A Softer Side of Yoga: A MIMSY® Retreat

Lanita Varshell & A Gentle Way Yoga Team
September 1 - 8, 2018
Feathered Pipe Ranch


Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $1595

*Invite a friend(s) new to the Ranch and you each receive $100 off tuition price!

Lanita knows in her bones that anyone, any size, facing almost any challenge—illness, aging, pain—can greatly benefit from yoga if its taught with skill and gentleness. “When I started yoga, I was very large and very sick. I was afraid of exercise in any form, including yoga.” she says. “By the time I began teaching I knew that many other people needed a much gentler, safer, softer approach—just as I had.”

That insight is at the heart of A Gentle Way Yoga, Lanita’s San Diego, California studio, which attracts a unique, diverse group of students and like-minded teachers who see the benefits of this softer approach. “Plus-sized women came to me first,” recalls Lanita. “Then they brought their friends and sisters, and husbands and brothers. Those people loved being with a teacher who didn’t intimidate them.”

Lanita’s Meditation in Movement Style Yoga (MIMSY) blends asana, breath, mantra, yoga nidra and meditation to create a powerful and comforting practice for people who otherwise might otherwise never find their way into a type of yoga that works for them. This will be her third workshop at Feathered Pipe, and is open to anyone who wants to explore a gentler approach to yoga. It is designed to create a safe, supportive space for exploration, growth, relaxation and joy.

Lanita’s deep experience with large students, people experiencing or recovering from illness, brand-new yogis, and experienced yogis who are injured or aging informs all of her work. She loves sharing her approach with other teachers who can bring it to the work they do with their own students.

The workshop is suitable for all students—from new yogis to deep meditators—looking to bring a new ease into their practice.

A variety of classes will be offered each day, from chair yoga to restorative yoga to deeper classical asana sessions. “I love mixing all ages, sizes, experience levels, seeing the resistance that arises at first, and watching it melt down as people find such joy together,” she says. “Feathered Pipe is the perfect place for that to happen.”

Classes with Lanita and her senior teachers are held in the Ranch’s stunning main lodge with its breathtaking view of grass, water, trees and mountains, all shimmering under the big Montana sky. “I knew this was a sacred space from the moment I set foot on the ranch for the first time,” says Lanita. “It’s truly a bucket list destination.”


“I just finished a weekend with Lanita, and all I can say is that I believe that Lanita’s training should be mandatory training for every yoga teacher.  Her ability to work with all ages, levels and abilities, and to be able to customize each class for the needs of those who walk in is amazing to watch. Her knowledge and intuition guide her, and her beautiful spirit, and not so perfect or thin body help us all realize that yoga is much much more than just pose.”

~ Sheila S.

“What you do is so yoga, yet so different than the way I have been taught to teach it. You start the class in a very relaxed way, almost playfully, releasing tension out of our body, and then we just seem to go deeper and deeper, with poses held longer and longer. It feels as though it is music, and you are this powerful conductor. We get swept away by the music, the slow healing rhythm we are discovering in our very own body.”

~ Judy H.

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 retreat with Lanita at the 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.

About Lanita Varshell

Lanita Varshell is the owner of A Gentle Way Yoga Center, and founder-creator of MIMSY Meditation in Movement Style Yoga®, and Aalamba – Yoga with Support. She has taught over 10,000 classes, and has certified yoga teachers since 2000. Lanita Varshell holds designations with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider®. She is also a certified IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, and has taught over 750 private therapy sessions.

She is a Gentle-Traditional Hatha Yoga teacher, stress management expert, former missionary, and inspiring motivational speaker. She is known fondly as the “queen of relaxation” for her Yoga Therapy work with the very stressed and those in chronic pain, and for bringing students into yoga who never imagined they could ever do yoga.

Lanita Varshell began teaching yoga in 1996, after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. She has evolved from a very sick “couch potato,” who could not work, to a busy studio owner and teacher. Still challenged daily with body pain and limitations, Lanita is living proof that the many benefits of yoga can be experienced by anyone, any size, with almost any challenge.

Learn more about Lanita: www.agentleway.com


Pricing & Registration


Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $1595

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!

Additional lodging price options: Click here

Full description of accommodations options: Click here

*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.

For more information, visit our FAQ page, contact us at registrations@featheredpipe.com, or give us a ring at (406) 442-8196.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you!


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