About This Center

The Sentinel is a portal to the transformation that starts with you. Our connection to nature enriches your transformation, integration, and renewal.

The Sentinel is a high end, full-service retreat center with exceptional facilities and world-renowned leaders and trainers, offering a mix of cutting-edge programs designed for individuals, groups, and corporations. The Sentinel has positioned itself as the leading host of Mindfulness Training, Trauma Release, Consciousness Raising and Flow State access. Furthermore, we offer programs in the fields of personal empowerment and growth, lasting health, mind-body medicine, spiritual awakening, leadership training, practitioner training, artistic and literary retreats, the sacred arts and movement-based workshops. 

The Sentinel is located on 5.6 acres of pristine lakefront property, 7km from the historic town of Kaslo, B.C. With spectacular views of Loki Mountain rising dramatically out of Kootenay Lake the accommodation at the Sentinel is world class. Private luxury rooms with king size beds and ensuite bathrooms are the perfect place to rest while at a workshop or training. The buildings and facilities are all new, construction was completed in the early fall of 2017, these include a round meeting hall, private session rooms, hot tub/ sauna, kayaks, canoes, orchard, and labyrinth.  While on your Sentinel journey you will feast on delicious organic meals straight from the garden in our backyard, season permitting! 

Supporting people's transformational experiences to the fullest is what we at The Sentinel pride ourself on. Whether it be through the facilities, our amazing staff, local therapeutic practitioners or connecting our visitors with the various natural wonders that surround the property we will be here for you every step of the way, we will even pick you up from the airport! 

The Sentinel welcomes you and looks forward to meeting you on your journey of transformation. 

The retreat centre is warm, the rooms are lovely, the food and staff was great and the setting was soothing

Venue Highlights

The Sentinel is proud to be located on the shores of Kootenay lake with views of the stunning and powerful Purcell mountains. 180 º views from our Maloca a timber frame roundhouse where all our retreats and gatherings are held. We have breakout rooms and bodywork services such as acupuncture, reiki and massage available on site. Onsite gardens serve up the goodness we serve all our guests and the cedar hot tub and sauna are the perfect way to end your day in solitude or with friends.


All our kings and shared twin rooms have stunning views of the lake and mountains like this one! Weather you are in a private luxurious king room or a shared twin, all our accommodation is clean and modern. Your ensuite has heated floors, a rain shower and amenities for your comfort. Fluffy white towels and crisp linens are waiting for you as you check into your room so you can relax and refresh.


  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


We offer an array of colourful, nourishing and well-balanced meals lovingly made by professional chefs and consciously sourced from our organic, on-property garden.
FARM TO TABLE The Sentinel produces its own organic fruits and vegetables which are supplemented by local organic gardens.
The earth is our foundation for health – we know that the tomato on your plate was planted and nourished to its full potential by us.

LOCALLY SOURCED Meats are free range organic and prepared from our own suppliers, honey is from local bee keepers and vegetables are from our garden and local providers. Experience the connection while walking through our gardens.

MADE WITH LOVE Our most important ingredient is the love of those that have grown and prepared your meal – so your body can be nourished and be able do the work that is needed to be done on the planet.


BREAKFAST: Our signature “This is not oatmeal” combinations of nature’s wellness berries including chia and goji berries –sesame seeds and dried fruits. Gluten-free. Farm fresh eggs of the day, served with freshly picked greens and herbs
Organic yogurts and honey & Applesauce muffins & Freshly baked bread every day

LUNCH: Fresh mixed garden salad, Quinoa lasagna with marinara sauce with Russian garlic and truffle oil

DINNER: Chicken Ancho (a specialty from our friends in Mexico) with roasted root vegetables & mixed grain salad OR our signature vegan curry with Sentinel garden pumpkin

TREATS: Peach cobbler


When you see this sign you have arrived!
We are 50 minutes from Nelson BC and 15 minutes from Ainsworth Hot Spring & 7 minutes from Kaslo.

You can drive here from Vancouver in 9 hours and from Calgary in 8, these drives are beautiful in the summer time and especially if you are coming with a friend! Alternatively we are just a short 1 hour flight from either of these major cities, the closest airport is the Castlegar airport, which is 1.5 hours from our door!

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  • Christopher Rodman   October 17, 2020

      Top Notch Care and Impeccable Space

    I'm so inspired by the vision of this place and its dedication to the realization of Human Potential. I certainly got tapped more into my potential during my stay here. Deep gratitude and looking forward to more growth with the Sentinel.

