We think of The Sentinel as a custodian. A wise presence that watches over the land and cares for the people that live and spend time on this beautiful property. 

     — Gillian Maxwell & Richard Kay, Sentinel Founders


Richard Kay and Gillian Maxwell

A mindful world beyond conventions

The Sentinel exists to realize the full potential of humanity, creating a mindful world through cutting-edge transformative practices. We offer transformative programs and diverse gathering spaces in a tranquil setting overlooking Kootenay Lake and the soaring Purcell Range. 

The Sentinel is a place of transformation and inspiration. Situated on a spectacular property overlooking British Columbia’s stunningly beautiful Kootenay Lake, we host intimate workshops and retreats, as well as produce and curate virtual programming, all aimed at assisting humanity in attaining its highest potential in times of both challenge and promise. 

We are constantly reviewing, and when necessary enhancing our housekeeping and cleaning protocols to secure the well-being of our guests. We ask guests to refrain from booking multiple occupancy rooms with anyone, not an immediate household member. 

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It seems there is nothing Richard cannot achieve once he puts his heart into a project. He is able to turn ideas into reality, with an uncanny ability to bring skilled, creative people together to fulfill his visions.  His creative outputs can be enjoyed and savoured everywhere at The Sentinel.

A father and grandfather, he and his wife Gillian Maxwell consider the creation of The Sentinel a significant step toward their mutual goal of helping realize the full potential of humanity.


Gillian has often found herself to be ahead of her time. She finds herself talking about things that have not yet happened, but appear obvious to her — things that need to take place to fulfill her purpose of realizing the full potential of humanity.

Gillian sits on the board of Canada’s Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS Canada), is a co-founder of the Canadian Psychedelic Association, and has been nominated for the 29th annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year award,


Janet moved from her role as national sales director for Canada’s largest independent educational publishing company to co-found one of the world’s first web-based publishers, Oz New Media. In 1998 she was named Edmonton’s Female Entrepreneur of the year.

A certified feng shui consultant and professional organizer, Janet brings a unique combination of life experiences, skills, and traits to her role on the Sentinel team.

RANDY MORSE, Communications

One of Canada’s leading publishers, Randy moved to Kaslo in 2005, where he has become fully engaged in helping this very special part of the planet thrive. 

Author of five books and recipient of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting’s prestigious Dalton Camp Award, Randy brings his considerable communications skills, his many years of entrepreneurialism, his boundless enthusiasm, and a shared desire with the rest of the team to help others reach their full potential to our bountiful Sentinel table.

Operation Manager at The Sentinel

DUSTIN EAST, Operations

Dustin is a connector and a passionate community leader.  Dustin is a promoter of healthy rural living and a strong youth advocate. He has hosted numerous economic development and agricultural events in the North Kootenay Lake region and has been part of many community projects to help Kaslo and the surrounding area thrive.

Dustin practices Rebalancing massage and is a dedicated Vipassana meditator. A life-long learner, he is continually studying the latest in neuroscience to help transform lives so we can all realize our fullest potential.