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..

Bridging Eastern and Western healing: with Tiffany Cruikshank

Why do you practice yoga? Do you come to the practice to help heal an injury, or support spinal health, or perhaps for stress relief? Maybe yoga is your spiritual practice, and the physical benefits are an afterthought. A fusion of all these things? For Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine®, the magic of yoga... More..

Tambo Ilusion – retreats & conservation: an excellent pair

When you arrive at Tambo Ilusion, just outside of Tarapoto, Peru, you wouldn’t guess that 33 years ago, the land was totally deforested.  It had been used to raise cattle and to produce hard liquor. Now, lush groves hug the sides of the lagoon, where pichico monkeys travel through a few times per day and the wildlife eats freely of the fallen fruit. In an area of Peru that continues to struggle with deforestation, Tambo Ilusion is a Private Conservation Area... 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..

For the spiritually curious: retreats at Creacon Wellness

Creacon Wellness Retreat specializes in services that balance and revitalize your entire being - spirit, mind and body. When you peruse the list of services offered at Creacon, an award-winning retreat center in the rolling hills of Wexford Ireland, you’ll see a lot of the usual: massage, yoga, and acupuncture. Move over into the “mind” category, and you’ll see you can also have a sort of spa for the mind: psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and NLP are on offer with highly trained therapists... 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..

The top retreat destinations of 2018

If you have your sights set on booking a retreat to somewhere magnificent this year but don’t know where to begin, we have the inside scoop right here. These countries are home to gorgeous retreat centers, rich cultural heritage, and breathtaking landscapes to inspire your travels every step of the way. We know that choosing a country is only the first step, but it’s an important one! More..

5 Reasons why cleansing and yoga go hand-in-hand

Look through the descriptions of wellness and detox retreats and you’ll often find yoga listed as an activity that supports the program. If you’re already a yogi, you’ve probably heard someone tell you to “wring out your organs” or “fire up your digestion” through the use of twisting poses or core work. But what’s the actual lowdown on how yoga supports the cleansing process? Here's a list of 5 reasons why we think cleansing and yoga could be best friends forever... 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.