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Womans Hammam @ Mountain Waters Retreats
5:00 pm – May 14, 2012 @ 10:00 am

For Mothers Day weekend this year we invite you to join us for our Woman’s Hammam Retreat. The Hammam was a traditional bathing ritual of the ancient Middle East, known as the “bringer of warmth”. While our Hamman will not involve Turkish baths, it will heat you up after a long winter with a weekend of sensual pleasure, fun and comradarie.

This will be a mothers day girlfriends getaway like no other, with belly dance, palm reading,  massage and bodywork and, of course, a wonderful soak in the local Hot Springs. You will enjoy gourmet cooking from Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon, plus henna hand painting and evenings of stories, poetry and laughter.


You will Receive:

  • Gourmet Middle Eastern cooking
  • Beautiful retreat accommodations
  • Belly dance instruction and performance
  • A forty minute palm reading session
  • An hour long  Massage treatment. Your choice of deep tissue, relaxation, miofascial, or Hot Stone massage.
  • Hot Springs Visit
  • Morning yoga classes.
  • Daily exercise forest walk
  • Optional Henna art  hand painting
  • A weekend full of laughter and enjoyment, with time to relax or join together with the gals.



Sound Healing with tuning forks level 1 @ Mountain Waters Retreats
9:00 am – May 19, 2012 @ 6:00 pm


Ohm Therapeutics™ is built on the understanding that musical tones assist healing, and that appropriate frequencies promote the flow of energy (Qi) in and around the body. As a result, the pathways for Qi are restored, energy blocks are removed, and health & wellness can be regained.

Learn how to incorporate sound into your healing practice with Ohm Therapeutics™. In this two-day class, Samantha Jennings will demonstrate therapeutic applications of the Ohm Tuning Forks and Tibetan Singing Bowls on

the body, including traditional acupuncture points, trigger & reflex points, bone, muscle & tendons to help tonify Qi, move stagnant energy & relieve pain.

You will learn to work with resonance using the Ohm Unison, Ohm Octave and High Frequency Ohm Tuning Forks. Because the body responds to vibration & the Ohm tone, directing the vibration with tuning forks in a therapeutic setting is an ideal complement to massage, acupressure, acupuncture, cranial sacral, polarity therapy, chiropractic & other bodywork methods.

Students will take home 1 comprehensive study guide for future reference. This course fulfills requirements for continuing education hours for Chinese Medicine Practitioners and is also applicable to massage therapists and anyone else interested in alternative healing modalities.  For persons  continuing on and taking Samantha’s Five Elements course on May 20-21 an additional discount of $200 is being offered for persons enrolling in both courses. In addition, persons living in Nelson  who do not wish to stay up at the Retreat Center can pay tuition only course fees.

Student attending this course will also need the following Course Requirements:
2 Mid Ohm Tuning Forks ~ $88
1 Low Ohm tuning Fork ~ $55
1 Practitioner Activator ~ $42
Sound Healing: Vibrational Healing with Ohm Tuning Forks, Book & DVD ~ $33
Course Tools must be pre-ordered with the instructor & pre-paid.

Total $218 + HST 26.16 = $244.16

Samantha Jennings is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sound Healer & Educator. She began studying Sound Healing with Marjorie de Muynck, creator of Ohm Therapeutics™ in 2000 and teaches in North America & internationally. Samantha incorporates Sound Healing into her practice of spiritually based acupuncture & acupressure, and offers instruction in Ohm Therapeutics & Classical Five Elements.

The Archetypal Energies of the Five Elements @ Mountain Waters Retreats
9:00 am – May 21, 2012 @ 6:00 pm


The two most commonly asked questions in life are : Who am I? and Why am I here?.

Our focus in this two day course will be using ancient Taoist Five Element theory to identify the Constitutional Type that is the expression of a primary energetic imbalance expressed through the personality. We will look at how our early life experiences create core beliefs which then shape the expression of our personality. Over time and with repeated experience we develop character strategies, the habits which define how we behave and how we see the world. This is the foundation of our “Constitutional Type”.

This class will focus on the elemental needs and the missing experiences that give rise to the constitutional type being expressed, and the pathways back to regain balance in the emotional realm. The course provides you with an opportunity to experience the teachings of this timeless wisdom giving you insight into the unique and ancient medical framework that shows the interconnectedness of our mental, emotional and physical states of being.

This is a good opportunity to explore the emotional and physical symptoms that accompany energy imbalances. The class is designed for the Oriental Medicine student,  massage or health practitioner and anyone interested in self-exploration and learning.

