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..

Healing & Transformation after a Breakup: Honeymoon with Yourself in Bali

Splitting up is never easy, in fact, it can be utterly debilitating. Whether it’s divorce or a breakup from a partner that you shared life with - you basically have to transform a way of being that you have formed with another into a new art of living, of existing. Since going through a breakup can be so challenging... More..

Two reasons to fall in love with yin yoga

Yin Yoga is still somewhat of a mystery to many yogis. The ancient practice embodies the wisdom from Eastern Medicine with classic Hatha yoga poses. Under the guidance of notable teachers such as Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers, it’s a teacher training I wish I would have done sooner. I’m always promoting Yin Yoga at my studio, but when I describe Yin Yoga and all the wonderful benefits, I hear a lot of people saying, “What’s Yin? I don’t think I’ve practiced that before. Would I be able to do that?”. My answer the majority of the time is an overwhelming YES... 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..

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..

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..

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..

The science of what makes you happy: do these 4 things

Researchers have spent a lot of time (and funding) trying to determine what makes people happy. After all, how grand would it be if we could find that golden ticket? The good news is they’ve learned a lot that can point the way for each of us to live happier lives. The bad news? It’s not quite a golden ticket, but if you set your mind to it, we think being happy is totally achievable! So, here are four things you can do to boost your own happiness... 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.