May
1
Fri
Supporting the Defences: An introduction to Hakomi @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
1:00 pm – May 3, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
Hakomi is a method of gentle, yet powerful, assisted self discovery. It rests in principles of non-violence, the use of mindfulness, and the recognition that mind and body are not separate. Hakomi is useful for uncovering what is often called our ‘conditioning’; the non- conscious beliefs and ideas that color our perception, shape our thinking, and give rise to our behavior. These kinds of discoveries lead toward emotional healing, freedom from old patterns, and more satisfaction in relationships.
Supporting the Defenses
In the traditional psychiatric/medical model, a client’s defenses were seen as something that we as therapists needed to break through.  Our job was to help people stop using their defenses.
Hakomi views defenses through the lens of non-violence, organicity and gaining the cooperation of the unconscious.
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The defenses, and our client’s character strategies, were their  creative solutions to uncomfortable, painful, and dangerous situations as a child.  People defend themselves against further pain.  When a client comes in for therapy, besides the story of their life, and the issues they want to work on, their defenses tell us how they learned to survive, what eventually became their habitual response to life.
Our job as therapists, is to get to the client’s core beliefs and their wounded self.  But how we get there is what supporting the defenses is about.   Clients core issues are often hidden away, protected, like a person hiding out in the highest turret in a castle.  The castle is defended by a closed drawbridge, a moat with fire and crocodiles.  We are on the other side of the moat, and our job is to get into the castle, to that person hidden away.   But we will never get in by charging through the moat, and breaking down the drawbridge and forcing our way through the door.   The only way we can get through is by being on the other side of the moat, being a safe, trusting person and waiting for them to lower the drawbridge and invite us in.
So we create that safety and trust and gain cooperation of the unconscious by supporting how clients defend themselves.   We help them study how they have learned to stop uncomfortable feelings, how to avoid pain, how to keep others and support out.  And when invited into the castle, we help give them a different experience than the limited painful ones they had growing up, and that helps them experience a different way of being able to respond to life
Who should join
 
Hakomi training is for anyone who has a relationship with anyone, including themselves!This training will benefit anyone who has an interest in understanding resistance and defenses within themselves and others and in working with present mind-body experience. It is suitable for people who are new to Hakomi and students who are at more advanced levels in the method.Typically, participants in a Hakomi training would include: counselors, body workers, social workers, doctors, homeopaths, parents, lovers, students, Buddhist practitioners and yoga instructors.
 
Your Instructor
 
Magi Cooper  

Magi Cooper is a certified Hakomi therapist and teacher. Standing firmly in the Hakomi principle of non-violence, she has been a dedicated advocate of domestic peace for over 20 years. Magi facilitates Respectful Relationships Programs and Relationship Violence Prevention for the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General, Corrections Branch.magi-150x150

In addition, Magi teaches Right Use of Power workshops in BC, Alberta and Washington State. She has a private practice in Nanaimo where she works with individuals, couples and families.

 

May
3
Sun
Yoga Teachers Training Level 3 @ Mountain Waters Retreats
5:00 pm – May 9, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

This retreat offers the final level of  the three part Yoga certification training that started in May of 2014.  Jointly Taught by Karuna Erikson, along with her husband Paul Erikson, 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.

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.

 


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May
14
Thu
Silent Retreat @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
2:00 pm – May 17, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

This year at Mountain Waters, we will be offering you a series of three day Silent Retreats. This is an opportunity for you to unplug from the busyness of your life and turn inward. An opportunity to nourish yourself with your own quiet attention, a time of non-doing and rest in an otherwise overly-scheduled life.There will be a optional morning yoga class offered daily at 7.00 am followed by a meditation in the forest Malloca. Breakfast will be offered at 9:00 am, lunch at 1:30, and a light dinner at 6:30, other than that your days will be unstructured.meditate-in-grass

You can walk the trails that surround the Retreat Centre, sit under a tree and read a book, deepen your meditation or yoga practice. We are fortunate at Mountain Waters to be stewards of a very special piece of land, it is a place where the human cultivation of beauty nestles up against the alive spirit of Nature.There are beautiful gardens where you are welcome to sit and write in your journal. Walking trails that lead out into the West Arm Park, meadows where you can lay down with a blanket in the sun.

