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!

No matter how many years you have been teaching or practicing yoga, a week with Lanita will have you thinking about yoga asana and philosophy in a new way. Her roots are seeped deep into the Sivananda tradition of yoga, but her slower, softer, earth-supported approach takes all the key aspects of this practice in a soothing and life-altering direction. Soft MIMSY — Meditation in Movement Style Yoga® — is Lanita’s one-of-a-kind style. Many people equate “soft” with lazy or easy. Yet while MIMSY is physically accessible to all, it is surprisingly deep. Asana, breath, mantra, yoga nidra, and meditation blend together in a profoundly comforting and powerful practice with MIMSY yoga. You’ll notice the benefits in your back, hips, spine, and especially in your mind.

All are welcome to this restorative week of gentle and joyful movement! MIMSY is a missing link to your active practice, or perhaps a door into a more powerful meditation practice. Yoga teachers will experience and benefit from a new, multi-level approach to teaching classes that supports every student. Lanita has truly bridged the gap between restorative and classical asana, and is an expert in teaching multi-level classes. And for those new to yoga, not very flexible, recovering from illness, or looking to take better care of themselves, Lanita offers a safe, healing, restorative approach that brings joy back into movement and health back into the body.

From the moment Lanita stepped onto the land of Feathered Pipe Ranch, she knew it was a sacred space and was soon enchanted by our founder’s graceful presence, her tales of living in India, and the story of the Ranch’s unlikely origins as a place of healing. The caring staff, fresh and delicious food, and some of the best body-workers you can imagine combine to make for a sumptuous week experiencing the full embrace of the Ranch’s and Lanita’s gifts. Classes with Lanita are held in the Ranch’s stunning Main Lodge with its breathtaking view of the sprawling lawn, the sparkling lake, and the majestic mountains. All are safe, all are nurtured. In Lanita’s words, “Feathered Pipe is 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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