Walk Lightly: Montana Yoga Retreat 2018


Retreat Location: Walking Lightly Ranch in Whitefish, Montana

Dates:  June 12 – 17, 2018


Check out this link for pictures from last year’s retreat!

Courtesy Adam Strick Photography

Are you ready to experience peace, contentment and wonder?  Immerse yourself in the vast beauty that is Montana and refresh mind, body and spirit with daily yoga practices, meditation, nature excursions, delicious meals and opportunities for relaxation.  Let this retreat reawaken your appreciation for your life, or inspire you to make the changes you seek!

The question that continuously echoes through my mind, and has inspired the Walk Lightly retreat, is this:  If the intention of our yoga practice is to establish wakefulness in mind, body and breath, how can we reflect this awakened state in our daily life? 

I believe 90% of yoga exists beyond the yoga mat.  Yoga means “to yoke” or “to unify”; it is a mindset that we generate through practice on the mat and reflect through the choices we make in everyday life.  Yoga is existing in a continuous state of attentiveness, openness, discernment and compassion; it is minimizing our destructive impact on the earth (i.e., to “walk lightly”) and strengthening our relationships to Self and others.  Some of the best “yogis” I know do not practice yoga on the mat; they live mindfully. Therefore, this retreat is an opportunity to practice and reflect upon these ideas and the choices we make, whether for the first time or the millionth time, both on and off the mat…Walking Lightly Ranch is the perfect place to do this!  I hope that you feel nourished upon returning to your everyday life: more connected, mindful, inspired and balanced.

One of the signature aspects of Shivatree retreats is the structure of our days, as always, our days will coordinate with the rhythms of nature by sharing invigorating yoga practices in the morning and calming practices in the evening, eating locally sourced and organic meals with our largest meal in the middle of the day, immersing ourselves in nature and providing plenty of time for true rest and reconnection to oneself and one another.  If yoga is not “your thing”, in addition to perhaps trying new things…like yoga ;)… there will be plenty of other ways to participate and receive a well-rounded retreat experience.  And do not stress:  our yoga o’hana is down-to-earth, kind, and mindful; we are not judging the quality of your downward dog or your ability to sit in meditation, even if you may be judging yourself; we all know how it feels to begin yoga and the challenges that arise as you continue yoga…it is called “practice” for a reason!

Please read through the travel details and itinerary; travel forms will be due June 1, 2018.   Deposits required to reserve your space.  You may give them to me in person or return them via email:  shivatreeyoga@gmail.com or snail mail (see registration form for address). If you have any questions, feel free to email, text or call me:  808.209.7979

With Aloha,



Where is Walking Lightly Ranch?

Walking Lightly Ranch is located in Whitefish, Montana and is situated on 400 acres, surrounded by thousands of acres of state and national forest reserves.  The property hosts a lodge, guest barn and yoga studio along with hiking trails, gardens and a swimming pond. The barn is an independent structure and solely contains guest rooms, whereas the lodge is quiet but more trafficked as it contains guest rooms, library, fireplace, kitchen and dining room.  Unless you have signed up to share a room with a loved one, you will be given a private room in your preferred choice of lodging, space permitting (requests honored in the order in which they are received).  Please make a selection on the registration form. Linens are provided.  Temperatures tend to range between 40 and 65 degrees at this time of year, so please pack accordingly.  You are able to extend your stay on the ranch prior to or following the retreat for an extra fee, but you will need to arrange those reservations directly with the ranch.


What is included in the retreat?

Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

  • 5 nights lodging at Walking Lightly Ranch
  • Meals (except lunch at Glacier National Park)
  • Excursions to Glacier National Park and downtown Whitefish
  • Transportation to/from airport; flights not included
  • Yoga teachers: earn 50 continuing education credits for this retreat
  • Yoga and use of all necessary props at the Walking Lightly Ranch’s studio


Will there be coffee?!


Courtesy Adam Strick Photography

Yes…as much coffee as you desire!  More importantly, the ranch employs an on-site chef whom will be providing organic vegetarian meals using food grown directly on-site; she is one of the kindest people I have ever met and created some of the most delicious meals I have ever eaten!  For those of you nervous about eating vegetarian, you are welcome to bring your own snacks, though I assure you even the most skeptical people have been pleasantly surprised and satiated by retreat meals.  There are also great restaurants in Whitefish and at Glacier National Park if you crave a hamburger or slice of pizza halfway through the retreat.  Sweet Peaks Ice Cream is another must-have while visiting…I highly recommend the huckleberry!  All meals will be included except for lunch at Glacier National Park.  If you have any food allergies or special dietary considerations, please list on the Registration Form.



Which airport should I fly into?  How do I get to the retreat center?

Courtesy Donna Franzese

I recommend flying into the Kalispell Airport, which is a 20-minute drive to the ranch.  If you would like me to transport you to the ranch, please arrive before 2:30pm on June 12th.  However, if you would prefer to fly into Missoula and enjoy the 2.5ish hour scenic drive, you must arrive BEFORE 11am on June 12th in order to carpool from Missoula to Whitefish. You are also welcome to rent your own vehicle; there is free parking at the ranch.

On June 17th, if you are flying out of Kalispell, please schedule your flight for 1pm or later.  If you are flying out of Missoula, schedule your flight for 3pm or later.



Lake McDonald Lodge, G.N.P.

The excursions to charming downtown Whitefish and breathtaking Glacier National Park are included in your retreat, including entrance fees and transportation.  If you would like to purchase food or participate in activities offered by the park, you will pay for those separately.  At Glacier National Park, we will drive up Going to the Sun Road, weather permitting; we will also hike, for those of you interested. There are many beautiful sites to visit if you do not want to hike!  The park also offers boat tours, horseback rides, and ranger-guided activities that you can schedule independently during our time there; we will discuss this excursion on the first day.