  • Emmy Chahal   October 15, 2020

      Super amazing & serene retreat

    This place is gorgeous. Overlooking the lake, with a beautiful hot tub and sauna, comfortable and elegant rooms, rain showers (and beautiful soap provided!) - all the thoughtful details were deeply appreciated. The hospitality and warm generosity of the owners, Richard and Gillian, and their lovely team was beyond outstanding. They were so kind and open hearted. It meant to world to me to have a few days in paradise at The Sentinel. I can't wait to come back again soon. Thank you for a deeply restorative, rejuvenating and inspiring stay.

  • Dagmara Lisicka   October 09, 2020

      August Retreat

    My experience was heart and lung opening for me. I can finally physically breath again, fully. It was a new beginning for me in many ways. I am grateful to the bountiful nature surrounding the space and the generous and professional people working at the Sentinel. My deepest gratitude.

  • Jackie Lede   October 08, 2020

      What a wonderful experience

    What a gem of a place. When you get there all you can think is how beautiful the setting is. You are surrounded in mountains and beautiful lake. The actuals rooms are beautiful, especially if you book one with a view. The beds were super comfortable and everything was very clean. The people at The Sentinel are amazing. They make sure you are well taken care of and I can't speak highly enough about the owners. I would highly recommend this place to everyone. They always have different speakers, teachers and educational sessions going on up there. Thank you for making a difference in our community.

  • Kathie Stewart   September 30, 2020

      Beautiful, Powerful, Magnificent Place

    This is the most amazing place I have every been too. I recommend anyone who is interested in connecting deeply with nature with all the comforts of a fancy hotel go there! It is incredible.

  • CM   September 23, 2020

      Incredible center, amazing staff, a true gem in the Kootenays

    I had an amazing experience at The Sentinel. The staff were friendly, super helpful and made me feel welcomed and at ease with the whole process of settling into a new space and getting oriented. The views of the lake and mountains are breath-giving, the maloca is stunningly beautiful, and the vibe is all around amazing with many nooks and crannies to explore on the land. My one piece of "negative" feedback is that I was not a fan of the new shamanic items that hung surrounding the inside of the Maloca/temple space. They felt a bit intrusive and I much preferred the clean, empty, beautiful spaciousness of the maloca without the addition of the items (although I can appreciate all the time, care, and energy that went into creating them!). Overall another amazing experience and I will definitely be back again!

  • Brian Klassen   September 19, 2020

      A haven in these hard times!

    We spent 3 nights at the Sentinel and found it to be a remarkably peaceful and healing place. We came in tired and discouraged from the challenges being faced in our world at this time and found a space where we could rest. The Sentinel is in a stunning location. The rooms are small but well appointed and comfortable and look out onto Kootenay Lake and the surrounding mountains. The breakfasts are amazing--fresh, healthy, tasty--with such variety each morning. The hosts and staff are warm and engaging and go out of their way to get to know you and to create quiet and safe space for you. The grounds are varied with many spots to sit and reflect, read, or talk. If you're looking for a place to decompress and slow things down in a remarkable setting, we would heartily endorse The Sentinel. We found it to be such a healing place. We look forward to returning.

  • Sonia Stringer   September 15, 2020

      Perfect Spot to Relax and Recharge

    I've truly enjoyed my stay at The Sentinel - the staff and owners are incredibly gracious, welcoming and helpful. The lodge and surrounding grounds are beautiful, the perfect spot to relax and recharge. My room had amazing view of lake and very comfortable and I absolutely loved the cedar hot tub. Take advantage of the onsite massages and body work, worth every penny! We went for dinner in nearby Kaslo and enjoyed connecting with the locals who are also very friendly and welcoming. There's several great spaces for group events onsite so can see how this property is perfect for workshops, yoga retreats or corporate events. Awesome jewel in the heart of the wilderness.

  • Flurina Keller   September 10, 2020


    My husband and I stayed here for our wedding anniversary trip and it was amazing. The room, the view, the food, the hot tub, the fishing, just everything was great. I have never felt so relaxed and recharged as I did when we were staying at the Sentinal. We’ll definitely be back again!

  • Magda Munoz   September 09, 2020

      What a hidden gem...heaven on earth

    We stayed only one night at Sentinel. I wish we had more time.The place is very special with its gorgeous views, great stuff and clean and tidy rooms. I also need to mention that we were at Kazlo on a statutory holiday when all the restaurants and eateries were closed.They also had a power outage due to the storm a night before. Sentinel stuff went above and beyond to accommodate us with amazing plant based dinner. I am so grateful of people working at Sentinel. We highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a heaven on earth.

