Yoga and the Elements of Nature: A Journey of Self-Discovery

Yoga and the Elements of Nature: A Journey of Self-Discovery

Lori Gaspar & Prairie Yoga Team
September 4 - 11, 2021
Feathered Pipe Ranch




Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2025

*Wait List Only: Feel free to add your name and phone number to our callback list for potential openings here.


The combination of yoga, nature and community is a powerful way to restore, recharge and relax. Join Lori Gaspar and the Prairie Yoga Teachers for a week-long yoga retreat exploring the 5 elements of nature. Through yoga practices, mindful movement, and immersions into the mountain landscape that surrounds us, we will connect to our own natural elements within. This self-discovery invites us to nourish ourselves, return to a healthy, innate rhythm and live in harmony with the world around us.

The retreat offers two daily yoga practices; an active morning practice and restorative yoga in the late afternoon. Each day will focus on one of the 5 earth elements: earth, water, fire, air and space. Whether you are an experienced beginner or a yoga teacher, modifications and variations will be offered so you can practice what feels best for you. Lots of yoga props are available at the ranch. Just bring your own mat. Afternoons between lunch and class are wide open for you to do whatever you choose: hike, read, nap, swim, canoe, socialize, relax or indulge in a massage.


Yoga and the Elements of Nature- Mindful MovementSaturday

3:00 pm or later — Arrival
Before dinner — Ranch Tour/ Orientation
6:30 pm — Dinner
7:30 pm — Opening Circle

Sunday – Friday (except Wednesday*)

8:00 am — Breakfast
9:30 – 11:30 am — Active Yoga Practice – All Levels
12:00 pm — Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 pm — Leisure Time
4:00 – 5:30 pm — Restorative Yoga Practice – All Levels
6:00 pm — Dinner

*Wednesday — opportunity for offsite adventure. No yoga classes.

Friday evening

7:30 pm — Closing Circle


8:00 am — Breakfast
9:00 am — Departure

Yoga and the Elements of Nature: A Journey of Self-DiscoveryAfter dinner Saturday night, our Opening Circle offers a chance to meet everyone and get to know each other. Mid-week, we take a break from yoga classes to go on an optional offsite day-long excursion. Options include: gentle rafting on the Missouri River, hikes into the Helena National Forest, and tours of Helena, Montana’s state capital.

Friday night, we wrap up the week with our amateur hour talent show – music, dancing, magic, jokes, poems, or anything of humor and entertainment is welcome. Whether talent is showcased in groups with new friends or solo, we guarantee laughs and appreciation to all who present.

Learn more about Feathered Pipe Ranch’s COVID-19 safety protocol.


RETREAT TIP! Spend some time exploring the great West’s National Park treasures either before or after your retreat. Glacier National Park is a glorious and scenic 3.5-hour drive northwest of Feathered Pipe, while Yellowstone is just a 4.5 hour drive southeast of the Ranch through some of the prettiest Western territory you’ll ever see.



Lori Gaspar - Yoga and the Elements of NatureLori Gaspar, BFA, MA, C-IAYT, 500 E-RYT, YACEP, is the Founder and Director of Prairie Yoga. Known as a “teacher of teachers”, she developed the yoga teacher training curriculums that have trained over 700 yoga teachers in the Midwest. The creator of Yoga for Strength and Stability®, her teaching integrates natural movement into the yoga practice. Lori served on Yoga Alliance’s Ethics and Standards Advisory committees and was named by Yoga Chicago as an outstanding woman leader in Chicago’s yoga community. She has been featured in Yoga International, Voyage Chicago, Mantra Yoga+Health, Yoga Chicago, and Yoga Teacher Magazine.


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Tricia Fiske - Yoga and the Elements of NatureTricia Fiske, 500 E-RYT, Level 3 ParaYoga Instructor, YACEP, is primary faculty for Prairie Yoga’s Foundation and Advanced Teacher Training programs. A leader and major influencer in Chicago’s yoga community, she has been studying with ParaYoga founder Rod Stryker since 2000. She recently co- authored the book From Alignment to Enlightenment: Using Props to Achieve Stability and Ease in Yoga Poses. Her teaching emphasizes the energetic qualities of yoga.


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Alison Larkin - Yoga and the Elements of NatureAlison Larkin, 500 CYT, registered nurse, Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, teaches the principles of Ayurveda in Prairie Yoga’s Teacher Training Programs. Her classes combine her breadth of knowledge in the healing arts adapting the practice of yoga to your individual composition and current condition. She has the gift of sharing Ayurveda’s ancient wisdom in a fun and accessible way.


Marinda Stopforth - Yoga and the Elements of NatureMarinda Stopforth, 500 E-RYT, YACEP teaches the fundamental and advanced anatomy courses for Prairie Yoga’s Teacher Training programs. She is a residential trainer in the study of consciousness for The Monroe Institute in VA, worked for many years as an occupational therapist and is certified as a death midwife, aromatherapist, reflexologist, and Reiki Master Teacher. Her creative teaching style emphasizes the wisdom of the mind- heart-body connection.


Linda Troutman - Yoga and the Elements of NatureLinda Troutman BS, C-IAYT, 500 E-RYT, YACEP is primary faculty in Prairie Yoga’s Advanced Teacher Training, specializing in adapting the practice of yoga therapeutically. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist with Yoga North and International SomaYoga Institute. Her teaching style is a therapeutic mix of Somatics, SomaYoga, alignment and the breath-synchronized practices of Viniyoga and vinyasa. Linda is also certified teacher in YogaKids®, Yoga for Seniors from Duke Integrative Medicine, Yoga for Healthy Aging and Reiki.


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Yoga And The Elements Of Nature - Feathered Pipe RanchProgram Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2025

*Wait List Only: Feel free to add your name and phone number to our callback list for potential openings here.



Registration deposit required: A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your online registration, and your tuition may be made in 2 payments. Your first 50% payment, along with 100% of any optional lodging upgrades, is due by March 1, 2021. Remaining final payment is due by June 1, 2021. For more information and/or questions, please contact Tiffany at:

Tuition fee includes: Basic shared occupancy in Main Lodge, Yurt, Sai Condo OR single occupancy Tipi/Regular Tent, plus meals and use of all amenities – our bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds.

Additional lodging upgrade pricing: Click here

Full description of accommodations options: Click here

Refunds: There are no refunds available should you cancel within 60 days of the event for any reason (after July 6, 2021). Should you cancel 61 – 120 days of the event for whatever reason, 50% of the tuition is refundable, less the $500 deposit  (on or before July 6, 2021). For refund requests more than 120 days in advance, you will receive a refund of all fees paid, less the $500 deposit (on or before May 6, 2021). You may transfer your registration to another person. We suggest you purchase travel insurance. Should the event be canceled by Prairie Yoga, all fees will be refunded back to participant.

What is Included:

Yoga And The Elements Of Nature - Prairie Yoga 2 all-levels yoga classes a day for 5 days
1 day midweek we reserve for an optional all-day, off-site
7 night accommodations
A daily delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free available when requested)
Helena Airport Transfers upon arrival and departure
Full access to the extensive Feathered Pipe grounds, including spring-fed lake, hot tub and sauna
Yoga props: Just bring your own mat.

Not included:

Body work and Massage available for extra fee
Optional excursion on Wednesday
Staff gratuities

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 is 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, September 4) so you can join us for a tour of the grounds before dinner at 6:30pm and our Opening Circle following dinner. Please arrange to leave the Ranch in the morning or early afternoon of departure day (Saturday, September 11). 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!