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Retreat Tuition & Basic Accommodations:
Accommodations include all meals and use of all amenities – bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds. Tax included. Gratuity recommended by lodge. Bring extra money is you desire to delight in bodywork/massage, drink alcohol, or participate in outside activities.
Main Lodge (shared room/shared bath) - $1495
The main lodge has the character of western luxury of the last century with a huge, wood-beamed main hall and library with four adjoining spacious bedrooms. Each room sleeps three and each has its own bathroom. Staying in the main lodge has the advantages of immediate, 24-hour access to the main hall for personal early morning practice and close proximity to the Feathered Pipe kitchen and dining hall where our staff work their culinary magic.
Sai Condo (shared or single) -$1595
Sai Condo is nestled still farther back in the tall pines with a large floor to ceiling wall of windows and room for three. Both the Honeymoon Cabin and Sai Condo have heat, but Sai Condo lodgers will need to toddle off on a short walk to the beautiful bathhouse for restroom and shower facilities. Both cabins comfortably straddle the two worlds between nature living and the creature comforts of home.
Yurt & Tipi (shared or single) -$1595
The most requested lodging at the Feathered Pipe Ranch may be our yurt accommodations, and for good reason! With large, glass domes located at the center of the lattice-supported, canvas ceiling, brilliant, warm sunlight pours in during the day and offers a breathtaking view of the starry, starry sky at night. Nothing compares! Our yurts sleep two and feature raised wood flooring and an interior sealed from the external elements.
Our tipis offer you an open "eye to the sky" with canvas walls that shift color, light and shadow during daylight. Our tipi dwellers love falling to sleep on elevated cots inside toasty sleeping bags while gazing at the myriad sparkling stars spread across the crystal clear night sky and waking to a cathedral of bird songs welcoming in the new day. True, intimate connection with nature can be experienced in tipi living; it's clear why the Plains Indian tribes developed this perfect nomadic dwelling.
Chalet (double or single room/shared bath) - $1695
Chalet (double or single room/private bath) - $1795
The chalet offers spectacular views of the Ranch overlooking the lake and the northern Rocky Mountains stretching beyond. Rooms have been hand crafted with wood flooring, abundant soft lighting, wood-chinked, outer walls and central heating for the rare occasions when the wondrous, Montana summer nights become too chilly for your comfort. Private and shared bathrooms are available with a shared veranda for the upper floor and outer deck for the ground floor rooms.
Honeymoon Cabin (double or single room/private bath) - $1895
Up in the forest beyond Teachers’ Cabin, two more cabins are available for those who like being still more intimate to nature. The Honeymoon Cabin offers a rustic ambiance with a front porch and room for two with a private bathroom. Its proximity to the bathhouse allows you to take full advantages of sauna, hot tub and restful, healing massage before snuggling in for the night.
*$500 deposit secures your spot with the total due a month before departure. There are no refunds barring emergencies.
We recommend flying into the Helena Regional Airport. Airport shuttle service is available for $65 roundtrip. The driver will meet you at baggage claim wearing a Feathered Pipe t-shirt. Arrive afternoon-before 4pm on June 11th, and depart by 11am-later on June 17th.
To which airport should I fly?
We recommend the Helena Regional Airport for those coming to retreats and programs at the Feathered Pipe Ranch. Direct flights into Helena currently originate in Salt Lake City, UT (Delta Airlines), Denver, CO (United Airlines) and Great Falls, MT (Alaska Airlines).
Airlines fly in from all parts of the country on a regular basis, with Delta serving those flying from the East Coast, Midwest, Mountain and West Coast via their Minneapolis and Salt Lake City hub, United Airlines serving passengers from all over via the Denver hub, and Alaskan Airlines serving West Coast flyers via their Seattle hub.
Missoula International Airport and Bozeman International Airport are also feasible points of arrival but will require a two hour commute via bus or auto that you will need to arrange yourself. For those interested in art and cultural events, Missoula might be the place to spend a few extra days. If you are planning to go to Glacier National Park consider Great Falls, and Bozeman if you wish to spend some extra time in Yellowstone National Park.
If you are coming for a Blacktail Ranch retreat, we suggest that you arrive either at the Helena Regional Airport or Great Falls International Airport as the Blacktail is about an hour’s drive from either airport. (Note: Shuttle service only available from Great Falls for Blacktail Ranch retreats.)
How do I get from the airport to the Ranch?
For those coming for a Feathered Pipe Ranch retreat, we meet flights at the Helena Regional Airport, offering shuttle service for $60 roundtrip.
Our driver will meet you at baggage claim wearing a Feathered Pipe t-shirt. We are now grouping some pick-ups, so you may have a 30 minute wait. Please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 442-8196 to arrange and confirm pick-up.
If you prefer to arrive early and stay in Helena, we will contact you at your hotel to arrange your pick-up. There is plenty to do and see in Helena. Contact our local Chamber of Commerce at (800) 743-5362 or www.helenachamber.com. Helena is half way between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks (3 hours by car in either direction), so you might consider coming a few days early or staying a few days after your retreat to take in one or both of the country and world’s true natural treasures!
How do I get there if I’m driving?
From Great Falls: Take I-15 to the Helena Cedar Street exit and follow signs to Hwy 12 toward Missoula through town. Eight miles from the west edge of town look for the “Colorado Gulch” sign – we are at the very end of this road, about 5 miles in. You’ll see rolling lawns, a small lake, and the main lodge on your right. Pull into the parking lot and walk down to the lodge.
From Bozeman: Take Hwy 12 to Helena and stay on it through Helena, following signs to Missoula. Eight miles from the west edge of town look for the “Colorado Gulch” sign – we are at the very end of this road, about 5 miles in. You’ll see rolling lawns, a small lake, and the main lodge on your right. Pull into the parking lot and walk down to the lodge.