If you would like to receive a massage during the retreat, please indicate this on your travel form.  I will most likely bring a massage therapist from Hawaii; if necessary, the ranch has therapists on-call.  Cost is $100 for 60 minutes, to be paid with your registration.  You are welcome to offer gratuity directly to the massage therapist.



Subject to modifications as necessary.



Courtesy Adam Strick Photography

Tuesday, June 12th


  • 4pm Orientation & Property Tour
  • 5-6:45pm Yoga
  • 7pm Dinner & Group Introductions


Wednesday, June 13th

  • 7am Meditation
  • 8am Breakfast
  • 10am-12pm Vinyasa Krama Yoga (all levels)
  • 12:30pm Lunch
  • 1-5pm Free time (on-site hike?)
  • 5-6:45pm Yang Yin Yoga*

*tapering from slow, gentle movements to restorative yoga and relaxation or guided meditation

  • 7pm Dinner
  • 8pm Talk story

    Avalanche Creek, G.N.P.


Thursday, June 14th

  • 6:30-8am Vinyasa Krama Yoga & Meditation
  • 8am Breakfast
  • 9am Departure for Glacier National Park
  • 5pm Depart Glacier National Park; return to Walking Lightly Ranch
  • 6:30pm Dinner at Walking Lightly Ranch
  • 8pm Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra



Friday, June 15t

  • 7am Meditation

    Walking Lightly Ranch’s hiking trail

  • 8am Breakfast
  • 10am-12pmVinyasa Krama Yoga (all levels)
  • 12:30pm Lunch
  • 1-5pm Free time (optional excursion to Whitefish)
  • 5-6:45pm Yang Yin Yoga*

*tapering from slow, gentle movements to restorative yoga and relaxation or guided meditation

  • 7pm Dinner
  • 8pm Talk story



Saturday, June 16th

Courtesy @elysejokinen


  • 7am Meditation
  • 8am Breakfast
  • 9:30-11:30am Vinyasa Krama Yoga (all levels)
  • 12pm Lunch
  • 1-5pm Free time (on-site hike?)
  • 5-6:45pm Yang Yin Yoga*

*tapering from slow, gentle movements to restorative yoga and relaxation or guided meditation

  • 7pm Dinner
  • 8pm Talk story



Sunday, June 17th

  • 7-8:30am Yoga
  • 9am Brunch & Closing circle
  • 10:30am Check-out and departure for airports


Packing Checklist:

Yoga mats:  may borrow free ones on-site Camera
Hiking shoes Toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner and soap
Rain jacket Sun protection
Heavy sweater or jacket Water bottle
Flashlight or head lamp Yoga clothing will be sufficient for all activities; no need to dress up for meals.
Swimwear & beach towel Yoga Tune-Up Balls, if you have them


How do I sign up?

Step #1:  Decide which type of room you prefer.  You may reserve a “Double” by signing-up with a friend or loved one

Cost of Retreat   $1500/person

Craftsman-style Guest Barn:  These rooms are quiet and comfortable.  All rooms have a queen-sized bed, as pictured.  Private baths will be assigned based upon order of registration.



Photo Courtesy Adam Strick Photography

Cozy lodge with stunning mountain views:  The lodge rooms are also quiet and comfortable, although they are slightly smaller and have unique features, such as a window seat.  One of the rooms has a private bathroom with a claw-foot tub and king bed; all others include a queen bed with shared bathroom.


Private Suite:

One-bedroom Suite: The suite consists of living room, bedroom with queen bed, bath, full kitchen and private lanai; it is on the ground floor of the guest barn.

·      $2000 Single

·      $3750 Double

Step #2:  Turn in your registration form.  

Download form here:  montana retreat registration 2018

You can also download retreat information in a packet here:  Walk Lightly- Montana Yoga Retreat 2018



Step #3:  Submit your deposit.

A deposit is required to reserve your space; submit your RSVP as soon as possible.  The last date for registration is May 10, 2018.  Deposits are non-refundable, but are able to be redeemed towards classes, workshops or other retreats if life interferes with your travel plans. 

Final payments due by May 10, 2018.  Payment plans available; contact Amanda to set this up.  Deposits can be submitted in person or via PayPal, VenMo (preferred method of electronic payment), or snail mail:  Amanda Webster, PO Box 711485, Mountain View, HI 96771.  If using a check, please make it out to Amanda Webster.

Step #4:  Schedule your travel arrangements; submit Travel Form (i.e., flight information, food allergies, etc) by June 1, 2018; this will be emailed to you by May 5th.




 Additional Information:

Once full payment is made, NO refunds will be provided due to a change of mind…I rely on your word to make the required minimum set forth by retreat centers and cancellations can cost me thousands of dollars, which becomes an energetic and financial burden that I am not willing to carry.  I offer retreats because taking this time out to slow down, practice, connect and be in nature has the power to radically shift our perspectives and rejuvenate us so completely that we can go back into our normal routines with more energy, enthusiasm and health.   They also provide an awesome opportunity to reconnect to people you have met within the yoga community and to establish the kind of friendships that go beyond the surface mundane quality of our lives, to feed us on a much deeper level.  This is why I LOVE leading them!  If you commit to the retreat and have to cancel because of unforeseen health or family reasons, I will work with you to refund IF the minimum number of participants has been met; if unable to refund in the full amount, I will gladly apply your registration fees towards future classes, workshops or retreats of your choice.  Mahalo for understanding.