Retreat: An involutionary Journey @ Mountain Waters Retreat
12:00 pm – October 11, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

We live in a world of constant demands and distractions, often with our energy moving outward all day long……kids, partners, busy work schedules, the hyper connectivity of our mobile devices.

Retreat is a signpost that say’s “enter”. An opportunity to slow down, turn inward and be with yourself in a powerful way. In the fall Nature too turns inward. Plants take the energy gathered and expressed over the summer and take it down to the roots. We invite you to do the same…… so that you return home renewed and connected to your own peace and purpose.

We often look outside of ourselves for answers, to feel fulfilled, to heal… finding  sanctuary and insight within our selves is what RETREAT is all about. We invite you on an involutionary journey to shed the veils of self limiting thoughts and negativity.  Our program is specifically designed to ignite the circuit of our Body, Mind and Spirit.  We strive to balance these by cleansing the body with holistic foods, detoxifying the mind of habitual patterns of thought and aligning with the source of life itself through ceremony and prayer.

Our 6 day RETREAT will be fuelled by organic whole foods free of sugars, dairy, gluten, and caffeine. We do our best to support our local farms and buy foods that are in season. Our days are infused with inspirational talks, creative expression and exploring our bodies in a beautiful forested retreat centre.

Here is what you will experience at RETREAT:

  • Daily skin brushing & oil pulling
  • Nutrition workshop
  • Yoga workshops with 3 certified guides
  • Making dream catchers
  • Heart ceremony
  • Live music
  • Continuum
  • The Work
  • Ecstatic dance
  • Teachings of the Medicine Wheel
  • Life Coaching
  • Introduction to the Enneagram
  • 45min. massage catered to your needs.
  • Free time to explore the forest or do whatever serves your Spirit!

To find out more please go to www.retreatnelson.com



The Team that will hold you at Retreat

MAASA CRAIG has been creatively weaving her skills for over a decade through collaborating with others to offer RETREAT to nurture the body, mind and spirit. People are invited to slow down, connect with nature, and dive in to find a comfortable seat within themselves.

Maasa has learned that the combination of eating healthy foods, exploring the body with conscious movements, creatively manifesting art, and aligning with the heart through spirit medicine has had a profound impact of re-calibrating our awareness in reverence for life. This connection can easily be forgotten in the today`s fast pace lifestyles leading us to feel unfulfilled.  Maasa`s vision with RETREAT is to create a supportive space for self exploration, taking what is learned and applying it to daily life.

Maasa is a certified ATMAT (The Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Therapy) practitioner, Clearheart massage practitioner,  Doula, yoga guide, HypnoBirthing practitioner and offers an array of art and birth services in Nelson, B.C. She will be cooking, massaging, offering juicy yoga classes and sharing what she has learned to inspire others to dive in and shine out!

Please visit www.maasaisis.com & www.womanlywisdom.ca for more info.


Heart Medicine Work: Healing Ceremonies for Health and Transformation.

Jen Davis:
For the past 15 years, I have been studying and practicing the sacred  ways of Peru and Mexico, combining contemporary counseling skills with ancient indigenous wisdom, to create an effective means of addressing: past trauma, addictions, negative core beliefs, grief and loss, unhealthy relationship with one’s body, spiritual disconnection, relationship issues, physical/emotional/spiritual imbalances, and healing from sexual abuse. My facilitation includes heart-felt communication to illuminate present issues; inquiry into long-held beliefs that hold us back from living fully, and helping one to discover their full potential as a human being.

The heart medicine helps us to let down our guards and be our selves in a safe, encouraging atmosphere. As the restrictive, self-limiting lens of our minds fall away, our true essence is revealed. Then grace unfolds effortlessly, in which we realize that we have been living in a mind-induced hallucination, missing the natural beauty of life, the earth and our relationships. We receive the gift of learning to navigate through life from a new place within ourselves: the heart.

We will be contributing to RETREAT with a heart ceremony, which will be a blend of ancient Andean spirit practices and medicine wheel teachings of the Siksika/Blackfeet people. An integration of the ceremony will be offered the following morning, to speak of our experiences of the previous day, and to learn how to bring these gifts fully into our lives.The ceremony will be facilitated by Jen Davis and Duncan Grady.

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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 Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate of Ministry specific to Creation Spirituality. He is an elder of the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society, West Kootenays, 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, dying and death.


Elissa has been teaching yoga for over 14 years. With beginnings in Los Angeles, she taught full time for 5 years in Vancouver, BC, and now resides and teaches in the beautiful mountain town of Nelson, BC. She offers well-rounded classes that are challenging yet respectful of each student’s abilities. Using alignment principles to enhance the students experience, Elissa is known for her precise cuing and keen observation skills, which she delivers with kindness, and a sense of humour, often weaving in yogic wisdom along the way. Her goal is to always provide a fun, supportive and safe environment for students of all levels to bring a new openness and flexibility to body, heart and mind.

