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Inward Journey Outward Adventure @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
4:30 pm – July 31, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

Join us this summer for a truly extraordinary  six day retreat adventure, our route will take us into the flower strewn majesty of the Selkirk mountains. Following old mining trails, sleeping in alpine cabins, and walking seldom visited ridge-lines.
In cultures around the world Mountains are considered sacred places. They are places of pilgrimage, domains of clarity and peace,  where the clear freshness of the air itself invites a stillness that we too can hold at our core. Beauty and adventure feed the spirit just as much as the precious moments we devote to our inner life. During out time together we will embrace both.

You will have the opportunity to deepen your meditation practice, to make this a contemplative journey back to yourself. For those who wish there will be mindfulness instruction and inquiry. You will be invited to step out of your comfort zone and unpack your deeper needs for quiet, beauty, and the nourishment of wild places.
Participants will need to carry a pack with  their sleeping bag, clothes and personal effects, and be able to hike in moderately difficult Mountain terrain. Due to the nature of this unique retreat we are limiting space to eight participants.

Testimonials from past participants of this retreat


“I got way more from this retreat adventure than I ever expected. A new world within myself which has opened up a new world outside of myself. Very Cool !!”  Denise M

“I thought a retreat was just a retreat, something to come back from and have fond memories of. But this experience has not been that way. You gave a wise and comfortable warming to my heart. The meditation gave me time to come down into myself and feel the difference being present makes. This practice is making life at home more full. The hiking in the Valhalla’s was world class”    Grant  W


Richard Klein  has spent his adult life in the Mountains of British Columbia. He is a life  and wellness coach who has studied mindfulness based stress reduction with Jon Kabbat-Zinn. Richard offers meditation instruction for many of the guest programs at Mountain Waters.  In the Fall of 2011 Richard spent six weeks traveling alone in Tibet, walking three different pilgrimage treks around sacred mountains in the Himalaya.



Redefine Your Health After 40 @ Mountain Waters Retreats
5:00 pm – August 21, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
 Do you think your best years are behind you?
Has mediocre become your new standard of well being?

Over these five days you will discover a whole new health outlook that will allow you to maintain your vitality and an expanded sense of possibility for the next half of your life. You will learn how exercise and nutrition can shift your metabolism to a more youthful  anabolic state, pushing up on your inherent regenerative capacity and changing the relationship between damage and repair that underlies the aging process.

The new science shows that only 35% of aging is genetically determined, meaning that 65% of how you age is about choices you make and the activities you engage in. Maintaining your vitality and your body’s regenerative capacity is largely up to you. Your time with us we will give you a whole new perspective on your health that will  establish a new baseline for what is possible in the years to come.

Learn about the breakthroughs in regenerative nutrition that will help you produce more energy at the cell level. Energy is the currency of life. More energy means more ability to do the things you love, including an increased capacity for exercise.

Exercise is crucially important in giving your body the bio-chemical signals that spur the shift to a more  regenerative metabolism.  Our team of fitness professionals will lead you on a summer “boot camp” in the Mountains, with both breathtaking hikes into the alpine and to wilderness beaches on fantastic Kootenay Lake.

Our sense of well being is inversely related to the stress we are experiencing in our lives. Stress acts as a corrosive force upon our health and speeds up the aging process at the cell level. You will learn specific mind/body techniques that will help you to establish more creative ways to work with the stress in your life.

There will be daily yoga practice and meditation instruction and plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind in the beauty of our Retreat Center location.

During This Retreat You will receive:

  • Guided hikes into some of the Kootenays most beautiful areas
  • Two “boot camp” fitness sessions with take-home workout program
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation instruction
  • Stress awareness exercises and training
  • A comprehensive program of regenerative nutrition
  • Bodywork, Watsu and wellness therapeutic massage
  • Daily wellness lectures and discussion
  • Delicious locally-grown organic meals
  • Time to unwind, rest and relax in our beautiful retreat setting
  • A whole new outlook on the aging process

    Our Team

    Richard Klein: Richard is a wellness life coach and retreat facilitator. He is the co-founder of the Redefine Your Health Retreat Programs and the parent of five young adults.  An active outdoorsman with an experienced background in body-centered psychotherapy and regenerative nutrition, Richard has followed his interest in human potential to research the factors that can lead us to personal growth and vitality, irrespective of age. 

