Circle Of Healing

About This Event

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 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.

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

Your 5-Week Package Includes:

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 assistants holding space for 15 participants

 Beautiful accommodations including hot tub and delicious healthy meals

Three 90-minute weekly Group Integration Circles (Weeks 3-5) Following the Retreat Intensive your integration will be supported with an on-line group process that  helps you carry what you have learned  successfully into your life.

Your Guides

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 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor, a 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-honoured knowledge preserved and passed down by Earth-Stewards and Wisdom-Keepers through the millennia.


“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

Venue Highlights

-There is a peace and calmness that is present here at our Centre, in the built environment of the round archetecture of the lodge and dharma hall, in the beauty of the forest landscape, and gardens, that invites our guests to find their own natural rhythm and drop into the deeper intelligence of the right brain and body.
- We have a network of trails that lead into the West Arm Wilderness park that gives our guests access to great huckleberry picking, to pristine beaches on Kootenay Lake and wonderful vistas of Nelson and the Selkirk mountains.
- We have a large organic permaculture garden that supplies our kitchen with delicious nutrient dense fruits and vegetables.
- Our wilderness location is only 3 kilometers from the City of Neson. Giving you access to one of Canada's premier alternative arts, adventure, and wellness centres


Main lodge (9 Private Rooms)
1) Master bedroom with full ensuite bathroom and lounge space.
2) Private room next to master bedroom ensuite space has a double bed
3) 5 private rooms with a queen bed
4) 2 private rooms with a double bed
5) 3 full bathrooms with shower and 1 common washroom are accessible to the private room guests

5 Shared and private cabins
1) Hermitage cabin with a queen and double bed. Has a deck and separated downstairs bathroom with shower, vanity sink and compost toilet.
2) Upper cedar log cabin with a queen and double bed. Has a deck, washroom with vanity sink and compost toilet in the same space.
3) Lower cedar log cabin with a queen and single bed. Has a deck, washroom with vanity sink and compost toilet in the same space.
4) Firewood cabin with a queen and double bed. Has a deck, washroom with shower, vanity sink and compost toilet in the same space.
5) Homestead cabin with a queen and double bed. Has a large deck, kitchenette, shower, vanity sink and septic toilet in the same space.

Forest camping
- 7 camp sites with 2 outhouses


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

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


We offer you healthy gourmet meals, fresh picked from our organic garden whenever possible, and locally sourced. Our typical retreat menu will provide you with delicious vegitarian meals along with naturally raised poultry and wild fish. We are able to provide gluten free and dairy free menu options when necessary.


The West Kootenal regional airport in Castlegar BC is 40 minutes from Nelson and has daily flights connecting to both Calgary and Vancouver. From Nelson, Mountain Waters is accessed via Svoboda road which connects the West Arm Park to the eastern part of the city
which is known as Fairview. Taxi service to Mountain Waters is available from Glacier Taxi.

Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Simon Vine   September 23, 2019

      Beautiful place, powerful experience.

    I recently attended a Men's retreat at Mountain Waters, and had an amazing experience. The place is absolutely stunning, the staff were all super friendly and attentive, and the food was excellent. I found the retreat to be balanced, at once profound and lighthearted. Richard and Andrew who led the retreat, offered wisdom, counsel, and created excellent opportunity for introspection and soul-searching. Al in all, a fantastic experience.

  • Ken Trudeau   September 18, 2019

      Men and the Water of Life

    Following the completion of a five day couples healing retreat with my wife at Mountain Waters called Keeping Love Alive, I was hoping the opportunity would present itself to go back there for more healing. My wife and I were felt so blessed from our experience, from the lush retreat grounds and cozy buildings, to the delicious and nutritious food, it was nurturing and it felt like the oasis we needed to do our work. We were so a blown away by Beth, Yogita and Richard, by their skills, wisdom, and heart. So when I saw the the offering of this men's retreat, I was confident this was going to be just as comprehensive, thoughtful, healing, and fun, and it was. The timing of its occurrence was impeccable and just what I was needing at that moment. The Men's Retreat was transformational. I had so many moments where I was pleasantly overwhelmed by pure tears of release and gratitude. Whether it was a hike down to the lake for a swim, sharing a meal, doing some yoga enhanced by healing sounds, sitting in a circle of men sharing, learning, laughing and crying, it all felt very sacred. The facilitators Richard, Andrew, and Kirkland were exceptional and Sebastian's accompanying healing sounds were grounding and playful. Jessie's food was delicious and James' presence on the grounds as always reassuring. As someone who works as a clinician in public health in mental health and substance use services and does a fair share of group facilitation, I have been so impressed by the quality of facilitators at this retreat centre. I have found Richard to be highly skilled and attuned to the groups he leads. I appreciate his training in not only in the somatic psychotherapy of hakomi, and other techniques, but his deep wisdom, groundedness, non-judgemental approach, his laughter, playfulness, his boundaries, his thoughtful use of self and self-disclosure and sharing of his lived experience. Mostly I am impressed and grateful for his humanness and how safe and respected he helps me to feel there. The sweat hut ceremony was one of the most profound experiences of my life and something I will hold dear forever. I am forever grateful to have been a part of, and bare witness to, the men who showed up and shared their strengths, wisdom, hurts, joys, anxieties, humour, and hopes as well as their commitment towards greater accountability to their own lives, their families, and their communities. I am forever grateful for having had the opportunity through this workshop Men and the Water of Life of sharing and holding space with great men in vulnerability, openness, and empathy. The cost of this retreat was so reasonable; thank you Mountain Waters, I will be back! Ken Trudeau

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