If you’re wondering about her creds, she’s completed over 1000 hours of training with world class instructors, and was a Certified Anusara Yoga teacher, until she resigned from Anusara in 2012. She has also had the privilege of studying with Dr. Douglas Brooks, a world-renown scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages, and the comparative study of religions,  and Carlos Pomeda, a scholar with over 35 years of training in the traditional practices of yoga and Tantra. She keeps up her studies with workshops and training, and of course, her personal yoga practice. For more information, visit www.yogawithelissa.com


Stacey Lockhart (Arseneau) has been practicing Yoga for over a decade and solely teaching since 2009 holding experienced designation. She currently teaches in Nelson BC, since relocating from Vancouver.

Stacey has studied with Chris Richardson, Christine Clancy and Tracy Groshak in the Ashtanga and Vijnana traditions, completing additional trainings and mentorships in Vancouver.

Along with Yoga, she teaches The Tensegrity Repair Series: a series of movements designed to bring balance and ease to the body’s kinetic trains.

Stacey’s approach to teaching is informative, anatomical and non-dogmatic. She carries a thorough understanding of biomechanics, tailoring the practice to each student’s individual needs. Students will find her refined approach both challenging and fruitful.



     Kendra Perry is a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, based out of Nelson, BC, who specializes in female hormones, adrenal fatigue and digestive health. She uses functional lab testing to get to the root cause of clients health complaints. Implementing natural, drug-free protocols and whole foods nutrition, she helps clients lose stubborn fat, reclaim their energy and boost vitality.

Nutrition Talk Description: Anyone can eat healthy, but many struggle to stick to healthy habits over the long term. Why is this? Many people get overwhelmed and despite their best intentions, fall back into old habits. Eating healthy and taking care of yourself doesn’t have to take excessive amounts of time, be difficult or interfere in your busy life. Learn simple tricks and
techniques that will make implementing a healthy diet and choosing healthy foods easy.
In this presentation you will learn:
* How your digestive system works and why making good choices is important *Choosing the perfect foods for your unique needs *How to grocery shop and read food labels *Simple food preparation techniques that make eating healthy a breeze *How to create a meal plan and stick with it. Please visit http://www.kendraperry.net for more info.


Robyn Irwin is an Authorized Continuum Movement Teacher, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and co-instructor in the Clearheart Bodywork School in Nelson BC.  She facilitates individuals and groups to re-connect with our innate healing wisdom through the interweaving of these therapies and other practices that have inspired her own healing journey. She has a great passion for supporting us in questioning our beliefs, finding our true inspiration and following it, from the inside out. Robyn’s warm, open and accepting presence invites a deeper connection and trust of the Health and Mystery that is our birthright. She will be contributing to RETREAT with a Continuum workshop and exploring The Work created by Byron Katie.



A little bit about The Work:
Inquiry is a process of personal development and self-discovery that allows us to identify, question and transform the limitations and beliefs that bring obstacles into our lives and get in the way of our freedom.  We ask powerful questions as a way of coming back to, and leading into, our inner wisdom, clarity of mind, integrity, truth, and confident course of action. The foundation of our approach utilizes The Work of Byron Katie (consisting of four questions and the turnarounds) in conjunction with somatic awareness (feeling and staying connected with our bodies). This powerful process and grounded methodology allows for an exploration and resolution of complex personal issues,  giving us the possibility of opening perspectives, changing paradigms and creating new beginnings.  For more information visit: www.thework.com

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Toni Appleby also known as Lupa, is Metis/Cree. Trained as a wildlife technician and wilderness guide she currently teaches Aboriginal Education for SD8. In this craft series we explore a variety of traditional techniques, mediums and materials from First Nation cultures.

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Jennifyre is a multi-disciplinary artist with an extensive background in dance, art, performance & dance therapy. She is professionally trained teacher in many technical & world traditions of dance which she holistically weaves into a nurturing & empowering dance experience.

Invoking a sense of timelessness with the qualities of strength, passion, beauty, grace & joy, Jennifyre’s Dance programs meld a variety of cultural & eclectic traditions of dance. Merging this with the freshness & curiosity of authentic & contemporary exploration, movement & bodymind centering, she mentors dancers of all ages into a unique & empowering dance synthesis! http://www.trilliumdance.ca/


Artist, Musician, Visionary,  and walking  the ways of ” the wise human”, Soniko is just like any other being on this Pachamama (mother earth) but his conscious walk has led him in to a beautiful world of wonder and magic.  He’s a Kokopelli , a seed carrier. His purpose in life is to serve our planet sharing these seeds of a new consciousness anywhere he goes, building bridges between the different worlds, connecting the ancient indigenous perspectives with the modern points of view… In this way  he co-creates the new galactic cosmovision of this new time with all  his relations. Soniko will be contributing his heart music at RETREAT!

Please check out http://www.sonikowaira.com/