Montana Mountain Magic: A Big Sky Yoga & 5Rhythms Dance Retreat

Montana Mountain Magic: A Big Sky Yoga & 5Rhythms Dance Retreat

Ariel Karass & Giulia Pline
July 5 - July 11, 2020
Feathered Pipe Ranch




Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $1650

*A $500 deposit is required to secure your online registration.


Trade the hectic pace of the concrete jungle for the Big Sky Country. Surround yourself in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains with a majestic lakeside view on the edge of acres of forest and mountains.

This week is all about diving deeper into yourself, an opportunity for total self-care and healing of body, mind, and spirit through yoga & movement practices as well as meditation & 5Rhythms dance in the heart of the Montana Rockies. In the oasis that is Feathered Pipe Ranch, we will move and find stillness together to discover and uncover new pathways for space, ease, lightness and connection.

Ariel Karass & Giulia Pline - Yoga & 5Rhythms Dance RetreatEach day will begin with a different morning meditation, from Loving Kindness, to walking meditation, to mantra and breath focused meditation, silent meditation, and more. Before our longer group practice sessions, we will guide you daily through a FRC (functional range conditioning) inspired mobility warm up, a system designed to improve joint mobility, function, control, and health. Our intention is to teach/give you the tools to be able to walk away with a daily morning movement & meditation routine to keep your body, mind and spirit well-oiled, grounded and moving with ease.

Twice a day we will gather for group movement practices. The morning practice will consist of vinyasa style yoga (linking breath with movement) infused with movement and concepts we have gathered through our various studies in anatomy, kinesiology, physical therapy, bodywork, mobility, and biomechanics. Classes are designed with the intention of discovering and unravelling the web of the body in a holistic way, linking movement with breath and mindfulness. Expect to learn, play, flow, grow, discern, work smarter, rest deeply & recover. Afternoon group practices will oscillate between restorative yoga, 5Rhythms dance (see description below), myofascial release sessions, resistance band and yoga explorations, partner work, and more (all props/tools will be provided).

Montana Mountain Magic - Vinyasa & Yoga TherapyIn between your movement sessions, expect to be well nourished with locally grown and organic food (veg/non-veg options) at every meal, starry night skies in the evening, cedarwood sauna sits, and hot tub soaks. 7 days, and 6 nights of pure bliss. In addition, you will have options throughout the week to participate in various group activities including hiking, a rafting trip, canoeing, a bonfire night, a trip into Helena, a trip to the Blacktail Ranch cave, and more.

Join us for an incredibly inspiring and memorable week.

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 week with Ariel and Giulia 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.



Ariel Karass - 5 Rhythms Dance & Yoga

I was born to an American father from California and an Israeli mother in the multicultural holy land of Israel. I claimed my independence early in life, and made my home the beautiful northern mountain farmlands of Kibbutz Manarah and Misgav Am.

After serving in the Israeli military, I completed my Bachelor’s Degree at Tel Hai college and had my share of travels in the Far East. Then in 2002, before committing to a four-year program at a University, I decided to visit my father in California. A few months later I found myself in NYC, falling in love with yoga, dance and bodywork!

Life sometimes happens in between the lines. Goals may change when you least expect it. Every moment is magical and grace is everywhere; it’s up to us to keep the channels open so we can truly listen, partake and live life to its fullest.

In our strive for health, happiness, peace, contentment and unity, we need a practice to keep us grounded and focused on our goals yet flexible to the different rhythms of life. When we let that practice become our art, and plant the right intention, we become a moving prayer.

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Giulia Pline - Therapeutic Movement & Vinyasa Yoga

I began studying and practicing yoga to supplement my dance training during my time as a B.F.A Dance major at The Boston Conservatory. Yoga became a natural extension of dance for me, providing a different path to discover more about myself. Fast forward a few years and injuries later, I expanded how I view and teach yoga through my pursuit of extensive studies in movement & kinesiology, anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. I left the dance and performing world behind, but infuse its knowledge, detail, somatic awareness, and passion into my work.

My desire to grow my teaching through greater knowledge and understanding of movement, training, and the body has led me to complete multiple courses with Threes Physiyoga Method, Gary Ward’s Anatomy in Motion (AiM), Functional Anatomy Seminars, Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), and  the ELDOA Method.

My group classes, workshops, and private lessons integrate yoga & pranayama (breathing) practices with corrective exercise, functional mobility work, and knowledge from the physical therapy world. Working this way evolves, inspires, and expands our movement and breath vocabulary, sheds light on how we can create more efficiency and clarity within our own individual mechanics and helps us stay healthful, intentional, and joyful.

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Yoga & 5Rhythms Dance Retreat - Feathered Pipe RanchProgram Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $1650

*A $500 deposit is required to secure your online registration.



Basic Accommodations are shared room Main Lodge and Yurt, or single Tipi/Regular 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.

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Registration deposit required: A $500 deposit is required to secure online registration/payment. Full payment is due eight weeks before the start of the program. For more information and/or questions, please contact Ariel at or Giulia at

The retreat will include:

Indoor or outdoor accommodations (your choice)
Two daily extended yoga classes suitable for all levels
Delicious and lovingly prepared international cuisine
 Shuttle service from/to Helena Regional Airport on arrival/departure day
Full access to the extensive Feathered Pipe grounds (including the hot tub and sauna)

Not included:

 Optional additional excursion off the Ranch planned for mid-week
 Bodywork & Massage
 Staff gratuities

Shuttle service: Starting in 2020, shuttle service from/to Helena Regional Airport on arrival/departure day will be 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 (Sunday, 5 July) 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, 11 July). Checkout is at 9am, and guests are welcome to stay at The Ranch until their flight leaves that day.

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Thanks and look forward to seeing you!