August – October 2015

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.



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.

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.

Yoga_group_LThis 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.IMG_6480

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

DSC_0706Karuna 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

Paul 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.IMG_1140

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.

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.

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  • 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.


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.




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!

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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!

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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


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 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:

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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!


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!

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