For persons who are also taking Samantha’s  Healing with Sound Forks level 1 course on May 18-19 an additional discount of $200 is being offered if you enroll for both courses.  For people living in Nelson tuition only pricing is available.

This course fulfills requirements for continuing education hours for practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and will add new depth of understanding for anyone interested in  working in the helping professions, including counsellors, therapists and massage practitioners.


Samantha Jennings, Dr.TCM, R.Ac.

Samantha has been a practitioner of Oriental Medicine since 1983, having begun her training in Oriental Medicine in 1983, first practicing acupressure, and then graduating from the Canadian College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in 1993, where she was fortunate to have trained in Classical Five Element Acupuncture as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including herbal training. Instructors included those from Professor J.R. Worsley’s College of Traditional Acupuncture, Lemington Spa, UK. Since then she has done post-graduate work with such notables as Lonny Jarrett (Massachusetts), Gye Bennett (Australia), and is currently a student of Dr. Jeffrey Yuen (NY). She is currently engaged in the study of plant affinities for the elements & organ systems and the use of essential oils on acupoints.

Samantha is also a graduate of the Academy of Botanical Medicine: California School of Herbal Studies, as well as having completed the two-year professional training in Hakomi: Body-Centered Psychotherapy, with mentorship from Jon Eisman, Senior Hakomi Trainer.

She has taught as a professor at her alma mater, CCAOM, as well as Oshio College of Herbology & Chinese Medicine (Victoria, BC), Christchurch College of Chinese Medicine (Christchurch, New Zealand), and has offered continuing education classes at Pacific Rim College (Victoria), NMAHA (Santa Fe, NM), as well as privately. She developed the Five Element Acupressure program as part of the B.Sc. in Integrated Health Studies at Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, NM, where she taught both Oriental Medicine and Western Herbology & Pharmacy.

Samantha began studying with Marjorie de Muynck, creator of Ohm Therapeutics™, in 1999 and is an international teacher of Sound Healing in North America & Australasia, representing Lemniscate Music.

Samantha’s specialties are Five Element spiritually-based acupuncture, acupressure and vibrational medicine. The application of Sound Healing is an integral part of her practice, which is now in Vancouver, B.C. She continues to travel the world to study with superlative teachers.

Samantha is a NCCAOM Approved PDA Provider (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) offering continuing education for acupuncturists and Oriental Bodywork Therapists across Canada, the US, and New Zealand.






BreathLIGHT 1.1 @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
May 24 – May 28 all-day

In this vital BreathLIGHT 1.1 Training Course, participants will assimilate the foundational life path keys in,“The He-Art of facilitating a Crystal Helix BreathLIGHT Session.” Intending to facilitate or simply invigorate your practice, the BreathLight 1.1 Training is an in-depth practicum loaded with activation tools & nurturing keys for the loving & dynamic presence within.

BreathLIGHT 1.1 is a foundational course based on Mikael’s personal 15 years discovering the Infinite Light through the Breath.  Through Yogic Pranayama to Tibetan Lung exercises to the vast array of Transformational Breath Techniques, Mikael is thrilled to be offering the FIRST of THREE Course Trainings on his unique DivineJoy imprint on the Transformational BreathLight Process.

In General, whether you are new to the breath process or an avid breath yogi junkie, this course will provide a holistic heart pathway to igniting a personal empowered commitment to the Breath as a way to comprehending, assimilating, and applying the Light of Pure Source Consciousness into your every-moment life.

In addition to the THREE Course Trainings (BreathLIGHT 1.1, BreathTANTRA 2.2, & BreathMASTERY 3.3), Participants will also integrate these SIX baseline tools:

  • 1. Power of Sound to personally activate, release, integrate, balance, and awaken multi-dimensional consciousness
  • 2. Love of Colour to understand the therapeutic value of messages, meanings, & directives for the soul’s journey through rainbow colour awareness.
  • 3. Wisdom of Somatic Movement to assist the physical vessel to fully align & ground the subtler energy bodies (emotional, sexual, mental, psychic, and spiritual)
  • 4. Universal Language of Sacred Geometry to completely communicate with one’s enviroment enabling one to truly listen, manifest, and co-create with the Infinite Cosmos.
  • 5. Anchoring of Crystal Energy by downloading how to create a personal mesa (altar) with the Five Elementals, Directions, and Planet Earth Gaia.
  • 6. Assimilating Radiant Health Nutrition by applying juicy & practical ways to purify, cleanse, detox and nurture the physical body temple on a daily moment to moment basis.

