Brother Fulfillment: The importance of laziness

What comes to mind when you hear the word “lazy”? For most of us, there is some connotation of neglecting our worldly duties while lounging in a slovenly pile, soft and directionless. Or at least, the term carries a negative weight in an era geared towards accomplishment and the glorification of “busy”. In the Zen Buddhist tradition as taught by Thich Nhat Hahn, laziness is not only valuable: it is a potent teacher... More..

How to choose a plant medicine center

As more and more people attune to the powerful healing work that is possible in relationship with the plant medicine, seekers find themselves scouring the internet trying to determine which center, which facilitator and which format is best for them. There are an increasingly broad number of options available -- but there’s got to be some way to discern... More..

The creative spirituality of writing

Countless aspiring writers world-over have said this phrase, journaled its manifestation plea, and then find themselves stuck in the overwhelm, fear and doubts that inevitably arise in the writing process. Jan Cornall knows this battle well from her own writing journey, and this -- along with her strong Buddhist meditation practice -- is what drove her to create her Writer’s Journey retreats... More..

How do I prepare for my first Ayahuasca journey?

You feel the call of plant medicine. Madre Ayahuasca, for one reason or another, is to enter your life soon. You set the date. You bought your plane tickets. You know you should prepare… but with so many varying opinions and prescriptions, it can be a confusing proposition. Truly? Preparation need not be as complex as some make it out to be... More..

Devotion to the divine – thoughts from Swami Shivabhaktananda

Swami Shivabhaktananda, director of the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Val Morin Quebec, allowed us the opportunity to gain some insight and clarity on his outlook to devotion and spirituality. Growing up, Swami never understood the commonly accepted “Go to school – so you can get a job – so you can make money” approach to life. He could never fully... More..

How to revive your soul – advice from Charley Patton

If you’re feeling as if your mind is in a different space than your heart, or you are feeling like the world has more to offer to you, you might want to take some advice from Charley Patton. Charley spent 16 years lost in a stressful corporate world. He not only felt like he had lost his sense of self, but also his soul and the fire that ignited it. His discovery of yoga... 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.