  • Treya Klassen   September 06, 2020

      Incredible peaceful, life changing

    This is a magical lakefront mountain retreat. If you are ready to get a way from it all this is the place. I have been up there 6 times now and it only gets better each visit. I just did the 5 day detox cleanse I have never felt so good. Saunas, organic food, music, massage, best Chinese medical doctor worked on me daily. Next trip 7 days. I love everything about this place and the team. Even the drive up there is magical.

  • Jan Novotny   September 01, 2020

      We come back to The Sentinel!

    My wife and I had an absolutely fantastic experience at Sentinel. The setting is stunning, accommodation and common spaces are first class; as importantly the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. We took part in a retreat held at the center, it was obvious to us that the Sentinel books only top notch retreats and other programming. We will be back. Jan and Kim Novotny

  • Laine Racher   August 29, 2020

      Amazing Experience!

    I had a breathtaking time at the Sentinel. The setting was divine, the room was exceptionally comfortable and the views... oh the views! From the moment I arrived the staff made me feel welcome and at home. They were present if needed, but also hapy to step back to give the retreat participants space and quiet. I honestly, can't recommend this retreat centre highly enough :)

  • Megan Laven   August 28, 2020

      Beautiful environment to unwind and recharge

    Spent 4 nights and 5 days at The Sentential and truly would be content to stay there for longer. Is such a special place with stunning views and easy beach access. Spent time swimming and enjoying the property as well as eating delicious food and gathering in the wooden hot tub/ sauna. The room I stayed in had a view of the water and mountains and I could hear the waves and sounds of nature while drifting off to sleep. Would highly recommend!

  • Kareem Ibrahim   August 28, 2020

      Phenomenal experience

    Staff at the Sentinel were beyond welcoming and I have never felt so at home, let alone at a retreat centre. Can’t wait to return to this lovely lakeside location!

  • Mags Darkow   August 18, 2020

      Breath Taking!!!

    I had an amazing view of the lake and mountains and the room was super comfortable and clean! I will definitely be back 😄

  • Kathy Gibson   August 17, 2020

      Collective Hearts Retreat

    Nurtured by the beautiful land, care of the venue and lake access incredible. CH2.0 incredible once again, with Dr. Kevin Preston & Courtney. Elevating consciousness & caring for individuals.

  • Laine Racher   August 16, 2020

      Removing retreat instead and setting

    I can’t speak highly enough of the Sentinel retreat center. From the moment that I arrived I felt like an honored guest. The staff was warm and friendly, and the accommodations were truly spectacular. After many hours of deep personal work it was an absolute delight to return back to a sparkling clean room with lake views. I participated in retreats at other settings but I must say I can’t imagine being anywhere but the senitnel on retreat center.

  • Kelly Young   August 11, 2020

      Perfect in every way.

    Thank you Richard and Gillian for creating the perfect oasis. Your hospitality, location and room provided me a comfortable and memorable stay. Your private rooms have the best view right out if the doors to the lake. I went to bed watching the falling stars and woke up to a beautiful sunrise. Many thanks. Kelly

  • RC Weslowski   August 10, 2020

      Wonderful time

    My partner and I had a chance to spend some time with the folks at The Sentinel in mid July and we had a gorgeous time. We were able to help out in the garden with some chores as well as helping to put the lakeside dock together which then allowed us to jump into the invigorating waters of Kootenay Lake every morning and afternoon that we were there. We were treated with much respect and generosity by the staff and any other guests that we happened to bump in to. The weather was great which allowed for lots of hiking, swimming, kayaking and staying up late to watch the stars. I totally recommend checking out The Sentinel as a place to stay on your journer. Sincerely RC Weslowski/Randy Jacobs

  • Marlena blavin   August 07, 2020

      Beyond words

    From the moment I walked on the property I was taken care of. The staff is super on it and there to make it all great for you. The natural beauty of the setting would be enough. And it is super enhanced with how Gillian and Richard have added art in everything they do. The meditation center is pure palpable peace. I did a hot tub everyday and then plunged into a cold water tub. I highly recommend this for care of your soul and heart 💜. Marlena

  • Michael Stone   August 07, 2020


    I had no expectations in coming to the Sentinel, but regardless of what they would have been, I am certain that my experience would have greatly exceeded them. The breakfast was delicious, the staff was loving and responsive, the place itself was clean, beautiful and welcoming, the views and immersion in the surrounding nature was revitalizing and ceremonial work I did with Richard was life altering. I loved my stay so much I am considering moving to the area... michael stone

  • Bernice Raabis   August 03, 2020

      What a stunning experience

    Like another world. So peaceful.AMazing breakfast. TRuly comfortable beds. Super close to town for all amenities. Highly recommended for retreats or just to go treat yourself to solitude and comfort.

