May
8
Sun
Yoga Teachers Training Level 2 @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
4:00 pm – May 14, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

This is the second level of a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training / Yoga Immersion started in Sept 2015 at Mountain Waters Retreat in Nelson BC. This course is designed primarily for those who are now or are considering becoming yoga teachers, but is also appropriate for yoga students wishing to deepen their experience and practice of yoga without necessarily planning to teach yoga.

This level 2 training will once again be taught by master teachers Karuna and Paul Erikson of the Heart Yoga Center. The Heart Yoga center is a Registered Yoga School with the internationally recognized organization Yoga alliance, and follows their standards and recommendations. This course is a six day intensive with a  final six day level 3  module offered in Sept 2016. All levels will be held at the Mountain Waters. Certification of completion of this level two course will be presented on Saturday Sept 20 at the end of the six-day training. Upon completion of all three levels, students are certified by Heart Yoga Center at the 200 hour level, and may become Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance.

 

Karuna Erickson is a devoted yoga teacher as well as a psychotherapist, practicing in both fields since 1970. The focus of her work is the integration of body, mind, heart, and spirit. She is the director of the Heart Yoga Center, a registered yoga teacher training school with the Yoga Alliance. She has trained yoga teachers for over 20 years. She teaches yoga internationally, interweaving Sufi poetry and Buddhist practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation. She leads annual retreats in Costa Rica, Canada, and Bali.

May
18
Wed
Circle of Healing @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
3:00 pm – May 23, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

Rooted in the traditional wisdom that the healing of one person is linked with the healing of all, Shamanism has, for centuries, harnessed the power of a circle of people by calling community together to assist with an individual’s deepest healing process. 

After many years of passionate study, practice and devotion to the healing arts, we are thrilled to offer you this unique and rare opportunity to delve deeply into yourself, while also being held and immersed in a Circle of Healing.

Three healers converge to offer you the powerful and dynamic culmination of their wisdom and experience, which harmonize and synthesize like three streams meeting to form a river of support for self-discovery and empowerment.

Blast out deep-rooted patterns, release unprocessed baggage, and discharge trauma energy from your system that could otherwise take years of therapy to resolve. Undertake an initiatory journey that unlocks and activates your inherent gifts.

Two ceremonies will be led by Blue Thunder Woman incorporating shamanic technologies designed to create a container for deep inner exploration.

Transformative group process and integration circles will be facilitated by Devon and Sasha.

Enormous benefits are possible when ancient shamanic practices are coupled with modern Western psycho-biological healing methodologies. Together we will co-create an alchemical vessel that will assist in carrying us on our sacred journey through our wounding and into healing and wholeness.

We are excited to bring this work to such a majestic location. Our setting at Mountain Waters Retreat Centre is in the heart of the West Kootenays, near Nelson BC, where we will be surrounded by mountains, lakes and vast expanses of wilderness. The retreat cost includes accommodation at the lodge and healthy, organic meals. In order to maintain the integrity of the container and support the depth of the work, this retreat is residential and therefore no off-site lodging will be permitted.

 

Your Guides

unnamedDevon Christie is a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor through UC San Diego Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute, and is certified through UMass Center for Mindfulness to teach the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (IMP). She is also a certified Relational Somatic Therapist (2014), and Shamanic Yoga Instructor (2012, Cuzco Peru). In 2014 Devon collaborated with Dr. Gabor Maté and Vegitalismo shamans to bring 25 healers together in Mexico for a 10-day retreat exploring the ‘Wounded Healer’ archetype. She returns again in December 2015 to co-facilitate further retreats with Dr. Maté. She is an Advisory Board member to MAPS Canada.

unnamed-1Sasha Cuff is thoroughly practiced in the art of communication with unseen intelligent beings. He weaves their compassionate and wise guidance into the therapeutic alliance. Sasha’s intuitive gifts open doors into essential realms of healing that are often unexplored through conventional therapies. His warm and kind nature engenders a safe space in which even the darkest of nights can be explored and liberated. Sasha’s patient presence allows deep wounding to come to the surface gracefully, and empowers people to heal themselves. Awakening your inner healer, he guides you through processes that teach you powerful self-healing approaches. Sasha has 15+ years of clinical experience and is a certified Relational Somatic Therapist. Sasha is the father of 3 boys and currently practices in Nelson, Vancouver and Kaslo, BC.

