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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.



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.

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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.

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.


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

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.


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.

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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.


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.

Stirring The Cauldron
5:00 pm – May 1, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Stirring your Cauldron – a sexuality workshop for the whole woman

This retreat is for women of every age, orientation, gender and lifestyle who want to taste the full energetic potential of their earthly erotic body. Sexual energy, when allowed to flow freely through the body, offers a more fulfilling, connected and sensuous life, whether we are in relationship or not. The purpose of nurturing this energy is to strengthen our Chi – life energy – for healing purposes, erotic autonomy, and deep sacred playfulness and creativity.


In celebration together we will support each other to let go of old outdated ways of living in our body. We will learn to love and honour the body we live in by connecting with each other, our ancestors, the great earth within through breathing and moving, reflecting and sharing, as well as learning gifts from the tantric and taoist ancient skills to enliven us.

Kilcoesheela1aWhat emerges is what is true for each woman in each given moment, an awareness of rhythm and flow between above and below, between inner and outer and among and a recognition of energy in motion and what we do to stop this flow. In an atmosphere of consensuality, confidentiality, kindness and good humour, women will have the opportunity to experiment with erotic states of being.

Embodied Erotic living is often dammed by barriers of shame, tension, anxiety and old beliefs. We respect these states as they emerge to be seen and make sure that each woman’s individual space is honoured and given time to integrate. What flowers is the liberation of the inner landscape of each of us, so that the creative winds of eros can be freely known and danced with no matter what life presents.

Photo-from-Elfis-portraitsElfi (Emaya) Dillon-Shaw  is a Bodyworker and Somatic Sexuality Educator with many years’ experience. She leads sexuality education retreats for women and mixed gender, for single and partnered individuals. Her work includes body, mind and heart and is a “hands on” approach to teaching. Her goal is to help each person to open to their own erotic nature, to enrich their bodily life and enliven their relationship to self and others and life itself. She welcomes clients in her private practise in her community and also teaches internationally. She has been with the Body-electric School since 1998 and is a faculty member of the Haven Institute on Gabriola Island.

For more information about this retreat, please call Elfi at 1-877-247-9504. To register or enquire about accommodations or meals please call Richard at Mountain Waters 1-888-352-6081.

Yoga Teachers Training Level 2 @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
4:00 pm – May 14, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

This is the second level of a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training / Yoga Immersion started in Sept 2015 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 Sept 2016. 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.

Circle of Healing @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
3:00 pm – May 23, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

Rooted in the traditional wisdom that the healing of one person is linked with the healing of all, Shamanism has, for centuries, harnessed the power of a circle of people by calling community together to assist with an individual’s deepest healing process. 

After many years of passionate study, practice and devotion to the healing arts, we are thrilled to offer you this unique and rare opportunity to delve deeply into yourself, while also being held and immersed in a Circle of Healing.

Three healers converge to offer you the powerful and dynamic culmination of their wisdom and experience, which harmonize and synthesize like three streams meeting to form a river of support for self-discovery and empowerment.

Blast out deep-rooted patterns, release unprocessed baggage, and discharge trauma energy from your system that could otherwise take years of therapy to resolve. Undertake an initiatory journey that unlocks and activates your inherent gifts.

Two ceremonies will be led by Blue Thunder Woman incorporating shamanic technologies designed to create a container for deep inner exploration.

Transformative group process and integration circles will be facilitated by Devon and Sasha.

Enormous benefits are possible when ancient shamanic practices are coupled with modern Western psycho-biological healing methodologies. Together we will co-create an alchemical vessel that will assist in carrying us on our sacred journey through our wounding and into healing and wholeness.

We are excited to bring this work to such a majestic location. Our setting at Mountain Waters Retreat Centre is in the heart of the West Kootenays, near Nelson BC, where we will be surrounded by mountains, lakes and vast expanses of wilderness. The retreat cost includes accommodation at the lodge and healthy, organic meals. In order to maintain the integrity of the container and support the depth of the work, this retreat is residential and therefore no off-site lodging will be permitted.


Your Guides

unnamedDevon Christie is a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor through UC San Diego Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute, and is certified through UMass Center for Mindfulness to teach the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (IMP). She is also a certified Relational Somatic Therapist (2014), and Shamanic Yoga Instructor (2012, Cuzco Peru). In 2014 Devon collaborated with Dr. Gabor Maté and Vegitalismo shamans to bring 25 healers together in Mexico for a 10-day retreat exploring the ‘Wounded Healer’ archetype. She returns again in December 2015 to co-facilitate further retreats with Dr. Maté. She is an Advisory Board member to MAPS Canada.

unnamed-1Sasha Cuff is thoroughly practiced in the art of communication with unseen intelligent beings. He weaves their compassionate and wise guidance into the therapeutic alliance. Sasha’s intuitive gifts open doors into essential realms of healing that are often unexplored through conventional therapies. His warm and kind nature engenders a safe space in which even the darkest of nights can be explored and liberated. Sasha’s patient presence allows deep wounding to come to the surface gracefully, and empowers people to heal themselves. Awakening your inner healer, he guides you through processes that teach you powerful self-healing approaches. Sasha has 15+ years of clinical experience and is a certified Relational Somatic Therapist. Sasha is the father of 3 boys and currently practices in Nelson, Vancouver and Kaslo, BC.


Blue Thunder Woman, through years of learning to straddle different worlds, weaves together time-honoured shamanic practices with modern, visionary materials and guidance. She holds degrees in Classical History & Philosophy (B.A., summa cum laude) and Religious Studies (M.A.), and has additionally studied with several indigenous, shamanic and metaphysical teachers since 1997. Her research interests are orientated around shamanic healing technologies and the therapeutic import of alternate and mystical states of consciousness, with a focus on the power of Sacred Song to build bridges between worlds. Her passion lies in the art and science of working with sacred ceremonial and magical plants, a field in which she has been a student and practitioner for more than a decade. Having been initiated into a sacred lineage of Star Nation Medicine Carriers, her work is imprinted by an evolutionary thrust that is grounded in an ancient and time-honoured knowledge preserved and passed down by Earth-Stewards and Wisdom-Keepers through the millennia.

$1300 – shared room $1600 – private room
~ payment accepted by cash, cheque or e-transfer only ~

Once confirmation to attend has been granted, a non-refundable deposit of $500 will be required to reserve your spot. This retreat is limited to 16 participants.

Step 1: Contact circleofhealing@hushmail.com to receive an application form.
Step 2: Send completed application to circleofhealing@hushmail.com
Step 3: Upon approval, contact Richard at info@mountainwatersretreats.ca to arrange your accommodation selection and deposit. The deposit will be due no later than 10 days after notification of approval.

Applications must be received via email by Monday, February 22nd

We ask that you be clear with your intent to participate; all deposits are non-refundable.

Healing with Addictions (May) @ Mountain Waters Retreat
4:00 pm – May 29, 2016 @ 1:00 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.




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 Counselling Psychology and a Doctorate of Divinity specific to Creation Spirituality. He is an elder of the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society, West Kootenay’s, 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, trauma and dying and death.