Veterans Yoga Project Mindful Resilience 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training for Veterans

Veterans Yoga Project Mindful Resilience 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training For Veterans

Veterans Yoga Project Team
June 5 - 12, 2021
Feathered Pipe Ranch




Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $500 deposit (returned upon course completion)

*Registration is closed. If you desire callback please leave your contact details here.


We at the Feathered Pipe Foundation are proud to partner with Veterans Yoga Project in their newest initiative, the 200-hour Mindful Resilience Yoga Teacher Training (MRYTT™) for veterans. This program is made possible in part by an NFL-Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) Salute to Service partnership to provide a “Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community” grant and will allow 20 veterans to attend a yoga teacher training to learn to teach yoga both in and out of the Mindful Resilience Yoga setting.

Graduates of the 200-hour MRYTT™ who are veterans themselves will be best able to meet the increasing demand for mindful resilience yoga classes and further the fortification of the bridge from post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic growth.

The MRYTT™ will include two 8-week online sessions and one in-person intensive session at Feathered Pipe Ranch, just outside Helena, Montana. Text books, air travel to and from Montana, and room and board at Feathered Pipe Ranch will be provided free of charge to program participants.

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Feathered Pipe - Veterans Yoga ProjectAs a Veterans Yoga Program graduate, you will head into the world confident and ready to begin your teaching journey. You leave our 200-hour training with all the skills you need to lead safe, empowering, and grounded Mindful Resilience Yoga classes. You also learn how to offer modifications, posture options, clarification of contraindications, and how to create a complete series of classes with progressive levels of difficulty.


Two 8 week online sessions, one intensive onsite sessions


Online Session 1: March 15 – May 17, 2020
Online Session 2: June 14 – August 16, 2020
In Person Session: June 5 – 12, 2021


In Person Session – Feathered Pipe Ranch, Helena, MT


Feathered Pipe - Veterans Yoga ProjectThis comprehensive program covers all aspects of yoga with a special emphasis on:

mindful resilience and trauma awareness
— intelligent sequencing
— anatomy as it relates to asana
— yoga philosophy and
— articulate, clear instruction.

Students will also learn:

— the business of yoga
— how to navigate the many challenges of a classroom
— find their unique strengths and voice as a teacher.

The training will cover in depth the sustainability for a long-term alignment-based vinyasa practice, while also exploring various traditions including Hatha, Vinyasa, Gentle, Adaptive and Beginners yoga.

Eager and curious students will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the true meaning of Yoga so that they can then impart their knowledge with confidence to others.


Must be a veteran or active duty personnel. At least 6 months of yoga practice and 6 months of meditation are required


Attendance and participation throughout all four sessions, both online and in-person. Completion of all outside work, including written assignments and reading.


Veterans who are accepted into the program will be expected to submit an $500 deposit that will be refunded in full upon successful completion of the program. All other costs – including books, manuals, travel, food, lodging and transportation to/from lodging – are covered upon acceptance into the program.


A $500 deposit and completed 200-Hour MRYTT Application must be submitted. Additionally, applicants must complete the Waiver of Liability and Code of Conduct Forms upon acceptance into the program.


Applicants will receive notice of participation by January 15, 2020

*Upon completion, students will be able to register with yoga alliance registered yoga teacher at the 200-hour level, RYT–200.



Veterans Healing - Veteran Community“First off THANK YOU. This program is amazing. I am a veteran diagnosed with PTSD who thought I was the only one seeking recovery through this practice. Recently attended the retreat at the Feathered Pipe Ranch in Helena MT. An amazing experience to say the least. This is an amazing service you are offering. This is actual help for vets with PTSD and TBI. Not just a handful of pills that the VA considers treatment. Being able to consciously shift from a hyper arousal/vigilant state to calm rational thought gave me the strength to handle my day. It gave me a few extra seconds to assess my situation if there was a loud bang or a car following me to close. Once more, Thank you.” 

“This retreat was deeply moving and healing in ways I never expected. I can only begin to express my gratitude for the opportunity to share this experience. I am taking so much forward with me in my life, and leaving behind things that don’t serve me or which have been causing suffering. My sleep has improved, my relationships with other and myself are changing toward the positive, and I have much more clarity about further steps in healing and my path from here. I have already been experiencing it unfold. My heart is bursting with the joy of all this and the readiness and openness to do this new work. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

“It’s hard to put into words, but I can honestly say that for one, my back has not felt this pain-free and healthy since I got blown up in Iraq about 5 or 6 years ago, and number two, this is the first time I’ve really believed that I can live without being defined by chronic anxiety, anger and depression in over two years of VA treatment. This retreat has opened up possibilities to believe in actually having life again and enjoying it. I just want to say thank you to everyone who made this possible.” 

“I was on a downward spiral mentally with my PTSD. I was beginning to think what’s the purpose of my constant mental anguish. I was invited to the Veterans Yoga Project at the Feathered Pipe Ranch in Helena, MT. As it turned out it was exactly what I needed. The mindfulness relaxation yoga turned out to help me refocus on the here and now, and what’s important.”

Read a wonderful article from a veteran participant in our 2018 program here.



Daniel Libby, PhD, Founder of Veterans Yoga Project 

Dr. Daniel J. Libby - Veterans Yoga ProjectDan is a founder and Executive Director of Veterans Yoga Project.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher specializing in the mindful integration of evidence-based psychotherapies and complementary and alternative medicine practices for the treatment of PTS(D) and other psychological and emotional distress in active-duty military and veterans.

As a Postdoctoral Fellow with Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry and the VA’s Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Center, Dan conducted research investigating the physiological correlates of mindfulness meditation as well as the first epidemiological investigation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in VA PTSD treatment programs. He is also former Director of Clinical Services for the Starlight Military Rehabilitation Program and has taught mindfulness and yoga to hundreds of veterans and active-duty service members.

Daniel is currently a psychologist at the Oakland Vet Center in Alameda, California, where he teaches several yoga and meditation classes weekly.

Learn more about Daniel Libby:

Brianna Renner, Program Director, Veterans Yoga Project

Brianna Renner - Veterans Yoga ProjectA New Hampshire native, Brianna served five years in the Marine Corps as an avionics technician at both MCAS Miramar in San Diego, and MCAS Iwakuni in Iwakuni Japan. She is a perpetual student: using her GI Bill, she obtained her A.S in Engineering and a B.S. in Technical Writing/Mathematics/Technology. More recently, Brianna graduated from Discovery Yoga’s 200–hour Kriaplu teacher training and Soma Yoga Institute’s 300-hour advanced teacher training. She has over 75 hours of Mindful Resilience for Trauma recovery training through the Veterans Yoga Project, where she serves with great passion as the organization’s Director of Programs.

Brianna combines over 20 years of dance training and her military background to create a safe, nurturing and mindful practice. She is a co-founder of Namaste Newport in Newport, NH, dance teacher at Dance Arts Academy in Sunapee, New Hamphire and teaches at the VA Facility in White River Junction, Vermont.

Learn more about Brianna Renner:



Feathered Pipe Ranch - Veterans Healing RetreatsProgram Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $500 deposit (returned upon course completion)

*Registration is closed. If you desire callback please leave your contact details here.


Tuition fee includes: Shared accommodation assigned by Veterans Yoga Project 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.

Full description of accommodations options: Click here

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, 5 June), 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. There are no classes or sessions on departure day. We request that our guests depart their lodging by 9am on departure day (Saturday, 12 June), to give our staff sufficient time to prepare for incoming guests.

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