 

Blue Thunder Woman, through years of learning to straddle different worlds, weaves together time-honoured shamanic practices with modern, visionary materials and guidance. She holds degrees in Classical History & Philosophy (B.A., summa cum laude) and Religious Studies (M.A.), and has additionally studied with several indigenous, shamanic and metaphysical teachers since 1997. Her research interests are orientated around shamanic healing technologies and the therapeutic import of alternate and mystical states of consciousness, with a focus on the power of Sacred Song to build bridges between worlds. Her passion lies in the art and science of working with sacred ceremonial and magical plants, a field in which she has been a student and practitioner for more than a decade. Having been initiated into a sacred lineage of Star Nation Medicine Carriers, her work is imprinted by an evolutionary thrust that is grounded in an ancient and time-honoured knowledge preserved and passed down by Earth-Stewards and Wisdom-Keepers through the millennia.

COST FOR RETREAT INCLUDING MEALS AND ACCOMMODATIONS
$1300 – shared room $1600 – private room
~ payment accepted by cash, cheque or e-transfer only ~

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT
Once confirmation to attend has been granted, a non-refundable deposit of $500 will be required to reserve your spot. This retreat is limited to 16 participants.

RESERVING YOUR SPACE
Step 1: Contact circleofhealing@hushmail.com to receive an application form.
Step 2: Send completed application to circleofhealing@hushmail.com
Step 3: Upon approval, contact Richard at info@mountainwatersretreats.ca to arrange your accommodation selection and deposit. The deposit will be due no later than 10 days after notification of approval.

Applications must be received via email by Monday, February 22nd

CANCELLATION POLICY
We ask that you be clear with your intent to participate; all deposits are non-refundable.

May
23
Mon
Healing with Addictions (May) @ Mountain Waters Retreat
4:00 pm – May 29, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

500mandala editThis six day experiential seminar will examine the sources of addiction in our individual histories and in our culture, and connect us with the inner wholeness which is the final and only answer to addictive drives. Participants are supported to experience genuine self acceptance, and move forward in their lives in healthier, more authentic ways.

How we define addictions:

An addiction is “any behaviour that we engage in on an ongoing basis that causes harm to ourselves or the people that we care about. Behaviours that we are unable to stop.” This definition is a big tent that many of us can find a place within.
Addictions are self-destructive patterns of thought and behavior,that are rife throughout our society. From the respectable compulsions of the professional workaholic to the disease-inducing habits of the street junkie. All addictions originate from a place of deep-seated emotional pain and an unbearable sense of spiritual loss.

This retreat is for:

Participants who are currently struggling with addictions in their lives as well as counsellors, therapists and support workers addressing addictions in a professional capacity. This retreat is not meant for active substance users. It’s intended to be a source of rich personal learning and renewal for all participants.

IMG_0933This groundbreaking seminar incorporates:

  • the brain science of addiction
  • guided self-exploration
  • interactive group exercises
  • indigenous teachings
  • yoga practice & instruction to work with addictive impulses
  • meditation & mindfulness practice
  • one integrative bodywork session

The program includes indiginous healing techniques plus a facilitated group process designed to help participants integrate the full benefit of their experience. Organic, gourmet meals and accommodations are provided in a secluded mountain retreat facility.

Additionally, there will be indigenous Medicine Wheel teachings focusing on being in the “right relationship” with what is often referred to as the “hungry ghost” of addiction.

The retreat will be led by Dr Duncan Grady and supported by a team of gifted health practitioners.

 

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DUNCAN GRADY 

Dr. Duncan Grady’s professional experience includes over 20 years of post secondary education and 36 years of counselling and psychotherapy in the fields of addictions, trauma, death and dying. He has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and a Doctorate of Divinity specific to Creation Spirituality. He is an elder of the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society, West Kootenay’s, BC. He currently co-leads retreats, works with communities impacted by lateral violence and provides training and consultation using western and non-western approaches to health, well-being, spirituality, trauma and dying and death.

 

Jun
12
Sun
Everything Belongs
5:00 pm – June 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

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Everything Belongs

Many of us have suffered, or are suffering difficult situations in our lives, and yet we turn away from the source of that suffering repeatedly. Schooled to trust experts and orientated toward quick solutions, we can turn away from those aspects of reality labelled “difficult”. But these have much to teach us about the truth of our own experience.

