Mindfulness Meditation: A Buddhist Path to Happiness, Love and Awakening

With Robert Beatty

July 8 - 20, 2018
Nelson BC
We are capable of great wisdom, boundless love, true compassion , and deep-seated ease. And yet all to often our human experience is clouded by painful moods, mental…

Aliveness to Meaning: Reconciling Unresolved Emotions and Trauma

With Sharon Stanley

July 20 - 24, 2018
Mountain Waters Retreat Centre
During this four day retreat we will explore the principles gleaned from the emerging research of interpersonal neurobiology and experience creative applications of relational and body-based practices designed…

In Balance: Yoga immersion and Teacher Training

With Kaitlin Armstrong and Marie Simpson

August 10 - 24, 2018
Nelson BC
Continue the learning adventure while you recharge and rejuvenate in beautiful Nelson BC. Join Kaitlin Armstrong and Marie Simpson, on an yoga journey that dives deep into the traditions…

Keeping Love Alive – Summer Camp

With Beth Falch-Nielsen and Richard Klein & Yogita Bouchard

August 24 - 29, 2018
Mountain Waters Retreat
Almost all couples have had the experience of falling in love. Being able to “keep in love”, and keeping the relationship alive, takes falling in love to the…

Heart Yoga Level 1 September

With Karuna & Paul Erikson

September 9 - 15, 2018
Nelson BC
We are happy to host the 1st level of a three part 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training / Yoga Immersion with Karuna and Paul Erikson . This course…

Stirring The Cauldron

With Elfi Dillon-Shaw

September 27 - 30, 2018
Mountain Waters Retreat Center
This program is for women of every age and lifestyle who want to taste the full energetic potential of their erotic body. A circle of women is a…

A women’s pilgrimage in the mountains of Nepal

With Yogita Bouchard

November 5 - 26, 2018
Nepal
Join  Yogita  for a  unique women's pilgrimage to the Peekye Peak region of Nepal in November 2018. Walking in Nepal brings us along ancients paths, traveled for hundreds…
Apr
27
Thu
Stirring The Cauldron
Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm

This program is for women of every age and lifestyle who want to taste the full energetic potential of their erotic body.photo (8) copy 2

A circle of women is a powerful cauldron for learning about the healing potential of sexual energy. By creating a consensual and relaxed container in time and space we can learn to let go into the pleasure of our body. We discover our deep innate wisdom when we commit to undergo the journey into the sensuous world of breath, movement and touch and liberate ourselves from messages of shame and guilt implanted in our flesh for generations. Heart, genitals and mind want to dance together in the awakened body to serve life.

Sexual energy flowing through the body allows for a more fulfilling erotic life, whether we are in relationship or not. The purpose of arousing this energy is to strengthen our Chi – life energy – for healing purposes, erotic autonomy, and just plain fun!

In celebration together we will support each other to let go of old ways of living in our body
Through exercises from the tantric and taoist traditions, we will experience the flow of sexual energy through the pathways of the body
In an atmosphere of consensuality and confidentiality, women will have the opportunity to experience themselves as sacred sexual beings. Knowing that erotic exploration can be fraught with barriers of shame, tension and anxiety, we respect these as each woman’s individual space is honoured.

Facilitator:

Photo-from-Elfis-portraitsElfi Emaya Dillon has led circles of erotic healing for many years for people of all genders. She is on the faculty of the Bodyelectric School and the Haven Institute, has been a bodyworker for thirty five years and in the last twenty years has added Somatic Sexuality Education to her repertoire. She lives with her long time partner Gary Kekoa Dillon on Gabriola Island in BC.

 

May
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Journey to Holy Well @ Mountain Waters Retreats Center
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – May 5 @ 2:00 pm

This event offers a unique chance to celebrate and explore the connection between spirituality and sexuality. It is an invitation to discover our inner authority and erotic autonomy. It is an opportunity to connect with women in a defined and safe container where the principles of respect, support , choice and confidentiality are honored at all times. Experiential learning, dialogue, teachings from tantric, taoist and reichian traditions are woven together in a setting that is private and beautiful, guarded by nature.

