Preparing for my first experience with Ayahuasca: Rythmia Life Advancement Center

As I sit here on the plane looking deep into the clouds, watching the sky melt from blue into yellow, golden, then into soft tones of orange, I think, “Holy shit, is this really happening?” I’d always wanted to travel to Costa Rica. Beach. Sun. Surf. I mean, what more could you want? I had a lot of friends who’d traveled the country. But my trip wasn’t going to be like theirs... More..

Incorporating Mayan Fire Ceremony into healing retreats: Lake Villa Guatemala

The beauty and mystery of Lake Atitlan attract many travelers to its volcanic shores. Indigenous pueblos still dot the hillsides in some of the more remote areas, while larger towns like Santa Cruz and San Marcos have become hubs of travel. Even still, the Mayan culture maintains a stronghold in this part of Guatemala which is why many travelers come to the lake to seek healing and respite. We spoke with Tracey Steiner, the founder and resident healer at Lake Villa Guatemala... More..

In search of authenticity and yoga: Burren Yoga & Meditation Center

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..

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..

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.