Saira Francis

Obstacle Advice

Advice on enjoying your life as a retreat facilitator


When you’re busy holding the space for other people to have a great retreat experience, it’s easy to do too much and get burnt out. Especially when you’re a bit of a perfectionist! In the early days I did almost everything myself including teaching, cooking, and giving private sessions throughout the retreat. What I found is that I was so tired from everything I was doing that I wouldn’t have the energy I needed to fully show up for my participants.


I follow the advice that I give to my participants which is to switch off their phones, stay present, and enjoy the experience. I’ve also learned to delegate. I no longer cook or give private sessions, and I don’t teach all the classes. I also turn down my perfectionism and realize that once the retreat begins I need to let go and trust that I’ve done my best. All I can do is be in the moment with everyone, and I have found that is exactly where I need to be.

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I'm having a baby in October and want to focus my practice so I can be present and calm! Laine

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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.