Roland Werner

Roland is the main aikido instructor and builder of the White Pines Dojo. His vision was to create a space for people to share the principles of harmony with each other and nature. He feels that participants have the opportunity to study nature and practice the art of harmony through stewarding White Pines’ surrounding land. He and his partner Marsha envision a self-supporting, sustainable, energy efficient, ecological system that allows the vitality of the environment to sustain the participants. Practice mindfulness while working in the organic garden and orchard, campground maintenance or harvesting the medicinal plants of the forest and meadow. Roland and Marsha welcome you to The White Pines Dojo and serve as your hosts during your Kootenay Eco Retreat. 

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Tesh (Ken Nateshvar Scott) 

For over 35 years, Ken Nateshvar (Sanskrit for "Lord of the Dance") Scott has been internationally recognized as a pioneer, leader and innovator in the field of yoga and dance, and the creator of iconic expressions of classic hatha yoga. His yoga practice is elegant, graceful and deeply personal, emphasizing movement and posture flow to create a sensual, emotionally and physically rewarding experience. For Tesh connection and union with each and every one of his students is the heart of his teaching. Tesh is the co-creator of Contact Yoga: The Yoga Of Relationship, the landmark practice that brought yoga off the solitary mat and into the realm of connection and relationship. Tesh has served as a trainer and transformative guide to many top athletes, actors, executives and politicians throughout the world and has been featured in Vogue, W and The New York Times.  Self  Magazine named him one of the top ten yoga instructors in the United States.


Hamsa Eliza Gooderham 

Hamsa (CYT, ERYT500) has been teaching yoga for 20 years and working as a Yoga Therapist for 8 years, certified by the Ananda Seva Mission, combining Thai Massage, Cranial-Sacral, and Healing Touch modalities into her Therapeutic Yoga sessions, Hamsa’s work is compassionate, intelligent and deeply connected to Spirit.
Hamsa believes firmly in the transformational potential of a balanced practice as a portal to our True Nature and the Divine. She is committed to finding ways for all people to awaken to, and embrace, the intelligence of their body-mind to facilitate consciousness evolution. Hamsa will be an instructor with both the Yoga and Health & Nature Retreats.


Shanoon Bennett  - Naturalist

Shanoon is an Environmental Educator, who has a science degree in Earth Sciences and worked as a Park Naturalist in both Alberta and BC parks in the 1980's.  In the Kootenays she began an Adventure Snowshoe Program back in 1990, in which she still gets students out exploring, discovering and engaging in their bio-region.  She Is a teacher that works for both Wild Voices for Kids and Wildsight where she offers a multitude of school programs every season including Wild Food and Medicine programs, Pond, River and Lake Watershed Connection programs, as well as Habitat and Forest Ecology programs.  She was just awarded the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Award of Excellence and holds her Wilderness First Aid. 



Sabina Fleschutz

Sabina is a professional art therapist, who has been working with youth and their families for the past 7 years.  She has been practicing mindfulness meditation, which she learned from Dr. Ron Siegel and Jon Kabat-Zinn, for the past 4 years in her personal, as well as professional life. She has brought mindfulness to the curriculum of  elementary and high schools and has coached families to use it to reconnect with self and each other. Sabina has been a dancer for 30 years, solo as well as tango, and brings some of that connection and body wisdom to her sessions.