Mindfulness and meditation practices to do at home

I started meditating with a strong desire to be more conscious, to wake up and better understand the mystery of Mind. I loved the clarity that I’d experience on a meditation retreat. Yet, I only went on retreat a few times a year and it wasn't enough... More..

Meeting god in the silence: The Self Realization Fellowship

Most of us imagine that to achieve self realization, we need to radically change our lives. Stop doing this, do way more of that. We imagine that becoming a monastic would be the ultimate commitment to this path, and it makes sense — the intensity of experience! That must be the key, right? Brother Govindananda is a resident monk at Self Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles... More..

Bringing pause: finding a healthy relationship with technology: Aryaloka Buddhist Center

It seems like everyone these days is fully immersed in technological living. Cell phones beep and buzz every other minute, everything happens online, and without a computer, it’s hard to even manage your children’s school activities because… they are online. So how is one to cultivate a healthy relationship with technology if it seems to be constantly demanding attention? ... More..

What is the longing of your heart? The universal language of the Vedic Scriptures

Seekers have found teachings of the Vedic Scriptures to extend beyond the realm of yogic study. Elleke van Kraalingen, founder and teacher at La Borde Blanque retreat center in the French Pyrenees, explains how we can find the universal truth of the heart’s wisdom... 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..

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..


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.