 “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust

woman in grassDuring this week long retreat you will

  • Learn how your wholeness and wellbeing flows from the integration of all your experiences including the difficult ones.
  • Identify the disconnects in your life so you can shift to a path that supports your growth and happiness.
  • Embrace your own experience with more kindness and self-acceptance
  • Learn how to shift your perceptions and read the map of your own experience with more accuracy
  • Discover an intimacy with Nature.

The problem is we live in a culture of comfort and convenience where the seeking of pleasure and the avoidance of pain has become so pervasive it drives much of our economy. We push away discomfort.

The mind tells us that diversions, busyness, addictions and other distractions will help. But the mind is wrong. None of that brings happiness. Instead we are left with a gnawing sense that something is missing. And that no matter how hard we try, this emptiness cannot be filled from the outside.

circle of handsWhat is missing is that part of our own experience we have cast aside. Welcoming it back brings new energy into our lives, allowing for healing, grace and yes, celebration.

Nothing is given to us that’s not ultimately for the benefit of our own evolution and growth.

 Learning to observe our reality more clearly and trust our experience means doing things differently than how we’ve been taught. You don’t need to be perfect, or know the right answer every time you’re asked. What is needed, instead, is to take the pressure off, un-clutter the mind, spend time in Nature and practice being more kind to ourselves.

This retreat is as much about letting go of old and limiting beliefs as it is about learning new practices and ways of being in the world that will  serve your personal growth and happiness.

Learn to trust what you feel in your body, rather than the stories in your head.

We’ll take our cue from Nature and the living ecology around us, where everything has a function, everything is interconnected, and everything belongs. Using her master teaching plants, sitting in circle, walking wilderness trails, and doing a Vision Quest on the forested mountainside surrounding the retreat centre.
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This Vision Quest is not about strength, stamina or the ability to “tough” it out, we have all done enough of that. It is instead an opportunity to let let  the dry fall away the outer skin of protective habit, and allow the new growth within you to put it’s roots down into fertile soil. An opportunity for you to take in the nourishment of being held in the womb of Nature by the spirit that runs through all things.

During the course of this week we’ll come back over and over again to the insight provided by the wisdom teachings of the Four Separations. These Teachings help to cast light upon those places in each of us where disconnection lives, so that we can begin the process of welcoming back parts of ourselves that have stood outside the circle of our kindness for too long.

This retreat is for those of you who realize that it’s time to stop looking outside yourself for the “healer and the healing”.

As the elders of the Hopi Nation stated in June 2000;

“We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

This retreat is also for people who have completed one of our Healing with Addictions Retreats at Mountain Waters, and wish to continue moving forward in their process of self-discovery and personal transformation.

 This week long retreat will be led by Richard Klein, and will be supported by a facilitation team that includes Duncan Grady & Jen Davies, Yogita Bouchard, Jim Quigley and Karuna Erickson.

ded9d54e-1The Retreat includes:

  • Supported Vision Quest
  • Heart Ceremony and Medicine Wheel teachings
  • Shamanic practices
  • Meditation and Mindfulness teachings
  • Yoga and body practices
  • Interactive group exercises

The Four Separations:

  1. Mind as separate from Body and Emotions

  2. Self as separate from “others” and the World.

  3. What we are conscious of is separate from the shadow, which is kept unconscious.

  4. Life is separate from Death

To register or for more information, call Richard at 1.888.352.6081 

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Facilitator

P1030502Richard Klein is a happily recovering workaholic who  has created the Mountain Waters Retreat Centre over the last 20 years. He is an aquatic therapist and life coach and teaches mindfulness as part of the facilitations team at the Healing with Addictions Retreat. Richard has completed a four year course of studies in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy with master teachers Ron Kurtz and Jon Eisman. He is the father of five adult children. Richard has traveled extensively on his own into the Mountains of British Columbia, China and Tibet on extended vision quests and pilgrimage experiences. He is one of the stewards of Crystal Mountain, where the Retreat Centre is located, and has over the years come to know its many wild and sacred places.

 

 

 

Duncan and Jen - 2016Duncan Grady is a psychotherapist and teacher with over 30 years in the field of addictions and trauma with a post doctorate degree in Creation Spirituality. He was raised in the Siksika/Sauk Blackfeet indigenous tradition.