In 1.1 Training, the manual practicum will also cover the following
BreathLIGHT Keys:

  •  The He-Art of facilitating a Crystal Helix BreathLight Session
  • Living Holographically in a 3 –D world
  • Six Sheaths (Subtle Body Awareness)
  • Activating the Expanded Light Body
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Levels, Steps, Components, & Areas of the Body
  • Five Elements of a BreathLight Session
  • Affirmations, Invocations, & Leverage
  • Four Elemental Warm Up Movements
  • Session Outline
  • Essential Points to remember while facilitating a Crystal Helix Breathing Session

“My BreathLIGHT experience with Mikael was one of the most powerful moments in my life!  It was probably the most unbelievable connection I have ever made with the boundless power and infinite energy available to human beings in the realm of the physical body.”
~ Luke G.  San Francisco, CA

Coming Home to Yourself @ Mountain Waters Retreats
5:00 pm – July 16, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

Imagine freely loving who you are now.

Imagine being deeply grateful for everything that has ever happened to you. (Yes, everything)

Imagine living without the fear or insecurity of what anyone thinks of you. 

Can you imagine this? Or do the stories you believe tell you that this is impossible?

In this retreat, Tania and Shayla invite you to find out who you are without these stories, judgements and beliefs. How does this happen? It happens when we give these stories room to breathe, to move, to speak. So that we can investigate them, inquire into them, exactly as they appear. These beliefs that keep us in hiding, that create self judgement, shame, regret, and guilt–they can all be held up to the light of truth.

Inquiry itself is an act of courage and of love. It happens slowly, and it happens in the body. It really doesn’t matter how long you have believed in your own self judgements. How long you have struggled with anxiety, sorrow and regret. Who you really are, your natural state, is right here-undefended, tender and deeply alive.

This is possible right now: you can learn to courageously question the beliefs that have held you captive. Inquiry allows you to discover the living truth for yourself. The truth about you and the unconditional kindness of life.

Shayla and Tania are known for their capacity to create an atmosphere that is warm, friendly, intimate, and free. An open space in which each person is welcomed, heard and seen.  Both have experienced their most profound realizations while working with others. Which is why this way of being together is so sacred: it is where we meet in the love of truth and freedom.

This retreat includes:

-Spoken and written inquiry, including The Work of Byron Katie
-Guided meditation to allow deep resting in effortless presence
-Dialogue, exploration and discussion with Tania and Shayla
-Portions of Social Silence
-Dinner after arrival Thursday, breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the weekend, and brunch before departure on Monday.

This work is done with partners, in small groups, and in the main group.  All of the work we do is grounded in the body, in somatic experience.

this is where I want
to love all the things
it has taken me so long
to learn to love”
–David Whyte

Total Cost for Participants:
For Master Bedroom with private bathroom: $1160
For private rooms in the house:  $1040
For shared private room (shared queen size bed): $890
For shared cabin: $940
For camping:  $860

Early bird discount: $50 off if you register by May 30, 2012

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.


Awakening True Nature @ Mountain Waters Retreats
4:00 pm – May 19, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

Who are we “taking ourselves to be” as we move through our days, years, life? How do these habitual views inhibit directly sensing our true nature? This heart opening and thought provoking weekend retreat is an opportunity to inquire into the reality of who you are in each given moment.

Diane will lead mindful yoga practices designed to open the body’s energetic channels. This embodied presence is the necessary container for the meditation and inquiry practices which Dori will lead. Periods of intentional silence will be woven into the weekend to connect deeply within.

To listen to, and watch Diane and Dori describe the Awakening True Nature retreat please click on the following link.

Diane Sherman is a passionate teacher who intuitively guides her studentsDiane Sherman towards their own edge while encouraging them to deeply listen to their inner wisdom. Whether teaching a restorative class, a more physically demanding practice, or working one-on-one with a student, Diane is committed to inspiring her students to drop into the present moment as completely as possible. Her classes weave together her knowledge of Ayurveda, asana, breath work, meditation, yin and yang yoga. Diane is a curious, inquisitive person with a passion for living well, she is fiercely committed to her own evolution and encourages that in her friends, family and students.

