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From the moment Celeste picked me up at the Adventure Center, I knew I was on a magical journey into “me”, total unconditional compassion and non judgement. My shame faded day by day as I leaned into my addiction and harmful habits. Understanding how my psyche responds and processes information has been very enlightening. Understanding this helped me move through the myriad of scarry emotions and transform them into more empowering emotions and actions. When I arrived my nervous system was shot! I suspect I was having or had a nervous breakdown, I was frozen in a very sad shameful scared state. This has changed big time and I feel much better, lighter, calmer more centered and more hopeful. I have my life back thanks to the Chopra Center and all my hard work and trust in all.

Thank you so much!

Sherry – USA – April 2016

The Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center changed my life. I came here to learn how to cope with my debilitating depression and am leaving a fuller person than I every imagined possible. The unique experience offered here is diverse, eye-opening and filled with love and support. The magic of the center and people you meet, from other guests to staff members, leaves a mark on your soul that will forever change you. The learning I have done here is so powerful that I have been able to access my higher self and can now live a life I never knew possible.

Heidi H. – Canada – April 2016

I have been nurtured back to health. I came to the center in rough shape, emotionally, physically and burnt out. I initially planned for 4 weeks and after two weeks, I extended my stay for a total of 6 weeks. I have been so well supported here, the level of support and diligent care has been amazing. This is a very nurturing environment; the staff, the food, the daily rhythm, the physical location, all the various therapists – are all very gentle yet positively impactful. I have become much clearer. I have re-connected with myself, regained my power, recognized and started the important work around healthy boundaries. One of the most important things I gained is re-kindling a lover for myself. I am excited to take away my daily ritual for my body, spirit and mind. Some of the work is subtle, but through incorporating the teachings in a daily practice, profound changes occur. I highly recommend the Chopra Wellness Center in Squamish. You will be very well taken care of.

Anonymous – April 2016

My personal experience here at the Chopra Wellness Center has been a short, but long journey into developing a relationship with myself and others my stay connected me to nature, the animals and began to rebuild my trust with people. Like minded people as well with family and friends.

My health accelerated by the wonderful food served, and the ability to go out on these adventurous walks surrounded by trees and snow capped mountains.

The compassionate and loving staff went out of their way to make my stay as comfortable and supportive as possible. What a wonderful experience to have.

Scott- Canada – March 2016

I came to the Chopra Wellness Center to overcome my addictions and destructive behaviours as well as to find some inner peace. In 4 weeks I have accomplished all that and much more. The staff, therapists, yoga instructors, chefs are all just amazing people of the highest caliber in their field. Just about every single day I was amazed by not only the work we do, but how intelligent, attentive and loving these folks are. I came here nervous and shy, but after the first day I felt the warm embrace of the other guests and of course all the staff. I feel like we are all one big family. I would highly recommend the Chopra Wellness Center to anyone looking to bring some light into their lives. This experience has opened my eyes, heart and spirit to a new way of living. I am so grateful that I came here, it was a one of the best decisions of my life. This place is incredible!

Dave – Canada – March 2016

I had no joy or happiness in my life. My idea of giving love was worrying hard for my family and always planning for the future. I was not present in the moment so my relationships with my loved ones suffered greatly.

A family crisis drove me to the Chopra Wellness Center. I arrived a broken person full of pain and lacking a sense of who I truly was. By committing to do the hard work on myself and learning the tools and new ways of living my life, the experience was life changing and transformational. You owe it to yourself. Enjoy the ride.

Anonymous – Canada – March 2016

My soul has healed and the journey to happiness and freedom begins! I never thought this was possible before coming here.

The therapists, support staff, & chefs are world class. You will find peace here! Ive tried multiple realms of therapy and treatment centers and I am so grateful I found the Chopra Wellness Center. I love life and myself again!