Jen Davies has been an interested student of indigenous healing practices for the past 15 years.
She combines these practices with the medicine wheel teachings that Duncan brings to create healing circles that  awaken our hearts and connect our spirits to the innate wisdom within.

 

 

 

DSC_0706Karuna Erickson is a devoted yoga teacher as well as a psychotherapist. The focus of her work is the integration of body, mind, heart, and spirit. She teaches yoga internationally, interweaving Sufi poetry and Buddhist practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation.

 

 

 

 

Yogita Bouchard 1Yogita Bouchard is a gifted Massage Therapist and bodyworker who helps people become aware of the deeper story carried within the tissues of the body. She studied the science of Yoga for seven years and shares the breathing practices, known as Pranayama, that help connect us more deeply into our body experience.  Yogita has completed a four year course of studies in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy with master teachers Ron Kurtz and Jon Eisman.

 

Jul
3
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation: A Buddhist Path to Happiness, Love & Awakening @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
4:00 pm – July 15, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

We are capable of great wisdom, boundless love,  true compassion , and deep-seated ease. And yet all to often our human experience is clouded by painful moods, mental compulsions, addictions, and difficult psychological scripts from the past.

For thousands of years, people have used Buddhist meditation as a way of training the mind and elevating consciousness to free themselves from anxiety, self-criticism, depression, and fear.

Spiritual practice is not about self-improvement, or attempting to fashion a life that is stable or predictable. Suffering is caused by the very demand that life be something other than it is. Instead of requiring life to be different, we can learn to let life live through, and as, us. Freedom and happiness lie in accepting this present moment, right NOW, exactly as it is. This moment is actually all we ever have. It is only NOW when we awaken from the trance of our separateness and realize our true, infinite nature.

Whether you have meditated for years, or are just setting out on your inner journey you will find this retreat informative, healing and liberating.

 

There will be instruction and practice in sitting and walking meditation as well as Dharma talks, movement meditation, opportunities to ask questions  and to receive individual guidance from Robert.

The retreat will occur in noble silence in a natural setting of great beauty and tranquility.

This 12 day retreat will give you ample opportunity to drop beneath the busyness of day to day life and reconnect with yourself in a deep and heartfelt way. This retreat is not an endurance contest, the teachings are both gentle and profound and this will be a time to finally offer yourself the love, care and attention for which you have always longed. For those who are unable to attend the full 12 day retreat there is a week long retreat option available. You will return to your life and your relationships rested, renewed and inspired. And you will bring with you the tools to maintain a balanced openness to all of your experience. There is no instructor fee for this retreat. Robert follows the ancient Buddhist tradition of not charging a fee for his teaching. Support for the teachings and his work is provided through the practice of Dana.

 

 

 

Robert Beatty is the founder and guiding teacher of the Portland Insight Meditation Community. He brings forty years of Buddhist Dharma practice and training in western therapies to his teaching and work with individuals. Robert is a member of the first wave of lay Theravada Buddhist teachers who brought Buddhism from Asia to America. Robert uses humor, poetry and drumming to teach meditation for everyday life, including intimate relationships, parenting, work, social engagement, and community.
Aug
5
Fri
In Balance Yoga Teacher Training @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
4:00 pm – August 19, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Continue the learning adventure while you recharge and rejuvenate.

Join Kaitlin Armstrong & Pattie Dwyer on an Yoga journey that dives deep into the traditions of yoga but then carries it up and off the mat into everyday life. Yoga as our focus and medium, we will explore every layer of breath, body, mind and spirit reconnecting to our authentic selves and weaving them together to uncover our deepest heartfelt passions.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:

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Kaitlin Armstrong
Kaitlin completed her 500 hour Moksha Yoga Instructors Training (Hatha and Iynegar based) in June 2012 to compliment her existing qualifications as an Exercise Physiologist and Holistic Health Practitioner.  She started doing yoga over 8 years ago in university and saw how powerfully life changing Yoga became in helping manage daily physical and mental stress as well as increasing overall happiness and well-being. Kaitlin’s yoga instruction is rooted in her passion for lifelong health and happiness. Kaitlin has been working with chronic illness management, rehabilitative programs as well athletics for the past 8 years in a variety of settings and loves to explore posture and body alignment in depth. As a happy hippy at heart, Kaitlin takes great pride in helping others find natural health and balance in their lives in a manner that is both inspiring and sustainable.