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Experience the pleasure of giving and receiving nurturing, sensuous erotic touch for the whole body and learn your orasmic possibilities. We will dip into the wisdom teachings of many ancient cultures where women taught women the mysteries of the female body and how to tap into the great store of energy at the source. We invite curiosity about self and other, learn to communicate and teach from the body and discover how to stay connected to self and other at the same time.

Women of every age and lifestyle are welcome. We will learn from each other and receive tools to enrich, enliven and envigorate our erotic being each day of our lives and celebrate our sexuality with awareness and vitality.

Facilitator:

Photo-from-Elfis-portraitsElfi Emaya Dillon has led circles of erotic healing for many years for people of all genders. She is on the faculty of the Bodyelectric School and the Haven Institute, has been a bodyworker for thirty five years and in the last twenty years has added Somatic Sexuality Education to her repertoire. She lives with her long time partner Gary Kekoa Dillon on Gabriola Island in BC.

 

Registration:

Prerequisite for this workshop:

“Stirring your Cauldron” or “Celebrating your Body Erotic” or “Sexual Intelligence”

If you are interested to attend please phone 1 250 247 9504 for a conversation with Elfi or email her: elfi@heartcoretouch.com

May
7
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Heart Yoga Teachers Training level 1
May 7 @ 5:00 pm – May 13 @ 1:00 am

We are happy to host a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training / Yoga Immersion with Karuna and Paul Erikson . This course is designed primarily for those who 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, as well as for yoga teachers who wish to enhance their training and experience. We’d love for you to join us on this powerful journey into the vastness of yoga practice and teaching.
The Yoga-Shanti_0058-aHeart Yoga Center, is a Registered Yoga School with the internationally recognized organization Yoga Alliance, and follows their standards and recommendations. This course is offered in 3 levels, with level 1 offered May 8-13, 2017, Level 2 from September 11-16, 2017, and level 3 May 7-12, 2018. All levels will be held at the beautiful Mountain Waters Retreat Centre in Nelson, BC. Certification of completion of each course will be presented at the end of each 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.
This course offers a deep experience of yoga, for people considering or already teaching yoga, and for those who love yoga and wish to immerse themselves in yoga practice and principles. This course is a profound integration of body, mind, heart and spirit, intended for yoga students of all levels who want to expand their experience of yoga as a spiritual practice and way of life.
The cost is for meals and accommodations for those students stay with us at Mountain Waters. Please contact Karuna at 250-229-4793, regarding course payment and fees. Please visit www.yogakaruna.com for more information about the course and tuition cost..
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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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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.

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..nd 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.

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.

 


May
17
Wed
A Woman’s Way of Being
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – May 22 @ 2:00 pm

Most of us are striving for lives filled with meaning, thriving relationships and rewarding careers. Yet more and more women find themselves running on empty.

Pursuing career success, taking care of family, home, and attending to relationships has left us with little energy or capacity to care for our health and deeper soul needs. How do we learn to stop and press “pause” and in doing so discover a new way forward?

Many of us feel caught in an ever-tightening tangle of commitments. Living in a digital age when work and distractions can come in at all hours, makes it hard to find the space for rest and renewal.

We’ve developed mindsets and habits of busyness in the pursuit of what we have come to believe is success. Like super woman this means stronger, faster and more powerful. Only life is not like that.

When the sum total of demands exceeds our regenerative capacity we end up stressed out, run down and facing a wall of chronic fatigue. Adrenal burnout and a host of other ways our bodies say “Enough!”

This is not limited to busy moms. A woman can be retired, and still find herself pushing through the weight of habit and her own expectations to do more or be better.

Now more than ever, we’re living in a time that is calling us forth to live from the wisdom of our deep feminine knowing. A new place of internal balance.

This five day retreat is a powerful step in creating and reclaiming your authentic woman’s way of being. Through a sacred honouring of women as sisters and our shared experience, you are invited to unwind the habits and beliefs that can hold you in a pattern of busyness and prevent you from taking better care of yourself.

