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Andrew Misle

Andrew is an international SATTVA Yoga teacher, based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He inspires his students to find their own “inner revolution”, as he combines the workings of body, breath and mind with a dynamic practice that leaves practitioners feeling, present and grounded and alive.

Andrew Misle

Andrew is an international SATTVA Yoga teacher, based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He inspires his students to find their own “inner revolution”, as he combines the workings of body, breath and mind with a dynamic practice that leaves practitioners feeling alive, present and grounded.          

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Beth Falch-Nielsen

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…

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Bette Corsan

Her passion for the last 7 1/2 years has been to help people to heal themselves with Iboga. In 2017, she was a speaker at the European Iboga Forum in Vienna. Her talk was aimed at bridging the gap between the medical and traditional models of treatment. None of this would be possible without the support of loving communities, so she is here in Nelson to give a safe and insightful introduction of this  to women and men who may not otherwise have the opportunity to connect with this work.

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Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat

Dharma Teachers Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat teach meditation and act as spiritual mentors to students internationally and at their retreat center in BC, Canada.  Having lived overseas for many years and traveled extensively, Doug and Catherine draw on intercultural and trans-cultural experience to broaden the range and depth of their understandings of liberation that they share with others. Who the heck are they and why should you trust them?  Read on: Doug Duncan is a meditation teacher who founded Clear Sky Meditation Centre, BC, Canada. Achariya Doug Duncan received lay ordination from Namgyal Rinpoche in 1978, and is a lineage holder in that teaching.…

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Elfi Dillon-Shaw

  Elfi 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.  

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Jaci Hull

Jaci Hull Jaci Hull, LMFT is a Senior Faculty member for the Hakomi Institute, has been Lead Trainer in the Calgary, Alberta Canada Hakomi Training since 1996 and Co-leads the Brazil Matrix-Hakomi Trainings. She is also guest trainer in a number of other Hakomi Trainings throughout the US. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has trained extensively in a combination of traditional and contemporary approaches including Contemplative Psychotherapy, Certification in Family Therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting, Group Leadership, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Relational Life Couples Therapy. She continues to pursue training in all methods that reflect the basic principles of…

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Kaitlin Armstrong

Kaitlin Armstrong’s passion is living life to the fullest and encouraging others to tap into their innate vibrancy and true greatness.  Kaitlin is fascinated by the body-mind-emotion relationship in the practice of yoga.  As a Kinesiologist and Yoga Therapist, she loves the in depth exploration of posture, alignment and fascial chains and how they are directly affected by our thoughts, our feelings and our habits.  She will take you on a journey that will empower your authentic voice and inspire your heart’s calling.  Her is intention is to awaken a life of meaning through an accessible practice that is tailored…

Katherine Oldfield

Dr Katherine Oldfield is a Washington State native and medical director of The West Seattle Naturopathic Clinic. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Washington and attended medical school at Bastyr University, graduating in 2000. Since 2002, she has owned West Seattle Natural Medicine Clinic with her husband Greg. She and her family have recently relocated to Nelson BC.  Katherine Recently opened a Naturopathic practice called Willow Healing Arts in nearby Salmo BC.   In her free time, Dr. Oldfield enjoys whole foods cooking, hiking, spending time with her family, reading, gardening and camping. Dr. Oldfield has facilitated many…

Mariah Moser

With experience in the field of counseling and social work that spans over three decades, I bring maturity, attuned presence, and heartfelt humor to my work. My private practice focuses on the relational aspects of somatics and trauma renegotiation. I have a particular interest in working with early trauma imprints that operate beneath our level of conscious awareness. I hold a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychotherapy, a BA in social work and I am registered as a Professional Counselor (Registration# 3055). My professional trainings include certifications in Somatic Experiencing and Somatic Attachment as well as courses in Bodynamic Somatic Developmental…

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Richard Klein

Richard Klein is the director of Mountain Waters Retreats. He is a Body-Centered Therapist with a private practice in Nelson. Richard teaches meditation practice at Mountain Waters and has completed the mindfulness based stress reduction training with Jon Kabat Zinn.  Richard completed a four year course of studies in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy with master teachers Ron Kurtz and Jon Eisman. He and his wife Yogita also co-facilitate couples retreats, and are the parents of five adult children.  

