Honoring sacred tradition: The Sentinel

Amidst the multiplying healing and medicinal opportunities in Western Canada stands a unique place: The Sentinel, located south of the small village of Kaslo, British Columbia. The Sentinel is situated on the banks of Kootenay Lake with expansive views of the magnificent local mountain ranges... More..

Noya Rao: Journeying with the mystical Tree of Light – AYA Healing Retreats

In the Amazonian basin of Peru lives a type of tree called Noya Rao. And there’s only three of them- as far as the Mahua Shipibo people know, anyway. Noya Rao’s name translates to “Flying Tree”, “Tree of Light”, and “Path of Truth,” and its medicine has been used ceremonially in the Shipibo tradition for centuries. Because this tree is so rare, and so closely guarded by the Shipibo people More..

Women’s Quest: One triathlete’s mission to empower women

Colleen Cannon, founder of Women's Quest, was a competitive triathlete in her “former life”. On her way to becoming a world and national champion, she devoted herself to a holistic approach. She wasn’t just logging miles and spending hours at the pool, she was training her mental and spiritual being as well... More..

The importance of finding a teacher: Sravasti Abbey

In a time where people are confused by the pain and suffering they see around them mixed with their own suffering and confusion, many are seeking answers -- or at least, guidance in a spiritual path. With endless amounts of information available via the internet, how does a spiritual seeker know where to begin? Thubten Samten, a monastic at Sravasti Abbey shares her story... More..

Buddhism in the modern era: Sakya Losal Choe Dzong

Meeting Buddhism in the modern era can seem a bit… confusing. Each tradition has its own appearances, rituals and emphasis, creating very different experiences for newcomers depending on which center they go to. Very few can ‘throw themselves in the deep end’ and become ordained to learn it all at once. So how exactly does a newcomer approach, learn and embody these teachings while living in our modern western culture? Joseph Frawley, a resident and teacher at the Sakya Losal Choe Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Society in Canberra, Australia, lives in the swirl of this question daily... More..

The bigger your faith, the bigger your life: Blue Osa

Yogi Aaron lives by this mantra, his personal application of the yogic teaching of Shraddha. His deep faith and commitment to his saddhana, combined with regular yoga and meditation practices have helped him to manifest a beautiful, sacred space. Blue Osa Retreat Center in Costa Rica. Leading yoga teacher training immersions... More..

What does it really mean to slow down? Yoga in Salento

When you think of coastal Italy, you probably imagine leisurely dinners of rich and savory foods; slowly sauntering through romantic landscapes, then returning to sweet conversation with a glass of Italian wine. A time where you can forget about your email, to say the least. But can you imagine the same slowed-down pace of living on a retreat?... More..

Tips on creating a global retreat business: Christina Thomas

I reached out to Christina Thomas because I was impressed by her track record of running well-loved retreats all over the world, especially in locations that aren't on the map yet for many retreats-goers. She strikes me as a pioneer, and I love her insights into where things are headed and what's required to succeed in this business... More..

Wake Up With Us: Michelle’s deep path of awakening

Co-creating a retreat center, running it and learning how to build community was a skin I learned to live and breathe in, for fifteen years. The problem was it became the skin I couldn’t step out of. The solution? Shed that skin. Two years on, I’m now working at Retreat Guru and I’m returning to Clear Sky Retreat Center for my annual two-week retreat, “Buddhas in Action” with my teachers’ Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat. As I enter the drive-way... More..

An in-depth look into plant medicine: Javier Regueiro

Working with plant medicine can be a big decision for some. But, when you feel called and you feel it is your time, we want to make sure you have all of the information you need to support you on your path. Javier Regueiro is a Spanish plant medicine person, born in Switzerland, a Massage Therapist Rebirther and an Avatar Master.  He breaks down for us some of the most important aspects to practice and remember when working with sacred plant medicines... More..

 

Retreat Guru's Vision

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.