Video Testimonial by Mario and his journey on overcoming smoking addiction.
More Video Testimonials by our guests.
My time at the Chopra Center was best described as one of my most valuable vacations and I have traveled extensively. The difference with this trip was the journey I began looking inside rather than outside of myself. If I knew it would be so amazing I would have done it a lot sooner. It was the best gift I could give myself and my family. Thank you!
Karen A., Canada March 2013
I arrived not knowing who I was, what I wanted and with no clear sense of meaning or purpose to my life.
I left Chopra Wellness Center knowing myself, loving myself, accepting myself, knowing what I want, why I want it and now my life is meaningful and purposeful again. The center gave me clarity, and empowered me to reclaim my life and my dreams. I am grateful for every therapist, support staff worker, cook and yoga instructor for their unique contribution to my health and wellbeing. Thank you all for making this transformation possible. Absolutely everyone can benefit from a visit to Chopra Wellness Center.
Greg, Canada March 2013
Amazing experience, I would highly recommend to anyone with mental health/emotional issues. Healing environment with experienced and truly caring staff. It is evident that they love their jobs and it is felt throughout the activities and meals at the centre.
Michelle Sernoskie – Golden Lake, ONT
As a professional it was difficult for me to ask for help, the centre and the staff made it easy to feel safe and relatable a real feeling of home and genuine kindness of people one meets make you believe in humanity again and the possibility of an alternative life other than the one dictated by external sources.
Sophia — June 2012
After years of trying to climb out of the cyclic rut of depression, anxiety, and substance use/abuse, I finally reached a point in my life where I knew I needed more than “personal research” with self-help books, talk therapy, and medication. I knew I needed to heal my mind, body and spirit and renew my relationship with myself. Focused on my addictive behavior with alcohol use, I started researching holistic treatment programs (conventional 12-step programs like AA do not speak to me.) Having read Freedom From Addiction by Deepak Chopra and David Simon, I was eventually let to the Paradise Valley Wellness Centre (PV) website. Wow! I found the program that I wanted to experience!
I showed up at PV with the desire to literally turn myself over to this place and open myself up to healing on all levels. Not fully knowing what to expect, I hoped for the best. When I walked through the door the first thing I noticed was that I was truly in a home – a home filled with warmth, love, and caring. Any anxiety I carried with me on my journey to PV that day was immediately extinguished upon my arrival.
My four weeks at PV was AMAZING! I was so very impressed by the number of highly qualified staff available to care for me. The medical staff, therapists, yoga and meditation instructors, massage therapists, chefs, and wellness support staff each brought to me their unique skills, talents, kindness, humor, love and wisdom as their gift. I truly felt cradled in support by everyone (this includes Sky Bear, the pet therapy dog I immediately fell in love with!). I will forever hold in my heart the gifts I received from all of them.
The program itself had a very positive impact on me. After my first week I realized that this program was not merely a mixture of different wellness treatments but was a very prescribed course of therapy containing elements that all work together. The yoga, meditation, therapy (group and individual), addiction education, massage, acupuncture, and nutrition each had a unique role and purpose in treating me as a whole person. Once I connected the dots, I knew I would want to maintain as many elements of this experience as I possibly could upon my return home. My experience at PV far exceeded my expectations and I am equally impressed by the follow-up care I have received since leaving. I have not left PV and PV has not left me. My journey continues and I’ve never felt better about my future.
Thank you to everyone at PV who has touched my life in this positive, healing way.
Erin, USA — June 2012
Wonderful experience, I came to Paradise Valley to support my husband in his addictions and discovered things about myself I did not know. I will remember this week forever and feel I am learning a better version of myself. Thank you.Leanne C, Australia – May 2012
A life changing experience! Now committed to a new healthy diet, exercise and meditation program. Have body awareness, compassion and acceptance for life’s challenges growing daily. Calmer and more patient in all situations, have a plan for growth that works for me. My relationships have improved.Stephen J. – Abbotsford, BC, Canada – April 2012
What a fantastic journey! I came here not knowing what to expect but quietly confident. Immediately I felt welcomed, supported and loved. The staff are all fantastic and caring – they really know their stuff. I leave here feeling fit, happy, relaxed and confident with new tools to continue my journey.Michael C., Australia – April 2012
Somewhere to help you to find your own truth, but more importantly, somewhere to heal.Andre, Brazil — March 2012
I arrived at Paradise Valley feeling broken and empty. I had little or no energy and was drinking uncontrollably and depressed. Physically I couldn’t even turn my head as my neck was so sore and stiff. I felt lost, alone and desperate. The moment I arrived at Paradise Valley I knew I had come “home” The staff literally took me in their arms and nurtured me back to health and wellness. They attended to my every need with loving kindness. I cannot thank them enough nor will I ever forget each and every one of them for their sincerity and full honest, attention to my situation. My therapist, Colleen Griffin was excellent and we related on a level that I have never experienced before! She was incredibly helpful and insightful. Jeff , Michael and MTK were also incredible group therapists who brought humour , warmth and humanity to the group sessions. After a month I began to feel whole again, more peaceful and joyful. PVWC changed my literally changed my life. I now meditate every day, have incorporated yoga into my life several times a week and practise the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga on a daily basis. I am moving forward and attending the Chopra Center to get my teaching certificate in meditation as I now truly believe this is the only way to happiness and spiritual enlightenment. Nirmala and her staff are the most wonderful people I have ever met! Just one final note, the food is delicious and is prepared by incredible chefs who are happy to lend their recipes and knowledge about healthy eating!