We invite you to explore what it means to tap your unique feminine way of “being” in a way that it informs your way of “doing”. This is about creating a new congruence within yourself. One that allows you to say no to what is unnecessary or can wait till later, and say yes your health and deeper soul needs.

In this retreat you will:

  • Uncover the habits and beliefs that lock you in a constant cycle of fatigue
  • Learn to feel into your own body’s wisdom and soften your nervous system response to stress
  • Develop self care practices to reclaim your health and spirit
  • Connect with a community of other women on the path to greater well being
  • Return home with you own plan to integrate habits that nurture you.
  • Immerse in nature

During your time with us you can expect to be held in a safe space that welcomes you back into the deeper ground of your being.

You’ll receive guidance and instruction in:

  • Restorative yoga
  • Breathing practices
  • Deep listening
  • Mindfulness
  • Practices of inner exploration
  • Experiential exercises that explore the kosha map and the psychology of the chakras – ancient maps of wisdom for expansion and integration.

Join us for what will be a unique journey. Let go of struggle, awaken to the ground of love within you, and open to the expansive field of your feminine essence.

 

Facilitators:

Sharon Abbondanza’s reverent love of the body infuses her teaching. She artfully combines the intelligence of yoga therapy with the innovation of restorative alignment using the BackMitra. With sixteen years teaching experience and multiple certifications,

Sharon’s love of yoga translates into on going in-depth personal studies as well as developing teacher trainings. She has created and taught a Teacher Training program for Restorative Yoga Therapy and has developed a Foundations teacher training for the BackMitra.

Studying with advanced practitioner Gioia Irwin, Sharon has completed the International Vijnana Yoga Certification, an 800 hour comprehensive program of Hatha Yoga that integrates the classical limbs of pranayama, asana, meditation, study of yogic texts with Eastern Taoist practices and an extensive exploration of embodied anatomy.

Having completed the Anatomy of Yoga, an 800 hour intensive training in Yoga Therapy with Master Teacher Leila Stuart, Sharon maintains a private yoga therapy practice and teaches on going classes in Greater Vancouver. Recently studying with luminary Kamini Desai, Sharon is integrating somatic psychotherapy into her practice.

What people say about their experience working with Sharron

The essence of the workshop is your quiet strength, your attention to detail, your keen eye watching every student’s needs …in short your personal presence. – Bernice C

I could hear and feel your passion and commitment to keeping us connected to the rhythm of our own breath. Masterful.– Lindsay C

I greatly enjoyed the concise considered approach to the delivery of the information, the fun, playful but carefully choreographed approach to get our attention focused inwards; The visual props and the wonderfully creative way that you tied it all in…. The poetry and the wisdom insights naturally inter-dispersed throughout. Susan T

 

Yogita Bouchard is a Massage Therapist who also offers Somatic Relational Therapy in private practice. She has completed a four-year course of studies in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy with master teachers Ron Kurtz and Jon Eisman.

Yogita was the founder of Mountain Waters Spa and worked as an aquatic therapist with couples, babies and spa clients for 12 years. She studied the science of Yoga for seven years. She co-facilitates Everything Belongs retreat offered at Mountain Waters. Yogita also facilitates small women’s gatherings.

She brings care, warmth and a deep sense of reverence to her work. She has a passion for nature, and for inviting a deeper quality of listening into her life within which the mystery continues to unfold. Yogita is the mother of 5 young adults and lives in Nelson BC with her husband Richard.

What people say about their experience working with Yogita

I find her compassionate, astute and centred with a great love of life. I trust her implicitly and have found that her work on my body has helped me greatly. She is also a superb teacher beyond her massage practice. – Pauline D

Yogita is extremely insightful and serves as a trusted healer. Her wisdom, judgement and heart-felt compassion can be felt and experienced in all she offers her clients.
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May
24
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Circle Of Healing
May 24 @ 4:30 pm – May 29 @ 2:30 pm

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. Meditations 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 Alexandra Devi and Sasha.

