Mindful, patient attention to the smallest details — whether that attention is honed on the individual small parts of your body or a discrete element of your external world — cannot help but enhance your appreciation and knowledge of the whole. As you fine tune the subtlest aspects of precise awareness to the specific, your capacity to embrace and navigate the experience of the big picture is magnified. It’s precisely this insight, knowledge, and even magic that’s inspired dedicated students of Iyengar Yoga for many decades — and what’s kept guests returning to the Feathered Pipe Ranch to study with Senior Intermediate level Iyengar Yoga teacher Marla Apt for 12 years and counting.
It is a tremendous privilege for us to again host Marla for another special week of study and at the Ranch. Dedicated in your intention to gain direct experience and intimate self-knowledge, practicing with Marla reintroduces you to your body, mind, and emotions in a way that few other practices can. If you are primed to deepen your commitment to a consistent daily practice, this week with Marla has everything you need — and then some. Your eyes and mind will open wide to the details of the mountains, valleys, and streams of the captivating Ranch landscape while you carefully explore your body and mind’s inner terrain in precise detail with skilled instruction in asana, philosophy, and pranayama.
Between daily classes with Marla, plenty of leisure time remains for you to savor the afterglow of your practice in an unspoiled Rocky Mountain setting that features soft mountain breezes, a sparkling lake, the healing scent of pines, and star-studded night skies. Lovingly prepared vegetarian cuisine throughout the week nourishes your body — and thrills your taste buds! — while an optional half day excursion during the week offers a crowning, mental cobweb-clearing touch for adventurers eager to venture out and soak in more Montana majesty.
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 Marla 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.
Los Angeles based Marla Apt is a senior intermediate level Iyengar Yoga teacher who has been involved with medical research studies at UCLA on yoga for depression, anxiety and IBS and created the first yoga therapy content to be incorporated into the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine’s curriculum. She is a writer/contributor for Yoga Journal and Yoga International magazines. Marla visited India for the first time while doing research for a degree in Buddhist Philosophy and has since returned numerous times for yoga studies including a year of study in Pune, India with B.K.S. Iyengar, his daughter, Geeta Iyengar and son, Prashant Iyengar. She continues to study annually with the Iyengars at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India.
She was honored in 2013 by the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California with the Manouso Manos Leadership award. She is pursuing her interest in making the healing benefits of yoga available to communities in need as a member of the non-profit organization, Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics. She leads workshops and teacher trainings throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Our lodging options offer the finest in rustic comfort. Indoor and outdoor choices include a variety of private or shared accommodations ranging from chalet-style rooms to tents, tipis and yurts nestled in the forest.
After retreat registration, Feathered Pipe office staff will contact you to confirm your lodging preference. Accommodations include all meals and use of all amenities – our bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds.
Accommodations exclude massage and bodywork.
Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $1895
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!
*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.
Thanks and look forward to seeing you!