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..

Jump quickly: Death, guidance, and rebirth: Rebirthing Breathwork International

When Elvi Orr was 27, she took a HUGE jump. And quickly. After attending a nine-day retreat in Virginia with Rebirthing Breathwork International, Elvie quit her job, moved across the world, and jumped fully into the practice and a relationship with founder Leonard Orr... More..

Yoga of nature, yoga of consciousness: Samadhi Yoga Ashram

Vishnu Panigrahi, the founder and teacher at Samadhi Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India believes we are all perfectly situated to practice the yogic lifestyle. With a little study, we're already in the perfect training grounds... More..

Tips on creating a global retreat business: Christina Thomas

I reached out to Christina Thomas because I was impressed by her track record of running well-loved retreats all over the world, especially in locations that aren't on the map yet for many retreats-goers. She strikes me as a pioneer, and I love her insights into where things are headed and what's required to succeed in this business... More..

Wake Up With Us: Michelle’s deep path of awakening

Co-creating a retreat center, running it and learning how to build community was a skin I learned to live and breathe in, for fifteen years. The problem was it became the skin I couldn’t step out of. The solution? Shed that skin. Two years on, I’m now working at Retreat Guru and I’m returning to Clear Sky Retreat Center for my annual two-week retreat, “Buddhas in Action” with my teachers’ Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat. As I enter the drive-way... More..

Wake Up With Us: Tanin’s Staff Retreat Story

Along the wild-ride that has been my life, I have had the blessing of crossing paths with Darcy and Robin. From our first encounter, their level of integrity, heart, and commitment to creating a more beautiful world struck a deep chord in me. When I caught wind that they would be offering a Pilgrimage to Peru, my heart rejoiced as I couldn’t think of two better guides for my first encounter with this magical land... More..

Finding Community at Rythmia Life Advancement Center

Who is your tribe? Think about this for a few minutes. Close your eyes and, without overthinking it, who is the first person standing beside you? Now add 4 more people. Chances are, not all of these people are from the same friend group. You probably met them in a few different places. And you’re so happy that, for each person, you were at that place, at that same exact moment they were... More..

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..

 

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.