Aaliya – Canada – March 2016

I came to the Chopra Wellness Center as a one-week guest. I came here for emotional clarity in my life and I found it. The previous meditation and study of the Chopra Curriculum was an excellent base but I needed incorporation. I found my clarity through the profound incorporation of related activities like therapy, mediation, massage, yoga and more. This program worked for me. My only unfulfilled experience is that I needed one additional consecutive week. I’ll be back, but do two if you can. The Chopra Wellness Center is one of a kind with an excellent curriculum, incredible staff and management. Put your whole heart into the experience and growth will come beyond your expectations.

George Thomson – USA – March 2016

I arrived at Chopra at a very low point mentally, emotionally and spiritually. My nervous system was fried from months of insomnia and trauma. Over the course of the weeks here I found myself becoming more grounded, open, light and peaceful. The holistic approach brought me back into my body, calmed my nervous system and gave me new tools to work with my thoughts and emotions. I feel like I have a foundation now to go forward into life in a new way.

Anonymous – Canada – March 2016

I am so grateful for my experience at the Chopra Center. In my time here, I was able to shift from a place of complete despair and sadness to joy and love. I’m excited to now be able to step into my life with freedom and with the tools to keep me there.

Madison S – Canada – March 2016

To express my 4 weeks here, the best words “much better than expected”. I really didn’t know what to expect, the staff, the vegetarian food, the group sessions, the actual guests – just an outstanding experience. Paradise Valley is special. This is the place where your soul catches up to you in complete harmony with mind and body.

Thank you Chopra!!!

Bruce – Nova Scotia, Canada – March 2016

Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center tucked in a small town north of Vancouver is a place of miracles. The approach to addiction and well being is a smooth running engine filled with love and understanding. Groups are small, well organized and based on changing the thinking of guests through building of feelings of self worth and tools to control the addiction… and guests return, as I have for one fruitful week of centering and camaraderie, supporting my quest for happiness and oneness with the universe.

Anonymous – March 2016

The CAWC is truly in a league of their own. Their diverse staff, curriculum, and tranquil surroundings provide a healing experience that is rivaled by none. From the moment you arrive you can feel the “magic” and that feeling grows with every passing day. The CAWC helped to bring life and love back into a soul that was lost in addiction.

Anonymous – February 2016

I chose the Chopra Center to help me deal with my self-destruction, addictions and emotional issues I have suppressed for years. My reason for choosing it were the holistic approach to self health. I had high expectations coming here and they were all fulfilled and more. From the moment I arrived here it just felt safe and very calming. There is a wonderful energy here. All the staff is out of this world and I could feel all the care and love they have. Through teaching of mediation, yoga and group therapy and individual therapy I was able to over come and learn so many things about myself than I ever could have imagined. If you find your self struggling on the path you are currently on this is the place to restart and learn the proper tools one needs to have a loving, happy, truly authentic life. No matter where you are at in life I believe this place can help. Even the greatest person can become better from an experience like a stay here. It has changed me and I am very thankful for everyone here that helped me find myself again.

Ryan – Canada – February 2016

My weeks at the Chopra Center changed my life. I was so confused, lost and numb before I came. I had been living like this for so many years, didn’t know who I was or what I wanted anymore. Life didn’t hold any meaning, I was just existing. After trying various ways of shaking up my life so that I could feel again, my family suggested that I go to the Chopra Center and I said yes. Thank God!

I was so tired and empty and needed a little push. I’m so grateful… I was able to rest and feel safe while I was gently guided through ways to help myself and received wonderful therapy and love, with no judgment. I am not only a new person, I’m improved.

Jeanie A – Canada – February 2016

I recently spent 5 sessions working with Neil and was very satisfied with the process. He proved to be very intuitive and although it was primarily on the phone (1 Skype session) he was very good at identifying ways I could look at my situation and be more authentic in my responses to my partner. My initial concern was to better distinguish between support and enabling and we resolved that well. Thanks Neil.

Anonymous – February 2016

It was a inspirational, healing and beautiful experience at Chopra. I will never forget anyone I met, everyone was warm and kind.

Anonymous – February 2016

I came to the center with no hope and full of self loathe and shame. I spent most of my adult life battling alcohol addiction and depression. I had hit rock bottom and when I got here I as ready to change my life. His place gave me the tools and brought me back the path of self love. Through out the month here I had a really hard time but eventually the work started showing me the pin hole of light in my darkest moments. I leave here ready and willing with hope to maintain my sobriety along with a new found love for nature, self care and a deepened compassion. I have a learned to let love in and receive support, find connection, intention and attention… I can see my capacity for being the worthy person I am meant to be.

