Awaken to the sounds of the forests, creeks and mountains of the Slocan Valley in the Kootenays. Your day begins with yoga and a delicious, nurturing breakfast. Then a morning circle- where as women, we explore and learn how to bring our mind, body, emotions and spirit into balance and alignment to support a deeper relationship with ourselves and with life around us. We will do this first by slowing down and entering into the energies of mindfulness- of carefully becoming aware of the present moment and cultivating equanimity, kindness, acceptance and compassion- through guided meditation, breathing exercises, art therapy, forest bathing, drumming, and group processes. During each circle we will explore how these 4 aspects of self- mind, body, emotions and spirit- relate to the 4 elements of the natural world- earth, water, air and fire- and how building a relationship with each element in our daily lives can enrich us.
Afternoons will be spent engaged with nature and could include: hot springs excursions, alpine hikes, lake kayaking and swimming, forest edibles tours, collecting medicinal herbs, making salves and tinctures or a trip to the local pictograph sites. All levels of physical fitness will be accommodated. Evening activities include campfires, music, stargazing and yoga. The retreat fee includes a one-hour massage, activity fees and accommodation at the beautiful Kootenay EcoRetreat Centre. Facilitated by Courtney Wren-Mabbutt MSW, RSW and Chris Berger (Family/Youth Worker). These two special women are highly respected and loved. They have played a key role in many peoples lives, helping to navigate the troubling times in a persons life and enabling them to chart a clearer course.
Accommodation & Rates
Enjoy your stay at The White Pines Dojo, a beautiful hand built, off grid retreat centre situated on a 40 natural acres of forest and meadows. We can accommodate up to 12 participants for each retreat. We offer dorm rooms (maximum 3 per room), shared (double) rooms and private rooms.
Prepare for your retreat
Bring warm comfortable clothes suitable for changeable mountain weather, including a wool layer, rain gear and a sun hat. Please bring a day backpack and your own yoga mat. Bring only biodegradable personal products with minimal to no scent. The White Pines Dojo is off grid and requires being sensitive to energy use. There is no cell phone service in most of the Slocan Valley. Please let us know of any serious medical conditions, allergies or dietary considerations in your registration.
ALL-INCLUSIVE STRESS-FREE EXPERIENCE
All the details are taken care of from the moment you arrive at our beautiful off-grid retreat centre, including delicious meals prepared by our local chefs, morning classes, afternoon activities and evening events. Deepen your experience with a massage on site, cost is extra.
As our minimum capacity is six and our maximum capacity is twelve participants a $500 CDN non-refundable deposit is required. These deposits are transferable to another program within the same calendar year if cancelled one month prior to retreat start date.
The balance is due two weeks before the retreat start date. Last minute bookings are possible if there is room.