Alan Goode

Obstacle Advice

Advice on developing a teaching faculty that honours the business as a whole and the individual.


Learning to work in an office with a team of teachers has definitely presented a very real edge on my own growth path at Yoga Mandir. Taking this further, has involved learning to actually develop the individual teachers on the team so they can show up in a comfortable, grounded way that will support their own continued growth.


Give people the responsibility and space to shape what they do. Let them decide on the way that they are going to bring something into being. Allow them an environment that nurtures autonomy, and respects that they will evolve naturally. This process may involve making mistakes, but it will allow them to grow within their own authority. Creating a teaching syllabus has allowed us to create a common container that captures the essence of the philosophy that we deliver. Teachers, using this as a guide, can then take this common essence (or voice) of the school and apply their own creative expression when delivering an experience to our students that is real for them. This allows the individual to be honoured within a collective, team environment.

Why Retreat?

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

It would my first vacation in the mountains. I think getting away and beginning a new routine would be good for me and a friend. Dianne

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.