From Missoula: Take I-90 East toward Butte, then exit 174 to merge on to US-12 E toward Garrison/Helena. Continue on US-12 for 37.7 miles and look for the sign for “Colorado Gulch” and turn right. We are at the very end of this road, about 5 miles in. You’ll see rolling lawns, a small lake, and the main lodge on your right. Pull into the parking lot and walk down to the lodge.
From Butte: Take I-15 to Helena and take the first exit into Helena, which will put you on Hwy 12. Follow the signs to Missoula. Eight miles from the west edge of town look for the “Colorado Gulch” sign – we are at the very end of this road, about 5 miles in. You’ll see rolling lawns, a small lake, and the main lodge on your right. Pull into the parking lot and walk down to the lodge.
What if I arrive early?
If you plan to be in the Helena area prior to the date when your retreat begins, several options are available for you to consider. If space is available, you may stay at the Feathered Pipe Ranch. Please call our office to discuss this possibility. For those choosing to come in a day early and stay the night in Helena, recommended local lodgings include:
Our shuttle service is happy to pick you up at your hotel on arrival day. If for whatever reason, your are not able to arrive before 4pm on first day of the retreat due to scheduling or flight delay, please call the office 406-442-8196, and we will be happy to make special arrangements for your pick-up.
Your program will begin with dinner at 6:30 pm, followed by orientation. There’s plenty of free time on arrival day so you can stroll around the ranch, get to know your fellow participants and start to let outside life drift away.
What time should I depart on the final day?
Ranch room check-out is 11 am on the final day with most flights scheduled to leave early from the Helena Airport on that morning. If your flight is not scheduled to depart until later in the day, we will be happy to accommodate you and take you to the airport accordingly. Please inquire with the office if you’d like to explore extending your stay at the Feathered Pipe beyond your retreat experience as this option is available on a limited basis.
Should I tip the staff?
Yes please! Near the end of your retreat or workshop at the Ranch, we will put out a basket for all tips that the hardworking staff will share equally. If you have been happy with their service, we recommend tipping a minimum of $100. Your voluntary gratuity will help all the wonderful folks who will be making your meals, cleaning the lodging, doing dishes, keeping all the public areas in tip-top shape, tending to any special requirements you may have, and generally just working their hearts out to make sure our guests are happy.
Is massage and bodywork available at the Ranch?
Absolutely yes! And we’re happy to boast that we have some of the best body workers around. Professional massage and bodywork is available during all retreats. Introductions to our bodyworkers and details about how to sign up and where to go for your session will be shared at the retreat orientation and appointments can be made then. It’s a good idea to sign up early as their schedules often fill quickly! Payment is by cash or check only; our bodyworkers do not accept credit cards.
How do I get cash or make purchases at the Ranch?
We do not have an ATM at the Ranch, but Crystal at the Shanti Boutique accepts credit cards and will do her very best to accommodate your needs. If she doesn’t have something you need immediately available in her store, she will figure out a way to get it.
How do I contact the “outside world”?
You may have to walk out up to the parking lot to cell phone service as we are at the very end of the road up in the Rockies, but we do have wireless internet access within the Main Lodge, Dining Hall and Chalet via the magic of satellite dishes! It’s best not to count on reliable cell phone service while you’re at the Ranch. If you need to be reached in an emergency, you can share the main phone number of the kitchen with family and friends that will be sent to you along with your guest information packet following registration.
What can I expect when it comes to food at the Ranch?
You can expect to eat very well!
We are fortunate to have access to organic food through the Real Food Deli and Market in Helena – Montana’s first and only certified organic grocery store. All the meat we serve comes from local organic or transitional producers as does much of our produce. Every day you will enjoy our nutritious salad bars and entrees. Vegetarian, and fish or chicken alternatives are available at most workshops although we do honor the requests of some of our teachers to keep a vegetarian table during their retreat.
We happily accommodate most special diets – please remember complete the allergies/special diet section of the Guest Information form that you will receive upon registration so we can be ready for you when you arrive.
And what about your other amenities?
We provide bedding, towels, and all the amenities you’d expect with indoor lodging. This is a cedar wood bathhouse with showers, a sauna, a hot tub and massage rooms. Outdoor lodging guests have their own private storage nook for toiletries and personal effects in the bathhouse. The bathhouse is no more than a five-minute walk from any accommodation. Okay, maybe ten minutes if you stroll really slowly, which happens to a lot of our guests as they relax into the week.
Well-marked hiking trails leading in pretty much every direction allowing you to enjoy time to yourself or wandering with a friend. The lake is fed by a pure mountain spring and as all Montana lakes and rivers never quite warm but more than refreshing if you care to go for an afternoon dip.
The wide-open lawn and meadows give you plenty of opportunity to stretch out, read a book from our eclectic and diverse library, or simply gaze up at the Big Sky above and dream away.
What should I bring?
The atmosphere is quite casual so please dress for your comfort. Clothes you’ll potentially need include: shorts, t-shirts, a rain jacket, slacks or jeans for chilly evenings, light daytime attire, bathing suit, and a warm sweater or jacket for our delightfully cool summer evenings. Don’t worry about bedding – we have more than enough to keep you warm whether you are in the Main Lodge or snuggled up toasty in a yurt, tent or tipi.
Comfortable walking or running shoes for wandering here and there throughout the Ranch grounds, and slippers or socks for wearing in the Main Lodge. You will need a travel alarm clock, flashlight and water bottle as well as cash for bodywork, Shanti Boutique purchases and end of retreat staff tips.