2014 Red Lodge, Montana Retreat

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Please join us the first week of July for our annual Red Lodge Retreat!

Enjoy the famous Home of Champions Rodeo and Rodeo Parage on the 4th of July,

hike the Beartooth Mountains and drive over the most spectacular pass in Nortth America!

Please call us for more specific information!

Yellowstone Falls

Yellowstone Park, the Jewel of the Rockies

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See what awaits you in our August Retreat: Take a virtual tour of Yellowstone


Winter in the Mountains

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Winter brings the quiet time of going inward, germinating seeds that will     sprout in the spring. Like nature, we too are contemplating the return of  the Sun and the coming of warm weather and new Adventure!

The winter gives us time to plan our next summer’s Retreat in the Bear  Tooth Mountains of Montana. We hope you will join us this summer in Red  Lodge, Montana!

If you register now, a $300 deposit will secure your placement in this event, you can then make payments of any amount at your leisure. Mark the dates:  August 9-14, 2010.

How do you plan to spend your Summer Vacation?

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Times have been tough for everyone, Stress levels are high.  Allow yourself to be Nurtured in the peace and beauty of Montana. What better gift could you give yourself or your loved ones than complete rejuvenation, peace of mind, and spiritual grace?

 Join us for a week of soul nurturing based on Native Wisdom, connection with Nature at its most pristine, and the calm energy of the riverside tipi camp.  Sleep beneath the Big Sky, enjoy the fire within the sacred space of the tipi, remember your dreams, and reinvent your life.

Experience Complete Presence in the moment & find the Path to Connection. Connection is the gateway to Healing.

Women’s groups, families, teenagers, couples or singles – we can design a week to meet your needs.

Don’t let this summer pass you by – do something with true Value for yourself -

Let us help you to Create an experience you’ll never forget!



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For Information about  upcoming retreats please look to the right at the Box entitled “Pages.” Click on all of the listed Pages for info about time, schedule, rates, and Info about Us.

In the “Categories” box below you will find info about our beadwork seminar and tipi notes associated with the Retreat. If you have any questions, please call us in person and we’ll be happy to elaborate.

Happy navigating! Cathy, Jerry, and Tressa

Tipi Life

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“The Lakota was a true lover of nature. He loved the earth and all things of the earth, the attachment growing with age. It was good for the skin to touch the earth and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth. Their tipis were built upon the earth and their altars were made of earth. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing. For us, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly; we can see more clearly into the mysteries of life…”
– Chief Luther Standing Bear, born in 1868

“The tipi is much better to live in; always clean, warm in winter, cool in summer; easy to move. The white man builds big houses, cost much money, like big cage, shut out sun, can never move; always sick.”
– Flying Hawk, a Oglala born in 1852.

You will learn to set up a traditional Sioux style lodge, outfit it in luxurious 19th century style, with buffalo robes, willow backrests, rawhide parfleche bags, and beaded accouterments. You will sleep next to the earth, feeling her energy, and see the stars through the opening above you. You will learn to build the central fire and set up the altar behind it. You will gain an understanding of why a tipi faces east and of the world view integral to life in the sacred circle.

While we encourage you to sleep in the tipi (at least one night of your stay,) we have lovely cabins available for your use. Mountain weather is unpredictable and this guarantees a safe and dry place to store your clothing and personal belongings, bathe or shower, and sleep in a comfortable bed. We want your stay to be comfortable, entertaining, educational and above all, stress free.

Plains Indian Beadwork Class

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Our approach to teaching beadwork is organic; each class is different depending upon the abilities and needs of the students and the energetics of the group. Smith teaches in the same manner in which she learned: In the sacred way. Beadwork grew out of the sacred tradition of porcupine quillwork, a Holy Art, brought by” Double Woman.” The material art form can not be separated from its spiritual nature without a loss of integrity, value, meaning and power.

plains indian beadwork

Those who wish to learn authentically, at the same time gaining a deeper cultural understanding will appreciate this class. The goal will be the creation of an object of everyday use that is uniquely & traditionally ornamented. Starting with a piece of brain tanned deer skin, each student will make either a Medicine Bag, Strike-a-light Bag, or pair of moccasins, depending upon individual ability, time, and dedication.

The materials provided are the highest quality and authenticity: Including brain tanned deerskin, earth pigments, and glass seed and pony beads in historically accurate colors. Your project will be Museum Quality.