 

 

Marie Simpson

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Marie Simpson is all about joy and the exhilaration of feeling a oneness with life. She began this magical practice of yoga in 2000 and is consistently blown away by the power of breath, movement and awareness to bring brilliance to every moment. Marie is a firework with plenty of energy and world-class hugs, and her teaching style is grounded and inwardly focused, while also uplifting and fun. She studies yogic philosophy and transpersonal psychology, and she is most interested in the psycho-emotional experiences available through the practice of yoga, meditation, and mantra. Marie is inspired by students who are willing to soften their views of their body, who will commit to diligently being with their breath, and who can courageously bear witness to matters of the heart.

 

 

PRICES
200 HOUR YOGA TRAINING | $4,050
Includes accommodations + meals for 14 nights/15 days

500 HOUR YOGA TRAINING | $4,350
Includes accommodations + meals for 14 nights/15 days

YOGA INTENSIVE | $3,250
This is a 100 hour intensive that allows you to deepen your yoga practice and dive into self discovery without committing to all the hours of teaching practicum and training. Here you will learn and play with In Balance alignment and lifestyle techniques for the modern yogi as well as uncover what yoga means to you and how your passion can be nurtured by a strong, healthy practice.

Save $300 if you register by May 1st, 2015

Aug
19
Fri
Ready, Set, Love: A Couples Workshop
4:30 pm – August 23, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

Almost all couples have had the experience of falling in love. Being able to “keep in love”, and keeping the relationship alive,  takes falling in love to the next level. Using mindfulness and compassion, this workshop will teach skills needed to sustain an energetic, healthy, respectful, and mutually rewarding relationship over time.

Often couples find themselves “stuck” – in relationships that have become too busy, too painful, or just too flat and empty.  The usual ways of trying to get out of these stuck places often become loops that keep couples from getting unstuck. Eventually one or both of the partners start to wonder if the relationship is worth saving, too often seeing the other as “the enemy”. Usually both just desperately want out of the pain.

 

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Having the right tools and reconnecting to what is really important can change relationships profoundly.   Whether you are in crisis,  just stuck,  wanting to enrich what you already have, or are at the beginning of your relationship and want giudance to “do it right from the beginning”, this workshop will give you a practical  understanding of relationship dynamics and effective  tools to make your relationship the one you want.

This workshop will:
1.  Offer experiential exercises that will teach concrete skills to take home. It is an opportunity to stop doing what isn’t working, and to start doing something that will work.
2.  Provide an opportunity to have a different experience – to re-connect, to shift attitudes, and to learn different models of how to nourish and care for your relationship.
3.  Help you, if you are in crisis and trying to make a decision about the life of your relationship, by providing  models and tools to help you  use a different lens to filter your decision through, and by assisting you to connect to a deeper, wiser, and less reactive part of yourself to make that decision from.

 

 

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Beth Falch-Nielsen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer.   She has been in the counselling field for over  40   years and in private practice for 26 years.    Living in Vancouver,  with a private practice,  she teaches and supervises students in Edmonton and Calgary and is a guest trainer/ supervisor in Portland.   Working with couples is one of Beth’s specialities,  and using Mindfulness and experiential exercises to help couples have a different experience of what is possible and to connect deeply and really take in and be nourished by that connection,  is a major focus of her couples work. Beth lives in a co-housing eco viillage in the Fraser Valley and has found a way to be part of community, one of the things most important to her,  and have a good balance of rural life plus being close enough to Vancouver for everything that exciting city can offer.   She has two grown children and is a new grandmother.

 

 

 

Sep
11
Sun
Yoga Teachers Training Level 3 @ Mountain Waters Retreats
4:00 pm – September 17, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

IMG_6480This retreat offers the final level of  the three part Yoga certification training that started in Sept of 2015.  Jointly Taught by Karuna Erickson, along with her husband Paul Erickson, this six day heart-centered intensive is suitable both for yoga students who wish to become Registered Yoga Teachers with Yoga Alliance and for those who simply want to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga without necessarily wishing to teach yoga. It offers a deep experience of yoga, for people considering or already teaching yoga, and for those who love yoga and wish to immerse themselves in yoga practice and principles. This course is a profound integration of body, mind, heart and spirit, intended for yoga students of all levels who want to expand their experience of yoga as a spiritual practice and way of life.