Mika P – USA – January 2016

This is truly a supportive and compassionate healing center. The holistic approach ensures dedication of mind, body and spirit and understanding how important all parts are to being happy and healthy and whole.

Anonymous – January 2016

Back home I was too stressed out. I was abusing a lot of drugs and alcohol. When I came here I felt more at peace. I felt a whole change in my body, mind and spirit.

David De Sylva – Canada – January 2016

Before I came here I had completely retreated from life. The logical next step would have been suicide. My husband suggested that I come here and give the program a try. It took 2 weeks to defrost from the “frozen state” another week to enjoy the true feeling of joy and what a day that was!

 My last and 4th week was like a flower unfolding. Each day brought a new revelation and more knowledge to benefit my life. I’d wholeheartedly recommend the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center.

Patty – January 2016

The Chopra Center is like no other place on earth! The mind body nurturing and enlightenment through a rich and purposeful process is life changing. The staff is comprised of caring, compassionate professionals who help each guest reach new heights in their personal and spiritual journey.

Anonymous – January 2016

Coming from a minimal smoker & life long insomnia it is so worth it. To quit smoking prior to checking into the center & to get on a sleeping schedule! Just had to share how beneficial it be.

Aurora – Canada – December 2015

I loved my experience at the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center. It felt like a safe place the day I arrived. I mostly liked being in a home environment with other ladies to share with. It was relaxing and inviting. The food was amazing. There were plenty of activities to keep me busy or I could choose to relax. Being surrounded by nature allowed me to heal at a much faster rate.

Anonymous – October 2015

Having made the choice to come to the center has been one of the kindest things I have done for myself.

After spending 2 weeks at the center, I feel I am ready to explore my full potential and become the person I always wanted to be.

Maria – October 2015

I came to the center because of severe family events and decisions that overwhelmed me with pain. More pain than I could handle. I was in severe depression and believed the situation was hopeless. I am still feeling emotional pain but I have learned tools to help me deal with the pain and tools to assist me in looking at the situation differently. I am reconnected with my family and we are taking baby steps. I do not know my future but no longer feel hopeless, I realize I have choices and that I am responsible for creating my own happiness.

Linda – USA – October 2015

Before I cam here I had completely retreated from life. The logical next step would have been suicide. My husband suggested that I come here and give the program a try. It took 2 weeks to defrost from the “frozen state” another week to enjoy the true feeling of joy and what a day that was!

My last and 4th week was like a flower unfolding. Each day brought a new revelation and more knowledge to benefit my life. I’d wholeheartedly recommend the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center.

Patty – September 2015

The Chopra Center is like no other place on earth! The mind body nurturing and enlightenment through a rich and purposeful process is life changing. The staff is comprised of caring, compassionate professionals who help each guest reach new heights in their personal and spiritual journey.

Anonymous – September 2015

I chose the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center as a place to come for a one week retreat to learn new tools to being well and handling my stress. After speaking with intake therapist and much consideration, I was able to convince myself I had one shot at healing my heart and soul. Wow, what a surprise when I went from one week wellness to the full 28 days to heal my sadness, release my anger and learn self-love and self-care.

The staff here is by far the most positive, kindest, compassionate, empathic, loving and funny group of individuals one wil ever meet. They bring their heart with them every day when they show up for work. They allow you time to heal, to ponder, to ask, to laugh, cry and they respect your need to privacy knowing we will share when the time is right for us.

The therapists guide us with their gentleness and expertise and allow us to lead in our wellness walk. They encourage us in our challenges and cheer us when we accomplish our face our fears. They are knowledgeable and kind offering us weekly homework that allows us to reach our goals we set with them.

The food is healthy, amazing and it provides us with an introduction into the Ayurveda lifestyle. Yoga and meditation are an integral part of daily living while staying at the center. All three of these are life changing as they offer us an opportunity to become healthier. Yoga and meditation allow us to go inward to see the beautiful person we all are.

