John Ogilvie

Obstacle Advice

Advice on running large yoga retreats


When you have 25+ people attending a yoga retreat, it can be difficult to cater to each person’s needs so that they feel a sense of balance between practice, meditation, free time, time in nature, social time etc. This is especially true when people have diverse backgrounds and experience with yoga. Some people have never been on retreat before, and may never have attended a yoga class, or even moved their bodies much for a very long time. On the other hand we have yoga teachers who are looking to take their practice to a new level.


We cater to this diversity by offering choices. We will set a daily schedule, but everything is optional. For example, before breakfast we’ll have three activities – a gentle 90-min yoga class at 6am, an Hour of Power class at 7am, or a 4-5 km walk with an opportunity to swim in the ocean. And, people can stay in bed if that’s what they need. This works really well to ensure each person gets the retreat experience that they’re looking for.

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Reconnecting with basic goodness in an environment of people who share a vision for a better society. Wimberly

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.