Wild Women in the West Kootenays Retreat

About the Experience

The Wild Women Adventure Retreat is all about savouring the beauty of the land that surrounds us, each other’s company, and our own inner wilderness.

We offer a space to do that creatively allowing you to indulge in what it is that you need: restoration, physical activity or stillness, self-expression or exploration, connecting with other spirited women, learning new skills, pursuing an old or new passion.

Hosted at an enchanting retreat in the Kootenay Mountains (part of the Selkirk Mountain Range), participants will enjoy a delicious menu of local organic cuisine by Wild Women Kitchen Goddesses, kayaking and hiking outings, yoga and creative movement sessions, and a guided journey to awaken the inner wild woman with sacred ceremony, meditation and nature awareness activities.

Come and bask in the beauty of of British Columbia! Let yourself be renewed, restored, refreshed, and revitalized with all the glory that this area has to offer. Together, we’ll take a journey honouring the 5 Elements – Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit – as we spend our time exploring the wonders of nature.

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Wild Women in the West Kootenays Retreat

About the Experience

The Wild Women Adventure Retreat is all about savouring the beauty of the land that surrounds us, each other’s company, and our own inner wilderness.

We offer a space to do that creatively allowing you to indulge in what it is that you need: restoration, physical activity or stillness, self-expression or exploration, connecting with other spirited women, learning new skills, pursuing an old or new passion.

Hosted at an enchanting retreat in the Kootenay Mountains (part of the Selkirk Mountain Range), participants will enjoy a delicious menu of local organic cuisine by Wild Women Kitchen Goddesses, kayaking and hiking outings, yoga and creative movement sessions, and a guided journey to awaken the inner wild woman with sacred ceremony, meditation and nature awareness activities.

Come and bask in the beauty of of British Columbia! Let yourself be renewed, restored, refreshed, and revitalized with all the glory that this area has to offer. Together, we’ll take a journey honouring the 5 Elements – Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit – as we spend our time exploring the wonders of nature.

Meet your Wild Women group at the Mountain Waters Retreat Centre, in Nelson British Columbia, between 3:30-4:30 pm for 4:30 pm Orientation. A selection of fruit and organic teas will be provided during our brief orientation to the grounds, facilities and the upcoming itinerary at the center will take place. Dinner will be a gourmet feast with local, organic fare.

After dinner, we’ll convene in the Maloca for a ceremony where we’ll set our intentions for the week and partake in an evening Restorative Yoga session. We’ll go to sleep feeling relaxed, grounded, connected to our surroundings and each other.

Meals: D

Overnight: Mountain Waters Retreat Centre

 

After a hearty and healthy breakfast, we begin our journey. We’ll explore the element of Earth as we explore the beauty of Kokanee Provincial Park. We’ll do a gentle hike in the Old Growth Forest in the morning, followed by a hearty packed lunch. For those who wish to gain elevation, we’ll continue upwards on a moderately challenging trek to the glacial lake in the afternoon (3 hour round trip). 

On this day, we relate to Mother Earth (Pachamama) and we’ll reflect about how she provides for us and how we can better connect with her. We return to the lodge in the late afternoon where we’ll have time for a hot tub or rest before we share a beautiful dinner to nourish our bodies and selves.

After dinner we’ll share some time together in the Maloca before bed for an evening meditation and gentle Yoga session honoring Earth before settling into dream time: grounded and content.

Elevation Gain: 445 meters

Distance Hiked: 5 km

Meals: B, L, D

Overnight: Mountain Waters Retreat Centre

A restful sleep will leave us feeling prepared to explore the element of AIR. We’ll start the day with an (optional) Yoga kriya (set of postures/breath and meditation) before breakfast. Following breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the East Shore of Kootenay Lake by boarding the ferry at Balfour; Canada’s longest free ferry (and the most scenic).

