Elk Mountain Ranch



June 11-14, 2020

 Coeur d' Alene, Idaho


The health and safety of the retreat participants is of the utmost importance.  Due to the uncertainty caused by the current pandemic the Summer Meditation Retreat is canceled for 2020. 


“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.”

~ Sakyong Mipham

Immerse yourself in the springtime beauty of the Inland Pacific Northwest for a weekend of Yoga, meditation and friendship. You will be surrounded with streams, vibrant green pastures, abundant wildflowers and beautiful forests.


Each day you will be led through slow, carefully planned Yoga sequences, with the goal of easing tightness in the hips, strengthening core muscles, improving postural alignment and slowing down the breath. Friday and Saturday's will begin with a three-hour morning workshop that will include discussion, meditation and Yoga. Workshop content is designed to help you recognize and overcome common obstacles encountered during meditation and Yoga practices. All levels of practice will be considered in planning. Props such as blocks, chairs, blankets and straps will be available for use and will incorporated in each practice session. In addition to the two morning workshops, we will have 75-90 minute Yoga classes on the first and last day of the retreat. Evenings will be filled with candlelit, guided meditations and/or restorative Yoga sessions.


Receive instruction and guidance on beginning, or renewing, your meditation practice. Learn the types and styles of meditation, stages of a meditation practice, and breathing exercises to calm anxiety, focus the mind and manage stress. Practical tips for success in meditation will be offered throughout the weekend. Guided meditations will be practiced at the beginning of the retreat. Unguided, silent meditation sessions, of various lengths, will be held on the second, third and fourth days. The length of time in silent meditation will increase slightly throughout the weekend, culminating in a longer, silent meditation on the final retreat morning.

“The goal of meditation isn’t to control your thoughts, it’s to stop letting them control you.”

~ Anonymous

Ustrasana (Camel Posture)
Mineral Ridge Trail
Lake Coeur d' Alene
Coeur d' Alene National Forest
CDA Kootenai Country Spring Wildflowers
Mineral Ridge Trail at Sunset
Tubbs Hill Trail
Tubbs Hill Beach
Coeur d' Alene Nat'l Forest
Eagles at Lake Coeur d' Alene


This magnificent property is on a 150 acre ranch located 15 minutes east of Coeur d' Alene in Northern Idaho. The 4000 sf house is a spacious, comfortable home built with love by the owners. The heart of the home is the original 1908 homestead cabin, whose original deed was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt.


The unique setting of this home is at the confluence of two streams and surrounded by pristine natural beauty to stir your heart. Like a painting come to life with romantic rock bridges, quaint stone steps and walls, lush pastures, fruit trees, flowers and two jade-green ponds filled with trout that guests are encouraged to feed with food provided. This enchanting home is surrounded on three sides by 2.5 million acres of U.S. Forest land extending into Montana and Canada. The property has been maintained as a wildlife preserve with deer, elk, moose, bear, wolves, bald eagles and wild turkeys visiting the ranch.  There are no visible neighbors.


Travel expenses are not included in registration costs.

The nearest major airport is in Spokane, Washington. It is a 45 minute drive to Coeur d' Alene from the Spokane airport.

The Missoula, Montana airport is a two hour drive to Coeur d' Alene.

Each participant will receive a map with detailed driving instructions before the retreat.


Arrive at the ranch anytime after 1:00 PM Thursday, June 11th.  Relax and explore the property before a stress relieving, hip opening Yoga session from 4:30-6:30 PM. You will be treated to a welcome dinner at 6:30 PM followed by a candlelit, Yoga nidra (guided meditation).


Six bedrooms are dispersed on both the ground and the second floors with comfortable beds, plenty of space and privacy. The two large main floor bathrooms are located at the front and rear of the home. A well stocked laundry room is available for use. Bathrooms have hairdryers.


Wifi is available throughout the house, but cell phone signals are 'spotty' at best. There is a local land line for emergencies. What'sApp works well for phone calls outside of the local area code.


Wholesome, vegetarian meals will be provided and prepared for you. All meals, prepared by an in-house cook, will be vegetarian and made with fresh, local and organic ingredients when possible. Guests' special dietary needs will be considered in food preparation.


