Being Men Together
About This Event
Men’s Retreat at The Sentinel
Join Gabriel Keczan and David Stegman for a Men’s Retreat Feb (contact info blocked) 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)
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 HighlightsThe 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.
AccommodationsAll 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
- Free Parking
- Hot Tub
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineWe 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
DirectionsWhen 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!
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Kendra Perry January 10, 2020
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
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
Loved everything about The Sentinel. Wonderful accommodations. Beautiful setting. Peaceful and clean!
Ethan T. Carter November 29, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!