Paula, Canada — January 2012
During my stay at Paradise Valley I was provided with a myriad of tools to both encourage a positive lifestyle and to maintain this success after my discharge from the centre. I found that all of the staff proved, on numerous occasions their dedication and commitment to your personal well being. I would recommend Paradise Valley not only to individuals seeking treatment for addictions, but for anyone simply looking for more out of life
Rob, Calgary — January 2012
A place overflowing with love, care and compassion!
Charlotte, Canada — January 2012
Hello, and my name is Sarah and I am from New Zealand. I have spent three weeks at the Paradise Wellness Centre and have to say that I have really enjoyed it. Those of us who come to places like this, come for a reason and usually we need to sort out some aspects of our lives that have gotten out of control.
I certainly had my issues and the professional and caring staff that are at the Paradise Wellness Centre have been outstanding. The group therapy and psychodrama with Jeff Thompson are very insightful and useful to all of us because each person’s issues are very similar to our own. My personal therapist, Michael Bowen was very understanding and certainly was extremely honest with me. He let me know exactly what I needed to hear, even though I did not want to!! His ideas certainly made me look at myself.
The yoga and meditation twice a day made the most enormous difference to my time here. The teachers are excellent and they all have their own style so I was not doing the same yoga every day. The meditation served me well, and I believe it helped with the clarity of my thought processes and decisions I reached.
Other supportive lectures were very useful and there were some interesting evening activities. The vegetarian food has been absolutely outstanding – in fact far too fabulous!! I was trying to lose weight here and I am not really sure that I did. There were three or four different chefs and each had their own style. All of them were terrific and each was very interested in all of the questions we asked.
All in all I would recommend Paradise Valley Centre. It is one of the better centres in this field and I strongly recommend it. I will definitely be back at some stage. Many thanks to you all.
Sarah, New Zealand — January 2012
Paradise Valley Wellness Centre changed my life! I feel connected for the first time in my 49 years on this planet. I found the tools I need to take on this wonderful journey called life. I highly recommend this healing “home” to anyone suffering from trauma and /or addiction. The staff here are amazing! Thank you PVWC! Namaste.
Maggie S, Calgary, AB, Canada — January 2012
From the moment I walked into PVWC there was a rightness about the atmosphere. The staff was immediately conscious of my needs. A plan for my stay was ready and I was in the program with the other guests and the staff always friendly and helpful. I am really please with results of my stay here, feeling much better emotionally and physically. This has been an experience I can take with me and work into my life. The Ayurvedic menu is deliciously prepared and presented. I was not disappointed with my choice of this wonderful place.
Annair, Florida — January 2012
As a younger person coming from LA it has been an awesome experience coming out here. I enjoyed the good foods, daily yoga practice and the warm atmosphere. I have acquired tools that I can use in every area of my life for the rest of my life. Thanks for everything P.V. Crew!
Camron K., L.A. USA — December 2011
My experience at the Paradise Valley Wellness Centre was truly life-changing. I was in crisis when I entered the program. The staff at the Centre provided a multi-modal approach which was very effective in helping me cope with the serious emotional issues I was dealing with and historical trauma. Psychiatric and psychological assessments, psychodrama, yoga, meditation and other lifestyle advice and instruction all helped in my progression and recovery. Entering the program was made easy by the kind and experienced staff who took a genuine interest in my recovery, wellness and plan for future progress. Gourmet level food was offered by the chefs. After leaving the Centre the staff have been more than generous with their time by following up with phone calls and in alumni/group sessions. I am not aware of any other program in BC that can offer such a comprehensive array of assessment and treatment services under one roof. I would recommend this program without hesitation to anyone who wishes to deal with life issues and make a positive and meaningful improvement in their life.
Daniel (Lawyer), BC, Canada
I travelled from Italy in order to find the much needed help to change my life. I couldn’t have found a better place to work on myself. Love, Yoga, Meditation, and top level professionals helping me made it possible. PVWC has changed my life forever. I am grateful from the bottom of my heart.
Giacomo, Italy — 2011
Paradise Valley Wellness Centre was the most profound and life changing experience of my life. Having suffered many deep losses including loved ones, a rare cancer diagnosis with mastectomy, a near death of my daughter and an early retirement I found I was swimming in despair. Professional support, education and learning to live a healthy, balanced life through yoga, meditation and nutrition enabled me to find my true self. I am excited about living my life now and sharing my new found peace in a healthy and meaningful way.
