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About Big Sky Yoga Retreats

Yoga & Outdoor Fitness in Montana Big Sky Country

How the West was (Warrior) Won

Author Joseph Campbell said, “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.” Our mission at Big Sky Yoga Retreats is to take you on a journey deeper into yourself through yoga and outside activities. We believe everyone needs space to cultivate personal growth and physical health. Our retreats aren’t about escapism. They’re about finding your inner self and gaining the tools you need there to improve your health and well-being. Yoga is the catalyst for this change.

Our Story

Yoga in Montana? You bet your britches! The seed for Big Sky Yoga Retreats was planted when Margaret Burns Vap, founder of Georgetown Yoga in Washington, DC, moved to Montana with her family. Margaret and her husband, David, who is a native Montanan, had long said the Big Sky state would be the perfect destination for yoga retreats.

The natural beauty of Montana inspires peace and fresh perspectives in an always-on, ultra-connected world. Clean mountain air, abundant wildlife, and an active-yet-relaxed atmosphere help you truly experience your yoga practice—perhaps for the first time in your life.

Think about the feeling you have after a yoga class, when your mind’s clutter has been temporarily cleared. Multiply that feeling tenfold, and you start to get a taste of what’s possible in Montana.

A desire to “get away from it all” fuels most vacations. But, getting away from it all shouldn’t include escaping yourself. Rather, the best vacations focus on self-care, self-kindness, and self-discovery—all of which makes it easier to return home refreshed and reinvigorated.

Our Yoga Philosophy

We believe yoga helps you do everything better. Your practice shouldn’t just be a task on your to-do list. It should be integrated into your daily life so you reap the full benefits. Our retreats show you how.

Each day, we facilitate 1-2 yoga practices to take advantage of the natural rhythms of the body: a vigorous, energizing morning practice and/or a restorative, relaxing afternoon/evening practice. We also tailor our yoga practice to complement the season and our other outdoor activities (e.g. hiking, horse riding).

There are many styles of yoga, and we don’t believe in one “right” way. Rather, after many years of teaching and practicing, we blended style like Vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, and others. We love to mix and match and firmly believe the strongest yoga practice comes not from constant repetition, but from providing our bodies and minds with variety.

Our yoga classes accommodate all levels of yoginis, though we recommend some prior yoga experience—even if it’s just a few classes before your retreat.

Leaders in Healthy Living

From wranglers to yoga instructors, chefs to photographers, the Big Sky Yoga Retreat team is united by a love for healthy living and outdoor fitness. Each member of our staff brings unbridled (pun intended) passion, enthusiasm, and heart to every retreat. We’re here to make sure your experience is everything you hoped for – and more.

Passion to Portfolio

Watch Big Sky Yoga Retreats founder Margaret Burns Vap’s interview about yoga in Montana that was featured on CNN’s passion to portfolio series.

Cowgirl Yoga Blog

Our blog is filled with Montana musings on life under the Big Sky, motherhood, food, horses, and yoga. Yeehaw & Namaste! 

Upcoming Retreats

Check out the calendar to see when your desired retreat is running – and reserve your spot. Retreats typically sell out, often several months in advance. So, stake your claim now!

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