Being Men Together

  • The Sentinel The Sentinel
  • Kaslo, BC, Canada
  • Feb 22 - 24, 2019 (3 days)
  • Retreat Tuition & Twin Shared Room - $595.00 Retreat Tuition & Glamping - $535.00 Commuter Pricing - Meals Included - $395.00

About us

Men’s Retreat at The Sentinel

Join Gabriel Keczan and David Stegman for a Men’s Retreat Feb 22-24 2019 for personal renewal Being Men Together.

“This is the first, wildest and wisest thing I know, that the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attentiveness”- Mary Oliver

We will use embodied practice, shadow exploration, movement, rhythm, soul connection and the mythic backdrop of our lives by looking at myth, process, and co-created ritual.

– Renew / revision / recharge

– Deepen into purpose and vision

– Rumble with power and vulnerability

– Connect with sacred fires of brotherhood

– Release what no longer serves

Gather with other men in a safe and sacred space where everyone is welcome to arrive with

their whole self and be totally real. Authentic. Vulnerability. Courageous. This is a gathering

for men from all walks of life, all ages, all spiritual pathways, all sexual orientations. Anyone

who self-identifies as male is welcome. We will be guided through some structures designed

to allow each man to connect with his purpose, be supported by the group and unravel his

deepest questions and longings.

Are you stuck? Feeling isolated? Got some inner work to do just don’t have space or time in

your life to slow down and look at it? Are you living your life on auto-pilot? While grumbling

with discontent under the surface? Are you in the middle of a major life transition, a break-

down of relationships? Issues of trust or trusting other men affecting you? Do you long for a

something you can’t quite put your finger on? What are you longing for? Need to revisit your

purpose and stoke the fires of your creative energy & direction? Need support making

commitments to yourself? Whether you’ve done tons of time in men’s groups or if this is your

first ever flight into the world of men’s work and men’s retreats, this retreat is for you. We

know the work is powerful and transformational and we are committed to helping you make

the changes you need to make.

Get unstuck. This is a space to fully show up for yourself and be met with a circle of men who

can support you with courage to be who you really are and show up fully for the life your soul is

calling you to create. Winter is a time of dreaming potential. Our capacity for potency and

generatively is directly proportional to how much self-confidence we bring to our dreams and


Be open to healing, to listening, to receiving and to giving from your deepest well of truth. Take

your armour off. Open to laughter, to the mutual support of brotherhood and the male mode

of feeling. How exhausting it can be to maintain the form and shape of being a man! This is a

place to acknowledge our wounds, tend the wounds and open to healing and transformation.

Examine the roles you play in your work. Take off the masks you wear. Step-back from your

commitments within family, as a parent or grandparent, or within your relationship to partner,

lover, business or career to get perspective. What is the ‘just right next’ step for you in your

journey? Where is your passion? Take stock of where your emotional energy is going and how

to rumble with vulnerability, and evaluate what’s at risk when you consider making some


You will leave this retreat renewed in strength as we will emerge with blessings of resources,

support, clarity of purpose and inspiration. You will return with a renewed sense of aliveness

and direction to apply to your daily life, your soul, your communities, and family. The retreat

includes a free, half-hour coaching call (valued at $75) prior to the retreat to help you focus and

prepare yourself. This is an opportunity for you to strengthen your connection with yourself,

others, your commitments and relationships.

What to expect

  • time to connect with your self and a group of men coming together for the purpose of personal growth and spiritual renewal
  • time to connect with the beauty of Kootenay Lake
  • 6 amazing healthy, organic meals

What to bring/pack:

  • bathing suite (sauna and hot-tub at The Sentinel)
  • journal
  • appropriate clothes for the season

The Sentinel is a beautiful retreat centre on the shores of Kootenay Lake tucked deep in the interior of the Columbia River Basin of British Columbia, the unceded traditional homeland of the Sinixt, Ktunaxa and Sylix Peoples.

At Being Men Together we are restoring the masculine community as a resource for cultural renewal

What others have said about David’s retreats:

“This was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this course to anybody wanting to move past some kind of personal block.” -Keegan Schuh

“I would recommend this event to allow others to experience a safe environment to share and feel non-conditional support.” -Matthew Roze ded Ordons

“This was a powerful yet safe workshop that allowed everyone to stretch into courage and vulnerability. David’s facilitation is consistently solid and artful.” -Alon Gelcer

“David does a fantastic job holding men in the introduction to men’s work. His calm and confident energy creates safety and trust in the direction of the weekend. There is a steady flow and direction throughout making the processes easy to jump into.” -Nate Fisk

“Safe, loving environment, great people, and amazing insight. This was a safe transformative space where you can open up, be vulnerable, and dive into what inner work you need to do.” -Matthew Blomme

‘This is a place for personal growth and insights on what a supportive community can feel like.” -Jeremie Jalapeno

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.


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

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Includes 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


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.


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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