June 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – June 10, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Mountain Waters Retreats Center
2109 Svoboda Rd
Nelson, BC V1L 3V3
Private $1635 | Shared $1545 | Camp $1475
Richard Klein

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.


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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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.

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