Enormous benefits are possible when ancient shamanic practices are coupled with modern Western psycho-biological somatic 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.web-med-wheel2

 

 

 

The Circle of Healing is a seven week process , at the heart of which lies a five day residential intensive at Mountain Waters

Your 7-Week Package Includes:

  • Individual 30-minute pre-retreat consultation with Sasha and Devi
  • 60-minute preparation webinar with Sasha, Devi and Blue Thunder Woman  (Week1)
  • Expertly held 6-day Retreat Intensive (Week 2) Designed with a trauma-informed perspective to provide the greatest safety possible so you can surrender into this powerful and deep healing work. This will be an Intimate setting with 3 healers, plus three added assistents holding space for 15 participants
  •  The Retreat intensive Includes individual consultations with the facilitators. Beautiful accommodations including hot tub and delicious healthy meals
  • Five 90-minute weekly Group Integration Circles (Weeks 3-7) Following the Retreat intensive your intigration will be supported with an on-line group process that  helps you carry what you have learned  successfully into your life.
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Your Guides

Alexandra Devi follows a calling to understand the deepest roots of why we suffer illness, and how we heal; both individually, and collectively. This has led her to synthesize ancient wisdom practices with the most cutting edge psychotherapeutic and medical discoveries. She is is a QualifiedCertified Functional Medicine Practitioner (IFM), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor, and through UC SanDiego Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute, and is certified through UMass Center for Mindfulness to teach the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (IMP) (IMP).teacher. She is also a certified Relational Somatic Therapist (2014), and Shamanic Yoga Instructor (2012). . .  Dr. Devi is passionate about healing together – “we are wounded in relationship – we heal in relationship” – and she views this retreat is the most powerful offering to re-member our lost sense of belonging to a tribe where we each are respected and honoured for our inherent value as authentic beings, and where we can each contribute to one another’s wellness and happiness.

Sasha 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. Her work is imprinted by an evolutionary thrust that is grounded in an ancient and time-honored knowledge preserved and passed down by Earth-Stewards and Wisdom-Keepers through the millennia.DSCN1310

Testimonials

“The Circle of Healing Retreat with Devi, Sasha and Blue Thunder Woman is the best gift I have ever given myself. Within the sacred container of ceremony and group processing I was able to discover the truths behind some deeply rooted patterns in my behavior. The skillful guidance of the three healers and their supportive team helped me to integrate these truths into my being; not only through thought and contemplation but through profound perceptual and somatic experience. From my time in the retreat I have gained valuable tools for self-healing and personal growth, a deeper connection to my higher self, and a community of like-minded individuals for support and guidance.”  Megan

“To create an environment that encourages, soul searching, provides insights, and engages body and mind in a nurturing supportive environment – is a monumental task.  The “circle of healing” group have excelled in every way – guidance, stories, poems, music, circle work and much more to bring those seeking greater understanding of healing. This is an excellent opportunity for those who want to enter a rich and resourceful process, to access their subconscious beliefs and allow the opportunity to alter those pathways leading to personal growth and more fulfilling existence.”   Ron

“The safety and healing presence offered by our guides was life-giving and essential to my growth as I encountered my most raw, vulnerable self.”  Dario

“The power of a circle of intentional healing will never be beyond my imagination again following our week together at the Spring 2016 retreat.  The group picture taken at Mountain Waters sits on my desktop at work.  This keeps me in a mindful state of the work we all did and shared during our time together there this spring.  I feel daily change and liberation from the confines of my thinking before the retreat.  Each person played a role in providing me strength and courage to face the demons of past generations and those created in this life.  I never want to forget where I came from but I do want to embrace what has emerged refreshed and transformed and is the basis of what is new in my future and I recognize the piece that each participant contributed.  As I move forward and integrate into my new reality I am so grateful for the amazing work that Sasha and Devi share as they gently guide us to greater awareness that enables us to be more authentic versions of ourselves.   The gifts just keep coming!!!”   Judith

Jun
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Everything Belongs @ Mountain Waters Retreats Center
Jun 4 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 4:00 pm

Many of us have suffered, or are suffering difficult situations in our lives, and yet we turn away from the source of that suffering repeatedly. Schooled to trust experts and orientated toward quick solutions, we can turn away from those aspects of reality labelled “difficult”. But these have much to teach us about the truth of our own experience.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust

woman in grassDuring this week long retreat you will

  • Learn how your wholeness and wellbeing flows from the integration of all your experiences including the difficult ones.
  • Identify the disconnects in your life so you can shift to a path that supports your growth and happiness.
  • Embrace your own experience with more kindness and self-acceptance
  • Learn how to shift your perceptions and read the map of your own experience with more accuracy
  • Discover an intimacy with Nature.