We are offering these silent retreats on a cost basis. Those who wish to will be able to make an additional donation to ensure the continuation of these silent retreats as well as to help us provide for an ongoing scholarship fund for participants of limited means.gluns new yorker 084

May
24
Sun
Healing with Addictions (May) @ Mountain Waters Retreat
5:00 pm – May 30, 2015 @ 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 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.

DUNCAN GRADY is a psychotherapist and teacher with over 30 years in the field of addictions with a post doctorate degree in Creation Spirituality. He was raised in the Siksika/Sauk Blackfeet indigenous tradition.  Duncan is a longtime Buddhist practitioner, who teaches meditation and mindfulness retreats integrating western, eastern and native traditions and approaches to the healing of addiction. He has taught at UCS/Naropa University and throughout North America and Europe. He currently teaches at Selkirk College in British Columbia and works as a psychotherapist and hospice trainer using western and non-western approaches to health, well-being, and end-of-life transition.

Jun
11
Thu
Silent Retreat @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
Jun 11 – Jun 14 all-day

This is the second of a series of three day Silent Retreats we are offering at Mountain Waters this year.  This retreat offers an opportunity for you to unplug from the busyness of your life and turn inward. An opportunity to nourish yourself with your own quiet attention, a time of non-doing and rest in an otherwise overly-scheduled life.There will be a optional morning yoga class offered daily at 7.00 am followed by a meditation in the forest Maloca. Your days are unstructured aside from meal time, allowing you time to unwind and relax.

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Walk the trails that surround the Retreat Centre, sit under a tree and read a book, deepen your meditation or yoga practice. We are fortunate at Mountain Waters to be stewards of a very special piece of land, it is a place where the human cultivation of beauty nestles up against the alive spirit of Nature.There are beautiful gardens where you are welcome to sit and write in your journal, walking trails that lead out into the West Arm Park, meadows where you can lay down with a blanket in the sun.

We are offering these silent retreats on a cost basis. Those who wish to will be able to make an additional donation to ensure the continuation of these silent retreats as well as to help us provide for an ongoing scholarship fund for participants of limited means.

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Jul
18
Sat
Mindfulness Meditation: A Buddhist Path to Happiness, Love & Awakening @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
4:30 pm – July 30, 2015 @ 1:30 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
22
Sat
Tracing The Roots: A Yogic Vision Quest @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
4:30 pm – September 1, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

You are invited into a unique & sacred journey…

Returning to the stillness and solitude of nature as did the ancient Yogis,

We’ll explore a synergistic blend of the most powerful spiritual practices from Select indigenous wisdom traditions

Gathering with clear intention, engaging in sacred rituals

Under the sky and stars, and bonding in conscious community,

We’ll deepen our understanding and experience

Of who and what we truly are.

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Join us as you are guided and supported by our experienced team through a

Solo Wilderness Vision Quest, Native American Medicine Wheel Teachings,

a Sweat Lodge Purification,

Asana & Pranayama, Yoga Nidra Meditations, Agni Hotra (Fire Rituals)

Shamanic Ceremonies, DreamWork and much more during this time of

Deep Self-Inquiry and Heart-Based Transformation.

 

This special event also qualifies as continuing education and/or a

100-hour module of a 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training

(‘RYT500’ with Yoga Alliance)

All Are Welcome—yogis and ‘non-yogis’ alike

$2200 all-inclusive price for this 10-day retreat

(quality accommodation, organic food, and skilled facilitation)

All prices in USD

For more information and registration:

www.schoolofsacredarts.net

email: info@schoolofsacredarts.net

www.mountainwatersretreats.ca

Gather with our tribe of Native American wisdom holders, Yogis,

Wilderness Guides, Natural Medicine Doctors, Healers and Conscious Elders

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Aug
27
Thu
Ready, Set, Love: A Couples Workshop
10:00 am – August 30, 2015 @ 1:00 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 will soon be a grandmother.

 

DennisbiocropDENNIS H. BROWN, Ph.D., R.Psych.

