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Feathered Pipe Ranch

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The Feathered Pipe Ranch is a retreat center operating since 1975, located in the Rocky Mountains on the western outskirts of Helena, Montana. It is operated by the Feathered Pipe Foundation, an educational nonprofit organization, and functions as a venue for weeklong programs focused on yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and other mind-body modalities.[1]


The property of the Feathered Pipe Ranch was previously a fox farm owned by Leo Zimmer adjacent to a national forest. Richard S. Rheem (of Rheem Manufacturing Company) purchased the property in 1946 and kept Zimmer on to oversee construction of the Rheem family's vacation home. Liam O’Gallagher, who later was involved in the establishment of the Feathered Pipe Ranch, noted that Zimmer built a log cabin, followed by a chalet and lodge with assistance from local Native Americans.[2]

The property was purchased in the early 1970s by Jermaine “Jerry” Duncan (1933-1973). India Supera (1946-2019) subsequently inherited the property after nursing Duncan through the latter’s illness and death from cancer in 1973 at age 39. The property was named the Feathered Pipe Ranch, a reference to a Native American ceremonial pipe used to help guide people about their life’s direction.[3] [4] [5]

Location and Facilities[edit]

The Ranch is located in Lewis and Clark County and is surrounded by land belonging to the Helena National Forest and Bureau of Land Management. It sits at 4,943-foot elevation in Montana’s Big Belt Mountains. The privately owned property is leased by the Feathered Pipe Foundation for its exclusive use as an educational retreat center. The Ranch has a spring fed lake and multiple structures for lodging including cabins, yurts, tipis, and tents. A former garage converted to a two-story chalet serves as additional guest housing. The Ranch’s main log cabin-style lodge (named Bear Creek Lodge when the Rheem family owned the property) includes dorm-style guest rooms, a kitchen, and a large room used for classes. The property also includes a dining hall, an open-air yoga practice deck, and a bathhouse with sauna and hot tub.[6]

Programming and Presenters[edit]

The Feathered Pipe Foundation has hosted retreats at the Ranch as well as international travel programs covering subjects and alternative medicine modalities such as: yoga; astrology; analytical psychology; shamanism: meditation; mindfulness, nutrition, therapeutic massage; ayurveda; holistic health; and other approaches to mind-body wellness. Feathered Pipe Foundation retreat and travel program presenters since 1975 have included, but are not limited to:[7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]


  1. Tran, Alex (2016-03-16). "Interview with India Supera of the Feathered Pipe Foundation". Seattle Yoga News. Retrieved 2023-12-15.
  2. Every Exit is an Entry: The Life and Work of Liam O'Gallagher, 2009, authored by Kevin Wallace and illustrated by Liam O'Gallagher, published by Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in conjunction with Fine Art Press.
  3. "Robert (Bob )Rheem, Abstract Oil on Canvas (1957)". Tableau Art and Objects. Retrieved 2023-12-15.
  4. "Liam O'Gallagher | Centers". Retrieved 2023-12-15.
  5. Seven Visions of Bull Lodge, as told to author Fred P. Gone by Garter Snake, daughter of Bull Lodge, 1992, University of Nebraska Press. The book describes the Gros Ventre tribe’s way of life. Pages 103-113 describe the ceremonial rituals of the tribal feathered pipe and details about warrior Bull Lodge's search for spiritual power through it.
  6. "Property Record Card | Property Assessment Division". Retrieved 2023-12-15.
  7. Listing of 1990 Feathered Pipe Ranch retreat programs, Yoga Journal, July-August 1990, page 124.
  8. Listing of 2001 Feathered Pipe Ranch retreat programs, Yoga Journal, July-August 1990, page 52.
  9. Listing of 2000 Feathered Pipe Ranch retreat programs, Yoga Journal, April 2000, page 151.
  10. Angela (2021-11-20). "Breath, the Beloved - A Letter to Students". Retrieved 2023-12-15.
  11. Listing of 1991 Feathered Pipe Ranch retreat programs, Yoga Journal, June 1991, page 2.
  12. Listing of 1993 Feathered Pipe Ranch retreat programs, Yoga Journal, Jan-Feb 1993, page 3.
  13. Listing of 1979 Feathered Pipe Ranch retreat programs, Yoga Journal, May 1979, page 20.
  14. Listing of 1992 Feathered Pipe Ranch retreat programs, Yoga Journal, March-April 1992.

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