The cost is for meals and accommodations for those students stay with us at Mountain Waters. Please contact Karuna at 250-229-4793, regarding course payment and fees. Please visit www.yogakaruna.com for more information about the course and tuition cost..

Karuna Erickson is a devoted yoga teacher as well as a psychotherapist, practicing in both fields since 1970. DSC_0706The focus of her work is the integration of body, mind, heart, and spirit. She is the director of the Heart Yoga Center, a registered yoga teacher training school with the Yoga Alliance. She has trained yoga teachers for over 20 years. She teaches yoga internationally, interweaving Sufi poetry and Buddhist practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation. She leads annual retreats in Costa Rica, Canada, and Bali.

 

 

 

IMG_1140Paul Erickson is a psychotherapist and meditation and yoga teacher, specializing in the integration of these healing practices. By interweaving these wisdom and heart teachings, their accessibility for body/mind healing is enhanced.

Along with his ongoing psychotherapy practice, Paul has taught many yoga teacher certification programs, yoga and meditation workshops and retreats, and communication and stress reduction workshops in Canada, the US, Bali, and Costa Rica..
He has been certified as a Community Dharma leader through a 2 ½ year training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. He has  attended extended meditation retreats at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, Spirit Rock Meditation Center in CA, Hollyhock Retreat Centre in BC, Chaswa Monastery in Burma, and a retreat in Sri Lanka. Paul has studied with renowned Western Buddhist teachers including Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Michelle McDonald and Steven Smith.
Paul is inspired by seeing the emotional and spiritual transformation in himself and others through the practices of these wisdom traditions. He has lived in the peaceful mountains of BC for over 40 years, raising a wonderful family and being nourished by the beauty and bounty of the natural world.

 


 

Sep
18
Sun
Healing with Addictions (September) @ Mountain Waters Retreat
4:00 pm – September 24, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

500mandala editThis six day experiential seminar will examine the sources of addiction in our individual histories and in our culture, and connect us with the inner wholeness which is the final and only answer to addictive drives. Participants are supported to experience genuine self acceptance, and move forward in their lives in healthier, more authentic ways.

How we define addictions:

An addiction is “any behaviour that we engage in on an ongoing basis that causes harm to ourselves or the people that we care about. Behaviours that we are unable to stop.” This definition is a big tent that many of us can find a place within.
Addictions are self-destructive patterns of thought and behavior,that are rife throughout our society. From the respectable compulsions of the professional workaholic to the disease-inducing habits of the street junkie. All addictions originate from a place of deep-seated emotional pain and an unbearable sense of spiritual loss.

This retreat is for:

Participants who are currently struggling with addictions in their lives as well as counsellors, therapists and support workers addressing addictions in a professional capacity. This retreat is not meant for active substance users. It’s intended to be a source of rich personal learning and renewal for all participants.

IMG_0933This groundbreaking seminar incorporates:

  • the brain science of addiction
  • guided self-exploration
  • interactive group exercises
  • indigenous teachings
  • yoga practice & instruction to work with addictive impulses
  • meditation & mindfulness practice
  • one integrative bodywork session

The program includes indiginous healing techniques plus a facilitated group process designed to help participants integrate the full benefit of their experience. Organic, gourmet meals and accommodations are provided in a secluded mountain retreat facilty.

Additionally, there will be indigenous Medicine Wheel teachings focusing on being in the “right relationship” with what is often referred to as the “hungry ghost” of addiction.

The retreat will be led by Dr Duncan Grady and supported by a team of gifted health practitioners.

DUNCAN GRADY

Dr. Duncan Grady’s professional experience includes over 20 years of post secondary education and 34 years of counselling and psychotherapy in the fields of addictions, trauma, death and dying. He has studied and experienced Native ceremony for many years. He was raised in the Siksika/Sauk Blackfeet tradition. He uses various ceremonies/rituals taught by his people to bring concepts into direct experience. He has taught spiritual and clinical practices throughout North America and Europe. He is a retired post secondary educator and psychotherapist. He currently co-leads retreats and provides training and consultation using western and non-western approaches to health, well-being, dying and death.

