Change Your Habits, Change Your Life

  • Mountain Waters Retreats Mountain Waters Retreats
  • 2129 Svoboda road Nelson BC
  • May 28 - Jun 2, 2019 (6 days)
  • Private room - CAD $1,750.00 Private with ensuite - CAD $1,850.00 Shared Cabins - CAD $1,600.00 Camping - CAD $1,450.00

About This Event

SPECIAL DISCOUNT on this retreat when you bring a friend! Save $500  ($250 each) when you book with a friend


Let go of what no longer serves you and start doing what does……


Join me, Dr. Oldfield, in a deep exploration of health and wellness in the springtime beauty and abundance of the Kootenays. As the earth around us abounds in new growth, so will you. Changing habits can be quite difficult, and  the process can feel daunting. That is why I will guide you through the steps of how to change the habits that have been corrosive to your health using a combination of self knowing exercises, group learning and wellness teachings. In five days you will emerge with a personalized wellness plan, plus an embodied felt sense of what it’s like to maintain your calm, your vitality, and keep perspective of your priorities in the midst of your busy life.

At the middle of life we can find ourselves at a tipping point. Until now we have coasted on

our youthful vitality, unaware of some of the long term health impacts of the lifestyle habits we have been running that can

compromise our heath over time. This can start to show up as adrenal fatigue, auto-immune disorders, and a host of other conditions that can impact the quality of our lives. This is a important time to  begin to chart a new course.

I have 18 years of clinical experience as a Naturopath Physician and will spend five days working with you. I will guide you through the practices of meditation, whole foods preparation and new health affirming habits. In addition you will learn about your body’s complex hormonal system and how it responds to both stress and aging.

This 5 day retreat will provide you with a new foundation for your health going forward that is in alignment with your lifestyle and your particular needs.


We’ve chosen Mountain Waters for its beauty, tranquility, and nature based setting.  The Retreat Centre is located 10 minutes from Nelson BC.  It’s the perfect place to come for deep learning and restoration plus  Springtime in the Kootenays is special, with warm days and new life bursting out everywhere.

This retreat is for you If….. 

You feel burnt out and overworked.

 You are so busy that you hardly have time to identify, let alone change  self limiting habits

 you crave more time for your self to yourself to rediscover what is important and how to better meet your needs

You’d like more time being active in nature, and an opportunity to renew your creative juice

 You are looking for some professional guidance on how to make  the health changes you know are important in your life


If you answered yes to any of the above questions, this retreat is for you.

The program is designed to awaken your senses, deepen your relaxation, push-up on your capacity for exercise and fun, and all this coupled with deep learning . You’ll be nourished with garden grown healthy gourmet meals, morning yoga classes, nature immersion, Art & Creativity teachings, plus personalized health coaching.  Daily Wellness workshops will take place at the  retreat centre, within a schedule that allows for daily outings to some of the special places in the Nelson area.

We’ll partake in:

beach walks and a picnic

hikes in West Arm Provincial Park

a nature walk led by a local foraging expert

 Dr Oldfield will lead classes in Sprouting & Fermented Foods

an outdoor farm to table dinner

paddling on Majestic Kootenay lake

Forest bathing

Dynamic meditation and mindfulness practices

Morning Yoga classes

Evening Campfires

Art Workshop

Daily workshops led by Dr Oldfield


Each day has a theme that is explored through daily workshops and break-out sessions. The themes are interconnected and build on each other daily so that you emerge with a tangible plan at the end of the retreat.

Teaching workshops:

Intro to contemplative practices & cultivating mindfulness

Adrenal Stress, hormonal heath & pathways to restoration

Whole Foods Hands-On Cooking Class

The value of exercise & creating a plan that’s right for your body and lifestyle

A Sample day:

Wake to the sounds of the mountain waters



Workshop with Katherine Oldfield


Daily outdoor excursions.

Afternoon workshop, art lesson or free time


Free time or evening fire circle

Early Bird Special. For those of you who register before April 10th  there will be a free one hour massage added to your retreat

All meals and activities, including equipment rentals and fees for instructors and guides are included in the price. Not included are snacks, meals you require outside of what is provided, and alcoholic beverages. For our US participants please note that prices listed are in Canadian funds, US dollar amounts will generally be 20-25% less.




 Dr Oldfield will also be joined by Drea Phoenix  who will be teaching Yoga and wellness sessions.

Drea Phoenix has been practicing Yoga for over 20 Years. She completed her Teacher Training

at the Byron Bay Yoga Centre in Australia in 2006 and has been teaching ever since. 

Her intent is to bring joy and healing through the practice of Yoga – to guide people in the true connection of their inner being.  She incorporates breath, sequencing and asana and mediation in her teachings. Drea’s classes can be described as dynamic & challenging yet joyful & nurturing. She Teaches

Vinyasa Flow, prenatal and Yin yoga. She is passionate about Yoga and sharing her knowledge to empower others body, mind and soul.  Some of her teachers include John Olgilvie,  Shiva Rea, Christine Selda and Bernie

Clark. Drea is a certified 500 HR Yoga Teacher and Registered with Yoga Alliance.

 Stacey Killian is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and former personal trainer who resides in Washington State. She has 22 years of experience in outpatient orthopedic care and has extensive knowledge prescribing personalized exercise programs. She is passionate when it comes to matching the right exercises to the right person based on goals with physical and mental obstacles in mind. When she isn’t teaching exercise you will find her on the trails in her outdoor gym with her family and rambunctious Australian Shepherd puppy.










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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