Opening to Joy: Living in Awe of Nature

Lori Gaspar & Prairie Yoga Team
September 2 - 9, 2023
Feathered Pipe Ranch

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REGISTER

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Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2295

Early Bird Discount: Save $50 if register by February 1, 2023.

*For more information/questions about this retreat, email Tiffany at tiffanyprairie@comcast.net.

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The combination of yoga, nature and community is a powerful way to restore, recharge and relax. Join Lori Gaspar and the Prairie Yoga Teachers for a week-long yoga retreat re-discovering the joy within us and connecting to the wonder of nature. Through yoga practices, mindful movement, and immersions into the mountain landscape that surrounds us, we will cultivate:

The Art of Paying Attention
Opening the Heart-Mind to a Sense of Wonder
Connecting Inward
Flowing Outward
Freedom to Play

The retreat offers two daily yoga practices; an active morning practice and restorative yoga in the late afternoon. Practices will include asana, natural movement, pranayama, meditation, and chanting. Whether you are an experienced beginner or a yoga teacher, modifications and variations will be offered so you can practice what feels best for you. Lots of yoga props are available at the ranch. Just bring your own mat.

Opening To Joy: Living In Awe Of Nature - Lori Gaspar & Prairie Yoga TeamDaily Schedule:

SATURDAY, SEPT 2

3pm or later — Arrival
5pm — Ranch Tour/ Orientation
6:30pm — Dinner
7:30pm — Opening Circle

SUNDAY, SEPT 3RD – Friday, SEPT 8TH (except Wednesday*)

8am — Breakfast
9:30-11:30am — Active Yoga Practice – All Levels
12pm — Lunch
1pm-4pm — Leisure Time
4pm-5:30pm — Restorative Yoga Practice – All Levels
6pm — Dinner
Opening To Joy: Living In Awe Of Nature - Lori Gaspar & Prairie Yoga Team

FRIDAY EVENING

7:30pm — Closing Circle

SATURDAY, SEPT 9th

8am — Breakfast
9am — Departure

*Wednesday — Opportunity for offsite adventure. No yoga classes.

Afternoons between lunch and class are wide open for you to do whatever you choose: hike, read, nap, swim, canoe, socialize, relax or indulge in a massage. After dinner Saturday night, our Opening Circle offers a chance to meet everyone and get to know each other.

Mid-week, we take a break from yoga classes to go on an optional offsite day-long excursion. Options include: boat tour on the Missouri River, hikes into the Helena National Forest, and tours of Helena, Montana’s state capital.

Friday night, we wrap up the week with our amateur hour talent show – music, dancing, magic, jokes, poems, or anything of humor and entertainment is welcome. Whether talent is showcased in groups with new friends or solo, we guarantee laughs and appreciation to all who present.

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

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WHAT PAST ATTENDEES SAY:

Opening to Joy: Living in Awe of Nature - Prairie Yoga

“As I hold onto the peace, well-being, and joy from the retreat I want to be sure I thank you for your organization, leadership, and energy to bring this all together. Thank you for including us ‘outsiders’ and making us feel so welcome. Thank you for putting together such a strong group of leaders and teachers. The spirituality of the week was unexpected but greatly appreciated. Overall, it was just so great to spend a week with an amazing group of women and forget the stresses of life.”

“Beautiful natural surroundings, fabulous yoga classes taught by accomplished teachers, gourmet meals prepared with care, optional additional activities including spa treatments, hiking and day trips.  Do as little or as much as you want in your free time, make new friends and get that much needed time away from your everyday grind.  This retreat was everything I was hoping for and more!”

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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 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.

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ABOUT THE PRAIRIE YOGA TEACHERS

Lori Gaspar - Opening to Joy: Living in Awe of NatureLori Gaspar, BFA, MA, C-IAYT, 500 E-RYT, YACEP, is the Founder and Director of Prairie Yoga. Known as a “teacher of teachers”, she developed the yoga teacher training curriculums that have trained over 700 yoga teachers in the Midwest.

The creator of Yoga for Strength and Stability®, her teaching integrates natural movement into the yoga practice. Lori served on Yoga Alliance’s Ethics and Standards Advisory committees and was named by Yoga Chicago as an outstanding woman leader in Chicago’s yoga community. She has been featured in Yoga International, Voyage Chicago, Mantra Yoga+Health, Yoga Chicago, and Yoga Teacher Magazine. 

Learn more about Lori: prairieyoga.org

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Tricia Fiske - Opening to Joy: Living in Awe of NatureTricia Fiske, 500 E-RYT, Level 3 ParaYoga Instructor, YACEP, is primary faculty for Prairie Yoga’s Foundation and Advanced Teacher Training programs. A leader and major influencer in Chicago’s yoga community, she has been studying with ParaYoga founder Rod Stryker since 2000. She recently co- authored the book From Alignment to Enlightenment: Using Props to Achieve Stability and Ease in Yoga Poses. Her teaching emphasizes the energetic qualities of yoga.

Learn more about Tricia: triciafiske.com

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Alison Larkin - Opening to Joy: Living in Awe of NatureAlison Larkin, 500 CYT, registered nurse, Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, teaches the principles of Ayurveda in Prairie Yoga’s Teacher Training Programs. Her classes combine her breadth of knowledge in the healing arts adapting the practice of yoga to your individual composition and current condition. She has the gift of sharing Ayurveda’s ancient wisdom in a fun and accessible way.

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Reeny Linstrom - Opening to Joy: Living in Awe of NatureReeny Linstrom, BA, MFA, 500 E-RYT has been teaching yoga since 2001, and is a lifelong learner about yoga. For many years, she was primary faculty in Prairie Yoga’s teacher training programs. More recently, Reeny became a certified Yoga for Strength and Stability® teacher and she enjoys incorporating a playful exploration of natural movement in her yoga teaching. In 2021, she completed two Yoga for Trauma trainings: Trauma Center’s Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) 20 hour certification and Prajna Yoga’s Yoga, Trauma and Healing with Tias Little. Yoga is a powerful healing force in her life!

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PRICING & REGISTRATION:

Living in Awe of Nature - Feathered Pipe RanchProgram Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2295

Early Bird Discount: Save $50 if register by February 1, 2023.

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REGISTER

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Registration deposit required: A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your online registration. Your remaining tuition may be made in 2 payments. Your first 50% payment, along with 100% of any optional lodging upgrades, is due by February 1, 2023. Remaining final payment is due by June 1, 2023.

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 Tiffany at tiffanyprairie@comcast.net.

The retreat will include:

 7-nights indoor or outdoor accommodations (upgraded accommodations require an additional fee)
All daily 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:

 Airfare
 Bodywork & Massage
 Optional excursion on Wednesday
Montana Accommodation Tax $25
 Staff gratuities
 Laundry

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, September 2) so you can join us for a tour of the grounds before dinner at 6:30pm and our Opening Circle following dinner. Please arrange to leave the Ranch in the morning or early afternoon of departure day (Saturday, September 9). Checkout is at 9am, and guests are welcome to stay at The Ranch until their flight leaves that day.

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

For more information/questions about this retreat, please email Tiffany at tiffanyprairie@comcast.net.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you!