June 19-23, 2022

Southwest Montana

The Full Ecology of getting clear in wild times

~at the JbarL Ranch-

Call (406) 240-0914 to enroll and reserve your accomodations

Or email Paige Pitzer at paige@jbarl.com

Details for our Summer Solstice Retreat
JbarL Ranch

~June 19-23, 2022~  

Want to restore your energy and see your way to meaningful action?
Come spend summer solstice with us in the Centennial Valley.

Five perfect days
in one of the most wildly glorious,
yet little-known landscapes in America.

Welcome to summer solstice in the Centennial Valley. Located at the sweeping western edge of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, this is the perfect place not just to be inspired – but also, to let this remarkably lively landscape help you discover what it means to really thrive. This is the place where, in the 1930’s, trumpeter swans were brought back from the brink of extinction. You’ll be watching them from your cabin on the JbarL Ranch, floating like tiny puffs of cloud down the meandering Red Rock River. Nearby will be dozens of other flyers, too, together forming one of the most diverse bird congregations in the Rocky Mountains. Then, joining all those birds, in turn, are wolves and bears and moose, river otters and pronghorn and elk. 

This is an intimate retreat for just 8-12 participants*. With long, sun-drenched nature walks, thought-provoking conversations and writing prompts, storytelling, and chances for deep silence and solitude.

This will be a time restore your relationship with the life around you.

And as you experience that restoration, it will be a time for learning to use the wisdom it holds both to gain energy, as well as to guide you back to your deepest, truest self.

From Covid to climate change, social injustice to political unrest, it’s been a trying, even exhausting couple of years. But don’t forget: One of the reasons you sometimes feel at wit’s end is because of how deeply you care. Next June, in the magnificent Centennial Valley, that care will be celebrated and strengthened – becoming the medium by which you’ll discover new insight and vigor for the journey ahead. A chance to energize your life by reclaiming the fullness of your human nature.

*fully vaccinated and boosted


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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