Self Care, Deep Healing & Community: A Hakomi inspired professional development and wellness retreat.

About This Event

This will be a four-day residential retreat for Hakomi and other Body Centered Therapists who wish to learn, hold, and be held in a supportive Hakomi-Centered environment lead by Senior Hakomi Trainer Jaci Hull.

Using mindfulness, the Hakomi Principles and small group exercises, we will co-create a loving and wise circle where each participant has a chance to move through stuck areas or traumas with the support of your colleagues. Sessions will be debriefed in small and large groups to illustrate the Hakomi process and the various maps that we draw from.

This retreat is intended to combine rich learning with deep self care to help counteract the “healers habit" of giving more readily than receiving. It is meant to recharge your nourishment reserves as you get ready to re-enter the fall work schedule. Our time together will be structured around a morning and afternoon facilitated group learning module of three to three and a half hours in duration, with a focus upon the processes  that support body centered process and trauma resolution. Two and a half hours of the early afternoon will be available for lunch break and your own self-care, which could include a walk down to a wilderness beach on majestic Kootenay Lake, a trip into Nelson to visit the farmers market, coffee shops or art galleries, or just cozying up under the willow tree with a good book for a read or a nourishing nap.

Each evening, from 7.15-8:30 we’ll take time to integrate the learning themes of the day. Using breath, movement, and awareness practices in dyads, small group and in the large group, we’ll learn to embody the newfound safety, clarity and freedom from old (Big T ) and (little t) trauma imprints.

This is a professional level training for counselors and therapists who have a background and interest in body centered approaches to trauma and its resolution.

Daily Schedule:

7.00- 7.45 Optional morning restorative Yoga

8.00- 8.45 Breakfast

9.00-12.30 Morning group learning

12.30- 3.00 Lunch & afternoon free time

3.00- 6.00 Afternoon group learning

6.00 -7.00 Dinner

7.15 -8.30 Evening pleasure and integration practice

What last years participants had to say about this retreat:

"I got so much nourishment from this retreat. The food was amazing. It is such a great place to get grounded and I felt welcome from the moment I stepped into the retreat centre. Jaci did an amazing job in creating safety  in the group and giving lots of space for love to flourish, and for beauty and healing to unfold. Richard is such a generious, thoughful, attentive and loving host. I felt so refreshed and re-energized and that was  what I was looking for"  T W

" I loved everything about this retreat. The space that was created . The love that was poured into every ounce of this experience. I loved the size of the group, the oppoortunities to share meals, the amount of session time, the downtime, the people, the loving kindness, the healing and the paradise that is Mountain Waters. I am in awe of the love that pours out of Yogita and Richard. I am in awe of the beautiful healer that Jaci embodies. This defines healing." C H

" The invitation to join this retreat was not reflective of what was available. We recieved qualitatively way beyond what was promised"  M S


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

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