The Pilgrimage Within: A Woman's Journey into the Heart of Being

About This Event

A  Women's Journey into the Heart of Being

“Within every woman, there is a wild and creative creature, a powerful force-filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing.”

 

Yet now more than ever women are experiencing a sense of disconnection from who we are.

Often run down from “doing,” a busyness has taken precedence over the way we live.

Our sense of self and inner wisdom has been replaced with burnout, anxiety, low-grade depression, and an inability to let go and trust ourselves.

This pilgrimage is a step by step journey that invites you to slow down, rediscover an essential loving relationship with yourself, and follow the path back to your innate, inner knowing and wisdom.

“This retreat was the most meaningful experience of my life. The magic created in these few days was palpable. I have found the courage and learned lifelong tools to heal and navigate the flow of life. Thank you for such transformative experience, for such heart and thought were put into this and it showed immensely.” Mia from British Columbia 

We use deep inquiry to access your rich inner landscape, where true healing can happen. 

Through meditation, sacred silence, journaling, yoga, time in nature, deep rest, restorative practices, and supportive women’s circles, you’ll strengthen your connection to yourself.

This retreat offers you the opportunity to:

Reconnect with your deep sense of self

Renew your spirit when you unplug, slow down and immerse yourself in nature

Recognize and release thoughts and behaviours that hold you back and keep you feeling stuck  

Awaken the ability to tap into your innate wisdom 

Learn somatic practices that align your body, mind, and spirit

The beauty and stillness of Mountain Waters Retreats is an oasis for self-discovery, relaxation, and nourishment.

This is a place you will feel utterly safe, welcomed, and cared for.

Join Sharon and Yogita for 4 days and relinquish the busyness of day to day and reconnect to the wild and wise one within. Drawing on decades of experience and expertise they weave together a beautiful, strong and safe container to support your journey. 

Through movement, silence, inquiry, creative process, yoga and shared ritual, we’ll open up to fully feel our lives from the inside. 

“I have been so touched by the whole experience; tremendous willingness from both Sharon and Yogita to be vulnerable, share ancient teachings in a pertinent way, allow things to unfold in harmony with the group and create a safe space for the group to share authentically. The experience was enriching, deeply moving and transformative. Thank you Thank you.” Azmina, from British Columbia

Spend 4 nights & 5 days amid the wilderness of West Arm Provincial Park

Participate in daily group instruction, meditation and healing circles

Learn integrative and somatic practices you will take home

Nourish your body with lovingly prepared, healthy gourmet meals

A circle of women is ancient medicine that reflects something back about what it means to Belong – to live fully, share, reflect, and empower each other.

What People Are Saying About The Pilgrimage Within

"This retreat is one of the most loving gifts you can offer yourself."

"Under their guidance and superb organization, I was though methods in which to deal with the difficult aspects of life. In an atmosphere of respect, all women participated in rituals that celebrated our lives. Their experience was invaluable and transformative. I continue to use to this day the tools I learned and received." P.D. from BC.

"This retreat was way more then I expected. My heart has been opened wide, my feet are grounded, I am walking taller on the earth and I bless everything in my life."

"This retreat was a great opportunity for Unplugging and giving time for self-examination and learning self care. Sharing with women is so conformational." Sandy from BC.

"I felt safe to share with other women and be open and learn and grow in ways not expected or planned. Yogita is gentle, rich in experiential knowledge; it was a privilege to gain insight from her teachings. Sharon is a grounded inspired teacher; I am grateful to learn from her. The setting is beautiful and I know I will value this retreat for a long time to come. " Sarah A

Please note this workshop will fill up fast as this will be offered to a small group of women. We look forward to hearing from you and having you join us.

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

Accommodations

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

Amenities

  • 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

Menu/Cuisine

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.

Directions

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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