    Yogita Bouchard: 
    Yogita is a retreat facilitator, a gifted therapist, and a Spa and Wellness consultant who along with her husband, Richard Klein, is the co-founder of the Redefine Your Health Retreat Programs. Yogita has mastered multiple forms of bodywork, massage, and aquatic therapies. She combines these skills with an in-depth background in body-centered psychology and a loving presence. She is a parent of five young adult and as a life long athlete, she has found her life long passion in helping others powerfully shift the way they experience the aging process and sense of well-being.

Permaculture Design @ Mountain Waters Retreats
5:00 pm – October 7, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

Permaculture is a design system for creating dynamic and sustainable human environments. This course is for those who want to link the personal with the planetary, so as to lessen their ecological footprint and make sustainability a key part of their lives and legacy. With approximately 72 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction, this two-week intensive course will provide you with a tool box of skills that will allow you to design and implement living environments that are both regenerative and sustainable, in both rural and urban settings.

“Of all the courses we offer,” says Rob Avis, “this permaculture course is unique in that it is being offered in a beautiful retreat setting.”

There are expansive gardens, forests, ponds and the surrounding 27,000 hectare West Arm Wilderness Park to use as an outdoor classroom. Two Mandala-shaped teaching rooms, hot tubs, a stunning lodge, gourmet meals and walking trails leading into the park complement the natural setting, all just 2 kilometres away from Nelson, B.C


“The Verge Permaculture PDC is a comprehensive course with hands-on applications. It is fantastic! Rob Avis provides functional information that goes way beyond the garden to – building, growing & creating a good life. We walked out of the PDC with so many entrepreneurial & sustainable ideas & opportunities. I am so excited!” – Julie Budgen, Canmore, AB


This course will be inspiring and useful for individuals at all levels of experience – from backyard gardeners to professional farmers, and from design professionals to entrepreneurs interested in developing the knowledge and skills to create a whole systems approach to ecological living. Whatever your interest – gardening or farming, designing & building homes, urban and rural planning, eco-business or green living, permaculture design principles will empower you to make positive changes as an individual and in communities, towards creating a bright and sustainable future.

“I can’t express enough the value for all people to learn permaculture principles and Verge Permaculture made this learning fun, factual and provided a nurturing environment to do it in. I am leaving this PDC feeling overwhelmingly hopeful for the future of this messy world. Thanks so much for inspiring our class!” – Shauna Teare, Winlaw, BC

  • Theory and principles of permaculture
  • Eco-friendly house placement and design
  • Energy conservation techniques for cold climates
  • Renewable energy systems, feasibility, placement and design
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Organic food production
  • Cold temperate food forest design based on Cdn. climatic conditions
  • Water harvesting and management
  • Grey water utilization and management
  • Ecological pest control
  • Drought-proofing
  • Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
  • Sustainable livestock management
  • Aquaculture systems and design
  • Catastrophe preparedness and prevention
  • Windbreaks and fire control
  • Additional Workshops will be included

Students will receive their own copy of Bill Mollison’s: Permaculture: A Designers Manual. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate. Course completion is based upon attendance and a group presentation of a final design project. 


Instructor: Rob Avis

Rob Avis of Calgary-based Verge Permaculture is a highly active permaculturist and offers a wealth of knowledge and experience from around the world. He is a student of Geoff Lawton and the Bullock Brothers and has hands-on experience with numerous concepts including: strawbale buildings, earthships, low-energy homes, wind turbines and solar power & heating but also understands and emphasizes the importance of biological systems: soil, water-harvesting, landscape re-hydration, composting, growing food, grey water and biological waste-water treatment.


As a speaker for community events, non-profit groups and businesses, Rob is keen to share his passion and vision. He has been invited to guest lecture at the University of Calgary, taught workshops in partnership with the non-profit Green Calgary, and now teaches the full permaculture design certificate with courses planned across Western Canada.


When not teaching or consulting you’ll find Rob in the basement experimenting with ferments (baking bread & brewing beer) or foraging in the garden.


Avoiding the Wall @ Mountain Waters Retreats
5:00 pm – September 9, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

Are you feeling fatigued or depleted?
Is your life one big to-do list?
Have you lost track of what’s really important?

Join us for five days that will change the way you see and experience health. Avoiding the Wall is taking proactive measures before you crash through understanding the underlying conditions that effect your energy, mood, and outlook on life.

As human beings we are creatures of habit, even if these habits can undermine our felt sense of well-being. This retreat will be an opportunity to explore the habits and beliefs that run our lives. We will be working primarily through the body, with each participant receiving three hours of bodywork per day, along with integrative coaching sessions. The massage and bodywork treatments are deeply nourishing and they provide you with access to the truth held within your own body. We provide the safety, skill and professionalism that will make this five day experience one of deep renewal and personal transformation.

