Host an Event & Custom Group Retreat

About This Event

Welcome to The Sentinel, a boutique retreat centre specializing in unique, customized meeting and retreat experiences. Let us host your leadership meeting, corporate retreat, or development and training weekend.

Take a break from business as usual, and let our team take care of your team. The Sentinel is available year-round to host groups for meetings, conferences, training, or multi-day events. You can book the entire property or just the space you need. We offer a range of unique experiences to optimize your group's visit. Whether you are looking for a week of relaxation and adventure, or want to engage in team building and coaching, we have the tools to build a retreat tailored to your needs.

The Sentinel Accommodations & Venues

The stunning Maloca, meeting hall

The Sunroom meeting space

9 luxury rooms

Lodge lounging & dining

2 Maloca treatment & breakout rooms

 Cedar hot tub

Wood-fired cedar sauna

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Luxury Accommodation in a Private, Remote Setting

Expansive sundecks, terraces, and a lakefront meditation and sitting area ensure you have ample space to enjoy this tranquil setting, both as a group and during breakout sessions. Our timber frame Maloca meeting hall, with its lake & alpine views, provides a spectacular alternative to the usual boardroom for team meetings.

Each Sentinel guest room is immaculately appointed, featuring ensuite bathrooms with rain showers and heated floors for your comfort. Relax in your room and take in the sweeping views of Kootenay Lake and the Purcells, punctuated by  Mount Loki, a striking peak beckoning the adventurous to climb to its 9,200' summit. See more here

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Take your event from Experiential to Transformational

There are retreat centres easier to get to. But few are as spectacularly situated as The Sentinel. We are located in the very heart of the West Kootenay — or Alpine Nirvana — a region of British Columbia renowned for its stunning scenery and access to adventure. A region that attracts seekers to a place that rewards visitors with an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, renew — and transform. In addition to your group's regular programming, let our team help you optimize your time with us.

Ski/snowboard  some of the world's finest powder with our heli-skiing partners

Explore rustic hiking trails

Kayak through the deep blue waters of Kootenay Lake

Dip into the natural Ainsworth Hot Springs

River raft on the Lardeau River

Ground yourself with guided meditation

Enliven your body with yoga and dance movement classes

Heal with bodywork treatments and sound healing services

Join a craft brewery tour

Explore nearby Kaslo, "British Columbia's most beautiful village"

Connect in a new way with ceremonial offerings, breathwork experiences, & drumming

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Cuisine

Each day, professional chefs prepare creative and nutritious meals to meet the needs of your team. Our menu changes daily to incorporate ingredients from our organic garden, freshly baked bread, as well as locally and consciously sourced products from the area. We can easily accommodate your group's dietary preferences and restrictions, crafting a menu specifically for your group. See more here

Travel Made Easy

John Muir once famously wrote, "The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." There is only one way to get away from the maddening crowd — and that is to leave it far, far behind. Our remote and private setting amplifies the rejuvenating experience of being in nature. Getting to The Sentinel is an integral part of the experience.  We're here to make sure your journey is a rewarding one.

Travel Options

Charter flight from Abbotsford, BC to Kaslo (Pickup and drop off ground transport in Vancouver and Kaslo)

Commercial flight from Vancouver International to Castlegar airport (Ground transport from Castlegar to The Sentinel)

5 hour drive from Spokane

8.5-hour drive from Vancouver or Calgary

Pricing

Due to the highly individualized nature of group retreats, Sentinel packages vary greatly. Costs depend on size of your group and your choice of daily engagements. Get in touch with us and we'll be happy to give you a tailored quote.

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.

Accommodations

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.

Amenities

  • 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

Menu/Cuisine

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.

A TASTE OF OUR MENU

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

Directions

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!

Reviews  
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  • 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

      Restorative

    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

      Perfect

    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!

  • Jen Metta Smith   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

      Retreat

    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!

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