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!

Full moon women's circle
Monthly Dates

Sisters of all ages are invited to connect, share, and dive deeper into our sacred feminine in a co-created safe space.
Are you longing for sisterhood and mutual support? Do you want to support other women to build resilience, and be held by other women in your journey? 
Free Admission:
Donations are welcomed. Bring a song, candles, chocolate or a snack to share!

Write Your Way In - Writing Retreat
October 4-6, 2019

This weekend retreat offers the opportunity to relax into your authentic voice, stretch those writing muscles, and focus on the story you want to tell. In whatever form occurs – poetry, fiction, memoir or essay. All in a safe and nurturing eco-space.

Whether you are reviving a dream of writing or well-established in your practice; an old pro or a nervous beginner, this retreat is certain to inspire and motivate you to explore, take creative risks, and listen deeply.

The weekend program includes sensory exercises and meditation to heighten awareness and deepen your experience. Guided writing exercises are facilitated in the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method.

Aliya Rahemtulla, MD
Brandy Gallagher
Estelle Sinclaire
Gracelynn Lau Chung Yan
Jan Hull
Samantha Caissie RMT
Sarah Smith, R.Ac.
Laura Matsue
Deepam Wadds
Dawn Dancing Otter
Aliya is a medical doctor with specialization in Family Medicine and Integrative Health. She has also trained in and practices Functional Medicine, which addresses the underlying cause of disease, and focuses on optimal function of the body as a system. Aliya’s interest in healthcare stemmed from the concept of eco-systems. By observing nature and the world around us, it is possible to have a deeper understanding of ourselves and how we function. The incredible connection is that the human body, an eco-system itself, is continuously changing and adapting, and has the ability to renew and heal based on its environment. This philosophy sparked further interest for Aliya in agriculture and the idea of food-as-medicine. She embraced this interest by further educating and certifying in Permaculture (building sustainable agricultural ecosystems) and Eco-Village Design.
Aliya believes in wellness as a journey, which requires a holistic approach, and works to encourage and empower individuals to be more conscious of their lifestyles.
Her passion is in promoting self-awareness and teaching sustainable care practices for health of the human body, in conjunction with supporting the natural resources that surround us.

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.

Gracelynn Lau Chung Yan is an expressive arts and horticulture therapist and a certified Applied Mindfulness Meditation specialist (University of Toronto) who is dedicated to empower people to redesign their social-emotional lifestyle. Her work focuses on designing practical applications for individuals and groups in the areas of social-emotional health, mindfulness in nature, ecotherapy, cultural integration and lifestyle changes. She has facilitated workshops and circles for a culturally diverse audience including orphans in Tibet, earthquake survivors and second generation immigrant families. Her teaching focus is influenced by her graduate research on Ecofeminist theology, specifying in re-storying life after trauma. Also a certified permaculture teacher and a farmer, Gracelynn integrates permaculture design tools into cultivating a regenerative way of emotional well being. Her recent research is based on bringing herbal medicine crafting and fermentation into a therapeutic garden program for emotion management and transpersonal connection. Gracelynn believes that the essence of wellness lies in nature connection; that the heart of nature has a unique message for every person who is willing to listen. Gracelynn is the creator of OUR Wellness Retreats.

Jan Hull has been offering Family Systems facilitation and training for over 15 years – from as far south as Washington and Oregon and locally on Vancouver Island up to the North Coast in Alert Bay and Kingcome Inlet, BC.

Jan began her training in 2003 through the Human Systems Institute of Portland, Oregon – www.human-systems-institute.com

Prior to that, Jan received certification through the Justice Institute of BC in Conflict Resolution and Mediation.  

She currently resides in the Cowichan Valley and when she’s not facilitating and training Systemic Constellation Work, Jan embraces her work as a long time foster parent to her two sons.

Jan’s workshops are interactive and structured for actively doing and learning the work – because Systemic Constellation Work meets us where we live, in our bodies and in relationships.  

When practised in groups, Systemic Constellation Work nourishes our need for connection and community as well.

Samantha is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), with a background in Horticultural Therapy. Combining her skill sets Samantha understands the importance of focusing on our whole being. Samantha believes by bringing awareness to our body, activities, mindset and life, we align more naturally. The shared philosophies and values that O.U.R Eco Village practice and demonstrate has been a complimentary pairing for incorporating her modalities here.

Samantha feels fortunate to be a Canadian, where RMTs are classified as health care professionals. As a society we are seeking non-surgical and drug-free options, which has afforded massage therapy to be widely accepted as alternative medicine.

Samantha believes we all have our own innate healing power within, making each of our journeys’ unique. Yet……paradoxically here we are on a journey together. The proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”. Resonates deeply with Samantha’s core values of working with a team to accomplish each clients short and long term goals.

Samantha utilizes a patient centered care approach. Empowering each client and sharing knowledge to create opportunities for clients to get in touch with themselves and move themselves away from dis-ease. As your therapist Samantha’s goals are focused around your desires and restoring balance to the current manifestation that has you feeling depleted.Samantha is registered through the CMTBC College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. Receipts can be submitted to your extended medical benefits provider for reimbursement. Samantha recommends confirming with your individual provider to gain clarity on their reimbursement process.


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. 

Laura Matsue is a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and Certified Meditation Teacher, with training in both Australia and India. Her teaching style can be described as a fusion of vinyasa-kundalini-hatha with a focus on embodiment meditations as well as other kundalini kriyas that focus on karmic resolution, energy-field expansion, and self-transformation. She is also a writer and works as a holistic life coach, using astrology, psychological inner work, as well as mind/body practices to assist people in achieving the inner changes they want to make bring their outer gifts to the world.   

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

Dawn Dancing Otter began her journey on a healing path as a young child. Her early experiences of clairvoyance, dream work, empathic healing, and interconnection with nature and spirituality are her spiritual foundation.

Dawn studied Ecstatic Dance and healing movement with several teachers including Gabrielle Roth. She has a grounded and committed foundation of yoga practice since 1990 including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, and Kundalini Yoga, and is a certified teacher of these practices. She has a BFA in Dance, is certified in Remedial Massage, Myofascial, and Ayurvedic Massage.
In 1999, suffering from a life-threatening illness, Dawn experienced a complete healing through Soul Retrieval and Extraction Medicine with Manfred Lukas, who would eventually become her Teacher and Mentor.

Over the last two decades, Dawn has had intensive mentorships Alchemical Healing Facilitation, Amazonian Plant Medicine, Irish Ancestral Ceremony, Storytelling, Earth Alchemical Medicine, Tantra and Spirituality. She continues to invest her time and energy into continuing education to expand her capacity to bridge understanding and to bring this expansion to her teachings.
Dawn is the founder and principal teacher for The Alchemist Path™️ International Leadership Guild with apprenticeships and programs offered in Canada, The US, Central and South America, Europe, and Australia.

Dawn lives in community on Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada with her 2 sons.

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 education@ourecovillage.org to design or organize your wellness retreat.

What a previous guest had to say...

"I planned a personal wellness retreat at O.U.R. 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.