During This Retreat You Will Receive

- Multiple Daily bodywork treatments:
- Myofascial release
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Relaxation Massage
- Chinese Massage
- Acupuncture
- Life Coaching
- Yoga Classes
- Meditation Instruction
- Regenerative Nutrition
- Healthy Gourmet Meals
- Movement Therapy
- Walks in Nature
- Quiet Time to Rest and Integrate your Experience

Our Team

Richard Klein: Richard is a wellness life coach and retreat facilitator. He is the co-founder of the Redefine Your Health Retreat Programs and the parent of five young adults.  An active outdoorsman with an experienced background in body-centered psychotherapy and regenerative nutrition, Richard has followed his interest in human potential to research the factors that can lead us to personal growth and vitality, irrespective of age. 

Yogita Bouchard:
Yogita is a retreat facilitator, a gifted therapist, and a Spa and Wellness consultant who along with her husband, Richard Klein, is the co-founder of the Redefine Your Health Retreat Programs. Yogita has mastered multiple forms of bodywork, massage, and aquatic therapies. She combines these skills with an in-depth background in body-centered psychology and a loving presence. She is a parent of five young adult and as a life long athlete, she has found her life long passion in helping others powerfully shift the way they experience the aging process and sense of well-being.

Kim Goodwin: Kim  has been working as a massage therapist since 1997. She has worked in everything from clinical settings to five star resorts. Kim brings a full basket of different massage modalities to her work with clients. Her passion is Myofascial Release which provides an important expanded dimension for increasing effectiveness and permanency of results in relieving pain and restoring ease of motion. Kim believes that no two people are alike and she tailors her client treatments based upon a thorough assessment and evaluation of each clients unique needs.

Claudia Kavcic: Claudia brings a combination of skills to the RYH team where her goal is to turn bleak prospects into bright promises by making the dream of preventative medicine a reality. Claudia’s massage carrier began in 1998 where she has developed a unique style that incorporates techniques from acupressure, therapeutic Chinese massage (tuina), deep tissue, Sweedish, myofascial release and hot stones. Claudia’s passion is aquatic bodywork which is a variety of techniques that stem from land Shiatsu and physiotherapy. She feels that by adapting land moves to supportive body temperature water a very creative nurturing therapeutic experience happens. All of Claudia’s treatments are provided with a strong foundation in traditional Chinese medicine where she has been practicing acupuncture and TCM modalities since 2003. Claudia loves her work and is proud to be a health care provider.


Gaia’s Mind and The Secret Teachings Of Plants @ Mountain Waters Retreat
5:30 pm – October 16, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

Over these five days Stephen will explore his newest work with plants and plant intelligence, including material from his newest book Gaia’s Mind. The workshop will be, as usual, about half experiential and half didactic. Stephen will explore the dreaming of Earth, the function of psychotropic plants in ecosystem function, cytokine cascades in human disease (and plant interventives for them), plant nervous systems and intelligence (just where is the plant brain and yes there is one; its location will surprise you), plant neurotransmitters and sensory gating channels, and in more depth: the nature of golden threads and their uses in understanding plant function and medicinal qualities, synaethesis, the secret kinesis of things, imaginal perception, analogical thinking, and a great deal more. The development of tools to intentionally shift consciousness in order to perceive the dreaming of Earth and the medicinal nature of plants will be explored. Due to the length of the workshop, we will go deep. As usual, Stephen will use a combination of personal reflection, storytelling, informational sharing, and experiential exercises in his teaching. Some of it will actually be humorous. However. . . Please be prepared to have core belief systems challenged. (Really)


Stephen Harrod Buhner is the award-winning author of 18 books of nonfiction and one of poetry. For the past 30 years he has taught throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Western European Isles (UK/EU) about medicinal plants and Earth relationship. Among other contributions, Stephen is one of the early pioneers in understanding the non-linear source of indigenous plant knowledge; has been instrumental in bringing to prominence unhopped, herbal beers and ancient gruit; developed the first depth understanding of systemic herbal antibiotics and plant synergists; created the first comprehensive exploration of the function of medicinal plants in ecosystem homeodynamis; initiated the development of phytoandrogens in herbal practice, published the first meta-analysis of the dynamics of lyme spirochetes in the human body; developed the first understandings necessary for the herbal treatment of cytokine cascades in disease complexes; generated the first comprehensive exploration of the use of heart field dynamics in human/plant relationships; created the first depth analysis and exploration of herbal antivirals; and is one of the foremost writers on the nature of emerging infections and ecosystem disruption. There is a reason that Rosemary Gladstar calls him one of the “plant geniuses of our time. “

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The Mystery School @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
4:00 pm – April 29, 2014 @ 9:00 am

It is the inner world behind our eyes that holds the template out of which we manifest all that unfolds in our outer life. Join us on a three year learning adventure to the source of the truth and healing we each hold deep inside.

