Scott Currie

Obstacle Advice

Advice from 10 years of running retreats

Obstacle

When we started, there wasn’t really a template for starting a retreat centre. There were not many retreats out there. We spent a lot of time getting the word out and gaining a reputation. Just building slowly then throwing tons at advertising and marketing. Really being solid about what we do and created our own specific market and retreat size. Creating a brand for what people enjoy and get good value for. It’s a lot of details to run a business, especially with retreats because you are working with wellness expectations, dietary differences, and the culture of a group – bringing people together that don’t know each other initially. Creating a whole experience for them and hoping they received what they wanted out of it.

Advice

Make alliances. Have people around you can bounce ideas off of. It’s a seven day a week job. Everyday. You have to jump into many roles. Make sure you don’t burn out. Be careful you have not made running a retreat a romantic dream.

Why Retreat?

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

Reconnecting with myself after a very crazy few months with a new baby! Just having that feeling of being grounded again. But also having an opportunity to connect with new amazing people. Getting exposed and Inspired by new (to me) yoga instructors (and community). Being in the presence of real, authentic and raw emotion (the whole spectrum).. So many reasons! Alyson
 

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.