So let’s imagine the beautiful, lush landscape of Bahia, Brazil. Hear the birds? Feel the humid warmth? Now, add some arts -- mosaics, painting, dreamcatchers. Weave in the sounds of singing bowls and surround yourself with meditation cushions. Then? Add in 13 resident healing dogs... More..
Planning and producing retreats and events has been a major passion of mine. The positive impact they can have in someone’s life can be quite profound. Hosting retreats has lead me to a life of travel and adventure, impact, and purpose as well as profound personal growth and transformation. Which is why I hope to give you a few useful lessons below that I’ve learned along the way… More..
It seems like the last fifteen years have seen an explosion of yoga. Every college, every small town, every fitness center -- even at the San Francisco airport, there is a designated yoga room (for which we say, thank you!). Not all yoga is the same, we know that -- but has this proliferation had a negative impact on the integrity and authenticity of the practice itself. We spoke with Dave Brocklebank, founder of Burren Yoga and Meditation Center... More..
Jeanae and Matt, founders of New Life Ayahuasca in Costa Rica, both come from a background of addiction and pain. We spoke with them to gain some insight around the healing expectations of the powerful plant medicine, ayahuasca... More..
Yoga festivals have been cropping up all over the world to celebrate high-vibe music, conscious community, and the many amazing forms and lineages of yoga that inspire us to breathe and move more freely. Whether you identify as a yogi... More..
Why do you practice yoga? Do you come to the practice to help heal an injury, or support spinal health, or perhaps for stress relief? Maybe yoga is your spiritual practice, and the physical benefits are an afterthought. A fusion of all these things? For Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine®, the magic of yoga... More..
It seems like every other person these days has a wild story about their first breathwork experience: psychedelic, transformative, intense or magical, there is no doubt that this modality has become increasingly valued and in-demand. But aside from the wild stories… More..
It seems that no matter how mindful we are in our practice - on the cushion, the yoga mat, or otherwise - many of us struggle to maintain a healthy relationship with technology. As more and more retreat centers offer full wi-fi and technology access, what’s a seeker to do when you really want to unplug?... More..
mental illness has remained a silent source of suffering and shame for many who turn to their mat. Some are secretly hoping that with the right balance of medication, therapy, and practice, they too can experience the “yoga zen” that seems so far out of reach. ‘How can I be a yogi/Buddhist/meditator/etc. if I feel this way? They’ll think I’m a fraud.’... More..
When you arrive at Tambo Ilusion, just outside of Tarapoto, Peru, you wouldn’t guess that 33 years ago, the land was totally deforested. It had been used to raise cattle and to produce hard liquor. Now, lush groves hug the sides of the lagoon, where pichico monkeys travel through a few times per day and the wildlife eats freely of the fallen fruit. In an area of Peru that continues to struggle with deforestation, Tambo Ilusion is a Private Conservation Area... More..
We believe human beings are innately wise and kind. But this wisdom, although always present, can be covered up. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom.