Deborah Williamson

Obstacle Advice

Advice on setting a maximum number of participants for your retreats


I used to run big retreats with 30+ participants, but I’ve learned that having more people doesn’t mean you’re successful! I found that it was impossible to build a close relationship with everyone. For example, I would sometimes find out that someone had been really struggling and I didn’t know about it because they only shared it with their roommate.


Now I limit my retreats to 15 people max (and often run much smaller retreats than that), and I find that it’s more like a family, and I naturally create a life-long bond with my participants. Everyone feels safe to share about their process and feel supported by the group, and I can even do a bit of coaching. It’s great because when people hear what others are going through, they see that we all suffer and we all have successes. This deep connection is where real growth happens.

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It would my first vacation in the mountains. I think getting away and beginning a new routine would be good for me and a friend. Dianne

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.