Coffee, tea and light, self-serve breakfast foods will be available before the morning Yoga session. A hot lunch will be served at 12:00 on Friday and Saturday. Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday morning will be a full breakfast/brunch after Yoga practice.


Friday and Saturday afternoons are left open to relax or explore. You can stay at the ranch or explore the area.  Downtown Coeur d' Alene and Lake Coeur d' Alene are a 15 minute drive from the ranch. Bicycles, kayaks and paddle boards can be rented near the lake. An abundance of hiking and biking trails are in and around Coeur d'Alene. A welcome packet with trails, maps and town information upon arrival may help plan your free time. Free time is scheduled for 12:30-6:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. At 6 PM before dinner there will be a short 30 minute Yoga/meditation session.  Dinner is served at 6:30 PM

“I have lived with many Zen masters, all of them cats. ” 

~ Ekhart Tolle


  • Accommodations for three nights 

  • Wholesome vegetarian meals (three dinners, two light breakfasts, two lunches, Sunday brunch, coffee & tea)

  • Two, three-hour Meditation workshops with Asana Practices (days two & three, 9 AM-12 PM)

  • Two 90 minute Yoga practice sessions (arrival & departure days)

  • Three candlelit, evening, restorative/meditation Yoga sessions

  • Handouts on Yoga & meditation

  • Group hike, June 12

  • Small group instruction (maximum of 10 people)

  • Access to the 150 acre ranch to hike and explore


Please send a reservation request, indicating the room you are interested in here.

1) Balcony Room:

Large room with queen bed, private full bath with shower and private patio/terrace. Located on the second floor, private staircase leads to the room. Stunning views of the forest through large glass windows at front of house can be seen from the bed. This is a loft type of room with an open railing above the Yoga room. People cannot see into the Balcony room from the lower level. The Yoga room is closed to the rest of the house between 10 PM and 8 AM to ensure complete privacy to those in the Balcony room.

Single Occupancy: 1050.00, one person

Double Occupancy: 1450.00, total for two people

2) Silver Room:

Large room on main floor, queen bed and views of the fruit tree orchard and small pasture. Shared bath located across hallway from room. Bathroom is shared with the Rec Room and Bear's Den.

Single Occupancy: 900.00 one person

Double Occupancy: 1350.00 total two people

3) Bear's Den:

Part of the original 1908 log cabin. One double bed, two twin beds. Private half bath (no shower). Located on second floor, private stair case leads to room. Electric fireplace in room. Full bathroom located at the base of stairs and shared with the Silver Room.

Single Occupancy: 1050.00

Double Occupancy: 1450.00, two people

Triple Occupancy: 1950.00, total for three people

4) Moose Room:

Queen bed. Located on the main floor. Large bath shared with Wolf and Native American rooms. 

Single Occupancy: 825.00, one person

Double Occupancy: 1275.00, total for two people

5) Wolf Room:

A cozy room with a twin bed, a private exterior door and lots of natural light. Located on main floor at rear of house. Large shared bath with Moose and Native American rooms.

Single Occupancy: 650.00

6) Native American Room:

A large, quiet room with a full bed. Located on the second floor at rear of house, private stair case to room. Shared bath at base of stairs is shared with Wolf and Moose Rooms. (This room has the most privacy and space, but the staircase to the room is steep.)

Single Occupancy: 650.00

7) Rec-Room:

For the budget conscious yogi who doesn't mind sleeping on a pull-out queen size sleeper-sofa and compromising a little privacy. The rec-room is located between the laundry room and the two back bedrooms (Wolf Room and Moose Room). Exterior French doors are located off the Rec-Room. This room can share either of the two large bathrooms on the main floor. There is a door to close off the laundry room from the rec-room and the front of the house.

Single Occupancy: 500.00

  • Reserve your room with a non-refundable 100.00 deposit per person here.

  • Request registration here

  • Balance due April 11, 2020

  • No refunds within 45 days of the retreat.

  • Cancellation 46 days or more prior to the retreat will be refunded,minus 100.00 per person deposit .