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Peter Kater

From an early age Peter found inspiration, solace and healing in being present with and listening to the sounds of nature and music.   Peter’s great love and passion for self-awareness, the miracle of nature and the gift of ever-transforming Life energy has been the inspiration in Peter’s music ever since he was a teenager.  Through decades of practicing a wide variety of awareness techniques from mediation, to chanting and fasting, to energy and body-work and to participating in many diverse workshops, retreats and intensives, Peter is inspired to share his experience and expression of the Art of Presence.


Multi-platinum selling Pianist/Composer Peter Kater has been a leading innovator of contemporary instrumental music for over 3 decades. He’s received many awards and accolades for his rich and diverse music including 12 Grammy Award nominations.   A prolific composer, he’s released over 60 critically acclaimed recordings and has scored the music for over 100 television and film productions including 11 On & Off-Broadway dramatic plays.    From solo piano and contemporary jazz ensembles to full orchestral works his music is heard all over the world crossing many genres from the Olympics, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall to the treatment rooms of hundreds of thousands massage and healing practitioners.  He is known for his many groundbreaking collaborations with musicians such as Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai; Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog;  Sting guitarist Dominic Miller and Sacred Chantress Snatam Kaur.    And as avid environmentalist and humanitarian Peter is a proud recipient of the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations. 

“Peter’s music moved me. The under the piano experience created tears...it was a beautiful stunning experience.  I am working on healing myself . . .
he may have just done it.”  


-Nanz Zekela

Geri LittleJohn

A flute maker, a mother, a lover of nature, a performer, a healing sound practitioner, a ceremonial singer, and a woman engaged in the process of becoming a human being. Geri LittleJohn loves to share what she has learned through her years of deep listening, participating in Lakota ceremony, and her many years of cultivating her relationship with nature through making and playing Native American style flutes. Her first flute teacher was her late-husband, Cherokee flute maker Hawk LittleJohn, with whom she began making flutes 25 years ago. He was fond of saying that the only sin was the “sin of separation”. She believes that every breath is an opportunity to connect with nature through the trees that exchange breath with us . . . . that we each carry Medicine, gifts unique to us, and that the Universe is asking for us to share those gifts now. The music she plays is all improvisational, inspired by both the beauty and the grief of this world and the belief that music heals the body, mind, and spirit.

Robin & Tyler Gardner  (Co-Founders of Dancing Spirit Ranch) 

These high school sweethearts grew up in Whitefish, Montana and were lucky enough to have these mountains as their playground. After high school, Robin moved to Manhattan to attend New York University’s Gallatin program of Individualized Study, creating her own major of “The Good Life”. Meanwhile, Tyler moved to Pittsburgh with a Division-I soccer scholarship to Robert Morris University and graduated with a double major in Hospitality and Business Management. After college, they developed a strong passion for travel and have since visited over 35 countries together. During their most recent backpacking stint, they completed a Yoga Alliance accredited 200-hour vinyasa flow teacher training in Bali with Jolie Manza. One of the their biggest lessons during all of their travels is that home is in the mountains. After a handful of years in San Francisco, Robin and Tyler decided to move back and combine all of their passions into one, Dancing Spirit Ranch. They are beyond thrilled to share their love for people, hospitality, and the Flathead Valley with everyone that comes to the ranch. And if they can’t find them there, you can usually find them hiking, skiing, or practicing yoga. 


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