I leave her with many tools in my tool kit; self-love; compassion; conscious communication skills; inner peace / confidence and the ability to tackle situations that in the past made me unsure of myself. I can live my life in love rather than fear now. I will carry this sacred home with me because if now lives within me.

If you are looking for a holistic approach to healing yourself, I recommend Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center. “We are all just walking each other home”

Jaye K – Ontario, Canada – August 2015

After two abusive relationships, I developed severe depression and anxiety by the time I turned 22. I could barely sleep at night, I turned to substances to self medicate, I didn’t have a routine… I lost complete and total touch with myself. I decided to take a leap of faith and come to the Chopra Center. From the second I walked in I was in awe by the warmth, support and genuine kindness I received from every staff member and guest. It was like all judgments were left by the door. By the end of my first day I felt like they were my family.

After 4 weeks, I developed and aquired skills that I will use for the rest of my life. Some include self-love/self-care, developing and maintaining boundaries, awareness of the my thoughts and emotions, coping tools and most importantly for myself the art and practice of meditation. I walked in here a broken girl with a broken soul. I left here a confident woman with a rejuvenated soul. My hope was restored. The Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center will forever be my heaven and my blessing.

Jessica – USA – July 2015

I was reluctant to come at first. During my stay I felt very comfortable at the center. Made what I feel will be life long friends. The staff was very nice, professional and helped me a lot. The food was awesome. I would highly recommend it to everyone. Pool visit would be good to increase.

Carlos Macias – USA – July 2015

It’s amazing the changes that occur if you keep an open mind and stay committed to the process while you are here. When I arrived I would have never expected it, but for the first time I feel sure and excited about who I am.

Garrett – June 2015

My time at the center has been transformational. I cam here lost and the program provided me with the support and tools to overcome my inner turmoil. If you are focused and are determined to get better this is the place to be. It’s a beautiful center with beautiful people who are all only concerned about your well being. I am leaving the center a changed man.

Varun – USA – June 2015

I had been researching the Chopra Center for some time before I made the decision to go! I look back now and think what was I waiting for! I found my happiness (which is me) my strength and how to make healthy choices instead of reaching for alcohol! My life will be forever changed from being at the Chopra Center. I can not say enough about all the caring and supporting staff without whom change would not be possible!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Gwen – Canada – May 2015

When I arrived a the center, I was a shell of person. There was no hope for the future, I could not find myself in the darkness. The center staff nurtured and supported me every step of my journey. Showing me love and joy throughout.

The center showed me there was a light within me just waiting to shine. A light I soon came to recognize as my own. I can now say I can see the light and beauty I possess has been there all along.

I am whole. I am love. I am a man of strength and compassion for myself.

Jamie Keltie – Canada – May 2015

I’m so grateful for the center and all the staff. This has been an amazing, eye-opening, unforgettable and life changing journey. I have a new perspective on life. I now have hope and love for myself that I never had before. I know self care and what it feels like to nourish the mind, body and soul and how important it is. I’ve gained a huge sense of balance and flow in which I had lost. I’m so fortunate to have had this opportunity to really look at me and who I am and how I tick. I recommend this experience to anyone and everyone. I’m so very thankful!

Lyndsay – USA – May 2015

My stay at the CAWC was amazing. With the help and support of all the staff I was able to get the tools I needed to cope with my addictions and other personal issues. I was able to really open up in a great group setting which helped me share so much more than I thought I could and get down and find the root cause of my issues. I have met so many great people along the way and I am so very grateful for all of you.

I felt that 6 weeks was perfect. 4 was good, but I found myself at a spot where I wasn’t ready to leave, 5 weeks got me that extra support and feeling of well being and the 6th week was another great week to get the extra support and it allowed me time to relax and get ready to head on my way and I wasn’t feeling rushed, anxious or stressed about it. It was that extra time that I needed and I knew I was ready.

