R. Carlos Nakai and the Flutes of the Feathered Pipe Ranch

R. Carlos Nakai - Renaissance of the Native American Flute

R. Carlos Nakai & Flute Tree Foundation
June 26 - July 1, 2021
Feathered Pipe Ranch




Program Tuition & Accommodations: $1100


Envisioned as a recollection and celebration of the Renaissance of the Native American Flute, which began in 1986, and continues today through activities of the more than 350 certified RNAF graduates, this retreat is an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new friends and continue the ‘Flutie Spirit’.

R. Carlos Nakai and FluteTree Foundation are offering this unique retreat to:

Honor our past
Share our present with mini-workshops and activities
Dream and enable our future with renewed spirits and new knowledge.

Our retreat will begin with reflections on past RNAF Feathered Pipe Ranch programs. A ceremonial sweat to honor ourselves, the Native American Flute and Feathered Pipe Foundation’s founder, India Supera, will be held. More ceremonies, planned and organized by the Flute Tree Foundation board in tandem with the Feathered Pipe Ranch family, will pay tribute to this special occasion. Our evenings will close with time to kick back and enjoy the company of one another and the serene, natural beauty of the Ranch.

R. Carlos Nakai - Flute Tree FoundationThe days will be filled with convocations by our invited attendees and teachers. These mini-workshops will acknowledge and recognize the influence of the ‘Flutes of the Feathered Pipe Ranch’ on the creative endeavors of our gathered Native American Flute players. As well, there will be plenty of free time for daily informal performances, jam sessions and evening meditations in the Feathered Pipe Ranch Flutie style.

On the last evening of the retreat, 30 June, there will be a benefit concert at The Myrna Loy performance center in Helena, featuring R. Caros Nakai and a few others (TBA). This performance is the Flute Tree Foundation gift to the Feathered Pipe Ranch in honor of India Supera, who for 45 plus years dedicated her life to helping others and facilitated the Renaissance of Native American Flute. A final convocation of all participants will conclude the retreat and prepare one and all for departure on Thursday, July 1st.

Fluting, Fooding, Hiking, Laughing and Relaxing………Ah, sounds wonderful. See you in June!!!

Please note: Of course, the schedule of suggested events will change here and there to accommodate the interests of all participants in celebrating the Renaissance of the Native American Flute and honoring the Feathered Pipe Ranch and India Supera.



R. Carlos Nakai - Renaissance of the Native American Flute

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, Nakai was given a traditional cedar wood flute as a gift and challenged to see what he could do with it.

Nakai began playing the traditional Native American flute in the early 1980s and released more than 50 albums in his career. In 2014, Canyon Trilogy reached Platinum (over 1 million units sold), the first ever for a Native American artist performing traditional solo flute music. In addition to his solo appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, Nakai has worked with guitarist William Eaton, flutist Paul Horn, composers James DeMars and Phillip Glass and various symphony orchestras.

While well-grounded in the traditional uses of the flute, Nakai has explored new musical settings including new age, world-beat jazz and classical. His cross-cultural collaborations have included an album with the Wind Travelin’ Band, a Japanese folk ensemble and Tibetan flutist and singer Nawang Khechog on several productions including “In A Distant Place.” Nakai has earned two gold records for “Canyon Trilogy” and “Earth Spirit” and has received eleven GRAMMY nominations in four different categories and earned a Governor’s Arts Award. Nakai’s career has been shaped by a desire to communicate a sense of Native American culture and society that transcends the common stereotypes presented in mass media.

Learn more about R. Carlos: rcarlosnakai.com



R. Carlos Nakai - Feathered Pipe RanchProgram Tuition & Accommodations: $1100



Tuition fee includes: Shared accommodation assigned by the Flute Tree Foundation after registration,  plus meals and use of all amenities – our bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds. Single accommodations can be reserved for an upgrade fee defined below.

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Full description of accommodations options: Click here

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: 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, 26 June) 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 (Thursday, 1 July). 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, visit our FAQ page, contact us at info@featheredpipe.com.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you!