Mountain Waters Retreats Retreat Centre in Nelson BC Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:19:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Power of Community in an Age of Lonliness Sun, 13 Mar 2016 23:09:48 +0000 Read more]]> We were never meant to do it all on our own

Last month I was privileged to have had a few wonderful conversations with people who had been through our Healing with Addictions Program. I wanted to see how they were, and to find out what aspects of the retreat had been central to their experience.

SKylght modifiedI was surprised when the word “circle” kept coming up. The circle they were talking about was the physical circle that is created every time people sit down together in a group in the round Malocca building where we do this work. The circle is that, and something more.  It is also a group of people coming together with a common intention, holding space and bearing witness to each other’s  healing.

The power of the healing circle

Often in these circles there will be heartfelt sharing with tears, yes, sometimes, laughter, where something difficult of the past that is perhaps never before been shared, or turned to, is now held in common.

In such moments there is a peace that gets made with the past. What happens in these moments is that someone is seen in their authenticity, perhaps for the first time, by a community of people to which they belong. When this happens something important about their experience gets validated. This is circle.

The world we have created is a paradox in so many ways. This blog is a form of sharing into an online community, as is facebook for many people. And yet it is a facsimile, a virtual community, where we get the taste of something but not that much of the nourishment.

We are social creatures, yet increasingly, people live in isolation and loneliness.

Of course, there are many reasons for this. We live separate from each other in our nuclear families. Our economy is structured so that  people are working harder and harder just to get by. There is little time to socialize and people come home tired and turn to the television or the internet for solace and distraction. Our culture celebrates the myth of the heroic individual, the self starter, the entrepreneur smart enough and tough enough to rise to the top of the heap. Each Apple product, The ‘i pod, the “i” phone,and the “i”pad’  places the ‘I” front and centre for a reason. Because we relate to the world as individuals.

circle of handsTribal cultures know that no one can do it alone. That was part of what was so devastating about the residential school system that was forced for so many years upon Canada’s native peoples. It ripped apart the social bonds that held the traditional culture intact.

At the addictions Retreat one of the hardest things for people is to learn that it is okay to ask for help. in fact at certain times it is absolutely essential. Yet people are caught in the notion that they need to figure it out on their own and this plays out like a defective piece of software.

Human beings are wired for connection, we are uniquely social. Our language, our emotional sensitivities and our artistic expressions  only make sense within a community context.

That’s why the word circle kept coming up in my follow up conversations.  For it was pointing at a deeper longing to belong to something bigger than ourselves.

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Take time to Rejuvenate Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:27:43 +0000 ]]> 0 Calm and Connected Thu, 10 May 2012 22:30:17 +0000 ]]> 0 New Visions & New Words for Health Wed, 29 Jun 2011 02:58:10 +0000 Read more]]> After yoga classI think the word “aliveness” raises the bar on health, and I would love to hear other suggestions, words that point toward a celebration of vitality, not the absence of dis-ease.

~ Richard Klein, President Mountain Waters Retreats

I’ve always liked semi-eccentric words like “vivacity” and “sparkling” to talk about my ideal state of well being. I feel more alive, more vitally healthy, just hearing those words!

~ Briana Lyon, Office Manager, Mountain Waters Retreats


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Enter the Stillness. Mon, 30 May 2011 00:18:47 +0000 ]]> 0 Envision new Possibilities. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:54:49 +0000 ]]> 1 Strong and Embodied. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:35:09 +0000 ]]> 0 Redefine your health after 45 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:16:46 +0000 Read more]]> I’m super excited about this special health and retreat that Yogita and I are offering this Summer. Exercise is central to healthy aging. We need to be giving our bodies consistent signals that we are using our muscles and pushing our “repair & regenerate” anabolic metabolism.

I just came across an article in the Vancouver sun that really highlights the importance of pushing up on our exercise capacity if we want to maintain our vitality as we age. In this experiment conducted at McMaster University in Hamilton scientists reversed the aging effects of mice that had been genetically altered to grow old quickly by forcing them to engage in 45 minutes of active exercise three times a week. Premature aging was halted and the beneficial effects were noted in every cell and tissue in the bodies of these exercising mice.

See the full article

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