“Deep in your being you hold a vast reservoir of wisdom and knowledge that barely gets tapped as you live your busy life. Your inner world holds the rhythms of your psyche, the seeds of your destiny, and the flavor and fragrance of your unique self as it has been shaped and formed by the love of your Creator and the infinite wonder of creation. In short, your inner being holds your truth. This is the treasure that resides, hidden, within you. With love and coaxing, you can bring this treasure forward into your everyday life through the practice of deep imagery.” Jenny Garrison, Imagery in You; Mining for Treasure in Your Inner World

DSC_0032“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. ” Albert Einstein

The Mystery School is a mentored, small group, three year journey of self-exploration focusing on the archetypal map of the Tarot and Tree of Life symbols. Guided visualization, meditations, movement, mandala art, journal writing, collages, masks, self-created rituals and ceremonies, and other creative inner work will support you to meet the archetypes active in your inner life. Step by step you are initiated into more profound layers of your uniqueness and its knowledge. You move naturally into a deeper awareness and appreciation of ‘healthy relationship’ to your self, others, and life. An authentic celebration of Self in the diversity and unity of all life is a natural outcome.

old Mystery school group

Two central themes of The Mystery School are “making the ordinary, extraordinary and the extraordinary, ordinary” and “It is never too late to have a happy childhood”. We recognize that space, time and personal attention is necessary to nurture the deep awakening possible within you. This is about maturing the sacred within you. For this purpose, The Mystery School takes place in 12 weeks of ‘workshop/celebrations’, over the three year period. Each class group is small, limited to 10 people so that we are able to meet your individual needs and create with the help of all participants a powerful community of support and transformation.

School of Sacred Arts: Japanese Yoga Teacher Training @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
3:00 pm – July 12, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

Mountain Waters Retreats and The School Of Sacred Arts (SOSA)
are collaborating on our second month-long yoga teacher training
for a select group of Japanese students next summer. Japan-
based company Firstship, which operates over fifty yoga studios
in their homeland, will bring these future teachers to Nelson for
this 200 hour, Yoga Alliance accredited course.db-yoga-on-kootenay-lake-edit

Headed by the school’s director Simone MacKay and co-founder
Troy McFadden, SOSA trainings prioritize the personal growth
of each participant. Believing that ‘finding one’s own, unique
path, embracing the beauty and power of nature as aspects
of ourselves, and opening to the grandest dimensions of
existence are our highest callings’, the entire SOSA team makes
the sometimes complex art and science of yoga (and related
systems) relevant and accessible.

Simone was raised and educated in Switzerland, later graduating
with a degree in social work in her home country of Canada.
After years of serving as a counselor specializing in women’s
issues, Simone began her yogic journey with a ‘Yoga Arts’
training in Australia. Initially inspired by Ashtanga, she moved
on to study Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, and yoga therapy while
teaching throughout the greater Asian realm.

Since founding The School Of The Sacred Arts, Simone has been
leading yoga teacher trainings, retreats and workshops in Japan,
Bali, Thailand, Peru and Switzerland.

Troy McFadden established The Sanctuary Resort’s Spa and
Wellness Centre in Southern Thailand in 1998 and a large,
thriving yoga studio in the Pacific Northwest in 2002. After
training in Vipassana meditation during several intensive retreat
periods in Buddhist monasteries, Troy became a registered
counselor, facilitating groups and individuals through fasting,
cleansing, and detox programs.

Believing that ‘everyone is the guru’, Troy’s teaching emphasizes
self-empowerment and the importance of letting intuition and
discernment guide us along a path of our own creation.

For more information about SOSA: www.schoolofsacredarts.net iStock_000010224130Mats edit

Yoga Teachers Training Level 2 @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
5:00 pm – September 20, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

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.

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.


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

IMG_6480This retreat offers the final level of  the three part Yoga certification training that started in May of 2014.  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.



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

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.