Linnie, United States — 2011
I came to Paradise Valley Wellness Centre after battling depression, alcohol abuse and suicidal thoughts and attempts. I am now going home a new person. The emptiness I felt that was caused by trauma in my life is now filled with joy, excitement and strength. Their unique approach using yoga, meditation, psychodrama and nurturing is the most healing environment I have ever experienced.
T. Albert, Canada — 2011
Staff will do anything to provide extra care and service to the guests. Really a place of serenity, peace, and love.
Joe, Alberta, Canada — 2011
I felt at home where I can be myself and just feel positive each day.
Rita, Canada — 2011
My name is Jasmine, I was a client at Paradise Valley. When I first walked through the doors I was broken, fragile and thought life wasn’t worth living! The first week was very challenging! Second week I was getting started and the third week is when the work began. I began to explore my inner child and realized how fearful, terrified and fragile she was. I faced my traumas, explored myself in ways I had never done before and slowly but surely put the pieces back together. And on that I am on my final day, I am about to embark on a new life. Life is very valuable. All you got is one shot – so make it count!! This is the time to be yourself, and be the best mom I can be!
Jasmine, Canada (2011)
As a health care professional PVWC offered me a loving and protective environment to work on my addiction. PVWC gave me the skills to point inward so that I have that grounded space from which I can live my life and continue my profession.
Eric, USA (2011)
At PVWC I was able to develop a greater awareness and insight of that which nourishes me and am able to practice it or at least come back to it. Yoga, a phenomenally healthy diet, meditation and just to focus on myself was huge for me….just learning so much. I don’t believe I ever knew how to get grounded before coming to PVWC. The daily schedule was fairly intense but purposeful. The setting of this facility was SO beautiful (therapeutic in itself). The Centre’s focus is on holistic wellness instead of the illness that discourages and defeats one’s self. This made me feel like I was able to grow, to become….and I’m still becoming. Its a process; as is life. I honestly feel that my experience at Paradise Valley enriched my soul and benefitted me greatly. The staff are all amazing people…each, has a gift and is a gift. I also appreciated the follow-up/continued care.
Sandra (Nurse, Canada)
Paradise Valley has changed my life. I now know that I’m a wonderful person who deserves greatness. Substances are a thing of my past and wellness is my new high in life. All staff here has played a part in my recovery and will play a part in my new life. Thank you all keep up the great work!
Krista M., Surrey
Coming to PVWC is definitely the best thing that has happened to me and for my family. I was saved from my destructive self and was able to find my real self again. The therapists and doctors are like no other that I have seen. The support staffs are not only professional but personable. I had no problem confiding my worst times to any of the staff- as there was never any judgment. – only real support. The evening activities were so full of information – from shopping trips to grocery stores and food demos to supplement and nutrition advice. The knowledge gathered here is incredible. Not once did I feel anything but a GUEST that was truly welcomed in a beautiful, supportive community. Thank you soo much to all the staff and therapists and of course Nirmala, who truly cared about my wellbeing I will never forget my stay here and the people who I truly came to love. Thanks again to all.
Noushine, S. BC, Canada
Coming to Paradise Valley is the single, most best thing I have done for my life! HANDS DOWN! The therapy/yoga /mediation and Chopra Centre Philosophy is something I fell in love with instantly. I know for certain I have done lots of healing for all my mind/body and especially my soul. I am looking forward to deepening and broadening my understanding of the “eastern world” philosophies, ie Vedic sciences, yoga meditation, so I can continue to unite my mind/body/ spirit in the healthiest ways possible. Thank you! THANK YOU! Thank you!
Dan D., Squamish, B.C.
All of the elements of Paradise Valley-the diet, the daily yoga and meditation, the positive, supportive environment, the group and individual sessions – all combined to make it the perfect place for my healing.
Kelly P. BC, Canada
I’ve waited ten years for a treatment centre like this. My overwhelming gratitude goes out to Nirmala Raniga and the entire PVWC staff. My experience far exceeded my expectations and I’m walking away with something I’ve always wanted: a daily awareness of my higher self. This really is a wellness centre.
Heidi, Tacoma, WA
My life was in a rut. Although I had overcame heroin addiction and left behind the “drug scene” I still continued to use cocaine occasionally I knew there was more to life than boredom and dullness but I didn’t know the way out. My life felt okay but was constantly on the brink of disaster. My health was failing from a lack of energy to get up and save myself. Then I came to paradise valley wellness centre. I am writing this the night before I am to go home. I feel a profound change in my body, mind and spirit. I have a renewed sense of energy and a new passion for life. I am leaving with the wow back in my life and a sense of wonder that I haven’t experienced since I was a child. My blood pressure is down 30 points and even thought I was diagnosed as being in early menopause, I have menstruated for the first time in 4 years. I believe I am leaving with many new tools to deal with addiction as well. I am also leaving as a new and better person. Thank you PVWC!
Chris F., Mission, B.C.