Men and the Water of Life

Event Highlights

  • - Expanded and deepen your understanding of what it means to be a man.
  • - Remove the habitual blocks to your aliveness and energy
  • - Use yoga as a tool to more fully inhabit your body
  • - Learn body based meditation practices to better access the inner world of awareness
  • - Daily early morning hike/swim at Kootenay lake wilderness beach
  • - Sweat lodge ceremony
  • - Sound and vibrational therapy meditations
  • - Sacred circles: group dialogue and sharing on healthy sexuality, relationship,parenting and creative work.


- 7.00 Am hike and swim to Kootenay Lake wilderness beach
- 8.30 Breakfast
- 9.30-11.00 Workshop teaching/ group practices: restoring the water of life
- 11.15-12.30 Accessing your Inner kingdom/yoga & meditation
- 12.30-2.00 Lunch
- 2.00- 3.30 outdoor men's circle, balancing giving and recieving, healthy sexuality, work/life balance.
- 3.45- 4.45 Breath and body practices, bringing awareness to the body's intelligence.
- 5.00-6.00 Everything belongs, turning toward difficulty to enhance your growth.
- 6.00- 7.00 Dinner
-7.00- 8.30 Sound meditation/therapy: Raising the vibration.

About This Event

 Men and the Water of Life

There is a time in the life of most men when replenishment is needed. When the water of life, the sense of vitality, of enthusiasm, and purpose has dried up and gone underground.

This gets called a midlife "crisis", but in reality it's a time of transition that arrives in most men's lives when a significant relationship ends, when career paths change, illness hits, or when we feel a lack of direction and purpose.  A transition between who we've learned to be, and the potential inside us of what is yet to come.


We will come together to learn from, inspire and empower each other. Together we will hold two central themes :

How  do we turn toward and change what blocks the flow of life in each one of us?

What does a Generative form of Masculinity look like in our day and age?  Where we give shape to what it means as men to grow in our relationships, to be in our bodies in a healthy way,  to cultivate our inner life and give back to our communities?

We will sit in a circle as men have done through the ages. We will listen to each others stories,  and enter into restorative conversations about creative work, healthy sexuality, being with difficulty, and the hunger many men feel for the fathering they may not have received.

Yoga and breathing meditation will be used as means to come more fully into our bodies, to feel the space inside ourselves that holds our inner authority and room for the transcendent.

We will sit on the earth in a sweat ceremony and connect with nature. Our three days together will give you a taste of what brings back the Water of Life and with it, the life affirming vitality and purposefulness that is the true gift of men.

This three day men's retreat will be facilitated by Richard Klein and assisted by Kirkland Shave. There will be workshop teachings, ritual, restorative time in nature, and space for each participant to both give to and recieve from this Circle of Men.

Men's Retreat includes:


Garden grown organic meals

Workshop teachings and  group talks

Breathwork, yoga, meditation

Morning lake hikes and swims

Earth based perspiration chamber ritual

Sound and vibrational healing

For attendees from the Nelson area, commuters pricing is available


Richard Klein: Richard facilitates couples retreats and Mens programs. He is the director of Mountain Waters Retreats and has a private couselling practice in Nelson.  Richard is the father of five adult children   For this men's retreat, Richard will be focused upon how we can observe and set aside the self-limiting habits embeded in the structure of our personality, that once served to protect, but now  keep us at a distance from the Water of Life and the "aliveness" it represents.



Kirkland Shave : Kirkland is a former park ranger, streat  youth outreach worker, who  presently runs an internationaly acclaimed wilderness fitness retreat called Mountain Trek. He has taught  primitive life skills   and will be leading  the men's perspirati0n chamber ceremony.


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.

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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