January 2012 – September 2014
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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 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
- 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.
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
- Life Coaching
- Yoga Classes
- Meditation Instruction
- Regenerative Nutrition
- Healthy Gourmet Meals
- Movement Therapy
- Walks in Nature
- Quiet Time to Rest and Integrate your Experience
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.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.