The Mindful Unplug: Exploring Presence, Mindfulness & Sensory Perception

Mindful Unplug Retreat: Exploring Presence, Mindfulness & Sensory Perception

Mindful Unplug Guide Team
July 11 - 18, 2020
Feathered Pipe Ranch




Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $1895

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

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.

Mindful Unplug - Digital DetoxThe Mindful Unplug will help you 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 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; 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.

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.



Mindful Unplug - Mindful Movement“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.



Mindful Unplug - MindfulnessProgram Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $1895

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


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.

Additional lodging upgrade pricing: Click here

Full description of accommodations options: Click here

Registration deposit required: A $500 deposit is required to secure online registration/payment. 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 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.

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!