Summer Forest Yoga Retreat

Event Highlights

  • Mindful eating : One bowl meal stems from the Oryoki practice. This practice an opportunity to share home grown and vegan foods with generosity and mindfulness.
  • Holding compassionate space
  • Walking meditations: River walk, sound walking.
  • Creative journaling: Stream of consciousness writing and drawing. We can use the Creative Arts Therapies to investigate and to develop training in mindfulness.
  • Silence: Therapeutic Silence is an essential tool for the mind. There is so much internal dialogue ready to come up, that only when one sits in silence can we allowing them the space to be heard and untimely be released into the present moment. Silence is deep listening.
  • Forest meditations:
  • Electronic and media break: Avoiding the distractions and habitual patters within media provides space to deep listen and create.
  • Insight Meditation: This is the technique of meditation that I teach. The approach is less rigorous than some methods and with a trauma informed lens.
  • Body Movement: Involves yoga, TCTSY trauma informed methods.
  • Mindfulness of breath: Pranayama practice (working with the breath).


Summer Forest Yoga Retreat

June 21 6:00pm-9:00pm
Opening the retreat

June 22 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Creative Journalling
One bowl meal
Creative Journalling
June 23 9:00 am-4:30pm
Creative Journalling
One bowl meal
Creative Journalling
Silence lifted
Closing the retreat

About This Event

Retreat practice offers the opportunity for deep healing of mind, body and emotions unlike any other. The stillness we align with allows safe space for exploration into interpersonal experiences. A transformation can take place when we allow ourselves to seek solace and quiet within. This retreat is trauma informed. 

I combine Trauma-Sensitive methods (Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D) and mindfulness practices into my teachings for a non-hierarchical approach towards the mind, heart, body, and spirit. Meditation is a way of being, not a technique...Meditation is not about trying to get anywhere else. It is about allowing yourself to be exactly where you are and as you are, and for the world to be exactly as it is in this moment as well...Awareness itself is the teacher, the student, and the lesson... Resting in awareness in any moment involves giving ourselves over to all our senses, in touch with inner and outer landscapes as one seamless whole...More than anything else, I have come to see meditation as an act of love. — Jon Kabbit- Zinn

Venue Highlights

The beautiful garden setting that is walking distance to crown land forest, rivers and creeks offers an ideal setting for the experience of Forest Yoga Practice, walking meditation and contemplative study. In this retreat I will offer the Forest Yoga Meditation practice that was introduced to me in my first Dathun. A Dathun is a 30 day silent retreat. This retreat will be over a weekend beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday late afternoon. It will offer instruction and view of the ancient forest yoga practice techniques which are based in meditation and therapeutic silence. Self reflection, transformation and interoception are the result. Interoception is contemporarily defined as the sense of the internal state of the body. This is a trauma informed retreat and suitable for those working with trauma and PTSD. The retreat has a maximum of 7 participants.


Participants can return home, camp on the land, or an accommodation of their choice each evening.


  • Free Parking
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Wild crafted herbal teas, organic vegan snacks, green smoothies. Each participant brings a vegan dish that we share through the one bowl meal practice.


The studio is private and the address is given to participants. It is located in Crescent Valley BC. A 20 minute drive from both Nelson and /or Castlegar.
A free 30 min interview is offered to meet and greet.

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Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Terry Fishman   April 10, 2019

      Wonderful Experience

    I have been fortunate to attend a retreat with Shauna as a facilitator. She guides the participants with skill, warmth and patience. Loved the silent meditations as well as walking meditations. Hope to be able one day to attend another retreat.

  • Anna   April 10, 2019

      Prenatal Yoga and beyond :)

    I found Shauna after researching private yoga instructors in Montreal, when I was pregnant with my son. I worked with her through my second and third trimester and I often look back to that time as the time during which I felt my absolute best. My labour and delivery went really smoothly and I gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy, right on his due date. I am now expecting my second child and have been working with Shauna since my first trimester (although more intensely since the second trimester) via skype sessions - this pregnancy has been more difficult for me, physically and emotionally, but I know that the yoga I do with Shauna (and on a daily basis, based on the routine Shauna gives me every week) has supported me and made me feel strong - I am 8 months pregnant, working full time and finishing my Masters Thesis, and I am doing pretty great! Shauna's intuitive and individualized approach has really supported me through both pregnancies and beyond - I was able to reach out to Shauna with my issues (hormonal/post-partum) after my first child was born and I know that I will be doing the same after my second is born. Shauna is a true gem - I am lucky to have found her and I recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone looking for a more individualized practice! Anna (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

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