Adam – Canada – April 2015

I was overwhelmed by the love, care and genuine compassion shown to me from each and every staff member. I feel anyone could benefit and grow from being a part of this wonderful retreat. I appreciated all the support staff and therapist as they shared also in group therapy. It definitely takes down any barrier you may feel showing everyone is human and has feelings, hurts and stories around them.

Thank you to everyone here at the Chopra for the life change gifts you have given to me. May love and beauty always be with you. With love & gratitude

Anonymous – March 2015

The Chopra Center for Addiction & Wellness is a deeply healing place. So special in terms of content, approach and staff support. I researched approaches and prices and I know that this center is one of the best approaches (for me) and is priced lower than many others. The people at the center are uniquely compassionate and caring. Their approach is gentle, taking the whole person into account and healing not only addiction issues, but underlying traumas and distortions as well. It is a whole person, whole body healing journey in a beautiful natural setting. I love that we spent so much time outside in nature!

L.C. – Canada – March 2015

When I first arrived I was struggling with depression, insomnia and destructive behaviours, but right away I felt safe and welcome at the center. The staff here changed my life. The passion for wellness and compassion I received during my stay moved me through one of the most difficult times in my life. The routine is so reliable and carried me through any and all cravings – I hardly felt the urge to smoke at all. The therapists and support staff are so skilled they brought relief and understanding to my traumas. After 10+ years of insomnia, I’m finally getting a good night’s sleep. My experience at the Chopra Center has been deeply transformative for my life and I felt safe again for the first time in a long time. I recommend this experience to all those who are dedicated to their healing and wellness, as the program here will facilitate a life changing experience! Many thanks to the team here at the Chopra Center!!

Lucas C. – USA – March 2015

Wow! I sincerely mean that. I could not imagine how rewarding and healing the Chopra Center could be! I came here thinking that I was going to be dealing with a certain issue, but left here having dealt with the root of the problem which I learned had manifested me to become the person I had become when I arrived at the Chopra Center. Now I am leaving here being the person I was born to be.

Shaun H. – Canada – March 2015

I came to the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center to find a natural and healthy way of working through my trauma. It not only helped me work through the grief, but it also helped me find true happiness from within.

I recommend the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center to anyone regardless if you are battling addiction and/or trauma. It is a clean, safe and healthy environment that encourages important lifestyle adjustments that can undoubtedly prove to leave a lasting effect for the rest of your life.

Everyone needs to experience the magic of the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center!

Anonymous – Canada – January 2015

The Center is a wonderful, warm, safe, nurturing environment where support is provided for your whole being. Daily yoga, meditation, group and individual therapy helps to redirect your life away from negativity and worthlessness toward a more positive way of being which includes self-compassion, forgiveness and self acceptance of your humanness.

Moya – Canada – January 2015

I came to the Chopra Center for 5 weeks and the experience was amazing! The support staff, therapists and chef were an amazing group of people that I felt I was in a safe and loving environment and free to begin my journey of self-awareness and self-love. This treatment center is truly one of a kind in terms of the services they provide! The massages, food and acupuncture services are all wonderful surprises here. This place is so good I wasn’t sure I wanted to leave! I will always have a little piece of this place with me for the rest of my life. Thank you!!

Sandeep – Canada – January 2015

The Chopra Center is a welcoming place full of compassionate, caring people who truly care.

Anonymous – Canada – January 2015

I found myself again thanks to the Chopra Center. I can’t explain what it feels like when you remember who you really are inside after so many years of living under a cloud. I began the healing process and I started to love myself again. Yes, yes, yes…I’m alive! No longer stuck inside myself, I am walking forward with my head held high.

Shaun Shahin – Montreal, Canada – December 2014

I had never felt more love, support and compassion than here…
I had help me to break the walls.
I had been trapped in for many years.
It is true it is only one life to live, this one in this moment.

Thank you all,
Love Belen

Maria Belen Isbister, 41 years old, Madrid (Spain) adopted by Canada (Edmonton, Alberta) – December 2014

Found my voice, magical healthy place, caring staff, healthy food. Go ahead! What’s taking you so long!

