“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
- Leonard Cohen
Richard brings presence and insight to his work, and a big capacity to stay attuned to the needs of his clients. He has worked as a therapist, life coach and the director of a wellness retreat centre focused upon personal growth and self-development.
Richard has completed a four year course of studies in Hakomi Body Centered Psychotherapy with Hakomi founder Ron Kurtz and master techer Jon Eisman in 2001. He specializes in Body Centered Psychotherapy and Couples Therapy. In Addition, he completed the mindfulness based stress reduction training ( MBSRT ) with Jon Kabat Zinn in 2008.
Richard has worked as an aquatic therapist, building Canada’s first warm water Watsu pool with his wife Yogita and has trained as a life coach. He is the director and founder of Mountain Waters Retreats, a wellness retreat centre three kilometers from Nelson where he also facilitates programs, including a yearly couples retreat that he teaches with his wife Yogita and senior Hakomi teacher Beth Falch-Neilson. Richard also stewarded the Healing with Addictions Program that was taught by Dr Gabor Mate from 2007-2011 at Mountain Waters Retreats, and continued over a 10 year period untill 2017.
Richard has completed a two year certification in Relational Somatic Therapy, a body-based form of trauma resolution work. He is presently registered as a therapeutic counselor with the Association of Counseling Therapists of Canada. He works with individual clients and couples and he is the father of five adult children.
Yogita brings presence and passion to her work with clients.
She has been working in the Health,Wellness, and Personal growth fields since 1995 when she completed a 500 hour training and certification in Acupressure and Chinese medicine. A year later, she began a four year series of professional trainings in Hakomi, a body centered form of Psychotherapy. This was the beginning of a long and meaningful path working with clients through the body, creating the safety to bring healing to the emotional, psychological and trauma content that is often present.
In the year 2000 Yogita began a 6 month training in Prenatal Psychology as an outgrowth of her work as an Aquatic Therapist. She and her husband Richard had opened Canada’s first Watsu aquatic therapy facility. Working with clients in a unique warm water environment allowed for the release of somatic holding patterns while attending relationally to the emotions and the attachment patterns that would at times arise.
In 2014 Yogita graduated from a two year certification program at the MH Viccars School of Massage Therapy. Concurrently she studied mayo-fascial release with John f. Barnes, which helped deepen her understanding of how each person’s unique history is held in their physiology, in a way is often inaccessible to normal cognition. Increasingly her work has moved in the direction of helping clients find freedom and ease in the body by changing the way the past is held in the tissues themselves.
In 2017 Yogita graduated from a 2 year training in Relational Somatic Therapy and has become a certified Therapeutic Counsellor.
We offer you a strong therapeutic container for:
Navigating relationship difficulties
Resolving past trauma
Increased self acceptance
Expanded sense of life’s possibilities