Cultivating Awareness
Helena, Montana Retreat with Aubrey Zinaich

Yoga to Cultivate Awareness presents a multi-limbed approach to practice, using devotion (secular or non-secular), movement to increase energy and vitality, meditation and concentration to help still the chatter of the mind.  The result is a subtle shift in mind, body and spirit.  Yoga presents a framework for self-realization and is a guide to becoming more authentically true to oneself.  During each class, participants will be invited to explore what it means to cultivate more awareness and mindfulness in their daily lives.

Greet the majesty of the Rocky Mountains with a morning āsana practice, followed by breakfast and plenty of time to explore everything that this amazing retreat center has to offer.  Late afternoon practices will explore movement, pranayama, yoga nidra and more.  Classes and practices will be grounded in explorations within the Bhadavad Gītā & the Upaniṣads.

No experience is required for this retreat, beginners to seasoned practitioners are welcome.  No flexibility of the body is necessary, and all instructions are invitations for each person to explore.  All levels of ability are welcome.  

Are you a yoga teacher certified through Yoga Alliance? Aubrey will offer 10 hours of Continuing Education credits for teachers who attend this retreat. Contact hours will include: Techniques, Training & Practice + Anatomy & Physiology + Yoga Philosophy & Ethics.

Aubrey leads classes with humor and playfulness, and she invites each person to explore what is true for them and their bodies.

  • 6 nights accommodations
  • 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Group ground transport to/from Helena Regional Airport to Retreat Center
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
  • 10 Hours of Continuing Education Credits for Yoga Alliance


Nestled in the heart of the northern Rocky Mountains surrounded by millions of acres of forest and mountains. The peaceful mountain sanctuary provides a space for a sublime experience of  the heart, mind, and body. Embrace the essence of rustic comfort in a western-style chalet, cabin or yurt. Each room at this center is unique and the size of the rooms vary.

Enjoy the simple sounds of nature in the serene landscape and allow yourself to breathe, wander, laugh, and lounge. Soak in the big sky views with hikes through the Helena National Forest, take a canoe exploring on the lake, or simply unwind at the spa with a relaxing treatment.

All meals are locally sourced and organic from Montana’s first and only certified organic grocery store. Expect to eat well from their nutritious and international menus.




KRI Certified Level 1



Aubrey is a 500-hour certified Yoga teacher with over 1000 hours of teaching experience including in teaching yoga for pre-natal and post-natal people. She has been practicing yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for over 25 years. She teaches weekly classes at Global Breath Yoga and Meditation Center in Durham, NC.

Aubrey’s practice is informed by her desire to be on a continuous path of self-discovery and awareness.  From this desire she is inspired to cultivate a practice of devotion and service which she has learned from the example of her teachers.  She believes that Yoga is more than a set of bendy āsana or postures. She believes that Yoga presents a framework for self-realization and is a guide for becoming our authentic selves.  She is interested in the spaces of life that hold transformation and in bringing greater awareness to them.

Aubrey is inspired by the works of Thich Nhat Hanh, Guru Nanak, The Bhagavad Gītā and the Upaniṣads.  Aubrey’s teachers are nature, Dr. Judy Plemons, Dr. Edwin Bryant, Keval Kaur Khalsa, Philip Deslippe, Jvala Singh, her partner, her child, her fellow teachers, fellow practitioners and many more.


Yoga for Awareness – Monday + Wednesday + Friday @ 10:30am

Sunday Sadhana – Sunday @ 9:00am


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Instagram: @aubrey.zinaich

Practice yoga in the spacious lodge or outside amongst nature on the deck. Saunter off to the sauna or hot tub to relax. Dive into a deep relaxation with a massage or bodywork session. Refresh with a nice dip in the lake fed by a pure mountain spring or go for a stroll in any direction for much needed time to yourself. 

While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:

  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • River Rafting 
  • Paddle-boarding
  • Swimming at the lake
  • Ceramic class
  • Hot Springs
  • And more!

*Price of some activities are not included in tuition.

Please be sure to review Our Policies.


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Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Getting There 

The closest airport is Helena Regional Airport (HLN). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. You will be responsible for your own transportation to the center. The drive time to the center is approximately 30 minutes from HLN. 

Check-In: 3:00 pm

Check Out: 9:00 am

Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. 

We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). 

Read more about our insurance partners and their policies here. We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have questions about traveling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also, be sure to check out our Participant FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write to us at and let us know how we can help!

Save $200 on full-price (shared only) until Nov. 15, 2023!

Shared Accommodations – $2695 USD (Full Price $2895 USD)

Deluxe Shared Accommodations – $3195 USD (Full Price $3395 USD)

Single Accommodations – $3595 USD

Deluxe Single Accommodations – $3895 USD

Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.


  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
  • True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to

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