May 15-19, 2022


Full Ecology, Climate Change and You.


June 19-22, 2022

Southwest Montana

The Full Ecology of getting clear in wild times

~at the JbarL Ranch-

Call (406)240-1014 to enroll and reserve your accomodations

Or email Paige Pitzer at paige@jbarl.com

Details for Summer Solstice Retreat
JbarL Ranch Retreat

~June 19-22, 2022~  

On we trudge through COVID-19 and its crafty variants, with uncertainty, isolation and Zoom meetups. We watch and feel the urgency in matters of social injustice, in political and economic unrest.  Then, there’s the swelling anxiety with climate change. We’re weary, often overwhelmed. And there’s plenty to grieve. But that’s because you love so deeply. You love this planet and its beings. You’re not ready to give up.

So, here’s a retreat for reviving your clarity – for reclaiming the fullness of who you are. Because even in the tumble of all this unpredictability, your essential nature – as nature in nature – remains.

Join us for five days around the Summer Solstice of 2022. Five days right up next to the wild spectacle of southwestern Montana. Five days on the JbarL Ranch wrapped in a magical weave of mountains and wetlands, of grasses and birds, of elk and moose and wolves.

We’re offering an intimate retreat in this glorious location for 8-12 participants (asking that all participants be vaccinated). Ours will be a time for restoring relationship with the life around us, a time for reclaiming deepest, truest self. With a combination of structured and unstructured opportunities for inquiry (dialogue, writing, hiking and storytelling) along with generous periods of silence and solitude, we’ll investigate the contours and reliable constants of these wild and precious lives – the Fullness of Ecology – of who we truly are.


Day 1 – Arrive


7:00 – 9:00 Fire circle and Introductions

  • Introduction to each other,
    the Centennial Valley &
  • Full Ecology – reliably with you wherever you are.
  • A few nature myths and stories.


Day 2 – Acknowledging loss


  • 8:30  ~ Each day starts with optional stretching/yoga/movement. You may also choose a walk around the Ranch.
  • 9:00 – 12:00 ~ Coming to a good full stop here in this place and time. In that stopping, pursuing the question of “Who Are You Now?” by looking at what has been lost – at the nature of grief. 


  • Lunch
  • 2:00 – 5:00 Out into the ecology of the Centennial Valley, listening & learning from the natural world.
  • 5:00 Personal time.



  • 7:00 – 9:00 Fire circle – Group sharing – thoughts from the day.

Reflections – How the natural adjusts its relationships and activities as conditions change. 

Day 3 – Uncovering constants


  • 8:30 Optional stretching/yoga/movement.
  • 9:00 – 12:00 Exploring further the “Who are You Now” question by investigating what’s here to support you.



  • 2:00 – 5:00 Time together out in the Valley considering the way land influences who we are.
  • 5:00 Personal time.



7:00 – 9:00 Fire circle – Group sharing – thoughts from the day.
Reflections – the science & story of how we’re supported by the natural world.

Day 4 – Recognizing gain

  • 8:30 Optional stretching/yoga/movement
  • 9:00 – 12:00 The next step toward answering the question, “Who are you Now?” involves being in the presence of inspiration & guidance – and this Valley is brimming with both.



  • 2:00 – 5:00 Hike, dance, draw, write – letting the land and the lives it holds move you without agenda. What is here for you? What can the nature of this place show you about identity, about intention?
  • 5:00 Personal time.


  • Dinner


  • 7:00 – 9:00 Fire circle. Group sharing – thoughts from the day.

    Reflections – identity development on the land, among living things and in our ‘right size.’


Day 5 – Who Am I, in relation?

  • 8:30 Optional stretching/yoga/movement
  • 9:00 – 12:00 Getting clear in wild times – moving what you’ve come to know here & now into your everyday life.



JbarL ranch offers a unique invitation to experience true quiet and stunning natural beauty. Rooms range from well-appointed western elegance with private or shared baths to more rustic comfort with shared baths, and even tent or Tipi camping. Nourishing meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) made from the bounty of our local farms are included in the lodging price.

single occupancy option

shared occupancy option

tent lodging option

**The Ranch can provide a shuttle to and from J-L for people who fly into and out of IDAHO FALLS.


    • – A $500 deposit is required for registration. Full payment is welcome.


    • Initially, we are willing to hold your spot(s) without a deposit until such a time that someone else wants to book the spot and put down a deposit, or until 90 days prior to the retreat, whichever comes first. At that point, we’ll email you (unless you prefer a phone call) and ask that you either book the spot by paying the $500 (now, non-refundable) or release it. If we do not hear back from you within 24 hours, we will open the spot for others.


    • – Payment in full is due no later than 90 days prior to the retreat.

      – Full payment is 50% refundable up to 60 days before the retreat.

      – 59 days prior to the retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. 

      – Full tuition will be refunded if the trip is canceled by Full Ecology, LLC.

    • – Full Ecology, LLC is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.

Or email Paige Pitzer at paige@jbarl.com


Mary Clare & Gary Ferguson

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