MONTANA

Yoga + Mountains + Big Sky

Leave behind the hustle of everyday life and join us in Glacier, Montana for a peaceful mountain yoga retreat in Big Sky Country.

Shed the layers, feel the warm mountain sun on your skin, and let nature nurture your spirit. Montana in late summer is about long blue-sky days and breathing deeply in the outdoors. Glacier National Park is the backdrop to our bountiful and beautiful abode for this 5-night Montana yoga retreat.

[We successfully ran the first Montana retreat in September 2020 during Covid time. Most meals, activities, and some yoga were done outdoors. See FAQs for special health-safety protocols.]

dates | Montana

August 24 – 29, 2021 (*sold out*/waitlist)

Retreat Highlights

Ranch Life

Experience western mountain culture on a private family-run ranch. Our retreat location is in the northern reach of Flathead Valley, the great outdoors of Northwest Montana. It is surrounded by glacial mountains, crystal clear lakes, and scenic rivers. It is a 10-minute drive from the mountain town of Whitefish and 30 minutes from Glacier National Park.

Yoga

Through systematic movement, breathwork, and cultivating inner silence and stillness we are able to heal, to strengthen our bodies physically, emotionally, and mentally, and to evolve as conscious individuals. Taking time for a getaway in Nature under the guidance of the yogic powers that be is a valuable gift to give yourself.

Glacier National Park

Glacier is one of the crown jewels of the U.S. National Parks System. We will spend a full day in the park, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, on a scenic day hike. Glacier is known for its abundant wildlife and wildflowers, and its turquoise, iceberg studded lakes tucked into glacial cirques. It is a World Heritage Site and nature enthusiast’s paradise.

About the Retreat

Idyllic Mountain Charm

Our Montana yoga retreat is held at a 100-year old family-run ranch which was transformed from a solely working ranch for organic farming to an idyllic sanctuary for hosting guests on its 160 acres of wilderness.

The property includes:

  • five miles of walking trails
  • a 14-acre pond for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding
  • sacred stone sculptures and secret gardens
  • yard games such as horseshoe, bocce, and corn hole
  • lots of benches and wide-open spaces to sit and gaze out at the vast sky and mountains

The ranch will be exclusively for our group. Be ready to receive warm Montana hospitality! The atmosphere is laid-back and friendly, and there will be lots of outdoor time.

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Included in the Retreat

The Montana yoga retreat is ideal for those who enjoy the feel of a mountain getaway.

  • (5) nights at a western-style ranch
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Yoga classes 1 – 2x a day plus meditation
  • Full-day tour to Glacier National Park, including entrance fee, guide, transportation
  • Special evening sound bath and bonfire sing-along
  • Daily housekeeping, concierge, and private chef
  • Airport transfers from Kalispell, MT
  • Access to the ranch’s hiking trails and activities
  • Lots of fresh mountain air

Retreat Price & Accommodations

Your retreat home away from home! Prices below are per person in USD. [Click on images to enlarge.]

Cedar House (*waitlist only*)

This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath cabin is built on the far shore of the large 14-acre pond. It has natural cedar siding and a long porch facing the water. There are a full kitchen and a dining area. The living room is surrounded by windows on three sides, providing excellent views at any point of your day, and has a brick fireplace to keep things cozy. The Cedar House is a few minute’s walk from the main ranch compound.

  1. Single bedroom with a queen-size bed on the upstairs level. It has a shared bathroom with one other double room.  – –   $2,900 (*SOLD OUT*)
  2. Double bedroom with two twin beds on the upstairs level. It has a shared bathroom with one other single room.  – –   $2,250 (*SOLD OUT*)
  3. Single or double bedroom with a queen-size bed on the upstairs level. It has a private bathroom.  – – $3,100 single; $2,400/person double (*SOLD OUT*)
  4. Double bedroom with king-size bed or two twin beds on the ground level. It has a private bathroom.  – –  $2,400 (*SOLD OUT*)

Bunkhouse (*waitlist only*)

This unique, stable-like building has an Old West feel. It has seven bedrooms, four shared bathrooms, and three lounge areas surrounding the central hall with its clerestory ceiling. The rooms are outfitted with a plush queen or two twin beds with organic cotton sheets and thick Pendleton blankets. The shared bathrooms offer showers or a relaxing tub. The sitting lounges provide a choice of places for conversation or reading in easy chairs, loveseats, and couches. 