 

 

 

Sep
29
Thu
Journey to the Holy Well @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
5:00 pm – October 2, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

Stirring your Cauldron continued:

A circle of women is a powerful cauldron for learning about the healing potential of sexual energy. By creating a consensual and relaxed container in time and space we can learn to let go into the pleasure of our body. We discover our deep innate wisdom when we commit to undergo the journey into the sensuous world of breath, movement and touch and liberate ourselves from messages of shame and guilt implanted in our flesh for generations. Heart, genitals and mind want to dance together in the awakened body to serve life.

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Elfi’s Art

This event offers a unique chance to celebrate and explore the connection between spirituality and sexuality. It is an invitation to discover our inner authority and erotic autonomy. It is an opportunity to connect with women in a defined and safe container where the principles of respect, support , choice and confidentiality are honored at all times. Experiential learning, dialogue, teachings from tantric, taoist and reichian traditions are woven together in a setting that is private and beautiful, guarded by nature.

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Elfi’s Art

Experience the pleasure of giving and receiving nurturing, sensuous erotic touch for the whole body and learn your orasmic possibilities. We will dip into the wisdom teachings of many ancient cultures where women taught women the mysteries of the female body and how to tap into the great store of energy at the source. We invite curiosity about self and other, learn to communicate and teach from the body and discover how to stay connected to self and other at the same time.

Women of every age and lifestyle are welcome. We will learn from each other and receive tools to enrich, enliven and envigorate our erotic being each day of our lives and celebrate our sexuality with awareness and vitality.

Facilitator:

Photo-from-Elfis-portraitsElfi Emaya Dillon has led circles of erotic healing for many years for people of all genders. She is on the faculty of the Bodyelectric School and the Haven Institute, has been a bodyworker for thirty five years and in the last twenty years has added Somatic Sexuality Education to her repertoire. She lives with her long time partner Gary Kekoa Dillon on Gabriola Island in BC.

 

Registration:

Prerequisite for this workshop:

“Stirring your Cauldron” or “Celebrating your Body Erotic” or “Sexual Intelligence”

If you are interested to attend please phone 1 250 247 9504 for a conversation with Elfi or email her: elfi@heartcoretouch.com

Oct
13
Thu
Eros and the Bowl of Light @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
5:00 pm – October 16, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

Eros and the Bowl of Light – opening to erotic life for couples - Introductory Workshop

With great respect and honor we present the gifts of erotic teachings from ancestral wisdom schools and the Big Stories– like that of Eros and Psyche– to those couples who would like to find fresh ways of being with each other.

Many couples grieve the loss of physical closeness in the form of erotic play or sex even when they clearly love one another and may be skilled in verbal communication. This workshop introduces partners to new ways of igniting their erotic flame that they might reclaim each other in the flower of their desires and gifts.

unnamed-3Eros and the Bowl of Light–the Bowl of Light is a story of the Hawaiian tradition, which correlates spiritual wisdom with the bowl of light that each soul receives upon birth. As the “bowl” also correlates with the somatic bowl which rests in the body as the belly/ pelvis, this image also indicates the central role played by a deeply honored sexuality, one that is founded on erotic flows and waves of sensation, shaping the evolution of a grounded and deeply felt wisdom tradition.

This course introduces principles from the Polynesian, as well as Western & Eastern traditions, ancestral as well as modern, regarding the role of sexuality for reclaiming a whole, undivided being of self, and self with others and with the natural world. We create connection in this workshop through laughter, touch, breath and movement, sharing our body and heart experiences with each other. Exercises build upon natural waves of excitation and sensation in the body; they involve “soft belly” breathing as well as other forms of breath practice, touch-practice and couple exercises.

There will be time for listening to one another and to the teachers as well as time for dialogue.

Please bring a journal, wear clothes you can move in, two sheets and two towels per couple, your sense of humor and willingness to dive deeper.

Facilitators

unnamed-2Elfi (Emaya) Dillon-Shaw, RMT, DipC, is a Bodyworker and Somatic Sexuality Educator with many yearsʼ experience. She has been on the faculty of the Body Electric School since 1998 and is a faculty member of the Haven Institute on Gabriola Island. She leads sexuality education retreats for women and for mixed gender gatherings, including both single and partnered individuals.

Kekoa Gary Dillon MA offers Lomilomi massage and transformational movement therapy and private and group instruction in spiritual activism, protocol and shamanic practice. He has studied dance, voice, movement therapy and Hawaiian shamanic bodywork, as well as advanced studies in fine art and theology.