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Richard Klein

Richard Klein is a registered therapeutic counsellor who works mostly with men in his private practice. Richard is the founder of Mountain Waters Retreats, where he co-facilitates couples retreats and facilitates personal healing retreats combining body based trauma resolution, mindfulness , and nature immersion. He is the parent of five adult children and has been active in Men’s Work for over 25 years. Richard has worked in the field of addictions over a ten year period and studied with Gabor Mate, and psychotherapy pioneers Ron Kurtz and Sharon Stanley. He is passionate  about the work of unearthing and reclaiming the…

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Richard Klein & Yogita Bouchard

Richard and Yogita are the parents of five adult children who have used their relationship as an opportunity to learn and growth  both personally and together.  They are former Hakomi body-centred psychotherapy students of Beth’s  and Senior trainer Jon Eisman. Richard runs the Mountain Waters Retreat Centre, and he and Yogita will be your hosts and helping to assist Beth with the Level 1 and Level 2 couples courses at Mountain Waters in 2017          

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Robert Beatty

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 humour, poetry and drumming to teach meditation for everyday life, including intimate relationships, parenting, work, social engagement, and community.

Sasha Cuff

Sasha Cuff is a Registered Therapeutic Councillor (RTC) and a Certified Relational Somatic Therapist with 17 years of clinical experience in health counselling and continuing education in the healing arts. His earlier education and practice emphasized energy psychology and counselling. His current psychotherapy practice weaves somatic, transpersonal, and shamanic principles into a holistic offering that facilitates deep relational, developmental and shock trauma resolution. Sasha teaches workshops and facilitates group healing endeavours. He is passionate about attachment parenting (a dedicated father of 3 boys) and promotes it as an essential ingredient for resiliency and health across the lifespan. Sasha now lives…

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Sharon Abbondanza

Sharon Abbondanza’s has a thriving private yoga therapy practice in Vancouver and brings empathy and insight to the journey of integration. She teaches group classes, various workshops and trainings in BC and offers annual retreats in Mexico. Navigating the tragedy of her daughter’s death, she invites deep and courageous inquiry into grief and loss embracing yogic wisdom as a way to transform the Unbearable.

Sharon Stanley

Dr. Sharon Stanley is a psychotherapist, educator and writer living on Bainbridge Island, Washington. As a long time student of Dr. Allan Schore, Sharon has integrated a number of somatic practices for healing trauma into an elegant, cohesive, relational and phenomenological model of psychotherapy, Somatic Transformation. At the core of Somatic Transformation is the practice of feeling into another’s inner world; a bodily based attunement, connectivity and inquiry that animates the intersubjective field and guides the use of somatic interventions and reflection. Grounded in relational research on trauma, guided by the Polyvagal Theory by Stephen Porges, inspired by the soul…

Tara Heal

Tara Heal is so delighted to now call Beautiful British Columbia home from a wild and wonderful 12 year stint teaching yoga and performing on stages in NYC and around the globe. As a Yogi of 16 years and a mover/ shaker/ dancer for as long as she can remember, she’s is extremely passionate about the power and peace that mindful, intelligent movement can foster. Tara’s teaching style is spirited, dynamic, musical, and joyful! She guides with deliberate, intelligent sequencing and conscious alignment to encourage more flexibility and strength while also bringing choice and intuitive movement to the practice for…

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Yogita Bouchard

Yogita brings presence and passion to her work with others. She has a private practice offering counselling, Somatic Relational Therapy and Massage in Nelson BC. She facilitates couples retreats and last year led a Women’s Pilgrimage through Nepal. 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, now a grandmother  and lives in Nelson BC with her beloved husband Richard.    

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Yogita Bouchard

Yogita Bouchard has been on three previous high elevation treks to the Himalayas in Nepal. She is a Therapist who has also undertaken, 2200 hours massage training, extensive mayofascial training, yoga trainings, body centered psychotherapy , relational trauma 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.