The problem is we live in a culture of comfort and convenience where the seeking of pleasure and the avoidance of pain has become so pervasive it drives much of our economy. We push away discomfort.

The mind tells us that diversions, busyness, addictions and other distractions will help. But the mind is wrong. None of that brings happiness. Instead we are left with a gnawing sense that something is missing. And that no matter how hard we try, this emptiness cannot be filled from the outside.

circle of handsWhat is missing is that part of our own experience we have cast aside. Welcoming it back brings new energy into our lives, allowing for healing, grace and yes, celebration.

Nothing is given to us that’s not ultimately for the benefit of our own evolution and growth.

Learning to observe our reality more clearly and trust our experience means doing things differently than how we’ve been taught. You don’t need to be perfect, or know the right answer every time you’re asked. What is needed, instead, is to take the pressure off, un-clutter the mind, spend time in Nature and practice being more kind to ourselves.

This retreat is as much about letting go of old and limiting beliefs as it is about learning new practices and ways of being in the world that will serve your personal growth and happiness.

Learn to trust what you feel in your body, rather than the stories in your head.

We’ll take our cue from Nature and the living ecology around us, where everything has a function, everything is interconnected, and everything belongs. Using her master teaching plants, sitting in circle as humans have always done, and walking wilderness trail.
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During the course of this week we’ll come back over and over again to the insight provided by the wisdom teachings of the Four Separations. These Teachings help to cast light upon those places in each of us where disconnection lives, so that we can begin the process of welcoming back parts of ourselves that have stood outside the circle of our kindness for too long.

This retreat is for those of you who realize that it’s time to stop looking outside yourself for the “healer and the healing”.

As the elders of the Hopi Nation stated in June 2000;

“We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

This retreat is also for people who have completed one of our Healing with Addictions Retreats at Mountain Waters, and wish to continue moving forward in their process of self-discovery and personal transformation.

This week long retreat will be led by Richard Klein, and will be supported by a facilitation team that includes Duncan Grady & Jen Davies, Yogita Bouchard,

ded9d54e-1The Retreat includes:

  • Heart Ceremony and Medicine Wheel teachings
  • Shamanic practices
  • Meditation and Mindfulness teachings
  • Yoga and body practices
  • Interactive group exercises

The Four Separations:

  1. Mind as separate from Body and Emotions

  2. Self as separate from “others” and the World.

  3. What we are conscious of is separate from the shadow, which is kept unconscious.

  4. Life is separate from Death

To register or for more information, call Richard at 1.888.352.6081

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Facilitator

P1030502Richard Klein is a happily recovering workaholic who has created the Mountain Waters Retreat Centre over the last 20 years. He is an aquatic therapist and life coach and teaches mindfulness as part of the facilitations team at the Healing with Addictions Retreat. Richard has completed a four year course of studies in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy with master teachers Ron Kurtz and Jon Eisman. He is the father of five adult children. Richard has traveled extensively on his own into the Mountains of British Columbia, China and Tibet on extended vision quests and pilgrimage experiences. He is one of the stewards of Crystal Mountain, where the Retreat Centre is located, and has over the years come to know its many wild and sacred places.

 

Yogita Bouchard 1Yogita Bouchard is a gifted Massage Therapist and bodyworker who helps people become aware of the deeper story carried within the tissues of the body. She studied the science of Yoga for seven years and shares the breathing practices, known as Pranayama, that help connect us more deeply into our body experience. Yogita has completed a four year course of studies in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy with master teachers Ron Kurtz and Jon Eisman.

