Retreats & Events

Group events at Stibal Barn in Southwest Montana

Every summer, families, corporate groups, and curious newcomers gather at the J Bar L to experience this special piece of Montana together. Some folks join us at one of our retreats, while others choose to craft their own private Montana experience for their family or corporate group. Either way, we are excited to come alongside you and create an experience you will truly cherish!


Current Offerings -- Each year we design a handful of specialty weeks for our guests as an opportunity for them to learn, grow, and connect on this landscape.  In the past offerings have ranged from photography retreats, birding groups, horsemanship clinics, personal improvement seminars and more. Stay tuned as we continue to grow our offerings! Below are the events we are booking for 2021:

  • Full Ecology - August 22-26th, 2021
    Here on the cusp of COVID-19, with its isolation and zoom meetups, with its social injustice, its political and economic unrest, there is no chance for a return to “normal.” The circumstances have asked everything of us – as individuals, in relationships, in communities. Lives have been lost, and time. There’s plenty to grieve. Come immerse yourself in our natural landscape and reclaim the fullness of who you are during this four day retreat guided by author Gary Ferguson and social psychologist Mary M Clare.

  • Ranch to Table | Ranch Tour & Tasting - Fall TBD
    Come visit our HQ in Melville, MT to learn about regenerative agriculture and how we manage our land and herd to improve soil health. Join us for a tour with our Ranch Managers, Andrew & Hilary, and enjoy a tasting of our grassfed beef after! This will be a ticketed event and require bringing your own transportation for the tour portion. Please let us know if you would like to be put on our interest list -- we look forward to sharing what we are learning as we steward our land and animals and do our best to co-exist and impact the greater ecosystem for good 

Interested in hosting your group/workshop at the ranch? -- We would love to host your next corporate retreat, family reunion or small private wedding at the J Bar L Ranch! J Bar L's Centennial Valley ranch can house up to 30 people across our entire Centennial Valley ranch, though most groups opt to stay across our Smith House and Brundage Cabins. The Stibal Barn is our centrally-located gathering place offering a comfortable dining and meeting space for our groups. The Stibal Barn lends itself equally to a seated 4-course meal as it does a casual BBQ on the lawn overlooking the Red Rock River. We are happy to source a private chef to cook for your group as well as recommend activities and guided adventures to enjoy together such as hiking, biking, massages, fly-fishing, bird-watching, pack trips, and more! Let us know how we can craft a special experience for your group!


Past Retreat Offerings