O.U.R. Sustainable Wellness Retreats

What is Sustainable Wellness?

Sustainable Wellness + Integrative Health + Community = Healthy Earth

Sustainable wellness is co-creating healthy community through teaching the inherent healing ability we each have within ourselves. We offer workshops, retreats, and ceremonies for you to learn and experience the healing power of nature through both traditional wisdom and scientific knowledge. 
We believe that by bringing wellness to each of us, we embody our full potential of who we really are while creating positive life-changing experiences within community!
 
Brandy Gallagher
Estelle Sinclaire
Sarah Smith, R.Ac.
Deepam Wadds

Brandy brings to the team a deep connectivity to people and place as a co-founder of O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE (1999). She has a varied background of many other community/group therapeutic process-based experiential models and has spent much of her life from the early years of beginning in remote mountain wilderness to international exploration of deep dive into indigenous wisdom and living.  She has worked as a weaver of many of the paradox/duality perceptions between the wild to domesticated cultural norms – as a healer and speaker of the ‘at times unspeakable’ patterns of human/social interactions.  As a grounding tool for unlimited connection, she also does work with legacy planning and ‘sustainable living/sustainable dying’ and mentoring the next generations to play. Her work in the therapeutic community began in the 1980’s and opened a path of personal and professional healing work that has brought her from program/project development to one on one.  She facilitates wedding celebrations, assists birthing, and does beside vigil hospice work all as part of her held values of intimate relationship weave within the ecosystems of our/OUR connections.  She is a published author and film maker on the world of living/dying sustainably for a regenerative future.  Brandy’s doctoral work is starting to focus the exploration of community development and design for healing through her “Regeneration of the Village Heart and Mind”.  She is a lover of playing on the edge of possibilities and crafted intention.

Estelle has lived and travelled through many countries in the world over her long life.  Having trained in multiple disciplines with many teachers she has been initiated into a number of traditional and healing paths including Grand Master Choa Kok Sui and Macquabec.  She is known to many as a loving support and offers deep mentorship for those who live and work ‘in community’.  As a non-resident Elder of OUR ECOVILLAGE she has contributed  towards almost two decades of deep relationship work and village vision.  As a weekly practitioner she brings medicine work in the areas of deep tissue massage, constellation circle support work, foot detox, guided meditations, flower essence, and Neurolinguistic Programming process work.  Her commitment to healing and well-being has her travel to ceremony and circles of community where she works as a sweat lodge facilitator, leading chanupa/medicine pipe ceremony decades of dancing in Sundance Ceremony, and assisting with group facilitation.  Many know her from her medicine with drum making and bead/leather work and her love for healing with the medicine horses.  As part of OUR wellness team she brings a deep groundedness as a community knowledge keeper.

Sarah is a registered acupuncturist who practises Japanese style acupuncture which combines classical Chinese medical principles with modern pathophysiology. 
 
Her extensive training allows her to use a wide range of therapy techniques including Moxibustion( infrared heat plant therapy) magnets, ion-pumping cords, cupping, meridian message, and Japanese needles. 
 
Sarah’s scope of practice focuses on treating chronic pain and illness, injury and trauma care, internal medicine, breaking addictions, emotional health support, special interests in digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune conditions and pediatric care. 
 
She offers classes on diet therapy and foundations in order to educate and empower the public and deepen their knowledge of the basic foundations of Chinese medicine and the implementation of food therapies into individual’s daily lives.
 
Sarah is a licensed Acupuncturist and is registered with the CTCMA in British Columbia making treatments claimable through benefits. 
 

Me. Deepam’s first Rebalancing treatments in 1985 ignited her passion for this profoundly restorative form of bodywork. In 1989, she received her certification as an Osho Rebalancer from the Osho Multiversity, an international institute for the meditative and healing arts, in Pune, India.

Deepam is also a qualified practitioner of Usui Reiki healing (Level II), Osho Pulsation, and Osho Tibetan Pulsing Healing.

What is Rebalancing? Osho Rebalancing is a hands-on therapeutic practice developed in the 1970s by practitioners of modalities such as Rolfing, Postural Integration, Swedish Massage, Cranial Sacral, Trager and Alexander techniques.

Release. Restore. Rebalance. Rebalancing focuses on developing self-awareness through compassionate, sensitive touch.

Body. Mind. Spirit. Whether the underlying issue is structural, muscular, emotional, or psychological, Rebalancing can release chronic holding patterns that contribute to pain and illness.

Deepam on-site at O.U.R. Ecovillage Booking Times available between 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday Sunday March 24, March 30, Tuesday April 9, Tuesday April 16, Sunday May 26, Tuesday June 4, Tuesday June 18, Sunday June 23, Tuesday July 2, Sunday August 25, Tuesday September 3, Tuesday April 2

We are more than happy to design a wellness retreat for individuals or groups.

Some of the services we offer are: Integrative Medicine, Food as Medicine, Deep “Issue” Massage, Ritual & ceremony, Acupuncture, Ecotherapy, Plant Medicine, Family Constellation, Mindfulness, Meditation, Kundalini yoga, Hatha/Yin/Vinyasa Yoga, Labyrinth, Emotional Wellness Design, Shamanic healing

Please contact us at info@ourecovillage.org to design or organize your wellness retreat.

What a previous guest had to say...

"I planned a personal wellness retreat at OUR ECOVILLAGE as the beginning of a first physical move back to my beloved homeland. Arriving to the village began a process of unraveling the last twelve years abroad, living in six different countries, giving birth to and parenting two incredible boys, and going on countless adventures around the world. By this time, my internal wells had been running dry after living the Middle East for five years, and my nerves felt frayed, perhaps as they've been reaching in all directions in search for the soothing forests, mountains and sea they once knew.

I was able to tuck into the welcoming embrace of the healing sanctuary, made of cob, the perfect antidote to the desert sands of Abu Dhabi. Gracelynn was so kind to bring me a scrumptious dinner and breakfast, as I was dealing with a time difference of twelve hours. Having a flexible schedule the first day allowed me to visit nearby Duncan where I acquired a much-needed pair of winter boots!

The tour of the ecovillage was one of the most touching and meaningful events for me. Although frost was in the air and a light dusting of snow covered the flora, I learned of the systems in operation on the land, including how sheet mulching and composting toilets build arable soil. I noticed that the zones of the garden are planned in a way that encourages inter-species connection, as outdoor kitchens, showers, and living spaces are woven throughout. I feel blessed to have learned that I am not alone in having conversations with plants and water. It was good to find out that relationship and connection to the local First Nations is maintained.

I had four intense but transformative days of therapy sessions, including eco-expressive art sessions, a massage and foot detox, Japanese acupuncture, a personal Yin Yoga session, and a sensational woodfired sauna. Perhaps equally healing was the time spent during meal times with the community, where I immediately felt welcomed as a member of the group among people incredibly at ease being completely themselves with each other.

I am immensely grateful for the warmth I felt by each individual at the village and for the energy that went into creating a soft landing back home. I am so looking forward to bringing my family back to visit and to take part in upcoming events at this special place. Thank you all!"

Jessica Slattery

We offer retreats all year around.