Intention to Heal: A Movement & Relationship Retreat for Women

Riversong Retreat Centre, Shawnigan Lake BC

CANCELLED due to COVID-19. We hope to offer this again in Spring 2021

Thursday May 28- Sunday May 31, 2020


Are you a woman seeking deeper self awareness on your relationship patterns, your core beliefs, and your stress coping style?

Do you often feel restless/anxious or exhausted/checked out in your body and are interested in learning movement practices to nourish your nervous system?

Do you sometimes feel disconnected from nature, your community or even yourself?

Are you seeking the time, space, and experienced community needed to continue your personal growth?

Join Leslie Wilkin & Amanda Chalmers, two professionally trained counselling practitioners and yoga teachers, for a 3.5 day immersion in movement, healing, learning and rest

Set at the home-like Riversong Retreat Centre, along the banks of the Koksilah River near Shawnigan Lake BC, this retreat is designed for women who want to begin or deepen their personal healing process


The retreat includes:

  • 3 nights shared accomodation at Riversong Lodge (semi-private and dorm options available)

  • 3 nutritionist designed and prepared meals per day (vegan and gluten free options available)

  • 1-2 daily trauma-sensitive yoga, movement and mindfulness classes to rebalance your nervous system

  • 4 professionally facilitated psychoeducation and therapeutic workshops on topics of relational healing and self-exploration

  • evening river or fireside closing experience

  • plenty of time to hike, swim, explore, rest, read, and connect with other women and the natural environment


Retreat Schedule
Thursday May 28:

  • 530-6pm -  Arrival and check in
  • 7pm -  Light Dinner
  • 8pm - Opening Circle & Introductions
  • 9pm - Gentle Yoga for Grounding and Rest

Friday May 29:

  • 7am - optional morning mindfulness and breathwork practice
  • 8am - Breakfast
  • 9-11am: Workshop 1 - Understanding Stress, Trauma and the Body
  • 11-1230pm: Yoga Class
  • 1230-130pm: Lunch
  • 130-330: Free time
  • 330-5: Workshop 2 -  Understanding our Relationship and Attachment patterns
  • 5:30 - Dinner
  • 7pm - Yoga Class

Saturday May 30:

  • 7am - optional movement practice (run/walk/hike)
  • 8am - Breakfast
  • 9-11am: Workshop 3 - Our Relationship Stress Style - Seeking Safety in the Body
  • 11-1230pm: Yoga Class
  • 1230-130pm: Lunch
  • 130-330: Free time
  • 330-5: Workshop 4 -  Embodying Boundaries and Communicating Needs
  • 530 - Dinner
  • 730pm - Evening Circle (outdoor if weather permitting)

Sunday May 31:

  • 8am -  Breakfast
  • 930am - Yoga Class
  • 11am - Closing Circle and Final Reflections
  • 12pm - Check out (light lunch available)

Workshop 1 - Understanding Stress, Trauma and the Body

The first workshop will set the foundation of understanding how our bodies are wired to respond to different types and intensities of stress over time. This will help to understand how to move with and through stress responses. We will also introduce the ways relationships can be a healing resources, and how stress can affect our felt sense of safety in relationships.

Workshop 2 -  Understanding our Relationship and Attachment patterns

Very early on in our lives, we develop a felt sense of safety (or lack thereof) in relationship. This also shapes our core beliefs about ourselves and others in areas of trust, vulnerability, reliability and independence. In this workshop we will begin to explore our relationship patterns, how they have shaped over time and how they are affecting us presently.

Workshop 3 - Our Relationship Stress Style - Seeking Safety in the Body

Beginning to put together the concepts from the first 2 workshops, we will explore how we react to stress and conflict in relationships. Do you approach or avoid? Does your body want to move and shut down? We will explore the strengths of these approaches and how it may feel to move into conflict and triggers differently.

Workshop 4 -  Embodying Boundaries and Communicating Needs

Depending on our relationship experiences, it can be hard to know what we need from others at times. Alternatively, even if we know, it can be hard to ask. Combining lessons from non-violent communication and somatic (body-based) therapy, we will begin to experiment with ways to set boundaries and express needs in a way that feels safe.

Yoga Classes

The yoga classes will be mostly gentle with an emphasis on making choices. All practices are optional, as the classes are meant to be an opportunity to get curious about your internal experience, your patterns, and your stories about your body. In order to respect individual process, hands-on adjustments will not be offered. Mats and props are provided.


Payment plans available

Single bed in loft  4-bed dorm room (accessible by ladder) - $600

Single bed in upstairs 4-bed dorm room- $625 - SOLD OUT

Single bed in semi-private 2-bed downstairs room - $675

Single bed in semi-private 2-bed main floor room - $700

Learn More

Send us a message at to request full registration package including payment options (debit, credit)

$200 non-refundable deposit required upon registration to confirm your spot.

Remainder due within 60 days of registration or 30 days of retreat start (April 28th, 2020), whichever is sooner. 

Registration after April 28, 2020 requires full payment upon registration. 

Cancellation policy: Full refund minus deposit if written notice of cancellation provided within 30 days of retreat (April 28, 2020). No refund provided after April 28, 2020.  


Meet your hosts


Amanda Chalmers

Amanda is a therapist, group facilitator, and yogi who is passionate about women’s health and wellbeing. Her background includes many years of providing counselling in the field of reproductive and sexual health, and her current therapeutic practice focuses on helping people heal from childhood emotional neglect, abuse, relationship violence, and other traumatic experiences.

After a decade of personal practice Amanda became certified to teach yoga in 2014. She is a firm believer in the transformative potential of yoga and mindfulness, and is always excited to join with others in sharing these profoundly healing practices.

She lives in Vancouver BC


Leslie Wilkin

Leslie is a clinical social worker, yoga teacher and educator whose experience and practice with women over the past 10 years has specialized in complex trauma/PTSD, anxiety, addictions, trauma-sensitive yoga, and natural health.

She has developed and facilitated a number of therapeutic groups, retreats and workshops for women and professionals on trauma, women-centred care, relational safety and self-care. Leslie's personal wellness practice centres around movement, creativity and nature, and she loves sharing these tools with other women. 

She lives in Nanaimo BC