Jul
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Mindfulness Meditation: A Buddhist Path to Happiness, Love & Awakening @ Mountain Waters Retreats Center
Jul 8 @ 4:00 pm – Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm

We are capable of great wisdom, boundless love, true compassion , and deep-seated ease. And yet all to often our human experience is clouded by painful moods, mental compulsions, addictions, and difficult psychological scripts from the past.

For thousands of years, people have used Buddhist meditation as a way of training the mind and elevating consciousness to free themselves from anxiety, self-criticism, depression, and fear.

Spiritual practice is not about self-improvement, or attempting to fashion a life that is stable or predictable. Suffering is caused by the very demand that life be something other than it is. Instead of requiring life to be different, we can learn to let life live through, and as, us. Freedom and happiness lie in accepting this present moment, right NOW, exactly as it is. This moment is actually all we ever have. It is only NOW when we awaken from the trance of our separateness and realize our true, infinite nature.

Whether you have meditated for years, or are just setting out on your inner journey you will find this retreat informative, healing and liberating.

There will be instruction and practice in sitting and walking meditation as well as Dharma talks, movement meditation, opportunities to ask questions and to receive individual guidance from Robert.

The retreat will occur in noble silence in a natural setting of great beauty and tranquility.

This 12 day retreat will give you ample opportunity to drop beneath the busyness of day to day life and reconnect with yourself in a deep and heartfelt way. This retreat is not an endurance contest, the teachings are both gentle and profound and this will be a time to finally offer yourself the love, care and attention for which you have always longed. For those who are unable to attend the full 12 day retreat there is a week long retreat option available. You will return to your life and your relationships rested, renewed and inspired. And you will bring with you the tools to maintain a balanced openness to all of your experience. There is no instructor fee for this retreat. Robert follows the ancient Buddhist tradition of not charging a fee for his teaching. Support for the teachings and his work is provided through the practice of Dana.

 

 

 

Robert Beatty is the founder and guiding teacher of the Portland Insight Meditation Community. He brings forty years of Buddhist Dharma practice and training in western therapies to his teaching and work with individuals. Robert is a member of the first wave of lay Theravada Buddhist teachers who brought Buddhism from Asia to America. Robert uses humor, poetry and drumming to teach meditation for everyday life, including intimate relationships, parenting, work, social engagement, and community.
Aug
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In Balance Yoga Teacher Training @ Mountain Waters Retreats Center
Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm

Continue the learning adventure while you recharge and rejuvenate.

Join Kaitlin Armstrong & Marie Simpson on an Yoga journey that dives deep into the traditions of yoga but then carries it up and off the mat into everyday life. Yoga as our focus and medium, we will explore every layer of breath, body, mind and spirit reconnecting to our authentic selves and weaving them together to uncover our deepest heartfelt passions.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:

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Kaitlin Armstrong
Kaitlin completed her 500 hour Moksha Yoga Instructors Training (Hatha and Iynegar based) in June 2012 to compliment her existing qualifications as an Exercise Physiologist and Holistic Health Practitioner. She started doing yoga over 8 years ago in university and saw how powerfully life changing Yoga became in helping manage daily physical and mental stress as well as increasing overall happiness and well-being. Kaitlin’s yoga instruction is rooted in her passion for lifelong health and happiness. Kaitlin has been working with chronic illness management, rehabilitative programs as well athletics for the past 8 years in a variety of settings and loves to explore posture and body alignment in depth. As a happy hippy at heart, Kaitlin takes great pride in helping others find natural health and balance in their lives in a manner that is both inspiring and sustainable.

 

 

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Marie Simpson
Marie Simpson is all about joy and the exhilaration of feeling a oneness with life. She began this magical practice of yoga in 2000 and is consistently blown away by the power of breath, movement and awareness to bring brilliance to every moment. Marie is a firework with plenty of energy and world-class hugs, and her teaching style is grounded and inwardly focused, while also uplifting and fun. She studies yogic philosophy and transpersonal psychology, and she is most interested in the psycho-emotional experiences available through the practice of yoga, meditation, and mantra. Marie is inspired by students who are willing to soften their views of their body, who will commit to diligently being with their breath, and who can courageously bear witness to matters of the heart.

