About us

Amy discovered how expressive and empowering movement can be at a young age and has found joy, inspiration, healing, peace, health, and well-being through various forms of movement over the years. With a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from The University of Texas at Austin, she has used knowledge, combined with passion, to help others embrace wellness for over 25 years. Some examples include teaching old-school aerobics in the 80’s (can you say leotard?!), personal training, cardiac rehab, weight management and nutrition counseling, empowerment coaching, and the movement technique of Nia. Amy currently holds a white belt certification in Nia and loves to share this unique, effective, and FUN combination of dance, yoga, mindfulness, and martial arts. Nia tones your body while transforming your mind! Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. It is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each practice brings mindfulness to your movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. As a graduate and fan of MBSR mindfulness training, Amy is thrilled to have discovered a movement technique that combines all her favorite practices and is also fun and playful and a wonderful way to let go and flow!! Amy lives in Austin with her husband Frank and has 2 sons, who also live in Austin, and twin stepdaughters, one in San Marcos and one in Denton. She’s a native Texan, born and raised in Houston, and has loved living in Austin for over 30 years. She loves spending time outdoors, especially if it’s by the lake – but her favorite happy place is the beach!

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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.

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