  • Gomez Roberto   July 31, 2020

      Terrific place and experience

    I had an amazing time at this retreat centre. Enjoyed the many activities avaliable such as lake, hot tub, hikes and more. People and staff all super. Thank you.

  • Mark Rabin   July 28, 2020

      Little piece of heaven

    The Sentinel is truly a magical place, nestled in one of the most beautiful spots in the Universe:) Awesome year round centre for learning, healing, and relaxing. Thank you!

  • Eye Die   July 28, 2020

      Absolute beauty

    My experience there was enlightening. Owners, staff, food, the sights of the mountains was all fantastic. Really close to Kaslo, which was nice, didn't have to Drive an hour to get some goodies. Best part was, it was enclosed, no unwanted people walking around. Cheers! Definitely be going back. Thanks Sentinel!

  • Diana Villarreal   July 27, 2020

      What a magical place

    If you are looking for a stunningly beautiful place to reconnect with yourself, relax, transform your mind and empower your soul this is it. The drive can be long but is well worth it, the staff of the sentinel is friendly, thoughtful and amazing to be around. The food they serve is nourishing and delicious. The views of the place are stunning and awe worth it. The Malloca, that place you can go to for a yoga class, a meditation, or a transformation is simply out of this world. On top of all of that, you can connect there with an amazing Chinese Medicine Practitioner and massage therapists. Give yourself the gift to visit this place.

  • Kaliopi Pappas   July 24, 2020

      A Piece of Paradise

    The Sentinel Retreat Center was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to in my life. It is a piece of God's Garden. The facilities are immaculate and filled with divine art pieces everywhere you step! The lake is laid out at your feet! It's so stunningly beautiful inside and out that it's hard to return to city life and chaos. The facilitators are Angels looking after your every need, gracious and compassionate. The vibration there is so high, that you are lifted to a state of peace immediately, The meals, lodging and classes offered are all uniquely nourishing and transformational. Thank you so much for the blessings, and I am eager to return asap !!!!

  • Katrina Moore-Pettersson   June 27, 2020

      The best!

    This was my second time staying at The Sentinel and both times have been superb. I notice subtleties in various accomodations/retreat centres and The Sentinel has it DIALLED. Perhaps the best part is the positive atmosphere and super friendly people around that really shaped my experience. Keep it up! I'll certainly be returning :)

  • Day NA Lee   June 25, 2020

      Amazing place!

    I am so pleased of my time spent at the Sentinel. The staff were friendly, kind and so incredibly supportive. The landscape and setting at the Sentinel are like none other. So much tranquility, peace and unbelievable comfort. Thank you 🙏🏻

  • Kaitoro   March 27, 2020

      Nourishing, Beautiful and Spacious on all levels

    On arrival at the Sentinel after a long bus ride, it was wonderful to be greeted warmly by the staff and oriented to this stunning venue, set in the spaciousness of lakefront, forest and mountain. Settling into the elegant and comfortable rooms, being completely nourished with lovingly prepared food, cared for by friendly and respectful staff, and finding stunning places to gather or be in solitude, created the ultimate retreat for me.

  • Vero Vero   March 20, 2020


    The staff at the Sentinal are so helpful, and so kind. The food was delicious and there was always a lot of option for people with dietary restrictions. My room was beautiful with a view of the mountains, the sauna and hot tub were perfect, I even took a dip in the cold bath which had a sheet of ice on it from the cold temperatures. My bed was comfortable and the pillows were great. I have nothing but positive things to say about my time at the sentinel. All of my needs were well met so that I could focus on the course.

  • Jodi Krahn   March 16, 2020

      A very special place

    My stay at The Sentinel was very special. The hospitality was outstanding and the setting is tranquil and sacred. I highly recommend The Sentinel to anyone who needs a retreat, a renewal or a good rest. I left feeling grounded and inspired.