∙ I am a psychologist, and a Certified Hakomi Teacher. I have been in private practice for over 25 years, working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I am fascinated with the evolution of relationships. I really enjoy supporting couples as they transition through the phases and stages of their journey, helping them to find creative ways to navigate the challenges and paradoxes of relationship. I am continually looking for better ways to deal with these changes compassionately, gracefully, and non-violently. I am very happily married, and have two delightful daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law, and two enchanting grand-children. I enjoy both taking and leading couple’s workshops, and in my free time I like sailing, hiking, snorkelling, gardening, movies, live theatre, and delicious conversation.

Sep
13
Sun
Yoga Teachers Training Level 1 @ Mountain Waters Retreat
5:00 pm – September 19, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

The Heart Yoga Center  is offering a 200-hour Yoga Alliance recognized teacher certification, divided into three 6-day courses. Level 1 is suitable both for yoga students who wish to become Registered Yoga Teachers and for those who simply want to deepen their practice. Please note prices are for meals and accommodation only.

This Heart Yoga Center teacher training  course is composed of three six-day intensive courses. These are 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. 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. Upon completion of all three levels, students are eligible for certification and official registration with Yoga Alliance.

Set at the beautiful Mountain Water Retreat Centre, enhance your yoga experience with accommodations in the stunning retreat lodge, enjoy the numerous hiking trails leading into the 27,000 hectare West Arm Wilderness Park, and relax with gourmet meals and a hot tub.

Through an in-depth experiential investigation of our connection with the sacred energy of yoga, we will explore a wide range of topics, including:

  • Yoga Practices – asana (physical postures), pranyama (breathing awareness), and meditation
  • Yoga philosophy and psychology – Yoga Sutras, ethics, the body/mind connection
  • Anatomy of the body and the asanas, as well as esoteric anatomy
  • Teaching methodology- teaching and communication skills, assisting and adjusting, seeing and understanding bodies
  • Therapeutic Yoga – yoga for injuries (back, knee, shoulder, neck, etc), medical issues, psychological issues (i.e., anxiety and depression)
  • Yoga for a woman’s life cycle – yoga during menstrual cycle and menopause, prenatal and postnatal yoga
  • Creating a daily practice
  • Sequencing practice and classes
  • Practicum – practice teaching and observing

Reading and Independent Study:

Students will receive a Heart Yoga Teacher Training Manual on the first day of Level One. A list of recommended texts will be sent to you upon registration. These will include one book each on asana, yoga philosophy, and anatomy.

To support the depth of the transformation in this program, students will keep journals and write personal papers which will be opportunities for self-reflection. In this safe and inspiring environment, students will be supported to explore deeper connections with self, community, and spirit. We warmly invite you to join us as we explore together the heart and spirit of yoga.

 

Endorsements for Heart Yoga Teacher Training Program:

“This has been the greatest decision and adventure of my life. I feel so different inside and out…I am now positive that this was the right step for me in my life.” —Stephanie

“This course has given me the foundation for a lifetime of study.” —Tom

“During this course I feel that I have gained a real sense of the body as a temple and the asanas as prayers. Thank you for holding such a beautiful and sacred space for healing and centering. I’m so glad I came! ” —Leah

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.

Karuna has assisted Rodney Yee in several of his yoga teacher training workshops and courses. She has taught many workshops, classes and retreats with Andrew Harvey. Karuna and Andrew have co-authored a book titled: On Fire: Heart Yoga, which has received outstanding reviews from teachers such as Caroline Myss, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, and Judith Lasater.

She draws upon her profession as a psychotherapist in her yoga teaching, to explore the union of body and mind. Her style of teaching is compassionate and heartfelt, and her students experience transformation on many levels. Karuna has lived in the mountains of British Columbia for over 35 years, and her teaching and practice are inspired by her love of the peace and beauty of the mountains.

Education and degrees:

  • B.A. cum laude, Psychology, Stanford University, 1968
  • M.S.W., Psychiatric Social Work, University of California, Berkeley, 1970
  • D. Min. (student) Wisdom University
  • Registered Counselor, Canadian Counseling Association
  • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher E 500 (experienced)
  • Interfaith Minister, Metaphysical Interfaith Church, 1998

Sep
20
Sun
Healing with Addictions (September) @ Mountain Waters Retreat
4:00 pm – September 26, 2015 @ 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.