PRICES
200 HOUR YOGA TRAINING | $4,050
Includes accommodations + meals for 14 nights/15 days500 HOUR YOGA TRAINING | $4,350
Includes accommodations + meals for 14 nights/15 days

YOGA INTENSIVE | $3,250
This is a 100 hour intensive that allows you to deepen your yoga practice and dive into self discovery without committing to all the hours of teaching practicum and training. Here you will learn and play with In Balance alignment and lifestyle techniques for the modern yogi as well as uncover what yoga means to you and how your passion can be nurtured by a strong, healthy practice.

Save $300 if you register by May 1st, 2015

Aug
25
Fri
Ready, Set, Love: A Couples Workshop @ Mountain Waters Retreats Center
Aug 25 @ 5:30 pm – Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm

Almost all couples have had the experience of falling in love. Being able to “keep in love”, and keeping the relationship alive, takes falling in love to the next level. Using mindfulness and compassion, this workshop will teach skills needed to sustain an energetic, healthy, respectful, and mutually rewarding relationship over time.

Often couples find themselves “stuck” – in relationships that have become too busy, too painful, or just too flat and empty. The usual ways of trying to get out of these stuck places often become loops that keep couples from getting unstuck. Eventually one or both of the partners start to wonder if the relationship is worth saving, too often seeing the other as “the enemy”. Usually both just desperately want out of the pain.

 

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Having the right tools and reconnecting to what is really important can change relationships profoundly. Whether you are in crisis, just stuck, wanting to enrich what you already have, or are at the beginning of your relationship and want giudance to “do it right from the beginning”, this workshop will give you a practical understanding of relationship dynamics and effective tools to make your relationship the one you want.

This workshop will:
1. Offer experiential exercises that will teach concrete skills to take home. It is an opportunity to stop doing what isn’t working, and to start doing something that will work.
2. Provide an opportunity to have a different experience – to re-connect, to shift attitudes, and to learn different models of how to nourish and care for your relationship.
3. Help you, if you are in crisis and trying to make a decision about the life of your relationship, by providing models and tools to help you use a different lens to filter your decision through, and by assisting you to connect to a deeper, wiser, and less reactive part of yourself to make that decision from.

 

 

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Beth Falch-Nielsen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer. She has been in the counselling field for over 40 years and in private practice for 26 years. Living in Vancouver, with a private practice, she teaches and supervises students in Edmonton and Calgary and is a guest trainer/ supervisor in Portland. Working with couples is one of Beth’s specialities, and using Mindfulness and experiential exercises to help couples have a different experience of what is possible and to connect deeply and really take in and be nourished by that connection, is a major focus of her couples work. Beth lives in a co-housing eco viillage in the Fraser Valley and has found a way to be part of community, one of the things most important to her, and have a good balance of rural life plus being close enough to Vancouver for everything that exciting city can offer. She has two grown children and is a new grandmother.

Sep
10
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Heart Yoga Teachers Training Level 2
Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 16 @ 4:00 pm

IMG_6480This retreat offers the second level of the three part Yoga certification training that begins in May of 2017. Jointly Taught by Karuna Erickson, along with her husband Paul Erickson, this six day heart-centered intensive is suitable both for yoga students who wish to become Registered Yoga Teachers with Yoga Alliance and for those who simply want to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga without necessarily wishing to teach yoga. It offers a deep experience of yoga, for people considering or already teaching yoga, and for those who love yoga and wish to immerse themselves in yoga practice and principles. This course is a profound integration of body, mind, heart and spirit, intended for yoga students of all levels who want to expand their experience of yoga as a spiritual practice and way of life.

The cost is for meals and accommodations for those students stay with us at Mountain Waters. Please contact Karuna at 250-229-4793, regarding course payment and fees. Please visit www.yogakaruna.com for more information about the course and tuition cost..