  • Kim LeDuc   March 16, 2020

      The Ultimate Container for a Deep Journey

    My ability to explore my body, mind and spirit was held gently and nurtured by the safe container built by Richard, Gillian and their amazing staff at The Sentinel. The facility is world class in a setting which is rivaled by none. I felt supported by the sacred geometry of the architecture of the Maloka and nourished by the beauty of the natural setting and the incredible food and art work within this unforgettable retreat centre. May healing continue to amplify from The Sentinel and spread throughout the world and beyond.

  • Dawn Esther Allen-Fogarty   March 15, 2020

      Thank You

    What a magical place. Warm attentive staff. Delicious food. Beautiful mountain & lake views .Best of all having a lakeside camp fire. Definitely a place I hope to return many times

  • Christopher Rodman   March 08, 2020

      Impeccable Space

    I felt so held and cared for during my stay at The Sentinel. I dove into the realization of my potential knowing that everything else was looked after. The mountainous scenery and presence of the Kootenay lake are so awe inspiring! So much gratitude for the beautiful vision that is The Sentinel.

  • Ben Harel   March 07, 2020

      My home away from home

    This tastefully designed mountain getaway is run by the most lovely couple you could hope to meet. They make sure everyone is smiling at all times. Love and gratitude.

  • Richard Kay   March 07, 2020

      Chiron Learning Institute

    As we depart.... The Sentinel - One of the most difficult things is falling in love & then having to leave & return to our respective lives - So we can do this amazing work in the world that we learned in class of 2020 #Chiron Learning Institute Thank you to all Sentinel staff that who helped make this most needed training for trauma therapy a reality on the planet.

  • Kendra Perry   January 10, 2020

      Beautiful location & Incredibly Relaxing

    We had a wonderful stay at the Sentinel. The staff was helpful and friendly. The coffee was fresh. The view was stunning and our room clean and comfortable. We loved the wood fired sauna and hot tub. The grounds are amazing. We will definitely be back. Highly recommended.

  • Alyssa Nebel   December 30, 2019

      Beats & Spa - just what I needed

    The Beats & Spa experience at the Sentinel included smudging, live music, meditation, DANCE, visioning, lunch, cedar hot tub and sauna and a massage. The music was a bit grimier than I expected and I know it wasn't for everybody but I loved it. There was not much of a build up or a come down - pretty much all heavy beats, so that was probably not the best for body or mind, but it sure got me moving, which I appreciated. The hosts didn't announce that lunch was ready but I went to the lodge at the specified lunch time and started eating alone - would have been (subjectively) better to go as a group. The lunch did not have as many vegan and/or gluten free options as this particular group might have liked and the food was not labelled. I had to stop a vegan from accidentally eating cheese; he was very grateful. That said, I truly had an amazing experience. It was exactly the day that I needed. I let myself cry and laugh and feel love and relaxation. A wonderful start to my holiday season. Thank you Sentinel!

  • April Leaf Vine   December 18, 2019

      Awesome place to rejuvinate!

    Loved everything about The Sentinel. Wonderful accommodations. Beautiful setting. Peaceful and clean!

  • Ethan T. Carter   November 29, 2019

      Cannot overstate the beauty and serenity of the Sentinel

    Whatever it is you seek, the sentinel provides. The rooms are ultra-quiet and relaxing, and the staff is extremely friendly and warm. From the beautiful large showers with great pressure, and the warmth that circulates through the tile floors in the bathrooms, the attention to detail is really quite something to behold. The beauty of Kootenay lake at your doorstep, eagles and other birds flying by, and an abundance of quiet clean and healthy energy permeated my experience. I’ll never forget staying there for the weekend it was worth every penny.

  • Nikki Zekas   November 10, 2019

      Deeply healing

    I loved staying at the Sentinel. The retreat centre itself was so beautifully put together, with a lot of thoughtful touches. The quiet setting on the lake was so soothing for my nervous system. I loved bathing in the lake every day! The food was plentiful, delicious and nutritious and full of love. The retreat centre provided a beautiful safe and sacred space for us to do deep healing work, supported by the majestic surrounds of mother nature. Much Gratitude to all the wonderful staff!

  • Dharmesh Manuja   September 11, 2019

      Blissful place in the nature with excellent hospitality

    My spouse & I got an opportunity to visit this lovely retreat place at the lakeshore near Kaslo. One of the most peaceful places in Kootenays with a bunch of summer outdoor activities. We reached there around 4 and decided to do some activities, got a tour of the property by Janet then spent some time at Maloka with a breathtaking view. Later we spent some time in Kaslo and after returning back to the property we were pleased to meet Richard & Gillian with excellent hospitality! Spectacular star gazing made our time pretty romantic in hot tub and sauna. Next day we had delicious breakfast with fruits & veggies from the property's farm. Overall we both love this place, property and the people around.

