July – September 2014
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.
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.
This Green Building Workshop will be appropriate for both experienced builders and do-it-your-selfers interested in sustainable shelter.
Hemp-Crete is a Sustainable Building choice for the 21st century
- Long-term carbon sequestration
- Non-toxic breathable wall envelope
- High R-Value and Thermal resistance means homes that are warm in the Winter and Cool in the Summer .
- Enhanced fire protection: Hemp-Crete does not burn
- Superior acoustic qualities means Hemp-crete provides you with a very quiet
natural feeling home.
You can expect to learn lots, have fun, and get your hands dirty.
This course is being offered over an 8 day period with a half day off in the middle. This course includes wonderful home cooked and garden grown meals and accommodations in our beautiful retreat setting within walking distance of Nelson BC. You will be participating in the construction of a Hemp-crete massage and bodywork studio.
Have FUN and LEARN the key Fundamentals of Hemp Building:
This course will give you the experience you need to successfully build a HempCrete structure of your own.
The Workshop will cover:
- Hemp-Crete mixes
- Window and Door Details
- Plastering and Finishing
- Structural characteristics of Hemp as a green building material
- Key design Features
- Sourcing and supply of key ingredients
Jayeson Hendyrsan is a pioneer in the green building industry. His vision is inspired by creating energy efficient, naturally sourced, affordable and beautiful houses out of lightweight fiber-based concrete derived from industrial hemp. Jason has collaborated with Hemp-crete experts from around the world and has built cottages, houses and monolithic walls out of Hemp-crete. He lives on Bowen Island where he also teaches Tai-Chi.
This is the second level of a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training / Yoga Immersion started in May 2014 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 May 2015. 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.
This 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.
- 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 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.