Oasis Training was developed as a holistic centre for lifestyle changes with a focus on fitness, personal development, nutrition and mind/body connection.
After a series of tragic events that started in 2006 the last incident finally disabled everything that I was doing when I almost died on February 3, 2011. I had to leave the town where I had built a substantial fitness business for 10 years. I left on a sabbatical to rethink --- literally everything. I wished there had been a place for my family to go to reset and regroup with support, but I couldn’t find anything. I decided I would have to create it...
On my trip, I wrote my deepest personal development workshop, a children’s book and other workshops on my journey. My trip was not easy. I encountered devastation, abuse, physical illness and almost starvation; but all of the time; I was focused on searching for my Oasis to heal myself and my family. I wanted a place that was close enough to Vancouver (my children), but far enough to feel the peacefulness of rural life. A place where we can see the stars at night and the ocean sparkle during the day.
The minute I stepped off the ferry in 2014, I knew this was the place. When I bought this house, I said “I will take it”, the second that I walked into the home with this expansive ocean view. I saw the potential and my dream clearly.
Since 2015 I have been renovating and working extremely hard to build respect and a reputation for excellence as a Specialized Personal Trainer, Facilitator and Leader, holding many classes, private sessions, personal development workshops and more. I have shared my home/the Oasis with many people who have given me wonderful feedback and are cheerleading me on to continue to build this getaway!
It is now time to open the Oasis to Retreats for Corporate team building getaways, fitness reset’s, athlete getaways, for writers, or anyone seeking some time away to regroup in a beautiful setting.
I dedicate the Oasis Retreat program of Oasis Training to Tracy Parsons, a brave, charismatic and determined dear friend. She started as a client in 2015, who was about to have a hip replacement. She walked with a pronounced limp and was carrying extra weight. She spent her life caring for others as an Emerg nurse and neglected herself until we met! She began her healing and health program by trusting me to show up. And show up she did! Her lively and so often hilarious personality motivated and inspired everyone. She worked through personal development, nutrition and fitness as though she was on fire!
Within a year she had lost 80 pounds, she could run for the first time since she was 12 (then 58) and she completed an obstacle course on Blackcomb Mountain with all her classmates!
She always said this place is her Oasis and was so excited about the launch of personal and Corporate retreats here. She became an integral part of Oasis Training and spent day and night here helping out.
When she got sick, it was an absolute shock, like a punch to our stomachs… I promised her I would continue and I would develop the Oasis Retreats. I said goodbye to her on May 14th, 2021 and she told me she would contact me from the other side with a hummingbird! And that she did! The week after she passed, a hummingbird nearly flew in my face on my deck and then flew away. That was her sense of humour!
I know she is with us on the Oasis Retreat reset program! I want nothing more than for you, your businesses and family to enjoy all of the services, workshops, fitness and adventures we aim to provide you with!
Make this your Oasis and start your life passion and adventure!
Colleen Preston, PTS, FIS, CLC
OASIS TRAINING & RETREATS
To my dad and mum - Danny & Gaynor Bereza for their unwavering support and help with any type of detail. They even brought their own handyman over from Courtenay to help!
To my best friend Cathy Code for her constant, honest feedback. Cathy and her husband Chuck have been along for over 20 years at every pivotal point in my life and have encouraged, supported and walked beside me when I needed them.
To my children, Stephanie & Greg Severinski, who I hope will be strong adults and know that everything I do, I do with them in my mind and heart.
To Patricia Gray & David Doucette for their many generous contributions to Oasis Training and encouragement since the day I met them. Along with them, Errol Lipschitz and Judy Rother have been huge advocates and supporters of my training at Oasis Training! We have had a lot of fun!
To my brother, Greg Bereza, all of my friends and incredible clients who believe in me and the Oasis we are creating.
I am now on a search for great people to join the team that will make this the most unique retreat getaway!
The Oasis Retreats
Oasis Training 1495 Bonniebrook Heights Road Gibsons, BC V0N1V5 CA
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