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Nōmina Wellness is a premier mental health retreat centre, specializing in dual diagnosis.

Nōmina Wellness @ Forbidden Plateau is a leading mental health and addictions retreat centre focused on the holistic healing of dual diagnosis and more complex, treatment-resistant disorders. We support those who need more intensive healing programs with advanced care needs.

What Makes Nōmina’s Mental Health Retreat Different?

Nōmina Wellness is Canada's only mental health and addiction retreat operating with unique and dynamic programs that support complex and mental health. Rooted in our trauma-informed care, our uniquely designed sequenced program has been modelled after years of scientific research on lasting transformational change.

Our registered psychotherapists hold a minimum master’s level education, enabling them to provide progressive, evidence-based approaches to support you as a whole person. We create a personalized plan to help you achieve optimal wellness by integrating leading therapeutic techniques such as ISTDP, EMDR, Direct Neurofeedback, CBT, DBT, and somatic-based practices with cutting-edge medical science.


Nōmina is dedicated to the highest level of healing. From intensive one-on-one counselling, active living recreation, integrated nutrition, creative exploration, and a highly specialized team of collaborative professionals, we have developed an innovative and comprehensive experience.

An Integrated Family Approach

Working with a Healing Centred Engagement (HCE) approach, Nōmina recognizes the importance of loved ones and community engagement as part of the healing process. We recognize that healing does not happen in isolation. Healing takes time, patience, and an abundance of strength our loved ones have provided.


Our comprehensive family integration programming is designed to support those affected by their loved one’s mental health journey. We acknowledge the profound impacts and sacrifices our families make as part of this process.


Nōmina offers exclusive family intensive programs intended to unite the constellation of support as part of the journey to wellness.

Private, Confidential, and Refined

Nōmina Wellness @ Forbidden Plateau is nestled away in the healing wilderness of Vancouver Island, making our secluded location ideal for your healing journey.


The confidentiality of all of our guests is one of our cornerstones, we take a number of steps to ensure that your confidentiality and privacy are protected.  Our main lodge accommodations boast private bedrooms (with an ensuite bath) a therapeutic spa and meals prepared by culinary chefs. The intimate size of our facility allows us to tailor our program to each of our client's unique needs. Our secondary dwelling, Margaret House, features shared accommodations with access to the same program offerings and all other amenities.


Intakes are done at scheduled intervals (on Fridays and Saturdays) to help facilitate the easiest transition  to the resort. To optimize healing, we work with top industry professionals to integrate various aspects of treatment, including outside medical professionals, dieticians, massage therapists, and other movement specialists.

We believe in supporting you through every stage of healing. Our robust aftercare planning starts when you arrive. All guests who complete the program, as well as their family members who are involved in their programming, are able to participate in our supportive virtual care community for one year post retreat program.  We continue this level of support with our integrated second stage and intensive outpatient options for those who desire a greater level of support before returning home following their program.
Nomina Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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Margarets House Treatment Accomodations
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Nōmina @ Forbidden Plateau

Comprehensive Stay Retreat

Sandwick Manor House

Second Stage and Recovery Housing

Margaret's House

Shared Accomodations

Integrated Health

Community Clinics

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