Anonymous – December 2014

I have been to a treatment center before coming to the Chopra Center; needless to say it is like none other. Words cannot describe the level of treatment and wellness you will receive. Every Chopra staff member goes over and above to make sure you leave here with every tool you need. This has been life changing for me and I am so blessed to have found the right center. And the food! Is like none other.

Anonymous – November 2014

Dear Reader,
The center is an amazing place for healing and self growth. The staff, environment and area bring out the best in people. It’s amazing the work we are able tot do with our therapist and in group. I personally never got anything out of therapy until the therapy I received here at the center. The river, the fire ceremonies and just the atmosphere here has allowed me to make the changes I came here to make. I have been to other treatment centers, including the more expensive famous ones, and this center is hands down the best in the world. It’s amazing the talent Nirmala, Jeff & Celeste have been able to bring into one center. The food is amazing and I was a very picky eater and non vegetarian. The routine that is established with yoga, meditation, nutrition & wellness will last me a lifetime.

Anonymous – November 2014

I have learned too that it is better to become a warrior and not a chief. Thank you to all who had input in my recovery journey! I love you all!

Edna – January 2014

I truly enjoyed my stay at the Chopra Center. It was always very supportive and helpful during my healing process. Here I was able to learn new coping skills that I was able to incorporate into my life on a day to day basis. I will always be thankful of the time spend here and will always have a piece of the Chopra Center within me. Thank you for helping me start living life again. Forever thankful.

Tina, Kelowna, BC – January 2014

To reclaim not only my own truth, but to see the sparkle of life return to others eyes has truly been a gift. The staff are amazing! The holistic and heartfelt approach with which they apply the program allowed me to feel very safe and seen.

I would recommend the Chopra Center to anyone needing respite from the business of their mind and the restlessness of their soul.

Reawaken your true self at the Chopra Center.

Peace and Love,
J.M. (Vancouver) – December 2013

My name is Carolina, I am from Bogota, Columbia. Being at the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center has been a wonderful experience. Even though I went to a different addiction program for 56 days 17 years ago I felt here I was treated with love, compassion and respect. I learned a lot about my inner self and I am taking home wonderful tools to use for having a happier life, not only away from drugs and alcohol but a more present, loving life. I will love to come back.
December 2013

Attending the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center was the best gift I have ever received in my life. I learned “the secret to a happy healthy life” that every human being should have access to as a basic necessity to survive.
Kristina Jensen – December 2013

My stay at the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center was a life changing experience. I was able to work on myself and find out who I am in an amazing safe place. Thank you to all the staff here, you’re all truly amazing and loving people.
Former Guest, Canada – December 2013

Chopra Center provided me with all of the tools, love and support I was searching for. I am starting a new chapter of my life with this unique journey to guide me through. The self compassion and love I have learned are sure to contribute to a whole new sense of happiness and overall healthy life. I will always be grateful for this opportunity to work with and learn from such strong, spiritually grounded people, who all also have such a great sense of humor. Namaste
Former Guest, USA – November 2013

I was very unsure about the place, but after I got there and got used to the food I started to like it. When I left, part of me wanted to stay. If I didn’t have all the other things in life to deal with I think I could have just stayed and lived my life there.

My health is poor, some I caused myself. I have prostate cancer and I also have a disease called Buerger’s Disease. I had cancer when I was young and I had chemo therapy, but even with all that my stay in Squamish was very good.

I have to be honest but with all that going on in my life it is very hard to concentrate on anything else, so I hope that you understand my words to somebody else that is going there. If you follow the things that the staff ask you to do you will really be surprised how much it will change your life in a really good way.
Former Guest, Canada – November 2013

