Center Life Program


This seven day program is designed as an immersion experience into Retreat Center life. Four hours per day, for five days will be spent working in various aspects of the Center; the garden, the kitchen, or building/maintenance. You may get a variety of experiences depending on what our needs are at the time, but if you have a preference please let us know. Your two free days can be spent communing with nature, hiking, swimming in the lake or reading some of the many books in our vast library.

Please come with a willingness to participate and learn. This program runs from May through November, but other times can be arranged. Your Center Life experience can start on whatever day you like and is a good first step towards a full-time work exchange. As a follow up to Center Life you could take Healthy Habits Cooking, Living on the Earth (our Life Skills course) and continue onwards to community development.

Aspects of the Retreat Center:

Gardening Deva
Want to learn more about gardening, or use your already honed gardening skills to assist us in our lovely gardens? Our farm has been designated as Kootenay Mountain Grown, which means that we garden using organic methods. We grow fruit, herbs and vegetables to supply the Retreat Center kitchens. We require lots of willing hands to plant, weed, water and harvest the gifts from our gardens.

Kitchen or Housekeeping Angel
cakeNothing like on-the-job training helping the staff prepare meals. This experience could help to make the transition to a healthier lifestyle easier. Time could be spent include picking and preparing fresh garden produce and serving them. Afterwards we clean the pots and kitchen. Could include making granola, stocking the shelves, sweeping the floors, and making the guest rooms.

Building and Grounds Maintenance
We always need energetic people to help with hauling wood, raking leaves, pruning trees, sorting lumber, as well as a myriad of other tasks to keep the Center running. Every project requires various skills. If you have some time to share we would appreciate your assistance.

Your investment is $310
Includes meals and cozy accommodations.

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Rest and Renewal (Mid-Week)

4 days and 3 nights (Monday to Thursday) massage rgb
This is your chance to pamper yourself with a small holiday before a workshop starts or afterwards. Melt away your stress with a sauna and bodywork session. Meditate in our Sacred Space Sanctuary or in our serene outdoor forested areas.

Take advantage of the group room for some stretching, Yoga, Tai Chi or dance. Curl up in a comfortable chair with one of the wide selection of books from our library. Be adventurous and hike to Fry Creek Canyon or up Kootenay Joe Mountain behind the Center. A 35-minute walk or 10-minute drive will bring you to a beach on the shores of Kootenay Lake. Delicious vegetarian cuisine at every meal strengthens the body so you can return home stronger.

Your investment is $350
Includes meals and shared accommodations for 3 nights
(Private rooms are available for an additional fee).

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