2020 African Shamanic Retreats

About This Event

Do you want more out of Life ?

This African Shamanic Retreat can help you deal with and  overcome a number of challenges, such as anxiety, self control, fears, health problems, unhappiness, anger, depression, finances, relationships, thought patterns, career choices, sexual problems and work/stress issues.

Providing you are taking responsibility for your own healing, and through this work's ability to reset the neuroplasticity, you can have the ability to reprogram your own brain.

The mind works in patterns, based on networks of neurons. Each habit forms a pattern, and these patterns become rigid or infexible over time, especially when they are connected to unresolved trauma.

With this work cognition becomes more flexible,  and you have better control over your own thoughts, moods and behaviours.

This work can also connect you with your ancestors and your soul. Learn to develop a more loving relationship with yourself and others, through the tradition called Bwiti. Through controlling more consciously what is going on in your head, you can live a happy, healthy life in alignment with mind, body and soul.

 (Image Ben Taylor)

Bette is a Bwiti Healer, Initiated into the Missoko branch. She has a deep passion for her work and over

8 years of experience working with this lineage.

She is lovingly assisted with a team of caregivers.

We offer you a safe, comfortable healing experience.

 Please join us in a small group for this offering in a safe, comfortable and inviting space.

Bette is interested in community building, and realises that not everyone can afford the normal rates for three day sessions that typically range from $2500 USD to $3500 USD for 3 days.

She loves Nelson, and the community there, as well as having a great team of people to help her at Mountain Waters Retreats, so she is able to offer this African Shamanic retreat experience at a greatly reduced rate of $2000 CAD for 3 days and $3500 CAD for 6 days.

Medical Tests are recommended, as a precaution, to ensure that your heart and liver are working well. This is mandatory if you are over 40 yrs. old, however, these sessions are not drug detoxes, so the protocols are a little different. The tests are recommended, but if you are under 40, have a healthy lifestyle, avoid pharmaceuticals,  it will not be mandatory to have the tests. For more information, please contact (contact info blocked). The booking deposit can be made at any time, however, if you are having the tests done, it is recommended that you do that first, as the booking deposit is non-refundable.

Please note that if you wish to join for both journey the cost is $3500 and Early Bird Discount until Jan 15th 2020. $200 for one retreat and $300 for 2 retreats


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


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


  • 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


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.


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.

  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • 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

  • Munpreet Gill   March 06, 2019

      Opiate/Fentanyl Addiction

    I want to thank Bette for all she’s done. I am almost three years clean and sober. My addiction killed me multiple times. I tried every potential remedy, including various treatment facilities. Sobriety would only last a couple months, and then I would fall back into my old ways. A friend suggested I contact Bette. I was skeptical at first, due to my lack of knowledge. There was a limited amount of information found online regarding Iboga. Within five days I was fully recovered. I was waiting for the withdrawals, but they never arrived. It blew my mind. Coming from a six year intravenous user. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding my experience.

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