Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: TBA
*For more details contact VYP at: email@example.com
The Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) began as the seed of an inspired idea dreamed up by former Feathered Pipe Foundation President Dr. Daniel Libby. A licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher, Dr. Libby was determined to find ways to increase the resources available to veterans with post-traumatic stress and other trauma-related difficulties and to the yoga therapists who work with them. Hard work and unrelenting persistence paid off, as the seed of this idea was initially incubated through the Foundation’s fiscal sponsorship and then quickly sprouted — and soon blossomed — into a flourishing independent nonprofit that is today changing lives for the better, one veteran at a time, all around the globe.
Today, VYP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is engaged on a myriad of fronts applying the benefits of yoga through empirically proven practices that improve the lives of veterans through:
— Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery teacher trainings;
— On-site Mindful Resilience Yoga Services to treatment programs and veterans service facilities nationwide;
— Classes for veterans, military, their families, and allies;
— Training scholarships for yoga teachers;
— No-cost, donation-only healing retreats for veterans and their families; and,
— The provision of free resources for veterans and active duty military members to support them in their quest for recovery and resilience.
VYP is in the throes of tremendous growth and Feathered Pipe is privileged again to host our cherished friends for their annual organizational summit at the nourishing space of the Ranch. The summit is an opportunity for an enriching pause point to nurture the organization’s most vital asset: its team. It’s a time for veterans and civilians, doctors, yoga teachers, executive professionals, and volunteers to come together in a spacious setting to share best practices, dream the future, and support one another in the shared goal of bringing the very best and most knowledgeable teachers to the veteran community.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PREVIOUS VYP HEALING RETREATS AT FEATHERED PIPE
“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.
VETERANS YOGA PROJECT FACILITATORS
Daniel Libby, PhD, Founder of Veterans Yoga Project
Dan 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: veteransyogaproject.org
Brianna Renner, Program Director, Veterans Yoga Project
A 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.
PRICING & REGISTRATION:
Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: TBA
*Contact the Veterans Yoga Project to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Full description of accommodations options: Click here
Learn more about the Veterans Yoga Project: veteransyogaproject.org
Arrival and departure: Please plan to arrive at the Ranch no later than 5pm on the arrival day (Saturday, 31 August) 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 (Saturday, 7 September). There are no classes or sessions on departure day. We request that our guests depart their lodging by 9am on departure day to give our staff sufficient time to prepare for incoming guests.
Thanks and look forward to seeing you!