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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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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.

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..nd 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.

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.

 


Oct
3
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An Autumn Pilgrimage to Dolpo @ Trip Starts in Kathmandu Nepal
Oct 3 @ 8:30 am – Nov 1 @ 4:00 pm

Join Richard and Yogita on a one of a kind spiritual adventure to one of the world’s most remote and special places, the ancient Himalayan Kingdom of Dolpo.

Located north of the main Himalayan uplift and Daulagiri, the world’s 6th highest peak, Dolpo is part of the Tibetan plateau, a semi-arid pastoral landscape of small farming hamlets, wild mountains and ancient Buddhist and Bon temples.

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This will be a 28 day high elevation walking pilgrimage through both upper and lower Dolpo.  Our Route will take us to Crystal Mountain Dolpo’s most sacred peak where we will have an opportunity to complete the Kora route (a ritual circumambulation of the mountain) This retreat adventure will be supported by Happy Feet Expeditions, a trekking company based out of Kathmandu that Yogita has come to know and appreciate from two previous trips to Nepal. You will be hiking with a small day pack while tents and gear are transported by donkeys and porters.

Historically, a pilgrimage was a sacred journey to a particular place- whether a shrine or a mountain- that was seen to hold a special spiritual power

The whole Dolpo region is indeed a special place, and the pilgrimage here is a journey into deeper self-acceptance and peace within yourself.

Using the age-old Buddhist culture of the Tibetan plateau and the beauty of the landscape as a mirror to shine light upon the beauty and stillness that lies within you. And all that can stand in the way of this realization. In this kind of journey, all that arises, be that fatigue, discomfort, or the habits of a busy mind, becomes just one more thing to hold and bring kindness to… and as we learn to do so change within ourselves in a powerful alchemy of grace and intention.upper-dolpo-trek93 Be aware that you may not return the same person who set out on this trip.

The combination of inner quiet set within a vast primordial landscape of incredible beauty can produce changes where everything you think you know and understand, the normal reality you have constructed, is altered.

Perhaps you will see in the faces of the Nepalese people, and discover in yourself that joy is not dependent upon material comfort but instead upon a more mysterious connection to self, place and others. You will visit sacred sites such as the Ancient Shey Gompa, and Magnificent Lake Phoksundo, plus visit time worn villages in the Saldang valley and cross high 5,000 meter passes.
There will be opportunities for daily meditation practice and yoga (when we encounter flat terain in the warm midday sun), as well as a focus on breathing techniques that are designed to clear the mind and calm the central nervous system.upper-dolpo-trekking

This will be a small group experience, limited to 10 participants. You will need to be in decent physical conditioning and there will be adequate time to adjust to the high elevation that will average 13,000–14,000 feet for most of the trek. Prices are subject to change and include:

  • all meals
  • porter & sherpa services
  • four nights in a hotel in Kathmandu
  • airport pickup
  • All Dolpo Permit fees
  • local flights from Kathmandu to Juphal, where the Dolpo pilgrimage will begin.

Please contact us for further details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P1030502Richard Klein runs Mountain Waters Retreat centre, where he facilitates the one week retreat Everything Belongs and co-facilitates in both the Addictions and Couples Retreat. He teaches meditation and mindfulness and is the parent of five adult children. Richard has been on two previous trips to the Himalayas. In 2011, Richard went to China and Tibet on a seven week adventure. It involved pilgrimage  ( Kora ) walks around 3 sacred mountains: Minya Gongga in the Hengshuan mountains, Kawa Karpa in the Himalaya, and a week-long solo journey around the three sacred peaks of Yading.

 

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Yogita Bouchard has been on three previous high elevation treks to the Himalayas in Nepal. She is a gifted massage therapist who has also undertaken yoga trainings, body centered psychotherapy and also co-facilitates some of the offerings at Mountain Waters Retreat. She brings an awareness and wisdom of the body and breath that she offers to both retreat participants at Mountain Waters and to her individual clients on the massage table. Yogita is the mother of five adult children and shares a passion for the Mountains and her deeper spiritual journey.