(3) Single bedroom with queen size bed  – –  $2,600 (*SOLD OUT*)

(4) Double bedroom with two twin beds  – –  $1,975 (*SOLD OUT*)

FAQ

What is included in the retreat cost?

Included in Montana Yoga Retreat:

  • (5) nights accommodations
  • (5) daily breakfast, lunches, and dinners
  • Yoga classes 1 – 2x a day
  • Complimentary use of yoga mat & props
  • Full-day tour to Glacier National Park including entrance fee, guide, transportation
  • Special evening sound bath
  • Bonfire sing-along
  • Daily housekeeping, concierge, and private chef
  • Tea throughout the day
  • Airport transfers from Kalispell on the first and last day of the retreat
  • Vajra Sol retreat coordination
  • Taxes

Not Included in Montana Yoga Retreat:

  • Airfare to/from Kalispell, Montana
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Transportation off property
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
How do I get to the retreat destination?

It feels remote but it’s easy to get to. Book your plane ticket to Glacier Park international airport (code FCA) in Kalispell. It is a 10-minute drive to the retreat ranch. We will coordinate transfers between the airport and ranch on the first and last day of the retreat. This is included in the retreat package.

To find the best flight options from your home airport check Google Flights or Kayak to help find the best airfare and routing.

Plan to arrive by mid-afternoon on the first day of the retreat. Check-in is at 2:30 pm on August 24. Check-out is at 11:30 a.m. on August 29.

What is the Yoga like and who leads the retreat?

The practice of yoga is learning to refine and deepen our relationship to our life force. We then are able to heal, to strengthen our bodies physically, emotionally, and mentally, and to evolve as conscious individuals.

The yoga sessions are for mixed levels with modifications offered for beginners to the more experienced practitioner. All levels of yoga experience are welcome! The type of yoga is Vinyasa Flow which is a more active and dynamic practice and some classes are restorative yoga. Guided meditation and other non-asana yogic practices are included.

Sandra, the owner of Vajra Sol, leads most of the retreats. She has been practicing and studying yoga for more than 25 years. See About Us page to learn more about her background.

What are the retreat health safety and Covid-related protocols?

Vajra Sol retreats are offered and facilitated under the primary premise that the overall well-being of all guests is priority.

If prior to arrival, a retreat participant feels ill, has a fever, or has been around someone who has symptoms flu-like symptoms, they are asked to stay home and not travel to the retreat. Travel insurance is highly recommended as the nature of Covid-19 is unpredictable.

While on retreat we ask that everyone takes care of sanitary practices and respect each other’s personal space. At the same time, we want to create a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

These are the Health Safety/Covid-19 Protocols from our hosts at the Ranch. These are subject to change pending the situation.
  • Guests will be required to sign a waiver specifically about Covid-19 and assuming the risk associated with travel during this outbreak. 
  • If a guest feels ill, has a fever, or has been around someone that has symptoms of Covid, they are asked to stay home and not travel to the ranch. Travel insurance is highly recommended as the nature of Covid-19 is unpredictable. 
  • We will take everyone’s temperature upon arrival. If someone has a temperature, they will kindly be escorted to a hotel and/or hospital for testing. They will not be permitted on the property as they will be putting every guest and staff member at risk. 
  • Our staff will have their temperature checked daily. If a staff member has any symptoms or has been around someone showing symptoms, they will not be permitted to come to work. 
  • Our staff will wear masks when closely interacting with guests. 
  • When guests are in our company van, they are required to wear a face mask as they will be in close proximity. We will be picking guests up from the airport, so they must ensure that they are traveling with a mask. 
  • We will provide hand sanitizer in all buildings as well as disinfecting wipes near bathrooms if someone wants to take any extra precautions during their stay. 
  • We will sanitize bathrooms and communal areas multiple times a day, but we will not be doing daily room service. Trash and dishes will be cleared, but beds will not be made this year. If you have a private bathroom, it will not be cleaned during the stay. Towels will still be refreshed upon request. 
  • Our staff will handle and serve all food to ensure that there is no cross-contamination amongst guests. Guests are highly recommended to bring their own water bottles to carry with them throughout their stay. 
What are the meals like?