  • Pierre-Etienne Boiteau   September 06, 2019

      An oasis of beauty

    I spent 2 weekends at the Sentinel so far. The staff is super welcoming, helpful and discrete. The buildings are tremendously beautiful. The Maloka is a timber framing chef d'oeuvre! With windows overlooking the lake and the surrounding mountains! The hot tub and the sauna are superb. This place makes me happy!

  • Murray D’Angelo   August 19, 2019

      Beauty and peace

    We stayed at The Sentinel for 3 days during our first visit to Kaslo, BC. It was a peaceful and comfortable stay in an incredibly beautiful environment. Our room overlooked the lake, and it was clean and very comfortable. The staff and owners are wonderful and do everything possible to make you feel at home. Breakfast is a treat, but one has to wait until 9:00 am to indulge, but with good access to coffee and wonderful surroundings to enjoy, the wait was a minor issue. One needs to try the outdoor wood burning sauna, followed by a cold dip in the adjacent tub - very refreshing. Great place to zen out - we will definitely be back.

  • Terry Sidhu   July 08, 2019


    A beautiful place with beautiful hosts and beautiful staff. I was made to feel right at home and the positive energy of the land was felt from the moment I parked up. Highly recommend paying The Sentinal a visit, there's so many available spots to sit a reflect solo or engage and interact. Definitely pack a swimsuit, soak in the hot tub and take a dip in the fresh lake! Will be looking into returning next season!

  • Tisana   July 04, 2019

      Exquisite stay at The Sentinel

    A slice of heaven perched just above Kootenay Lake where the eagles and ospreys soar by and where I could hear the sounds of nature thriving all around me. The Maloca Roundhouse is spectacular and was a wonderful space for the 5Rhythms "Light" retreat with Bettina Rothe with a gorgeous wooden floor and lake vista through the windows. My room and bed was perfect and the food was outstanding - Krista and other kitchen angels, thank you. The hot tub relieved my legs after dance and the sauna was super too. This place is friendly, cosy, stunningly beautiful and welcoming. Richard and Gillian have created a place to retreat to - where the vibe is easy-going, professional and caring. I had a beautiful time and will be back again

  • Bettina Rothe   June 26, 2019

      A true Sanctuary

    The Sentinel received our retreat group with open arms and hearts. We felt supported, well fed and nurtured and welcomed in the Sentinel family. This place is a Sanctuary with the Maloka at it's heart. I hope for many returns. Bettina Rothe

  • Mahala bartlett   June 21, 2019

      Beautiful scenery and people

    The sentinel is a beauful landscape tucked away on the side of Kootenay Lake. My room was breathtaking. I woke up every morning to the the lake and mountains smiling back at me. I am generally someone who keeps to themself on vacation to relax, but the people who host and work at the sentinal are so kind and refreshing. The chef during my stay, Christa, was absolutely amazing. She combined whole, hearty food with healthy and colorful platings that never failed to take my breath away. If you are looking for a breath of fresh air, I highly reccomend the sentinel.

  • Steven Williams   May 31, 2019


    The Sentinel is set into the beautiful mountains along the shore of Kootenay Lake. The rooms are clean and well appointed with a view of the lake. The Maloca built on sight is the centre for the ceremonies. It is constructed of heavy timber and is a piece of art in the way it has been assembled - absolutely gorgeous. I was impressed with the way the retreat I attended was conducted. Everything was done in a friendly but professional manner. I was particularly impressed with the level of sincerity and integrity of all the people involved in the ceremonies. Everyone truly wanted you to experience the best. I would highly recommend this retreat.

  • Jenna Creaser   May 30, 2019

      Stunning space with a beautiful energy

    We spent 4 days at this beautiful centre and felt so fortunate! The owners have created a stunning space and are so welcoming. Staff were all kind, helpful and perfectly complimented the calm and healing setting. We especially enjoyed the nourishing food, dips in the lake and the wood fired sauna to warm the heart and bones.

  • Kirsten T Friedman   May 28, 2019

      Ronin Ceremonies

    Spectacular setting. Beautiful accommodations. The most stunning group space I’ve ever been in. Staff were thoughtful, devoted to our experience. Could not have asked for a more lovely experience.