The first time I hear about the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center was at Kripalu, a yoga retreat where I was attending a weekend seminar with Deepak Chopra. Been familiar with his holistic approach to the treatment of addiction, I decided to look more into it, without really thinking that I would be there two months later. But because of unforeseen events that create a lot of stress in my life, I was afraid to go back to what has been so far my best remedy – alcohol. I knew that I had major clean up to do in my life and that it was time to address old open wounds. I came here on the day of my birthday with not other expectation than to trust the process. I was not disappointed. Even at first, I felt that I was wasting my time by not addressing directly my issues. I learn to detach myself from the end result and focus on the moment. With the daily help o yoga and meditation, I learn to feel grounded in this deeper connection with myself allowing me to identify the source of my addiction. I learn to identify and feel my emotions, something I felt I stopped doing a long time ago. After 4 weeks, I am leaving with a better appreciation and understanding to the importance for me of taking back my life; of establishing boundaries, of the importance for me to be grounded and amazing recipes, the food was to die for. Thank you for the opportunity.
Former Guest, Canada – November 2013

I will always be grateful for my six weeks at the center. It was the best gift I ever gave myself. I leave here feeling strong again and know I can live my life and not simply exist. I have regained my self confidence and now am excited to move ahead with my life. I was treated with respect and kindness and compassion. All the staff were so helpful and I felt like I was part of a family. The accommodations and food were five star and all the staff were wonderful!
Vancouver Resident – October 2013

I immediately felt safe and at home when I stepped foot in the center. The support staff were so welcoming and compassionate. I cam wounded and alone and after my 6 weeks, I left strong and connected. Amazing place with an amazing spirit and warmth, would recommend to anyone.

The work you do here will translate into an aspect of ones life. I found a spirituality here that I had been looking for, that I couldn’t find for a long time.
Sara, USA – October 2013

This is the most amazing place for healing the mind, body & spirit. When I arrived I felt my “light was out” I had lost meaning and purpose in my life and through the skilled and caring work of the counselors and staff my “light” is back on. I had been to two previous Chopra Center Events in Carlsbad and the treatment center here was the next best step for me. I needed more than cognitive therapy, I needed care for the soul and I received that and more.

This is a place where if you are willing to dig deep and look at the issues that are causing pain and suffering in your life – you will be surrounded by an extremely sk8illed group of therapists and support staff. I can’t give any higher recommendation. I saw many other guests who had also given up hope in their lives come back into their own lives again and that was a beautiful thing to be a part of.
Former Guest, USA – October 2013

I have been through multiple treatment centers as well as worked in treatment centers. Never have I been in such a healing environment in my life. The Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center is in a league of its own.
Former Guest, USA – October 2013

My life feels worth living again. I learned what was causing my self defeating behaviours and how to stop them. Thanks to the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center, I now feel a sense of peace, freedom and connected-ness to the world.

The level of support was impeccable, from therapy to nutrition, it was all delivered with such attention to detail that I felt my individual needs were always being met. Overall a well thought out program!

Former Guest – September 2013

The Chopra Center was exactly what I was looking for. I know to be successful in controlling my drinking I needed a holistic approach – addressing all aspects; body, heart & mind. The center offered me the opportunity get my body healthier through amazing nutritious meals; twice daily yoga and meditation instruction; massage and acupuncture. The atmosphere at the center is one of love and support and I felt very cared for. This was very important for me. I felt safe and accepted exactly as I was. One thing I under estimated was the power of the group therapy that was offered daily – not only did I learn a lot from the other participants but felt very supported too. All the practical information was very valuable and I found the therapists and support staff worked very hard to meet my needs and go the extra mile to help me succeed and find all I was looking for.

Thanks so much
Former Guest – September 2013

My experience at the Chopra Wellness Center was extremely helpful, and I feel the program that is offered there is very beneficial for people dealing with both addiction and depression/anxiety. The stuff is incredible, offering insight , support and education which helped me navigate through my struggles with depression. The center is a welcoming home with delicious food and very caring, attentive therapists and support staff. I feel lucky to have called it home for six weeks and will look back on my time there very fondly.

Thank you for helping me learn to how to love myself again! I am so grateful. I encourage those struggling with additive behaviors to attend the center, where the root of the issues, specifically past traumas can be addressed and life can once again be viewed as a happy, wonderful and optimistic journey.
Lauren, USA – August 2013

My name is Sandi. I was born in Saskatchewan and moved to BC approximately 5 ½ years ago. I was very, very fortunate to be able to come to this healing centre. I’m so grateful, I was at this centre for one month.

