Change your Habits-Change your Life

Event Highlights

  • We’ll partake in:
  • beach walks and a picnic
  • hikes in West Arm Provincial Park
  • a nature walk led by a local foraging expert
  • Cooking class by Dr Oldfield
  • bicycling on a rail trail to an exquisite wilderness beach
  • 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


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
Yoga with Drea Phoenix
Workshop with Katherine Oldfield
Daily outdoor excursion guided by Laura Adams, ACMG guide.
Afternoon workshop, art lesson or free time
Free time or evening fire circle

About This Event

At the middle of life we can find ourselves at a tipping point. Until now we have coasted onour 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. 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 (contact info blocked) 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.

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do - Rumi

Venue Highlights

At Mountain Waters Retreat Centre there is a sense of well-being in nature, lying on the forest floor watching the way the sun filters through the canopy of an old forest, or listening to the sounds of Hermitage Creek as it makes its way down the mountain behind our lodge.
There is a particular kind of nourishment that our guests recieve when they experience the beauty and stillness of our retreat environment. It’s as if people get to step off the treadmill and take the time they need to connect the dots between their inner experience and the way they want their life to unfold on the outside. I believe that when we pay attention, we begin to notice what makes us feel fully alive. It is this same attention that all of us at Mountain Waters bring to our guests at the Retreat Centre. (contact info blocked)


We provide you with queen or double beds with shared washroom facilities. Each room is beautifully appointed and unique, as our circular construction leaves few square corners You will feel well rested and relaxed in our clean and comfortable rooms, with the sounds of Hermitage creek outside your window.
Also available is our spacious Honeymoon Suite with a private ensuite attached. This accommodation is awarded on a first ask first receive basis. Each of the Cabins is unique, but they all have decks, privacy and cozy handmade quality. The cabins all have sinks and compost toilets, some have showers, and all of them are within easy walking distance of the main lodge. (contact info blocked) for more info


  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Wonderful food is a central part of every one of our retreats and to the experience of our guests. Many great conversations begin around the dinner table, where our guests enjoy the simple ritual of breaking bread together. Our meals are often described as healthy gourmet. We have a large bountiful garden and many of the vegetables in your soup or salad will have come straight from the earth that same morning. You are always welcome to get your hands in the soil if you wish to spend some time in the garden.

We serve a combination of vegetarian meals and animal-based protein, usually wild fish or free range chicken. Whenever we can, we choose to buy organic, locally grown foods that taste better, are healthier for us, and support the kind of world we wish to see prosper. We are fortunate to have chefs that prepare our meals with love, the best of ingredients, and the creative talent with food that only true passion can bring.

Some of our guests will have food sensitivities and food allergies that we will do our best to accommodate in our kitchen. We are used to providing gluten-free meals, and we will always have dairy free options available.


Nelson is located about halfway between Calgary and Vancouver in the South-Eastern part of British Columbia. Highway 3 cuts across Southern BC and provides access to Nelson from both Vancouver (an 8 hour drive) and the Okanagan Valley to the West, and from the Alberta border and Calgary (a 7 hour drive) to the East.

For people traveling to Nelson from the United States, we are about a 3 hour drive North of Spokane, Washington. The most direct route involves crossing the border at the Nelway border crossing (which closes at 10.00 p.m.) For guests traveling from the States please remember that you will need your passport to cross the border.

Nelson has an active ride sharing community and you can both look for a ride or offer seats in your vehicle here. This is the cheapest and most eco-friendly way to get to Nelson. In addition, we encourage you to use the blogs that are connected to each of our retreats as a way of getting in touch with other participants so that you may share lifts to Nelson.


The easiest way to get to Nelson by air is via the Castlegar airport, about 40 minutes west of Nelson. AirCanada flies into Castlegar twice daily from both Calgary and Vancouver. Shuttles into Nelson from the Castlegar airport can be arranged through Queen City Shuttles here.

For guests traveling from the United States, we recommend that you fly into the Spokane International Airport and rent a car at the airport for the 3 hour drive to Nelson.

Getting to Mountain Waters from Nelson

From downtown Nelson, follow the signs East toward Balfour. Two blocks before the Orange Bridge over the Kootenay River you will see a Husky Service Station (on the corner of Nelson Ave and Elwyn St.) Take a right on Elwyn St and travel uphill, passing the 10th Street Campus of Selkirk College on the left just before Elwyn turns to a dirt road. Continue up Elwyn another 100 meters, through two corners until you reach a T intersection. Take a left onto Svaboda Road at the intersection and continue up Svaboda for a little more than two kilometers until you reach Mountain Waters. On the way you will pass through some recent logging activity on a adjacent property, and once you are back in the forest you will be looking for the third driveway on the left hand side. There will be a large Mountain Waters sign. Bear left once you are on our driveway, the retreat centre is at the bottom of the driveway. Please note that Svaboda Road is a narrow and steep mountain road, one lane wide in a few sections, so use caution and watch for other vehicles and pedestrians.

For those of you using Google Maps please note that in the past some guests have arrived at the Mountain Waters Spa at 205 Victoria St. Please double check to make sure that you have the Mountain Waters Retreat location.

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  • 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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