  • Dori Dempster   May 23, 2019

      Bliss on the lake

    My husband and I attended a long weekend yoga retreat and found a lovely place that cared and catered to our needs. Everything was thoughtful and provided with care for our experience. The food was organic and hearty and we enjoyed everything from the wood-fired sauna and cedar hot tub to the bonfire pit at lakeside and relaxing in the gorgeous maloka. We would happily come back again.

  • Jana Gmür   April 11, 2019

      Mycopermaculture workshop

    This was a great workshop placed in a great setting. The content information the workshop was a balanced blend of theory and practice getting us outside for half the day. Both instructors were very knowledgable and experienced and shared in a relatable way. They were organized and clearly put a lot of thought into the workshop. The space was comfortable with room to get up when needed and beautiful views.

  • Louis Butterfield   April 10, 2019

      Super Genuine, Kind and Generous

    Can't recommend these folks enough. They do everything in the power to make your stay comfortable and inviting. Dustin, Richard and the rest of the crew are kind, open-hearted people that are here to help humanity awaken to its highest potential. Sick book collection too! Thanks guys.

  • Anitra Minette Winje-Nesteroff   April 10, 2019

      Incredible facility, super staff, wonderful experience

    I took the Mycopermaculture: Designing Edible Mushroom Ecosystems, which was my first time at The Sentinel. What a beautiful and inspiring setting, surrounded by trees and Kootenay Lake. The proximity to Nelson and Kaslo make it an accessible getaway. Dustin was very attentive and professional--he is a customer service superstar and clearly passionate about the retreat. I am excited to take more courses at The Sentinel.

  • Jagnar Travels   April 06, 2019

      Wonderful experience

    When turning off from the highway and entering the driveway at the Sentinel, we were straight away blown away by the beauty of the property. The laying out is so nice and spacious, with an incredible view, that you feel in a holiday mode right away. The staff that greeted us was very personable, happy and helpful, and we felt home the moment we got there. The facilities are beautiful, from the kitchen to the hot tub/sauna. All in all, a wonderful experience.

  • Teresa Davies   April 01, 2019

      Gorgeous setting, caring and dedicated staff and owners

    Being on retreat here is like being at a luxury cottage. It has places to get away for a walk, to sit down at the beach, to bask in the sun, to soak in the hot tub or a private tub in a gorgeous bathroom that's available for guest-use. The food was delicious and healthy, and they were accommodating of my vegan, gluten-free needs. I loved that the yoga/meditation/group round building was built to preserve the natural beauty around it (they kept the trees, so birds perch and you can hear them singing). I will definitely go again.

  • Michelle Heinz   March 28, 2019

      A peaceful day.....

    We went for a peaceful day on a company retreat, and that we had! We gathered to meditate, do yoga and share. Being held by the stunning maloka and lake impressed upon me the most. It was beautiful to be nourished with the crafts, including some kiwiana, throughout the main building. Dustin, Tanya and team did a fabulous job of caring for us!

  • Olivia Stille   March 25, 2019

      A beautiful place - the perfect setting to reset and retreat

    I visited the Sentinel for the first time last week and I'm sure I will be back soon! The rooms were modern & clean with beautiful views of Kootenay Lake and Mount Loki. The food served felt so nourishing - homemade with care and lots of veggies! The space with the hot tub and sauna is adorable and very relaxing. But the best part for me was sitting in the maloca for meditation. Sun steaming in, birds chirping, trees swaying in the breeze, mountain views all contributed to an environment that was perfect to calm the mind. Bonus points for the trip was that I was able to bring my little dog along - Sidney loved sniffing around the property and stayed in his crate while we were meditating.

  • Cameron Wenaus   March 23, 2019

      Peaceful and restorative

    The combo of stunning maloka, nourishing food, breathtaking views and cedar hot tub makes the Sentinal my go to local retreat center. Just having landed home, I'm already planning my trip back! Thanks Dustin for making us all feel at home and being so attentive to our needs. When we wanted a sauna, you were 2 steps ahead and had it lit for us. Deep appreciation for your work and care of all of us.

  • Drew Danniels   February 06, 2019

      Weekend retreat

    Attended the Sentinel in February 2019 for a retreat and everything about it was first class. The accommodation was clean and of a high standard as pictured. The kitchen an dining facilities were also first rate. As with the foregoing, the circular Lodge was well appointed and all had spectacular lake and mountain views with lots of windows and lighting. The staff met our every wish cheerfully. Highly recommended.

