Ven. Nangsel

Obstacle Advice

Advice on setting clear guidelines for retreat participants


In the past we’ve had some problems with guests not understanding the importance of silence and how to give other participants space. When you have a participant who is observing strict silence, it can be very impacting to have someone approach them and try to initiate conversation.


We now have documentation about our guidelines that we share with people before they come to the retreat, and when they arrive we help them to understand how we define “retreat”. We also do a lot to prepare guests for what might come up for them during their stay, especially if they will be observing silence. For example, we will give them information on how to manage distraction, and give them tips on dealing with boredom. We also set up a system to manage any incoming communication with the outside world so that they can go deep into the experience knowing that we’ll let their family know they are okay.

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To find peace and renewal while going through a huge change in my life. Empty nest and the end of a 27 year marriage all at once. Susan

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.