The Pursuit of Happiness: Healing Karma at the Land of Medicine Buddha

The long-term vision for the Land of Medicine Buddha, as established by the Lama Thubten Yeshe, is to create a ‘center for healing and developing a good heart’. But the “medicine” they are referring to here isn’t found only in acupuncture and herbs -- here, you can begin to heal your karma... More..

Becoming an Authentic Yoga Teacher: Doron Yoga & Zen Center

With yoga teacher training becoming so widely available, it seems like every other person you meet has finished their 200 hour certification. What’s more, you might have noticed: that accomplishment doesn’t necessarily make them an incredible teacher. In the same way, having a great cookbook doesn’t necessarily make someone a five-star chef. So how can you differentiate between someone who has completed their yoga teacher training and a true, authentic teacher?... More..

A meeting with San Pedro

Sitting in the dark of the forest, eyes focused intently on the fire blazing in the middle of the circle, you hear the familiar-but-ethereal sound of the healer’s rattle. Pungent smoke fills your nostrils as tobacco is offered with other herbs - cedar, sage, Agua de Florida - and the ceremony has begun. Once you drink the bitter tea, where this journey will take you is now in the hands of the healer and the sacred Huachuma plant spirit... More..

How do monasteries fit into modern Western culture? Zen Community of Oregon

In the bustle of modern Western life, it can seem difficult to imagine how living in a monastery, spending one’s days deep in contemplation and study, would even be possible. What role do monasteries play in the modern world? Are they still thriving, still needed? We spoke with Jogen Salzberg, Sensei, of Zen Community of Oregon to learn more about life in the monastic setting and how he sees monasteries serving the needs of our world... More..

Tibetan Buddhism 101: A primer with the Nyingma Institute

The practice of Buddhism has become widely understood through popular media and literature as an oversimplified spiritual path of asceticism and non-doing. Though these could be elements of Buddhism, they aren’t the whole picture. We spoke with Pauline Yu, who has been studying and living at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, CA since 2007, to deconstruct some of the elements of Buddhism that are most commonly misunderstood... More..

Vacation or retreat: what’s the difference? Yoga Retreats & Co.

Would you rather go on vacation or retreat? Some may not think there is much of a distinction. They both entail going somewhere different, ostensibly for the purpose of “getting away” from one’s everyday life for a change of pace, scenery, maybe even cuisine. So what’s the difference?... More..

The best kind of retreat comes with puppies: Bela Natureza, Brazil

So let’s imagine the beautiful,  lush landscape of Bahia, Brazil. Hear the birds? Feel the humid warmth? Now, add some arts -- mosaics, painting, dreamcatchers. Weave in the sounds of singing bowls and surround yourself with meditation cushions. Then? Add in 13 resident healing dogs... More..

10 fundamentals of hosting an amazing retreat: Ed Zaydelman

Planning and producing retreats and events has been a major passion of mine. The positive impact they can have in someone’s life can be quite profound. Hosting retreats has lead me to a life of travel and adventure, impact, and purpose as well as profound personal growth and transformation. Which is why I hope to give you a few useful lessons below that I’ve learned along the way… 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..

 

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.