Overwhelmed, overworked and overcommitted, many of us really don’t need more of anything — except rest. There is almost nothing like Restorative yoga when it comes to accessing that place of profound rest at the center of each of us when it comes to deeply relaxing the body, enhancing mood, stilling the mind, and cultivating qualities of compassion toward self and others.
The Feathered Pipe Ranch has become a yearly touchstone for many to exhale and release from overscheduled lives. This workshop is a community gathering and mini-conference for teachers and serious students ready to immerse themselves in the study and practice of Restorative yoga with Restorative yoga pioneer Judith Hanson Lasater and her yoga teacher daughter, Lizzie — both teaching, both in the room.
When you join us to practice Restorative yoga in this intimate and tranquil retreat setting, you’ll deepen your appreciation of the value of a Restorative practice and of the silence that seeps in from the vast natural environment outside our practice and spills into your heart. We invite you to join your restorative sangha (community of practitioners) for this sublimely easygoing week set under the Big Sky of Montana surrounded by majestic mountains and forest at the Ranch: this is a place that’s all about good yoga, good people, good food, and good vibes.
The wonderfully adaptive practices you’ll explore spring from fresh insights in Judith’s recently published book, Restore and Rebalance to offer your body the opportunity to rest deeply and revitalize. The practices are simple and accessible for people of all ages and in all states of health. Restorative yoga relies on the generous use of props such as bolsters, blankets and blocks to support passive postures that cultivate deep relaxation to support health and wholeness, focusing on opening rather than stretching.
Consider this week a loving invitation to press the pause button. When you’re not in class, you’ll revel in rejuvenating leisure time with other members of your Restorative yoga tribe lazing on the luscious green lawn, taking quiet strolls around the Ranch, getting a massage, soaking in the hot tub, and relaxing in the sauna. The week’s schedule includes:
Daily active asana practice to prepare for silence
— Question and answer sessions to learn about the therapeutic application of restorative yoga
— Restorative inversions
— A pranayama immersion
And here’s an inspired idea! If one week at the Ranch is heavenly, two in a row is indescribably divine: treat yourself to a Feathered Pipe double-header and join Judith the week before at her Ranch retreat, “Self-Compassion: Exploring the Heart of Yoga.”
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 Lizzie and Judith 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.
Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, taught at the very first workshop ever held at Feathered Pipe Ranch in 1975. “The Pipe” has become a touchstone for her, her family, her friends and her students. She brings broad and deep experience across many disciplines and in a multitude of settings. She holds a doctorate in East West Psychology, is a physical therapist, and began her yoga teaching career in 1971. She is co-founder of the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco and of Yoga Journal. Her teachings have been shared in nearly every state in the United States and on six continents.
Her strong academic credibility and extensive experience teaching – she has done yoga in almost every state of the US, and on six continents – make her a sought-after voice of wisdom and experience. Judith served as a consultant on three National Health Institute studies on various aspects of yoga and has accepted scores of invitations to speak at international conferences on yoga.
Judith received a Senior Teaching Certificate from BKS Iyengar in 1983. She is president emeritus of the California Yoga Teachers’ Association and has authored nine books on yoga including Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana and Asana and What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication. She was featured in 2010 by Natural Health magazine as one of five people who have most influenced natural health in the United States during the previous 40 years. Judith is the author of eight books on yoga which will be available at the Ranch store during the workshop.
Raised in San Francisco and trained as a designer, Lizzie Lasater March, RYT, teaches yoga internationally and online. She jokes that yoga ”runs in the family” because her Mom, Judith Hanson Lasater co-founded Yoga Journal magazine and has been teaching since 1971. You can find Lizzie on Instagram (@lizzie.lasater) where she posts about deceleration. She lives in the Alps with her Austrian husband.
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.
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Thanks and look forward to seeing you!