The date for the Montana yoga retreat is quickly approaching, and in an effort to help everyone prepare for this rustic and relaxing experience we’ve compiled a list of things you’ll want to bring with you.
This retreat is your chance to slip away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and ground yourself in a peaceful space. Whether you’re motivated by an interest to dive deeper into your yoga practice, connect with like-minded individuals, or simply surround yourself with the breathtaking views of the Montana mountains, Grey Cliff’s Ranch is where you want to be.
In order to properly enjoy your retreat, it’s important to remember that the Wild West received it’s name for a reason; it’s unpredictable.
The weather can fluctuate sporadically, with temperatures ranging from 50-70° F during the day, and between 30-50° F at night. This list will help cover the basics of everything needed so you can enjoy all aspects of it.
This retreat invites endless opportunities; hiking in Yellowstone National Park, horseback riding through mountain trails, dining out at incredible restaurants, practicing yoga twice a day – the key to making packing effortless is taking the time to plan. By thinking about everything you’re going to be doing you can narrow down the necessities to bring. This is particularly important when it comes to shoes, seeing as they will be what weighs your suitcase down the most.
So here’s our list of what to pack for the Montana Yoga Retreat –
Wool-Based Layers – You’ll be thankful for these when the sun goes down.
We highly recommend Smart wool socks and base layers to keep you warm on the chillier days and nights.
Yoga Pants/Tops – 3-4 of each should be perfect for the 4 nights and 5 days you’ll be spending at the ranch.
Jeans – A comfortable pair that you can wear horseback riding.
Dinner Clothing – There will be gourmet dinners at the ranch, and plenty of time to explore the neighboring towns.
Nano Puff Jackets – Our favorite is made by Patagonia, but any light-weight jacket that retains heat will work perfectly.
Proper Footwear – The proper footwear is essential in order to fully enjoy everything you’ll be doing on this retreat. Whether it’s hiking through Yellowstone National Park, or taking a private cooking lesson with the the Ranch’s Head Chef, Rory Kain – you’re going to want to make sure you’re prepared for all occasions.
Hiking Shoes – You’re going to want something sturdy and supportive that will hold up on the rough terrain you’ll be encountering on your hikes.
Cowboy Boots – These should definitely be a staple for your Southwestern wardrobe, stylish but also durable for most of the activities you’ll be doing throughout the day.
Athletic Sneakers – Think lightweight and aerated; something for you to throw on to morning yoga, or for an evening jog around the ranch.
Yoga Gear – Reasonable prices and the utilization of sustainable materials are why Prana and Manduka are two of our go-to brands. A few key pieces of equipment we recommend bringing with you on this retreat:
Microfiber yoga towel – this will keep you from slipping and sliding across the mat.
Yoga Strap/Block – If you typically use a yoga strap or block in your practice, it’s best to pack them up for a retreat.
Yoga Mat Spray – With yoga being offered twice a day on this retreat, a cleansing spray is vital to keep your mat clean. Om On Yoga has a special mat cleanser that was made by the Richmond-based company Maven Made.
Water Bottle – When it comes to hydration, S’well bottles are our go-to. Besides being adorable, the bottles are made out of high quality stainless steel, which means they don’t sweat and they’ll last you a very long time.
Hats – In an effort to keep the Southwestern theme alive, we highly recommend cowboy hats. We’re in love with the ones made by Janessa Leone. They’re designed with the focus being on creating stylish, cruelty-free products though the use of sustainable materials and methods. The end result is a quality product that will easily last you through many seasons.
Hairties – Mane Message is our hair tie of choice. They’re soft and stretchy, never leaving us worried about split ends.
Oil Blends – We like to have different essential oils on us wherever we go. During times of travel we like to use a lot of vetiver, cedarwood, frankincese and patchouli for a sense of grounding. If traveling makes you anxious, try blends that have lavender, chamomile, rose, or bergamot for a calming effect.
We hope this list makes your packing a little easier, and can’t wait to see you on the retreat!