It was difficult and painful work, but so rewarding. I finally was able to meet the real me “What a Lady” Thank you so much.
Sandi BC, Canada August 2013

My time at this center has been life saving! The loving kindness, insight and support I received allowed me to delve deeply into myself. I travelled through a dark night of the soul, under and with this centers caring staff, like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.

The therapists and support staff are second to none, each offering their gifts and talents thereby allowing me to “see & find” myself.
The amazing food further nourished me as I made my way to finding my “legs” and wings.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul.
SJH – August 2013

CAWC is transformative. It helps you build a life rich in joys and love. CAWC provides a holistic approach to building a rich life in which you can thrive and achieve your true potential and life goals. True happiness for yourself and your loved ones.

My time at CAWC was the best gift I ever given myself and my family and friends.

John, (PhD) USA – August 2013

If you want to free yourself you need to find yourself, the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center is the perfect place for that search. The combination of Easter practices like meditation, yoga and ayurveda and western psychodrama group therapy and somatic individual therapy is hugely effective.
Giancarlo Canavesio – August 2013

The best support staff team that can be found ever! Thank you for all the care, dedication and support. An easy going intense program, result oriented.
Former Guest – August 2013

What drew me to the Chopra Center was the holistic approach to healing. It’s important to include several aspects when you need to change your life around, be it addiction, depression or even smoking. Chopra Center provides the ideal environment and support to achieve a real life change.
Former Guest – August 2013

The Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center saved me from the darkness and helped me find and shine my inner light.
Nicholas – California – July 2013

The Chopra Center changed my life. The caring staff and thoughtful programming provided a safe and loving place to heal. I am leaving here with renewed sense of confidence and an overwhelming feeling of hope! Thank you.
Former Guest – July 2013

Chopra Center truly supports one in finding mind, body and spirit. The environment nourishes a person in all these aspects, from the surroundings to all the programs to the meals. All of the staff are kind and caring. It’s a lovely place to heal.
Beth – USA – July 2013

My stay at CAWC was life changing!
Laura, Vancouver, BC – June 2013

CAWC has been life transforming. The integrated programs of healing for the mind, body and spirit offered me new perspectives on my life. The healthy changes experienced here offer me new tools to use in my day to day quest for well being. Thank you all at the Center for your compassion, skills and professional approach.

I intend to return each year to refresh my spirit.
Michael, USA – June 2013

I can truthfully say that my time at Chopra Center has changed my life. Every aspect of the program, from the delicious meals, to the powerful team building, to the caring staff. The compassionate level of care in all aspects, to the sheer beauty of the surrounding area, makes Chopra Center a truly once in a lifetime experience. The staff are all truly caring and amazing individuals and have made all the difference in my time here.
Former Guest, USA – May 2013

My name is Graham, I have struggled with addiction and recovery for the past 6 years. I have been to many treatment facilities, some multiple times. I came to the Chopra Wellness Center because I was looking for something different and I found it. It was an amazing experience as they helped me find what I needed, not what they thought I needed or what a book said I needed. The respect, openness, trust and freedom was essential to my journey and vision. I’d come back in heartbeat and bring friends here.
Graham – April 2013

Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center changed my life. I was overwhelmed with addiction and depression. The staff was welcoming and well trained in assisting me on a new way of life. I will be forever grateful to everyone at Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center.

P.S. The food is delicious!
Former Guest – March 2013

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

My time spent the Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center has been invaluable. It exceeded my expectations, and proved to be an experience that I believe will have a very positive impact on my life. Staff were caring and supportive and enabled me to realize that I can be a happy, contented person leading a rich and rewarding life! Many, many thanks!
November 2012

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

Paradise Valley was the answer to my PTSD, severe depression and a 20yr heroin, cocaine & pill addiction habit. The programs offered here are from highly skilled professionals in their varied fields. From the vegetarian chefs, the massage therapist, the canine assisted therapy dog to the yoga instructors, Dr’s & therapists to psychodrama and beyond. I feel their unique methods and healthy living and meditation is the right answer for anyone looking to free themselves. I know this to be true as it has worked for me.
Savanna – May 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.