Once we reach the east shore, we’ll hike the Pilot Bay Peninsula which offers majestic vistas of the lake and beyond. Once we reach our beach, we’ll focus on pranayama, or the practice of breath work to invigorate the body, mind, and spirit. A gourmet packed picnic lunch will follow before we head back to the trailhead.

On our way home, we’ll have time to visit some of the local artisans and spend time in the charming community of Crawford Bay. This is an area where there are many artists renowned for their unique talents in glass blowing, weaving, and painting. From there, we’ll take the ferry home to find a scrumptious dinner awaiting our arrival. After dinner, we’ll meet in the Maloca. With all that oxygen from the day, we’ll have the sweetest dreams imaginable that night.

Meals: B, L, D

Overnight: Mountain Waters Retreat Centre

 

Today we’ll honour the element of Fire as we begin our day with an optional invigorating Flow Yoga practice before breakfast, focusing on Sun Salutations and doing pranayama (breath work) to stoke the creative fire in our bellies and souls. This fire helps us become more creative in our everyday lives: with our art, our relationships, our passions.

After Yoga, we’ll enjoy a nourishing breakfast together before beginning our journey with Fire. We’ll begin our preparations in learning the art of starting fires with preparing the fire for our sweat lodge, which is on the property at Mountain Waters. The sacred sweat lodge ceremony is an opportunity to offer one’s personal intentions, prayers for one’s family and community and our Mother Earth. During the sweat, we will sit in the four directions of the medicine wheel; each direction representing a different aspect of ourselves – spirit, emotion, body and mind. This ancient ceremony has been carried through the generations because of its remarkable power to heal and to offer guidance for our lives. Our facilitator, Dr. Laura Cooper, is a wise woman and healer based in Kimberley, BC and offers her teachings and gifts to indigenous and non-indigenous people in a loving authentic way.

After our sweat, there will be a late lunch feast, then an opportunity to siesta; for some of us might mean a restful nap, journaling, art or a meditative stroll around the retreat’s beautiful grounds and gardens. At this point, there will be the opportunity for massage and body/work as well. This is time for you to connect with what you need and to listen to the messages of your heart. Together, we’ll enjoy late dinner and then gather around the campfire outside to share stories and song. Prepare to dream deeply.

Meals: B, L, D

Overnight: Mountain Waters Retreat Centre

We’ll wake up feeling renewed and revitalized from the previous day’s sweat to enjoy another optional short Flow Yoga practice before breakfast. After our meal, we’ll head to the Slocan Valley where we’ll see magnificent mountains and skirt the shores of Slocan Lake. Some people say the Slocan Valley is as much a state of mind as it is a place.

Our guide will meet us there with kayaks, and from Silverton, we’ll begin our adventure. We’ll have fun with the basics, including parts of the kayak and paddle, strokes for turning, stopping, moving sideways and how to conserve energy for a half day of paddling. After our orientation, we’ll paddle amidst the splendor of the mountains and lake to the pristine Bannock Point. There, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the beaches before returning to shore. We’ll continue our journey north alongside the lake and head through the quaint town of Kaslo en route to Ainsworth Hotsprings. There, we’ll soak in the medicinal waters for an hour or so. The hot springs originate around the Cody Caves above and to the east of the resort. The water works its way down through fractures in the rock, increasing in temperature at a rate of 40 °C per kilometer until it hits a lakeshore fault – a rock layer on a 45 ° angle. These waters are world renowned for their abilities to heal and soothe.

After our soak, we’ll enjoy a snack in the van on the way back home to Mountain Waters, where we’ll enjoy a late dinner upon our arrival.

Meals: B, L, D

Overnight: Mountain Waters Retreat Centre

This morning we’ll enjoy a little bit of extra sleep and rest before meeting for our final breakfast together. After our meal, we’ll meet together in the Forest Maloca for our closing ceremony, celebrating and cherishing what a wonderful and transformative time we shared over the last five days.

We’ll feel as though we have truly arrived “Home” to ourselves. From there, we’ll say our goodbyes and plan to leave Mountain Waters before 11:00 am.

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