If you can imagine yoga for the well-being of the whole person, a vehicle for learning to truly take care of yourself and ease the pains of life, then you can imagine what a week with J. Brown is like. Old is new again. Many of us recognize how much yoga shifted when it came to the West. New styles and brands of yoga have developed which meet the desires and expectations of much of the American audience. They focus on the outer, physical achievements, and potentially lose something vital in the scramble to standardize, scale, and franchise yoga. Thankfully, pockets of time-tested traditions have endured — and J. is at the forefront of this quiet revolution.
Feathered Pipe is privileged to again welcome J. and his offering — Gentle is the New Advanced — to our soothing Big Sky sanctuary in summer 2018. Our longstanding reverence for the very best of yoga, before it was transformed following its journey to the West, harmonizes with his embrace of yoga’s ancient roots. Thousands of serious students and teachers with whom J. has shared his signature offering consistently praise (and breathe sighs of relief over) how reverently it treasures the currency of a personalized, breath-centered practice that is passed from individual teacher to student.
Morning and afternoon sessions with J. will blend discussion, thoughtful lecture, asana, breath work, and meditation. At once both a revolution and a return to yoga’s roots, J. offers a gentle, therapeutic, breath-centered practice. It makes the body strong and flexible in a way that also encourages adopting a useful new pattern of practice. No struggling. No straining. No striving. Just strong and calm, even and measured work. The spacious, serene Ranch environment enhances and complements class time with this important, extraordinary voice in today’s yoga conversation.
“Best yoga retreat/training I have ever experienced!”
~ 2017 J Brown Feathered Pipe retreat attendee
“That diligence around breath and its ongoing emphasis is what struck me as the most distinguishing factor of his Gentle is the New Advanced style of practice… a gateway. For me, it swiftly removed the striving and gave license to savor the more subtle aspects of the poses – poses which I have greeted in the same fashion for nearly two decades.”
~ Susan Currie, Managing Editor at Boston Yoga & Associate Editor at LA YOGA Magazine
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 J. Brown 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.
J. Brown (E-RYT 500) is a yoga teacher, writer, podcaster, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, New York. A teacher for more than 20 years, he is known for his pragmatic approach to teaching personal, breath-centered therapeutic yoga practice adapted to individual needs, including chronic or acute conditions. His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. He is studied in the Ashtanga-Vinyasa, Iyengar, Sivananda, and Desikachar/Krishnamacharya forms of Hatha Yoga practice. His teachers include Alison West (Yoga Union Certified), Richard Freeman, Swami P. Saraswati (Rishikesh-India), Katchie Ananda and Mark Whitwell (Heart of Yoga Certfied). J. is a member of IAYT.
For more than two decades, J. Brown has been developing techniques to teach people how to practice yoga in a deeper and more fulfilling way. He is also a well-known writer, having been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Elephant Journal, and Yogadork.
J. came to yoga by way of his mother’s death. Reconciling that loss, and wanting to be free from the crippling grief and disillusionment that came with it, fueled his passion for learning to make himself well. First, he gravitated towards an Ashtanga, power vinyasa style. The intensity suited his struggling temperament. After sustaining several injuries, he explored an Iyengar based approach to learn better alignment. But he soon discovered that better alignment alone was not the answer. Despite having achieved proficiency in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar styles, studying with renowned teachers such as Alison West and Richard Freeman, J. admits, “I still had chronic pain and was horribly disillusioned and unhappy.”
The next phase of his search would be in India. In Rishikesh, J. found a rare and special teacher in Swami P. Saraswati. He taught J. that yoga practice was not a linear progression towards some unknown thing, but a process of learning how to take care of one’s self. Back in NY, J. stopped going to regular group classes and devoted himself to a self-practice, ultimately meeting his most influential teacher Mark Whitwell and finding his way to an entirely therapeutic orientation in the tradition of TKV Desikachar and T Krishnamacharya, the “teacher of teachers.” In 2007, after more than a decade as a popular teacher at various schools in Manhatan and Brooklyn, J. founded Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY. AYC was created to provide a home for yoga practice that adapts to individual needs.
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: $1795
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!