Diane has been blessed with amazing teachers along the way. Her primary influences have been Donald Moyer, Sarah Powers and Scott Blossom. From them she learned a combination of precise alignment, yin yoga, sitting meditation and Ayurvedic principals. She also studied Ayurveda at Mount Madonna Institute and has a diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counseling. She is deeply grateful to her teachers and all they have shared along the way as well as their own dedication to their paths. Other inspirations to Diane are Pema Chodron, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.diane and dori

Dori Langevin

Dori Langevin, PsyD loves sharing the radical teachings and practices of the Buddha that empower us to live with wakefulness, compassion and wisdom in the midst of our messy, yet radiant lives.

She considers herself a devotee of the Great Mother and grounds her teaching in embodied presence. Dori has trained with Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield and Tsultrim Allione and has been teaching since 2003.

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Fundamentals @ Mountain Waters Retreats
5:00 pm – June 30, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) allows the body to repair itself and to prepare for daily activity.

AISThis method of stretching works with the body’s physiological makeup to improve circulation and increase th e elasticity of joint muscles and connective tissues.

Paul John Elliott is the only person in Canada to-date that is certified by Aaron Mattes, creator of Active Isolated Stretching, to teach AIS.

Founded on controlling the body’s stretch reflexes, AIS is a system of safely elongating myofascial tissues, helping eliminate pain and improving human performance.

AIS is an outstanding technique for improving posture, eliminating spinal curvatures such as scoliosis and kyphosis which can restore proper body alignment, and help to eliminate physical pain.

Active Isolated Stretching is fully inclusive, meaning that anyone can learn this important technique – children, adults even little-league coaches – anyone interested in physical health, either their own or someone else’s; it is not reserved for licensed therapists or trained professionals.

Paul has been teaching 3-day seminars AIS across Canada since 2005. This 3.5 day AIS foundations couse will be offered for the first time in a beautiful and restorative retreat location.Paul John Elliot

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.


Yoga Teachers Training Level 3 @ Mountain Waters Retreats
5:00 pm – September 21, 2013 @ 10:00 am

This retreat offers the final level of  the three part Yoga certification training that started in Sept of 2012.  Jointly Taught by Karuna Erikson, along with her husband Paul Erikson, 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.

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.


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Green-Building with Hempcrete Part 2: Finishing Techniques @ Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
5:00 pm – September 26, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

This is the second part of our Green building course which focuses on hempcrete finishing techniques.


Finishing Inside WallsThe walls built in June will now be properly cured and this segment will concentrate on plastering the interior and exterior surfaces.

On the outside we’ll learn how to protect hempcrete from the weather using plastering techniques. We will also cover in detail, the process of pigmentation and developing the colours you desire using clay based pigments. For those people taking both the July and September HempCrete course segments we are offering a price discount of 25% which brings the cost of the total 11 day package down to $995.

Learn how to use one of natures most versatile fibers

to create strong, energy efficient and beautiful structures made of light weight fiber-reinforced concrete.

This Green Building Workshop will be appropriate for both experienced builders and do-it-your-selfers interested in sustainable shelter.

Hemp-Crete is a Sustainable Building choice for the 21st century

- Window DetailLong-term carbon sequestration
- Non-toxic breathable wall envelope
- High R-Value and Thermal resistance means homes that are warm in the Winter and Cool in the Summer .
- Enhanced fire protection: Hemp-Crete does not burn
- Superior acoustic qualities means Hemp-crete provides you with a very quiet
natural feeling home.

You can expect to learn lots, have fun, and get your hands dirty.
This course is being offered in two parts, a 7 day building intensive in Early July, followed by a 4 day plastering and pigmentation course Sept 22-26 that will be focused upon the exterior and interior finishing of a HempCrete structure. A discount is available for those people taking both course segments. This course includes wonderful home cooked organic meals and accommodations in our beautiful retreat setting within walking distance of Nelson BC. You will be participating in the construction of a round Mandala Hemp-crete home.

Have FUN and LEARN the key Fundamentals of Hemp Building:

Outside WallsThis course will give you the experience you need to successfully build a HempCrete structure of your own.
The Workshop will cover:

- Hemp-Crete mixes
- Forming
- Window and Door Details
- Plastering and Finishing
- Structural characteristics of Hemp as a green building material
- Key design Features
- Sourcing and supply of key ingredients

Jayeson Hendyrsan is a pioneer in the green building industry. His vision is inspired by creating energy efficient, naturally sourced, affordable and beautiful houses out of lightweight fiber-based concrete derived from industrial hemp. Jason has collaborated with Hemp-crete experts from around the world and has built cottages, houses and monolithic walls out of Hemp-crete. He lives on Bowen Island where he also teaches Tai-Chi.

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.