We will have a private chef who prepares all our meals. Daily breakfasts, lunches, dinners are included in the retreat. Special dietary needs such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten or dairy free can be accommodated. Please let us know when you book your retreat. There are no alcoholic drinks served at the ranch. It is BYOB.

What does a day on retreat look like?

Arrival Day
2:30 PM Check-in
Welcome yoga
Walking tour of the ranch
Dinner

A Sample Day on Retreat
Coffee/tea
8:00 – 9:45 AM    Yoga session
Brunch
Free time*
1:30 PM – Light lunch
Free time*
5 – 6:15 PM – Outdoor yoga

7:00 PM    Family style dinner
Special evening events and gatherings

Departure Day
Morning Yoga
Breakfast
11:30 AM Check-out

* An outing to Whitefish will be organized, one day will be in Glacier Park, and other activities are available on the ranch property.

What are the optional activities?

There will be free time during the day to fill as you like. Additional activities available include hiking, biking, fishing, lake kayaking, horseback riding, massage treatments, visit to the town of Whitefish, and more.

What is the group size for the retreat?

The retreat is limited to 16 persons to maintain general comfort for group travel and to allow for personalized attention to each participant. This retreat is designed for the yoga-inspired traveler who appreciates finely curated travel experiences with a small group of like-minded people. We take care of all the planning. You only need to book your plane ticket and pack your bags. Solo travelers are very welcome!

What is your payment and cancellation policy?

* This policy is applicable for COVID-19 related cancelations *

A completed reservation form and a non-refundable $800 deposit confirm your booking. Full payment is due by June 15, 2021. Should you need to cancel your reservation before the final payment due date you will receive a refund for payment made less the $800 deposit unless a replacement can be found.

Should you need to cancel after the final payment due date, for whatever reason we will not be able to provide a refund or credit unless a replacement is found.

If force majeure (e.g. pandemic, natural disaster, country travel restrictions, etc.) causes a retreat to be canceled, we will offer a rescheduled date for the retreat. In this case, there is no refund of payments when a retreat cannot be held due to causes beyond our control. If you are unable to join at the rescheduled date, a portion of your payment may be applicable for a transfer to a different retreat in the future. This will be determined at the time and depends on factors such as how far out it is from the retreat date.

In the unlikely event Vajra Sol needs to cancel a retreat for nonforce majeure reasons, a full refund will be given. Vajra Sol will not be held liable for expenses incurred by the guest for any type of cancelation. No refunds are provided for arriving late or departing the retreat early, for activities or meals in which one does not participate.

It is our best intention to lessen the concerns around booking a retreat by offering additional flexibility with a retreat cancelation in this era of COVID-19 travel. It is important you are comfortable with your travel plans. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

This policy is subject to change until a reservation is confirmed.

Should I buy retreat trip insurance?

Purchasing trip insurance is strongly recommended for coverage of any unplanned changes that may occur before or during your trip, such as trip cancelation, delayed flights, lost luggage, emergency medical assistance, and more. 

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Guest Reviews

trip advisor

I am so happy I took a plunge and decided to join Sandra’s retreat in Montana. Travel restrictions and uncertainty of Covid’s ebbs were the reasons for hesitation, but Sandra’s magic positivity, calm, professionalism made all worries recede. It is my second retreat with Sandra … the whole enjoyable, meaningful flow of those 5 days appeared to unfold so effortlessly.

Natasha, Boston, MA (2020 guest)

The serenity of yoga/meditation practices at the beautiful ranch were restorative for the mind and body – a welcome respite from the 2020 pandemic. The relaxing environment, immersed in nature, refreshed my focus, energy, and resiliency. I highly recommend Sandra’s retreats. She creates a connection between nature and your personal well-being. She facilitates adventure. If you are seeking nurture for your body and soul, travel with Vajra Sol Yoga!

Linda, California (2020 guest)

First-class Yoga Retreat held at Dancing Spirit Ranch. Sandra always does a great as the instructor. She is attentive to everyone’s needs & does a great job mixing up the daily schedule of activities.

 

Jim, California (2020 retreat guest)