Confronting the mental health stigma in spiritual community

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..

Tambo Ilusion – retreats & conservation: an excellent pair

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..

Ayahuasca and Mental Health: What do we really know?

Across the globe, seekers have been turning to Ayahuasca with a melange of intentions: personal growth, emotional trauma healing, spiritual transcendence, or perhaps a wild encounter with the divine. But many are learning that Madre Aya has the potential to offer healing for some of what plagues our modern society: addiction, physical maladies, and even mental illness. But what do we really know about the power and potential of this sacred plant... More..

The Franciscan Tradition: Chiara Center & San Damiano

If you have contemplated going on retreat at a monastery or abbey, you’ve likely heard of the Franciscan lineage. The name Francis of Assisi is fairly well-known, but what exactly do the friars, brothers, sisters, and priests of this tradition teach? Many Franciscan centers across the globe offer retreats, teachings, and workshops to outsiders that are described as inclusive and welcoming of all faiths. But how can that be if the Franciscans have a focused faith?... More..

The Intersection of Business & Spirituality: Casa Shambala

Opening a healing retreat is no small feat. For most who find themselves on this path, the work comes from a deep soul calling and, in many cases, a story of being pushed or guided along. But this can create an experience of friction as heart-driven healers find themselves struggling to pay bills and fill retreats. The earth-bound nature of business comes knocking, and sometimes they don’t want to answer. Is it possible to have both a spiritual mission and a savvy business sense?... More..

Reality is Getting Psychedelic: An interview with the Ayahuasca Family

Zach and his wife Jess are the space holders at La Familia Ayahuasca, a new medicine retreat on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. They found each other after Ayahuasca completely changed their lives as individuals. It ultimately brought Jess to Camino do Amor, where Zach was holding ceremonies and retreats. You could say that when they realized how psychedelic life really is, it changed their lives... More..

Preparing the mind for plant medicine

When considering how to prepare for an Ayahuasca ceremony, many people focus mainly on the physical body: eating properly, staying hydrated, avoiding stimulants or alcohol, and so on. But Carlos Tanner, founder of the Ayahuasca Foundation in the jungle of Peru, says that there’s an element that deserves more attention in the preparatory stages: the mind. But how do you prepare the mind for something unknown... More..

Mindfulness: 5 studies that will blow your mind

The word “mindfulness” is all over the media. It's a common prescription for just about whatever ails you by those in the wellness and personal development fields. It seems like everyone is meditating in some form or another, but the number of acronyms to describe the various practices can make it all seem a bit inaccessible... 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.