  • David Stegman   February 04, 2019

      World class venue!

    I just got back from an amazing Men's Weekend at the Sentinel. I can't say enough good things about this venue! Every little detail is perfect. I couldn't help but notice all the one of a kind pieces of art and sculptures dotted around the property. The amount of effort and thought that went into making this space definitely shines through. The big main building where the workshop was held overlooks the lake with stunning mountain views in the background. I could literally spend days in there enjoying that view. I only have great things to say about my experience at the Sentinel! :) Happy Customer -David Stegman

  • Matthew Carroll   February 04, 2019

      A truly incredible venue

    I visited the Sentinel this past weekend for our men’s circle retreat. It couldn’t have been a more ideal venue for transformation, growth, relaxation and healing. The space itself, beautiful buildings, hot tub, stunning views of the mountains across Kootenay lake. It was just perfect. I left feeling full, alive, connected, and deeply grateful. It wouldn’t have been possible without such an amazing place to meet. Thank you.

  • Steven Strom   January 16, 2019

      Amazing Retreat!

    I went to the Family Constellations/Ancestors retreat at the Sentinel and absolutely loved my stay. The views of the mountains from my bedroom were gorgeous, the cedar hot-tub and sauna incredibly relaxing. Watching shooting stars from a cedar hot-tub amidst snow in the mountains was a real treat. The staff are incredibly friend and carry a warm open energy to everyone at the retreat. The breakfast was fantastic! The retreat itself was deeply moving and gave me a richer understanding of myself and my family system. A beautiful place for a retreat and look forward to returning soon!

  • Anonymous   January 16, 2019

      Lakeside Gem

    The Sentinel is based in a spectacular location, right on the shore of Kootenay Lake. The property manager Dustin is a warm and resourceful host. The main lodge is a welcoming place to connect with other guests and enjoy some tea, and features an interesting selection of books. Relaxing in the cedar hot tub was a great way to end the day after a workshop, and featured a clear view of the very starry nighttime sky. One thing to note is that the 'King-sized' bed is actually two twin beds pushed together - so there is a bit of a crack. Still comfy, and the rooms are beautiful! The breakfast was fabulous, and left us well-nourished for a day of adventures ahead.

  • Laurel Conley   January 05, 2019


    Beautiful place and created with so much thought and care. Unfortunately we stayed in the room directly below the kitchen and living room and it was noisy, very noisy. Would recommend staying here, but in a different room.

  • Iris Tse   October 03, 2018

      Sept 2018 Visit

    I felt that 4 days was too short and could have stayed there for weeks. Spiritual, serene, rejuvenating, calming... Beautiful rooms with calm and serene decor... Amazing outdoor cedar hot tub and sauna... All built with love and care... I have felt ever so connected and well taken care of and spoiled. Steps from the beach, and breath taking water and mountain view. I am so grateful. Thank you for doing all that you do <3

  • Burgess Abernethy   June 04, 2018

      What a retreat!

    I stayed at The Sentinal and partook in their first workshop and what a time it was!! Firstly, the location and amenities are world class. We stayed in a room overlooking the picturesque lake that gave way to the mountains. Every morning we woke ourselves up with a dip in the lake and prepared for the days events by taking in the glorious surrounds. The food cooked by Richard was amazing - so much love and effort went into every detail. If you are thinking of taking part in a workshop here or just to stay a for few nights I would highly recommend it. I left feeling refreshed, calm and in control. Burgess

  • Amanda Wideman   June 02, 2018

      Journey to Spiritual Awakening retreat

    I don't think my review can do justice. The Sentinel is a beautiful place (lakeside). The view is unbeatable, great atmosphere, welcoming people, with high standards for food (vegan/plant based options), and gourmet style for sure. Lots and lots of choices every morning and night. Clean, fresh accommodation (simple nice design). Powerful ceremony led by experienced practitioners, where I felt safe to be vulnerable and open to possibility. Guests were conscious, health oriented and sweet. It's easy to reconnect with your spirit here. Next time I would try to book an acupuncture or massage therapy appointment into my weekend for further relaxation, and I look forward to returning!

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

My inspiration is to find some very much needed solace away from the stress of raising 4 children, working (as a dietitian) and trying to get my private nutrition counseling practice launched. I am a registered yoga instructor and have practiced for over 10 yrs, and have always dreamed of taking a yoga retreat just for my own inner well being. Linda

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.