Gayle Olson

Obstacle Advice

Advice for starting a retreat centre


Making the financials work with a small retreat. I very much prefer the small number of participants (8-12 people) for our exotic yoga retreats because I can give plenty of hands on attention to each person. I am torn because many people really want to get on these trips, and torn because the finances start working really really well after a certain number. The obstacle is to how to stay small but remain reasonably affordable.


If you want to lead retreats because it seems like a beautiful experience, do one or two a year and keep it beautiful. If you want to make it a business, make sure you like business, make sure you like to be on the computer, make sure you like marketing, make sure you like making email databases. Make sure you are an organized person that has the skills to lead a business, because leading retreats as a business is different than leading retreats as an accent to your regular yoga career.

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Opening up to the joy and peace of meditation and Yoga. <3 Marion

Retreat Guru's Vision

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.