nature-All; being guided by personal inspiration; cultivating a taste for solitude and silence; and making relationship and connection with that immediately in front of us. All weave together to renew, as David Abram says, “our acquaintance with the sensual world in which our techniques and technologies are all rooted.”
More about Zane: zanewilliamsphotography.com
Creative Expression Through Sound, Rhythm, and Song – Matthew Marsolek
Matthew has received awards of excellence from the University of Montana for his musical work with theater and dance. He has studied East Indian and West African music for the past 18 years with a variety of teachers, including Mukesh Desai from India and Abdoul Doumbia from Mali, West Africa. Matthew has experience and training in jazz, classical, and Hindustani vocal technique and is also an accomplished jazz and classical guitarist. As a recording artist, he has released projects with Drum Brothers and Mandir as well as two solo recordings. A dedicated and charismatic educator, Matthew has a passion for rhythm, musical relationships, and the therapeutic and community building aspects of music. He teaches classes and clinics in voice, rhythm, and hand drumming throughout the United States and Canada.
More about Matthew: drumbrothers.com
PRICING & REGISTRATION:
Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $1995
*A $500 deposit is required to secure your online registration.
Basic Accommodations are shared room Main Lodge, Yurt, Sai Condo or single Tipi/Regular 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.
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Registration deposit required: A $500 deposit is required to secure online registration. Full payment is due eight weeks before the start of the program.
Shuttle service: Starting in 2020, shuttle service from/to Helena Regional Airport on arrival/departure day will be 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, 11 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, 18 July). There are no classes or sessions on departure day. We request that our guests depart their lodging by 9am on departure day to give our staff sufficient time to prepare for incoming guests.
Off-campus lodging: Off-campus lodging during our retreat programs is discouraged, as we have experienced over the years that it affects group cohesion and continuity. Off-campus discount is $15 per day.
Thanks and look forward to seeing you!