Lisa Garcia

About The Teacher

Lisa Garcia is an outdoor enthusiast who finds joy, inner peace, harmony and love in the beauty and abundance of nature.  Using nature as her medium her work focuses on developing human capability through self-discovery and helping others co-author a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling.  Lisa believes our talents, strengths and imperfections all combine to make us unique beings with gifts to positively impact the world.

Lisa held executive leadership positions in leadership development with both the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotel Companies for over 30 years.  During the past 10 years Lisa and her family owned and operated a successful outdoor recreational facility in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.  INDIGO Nature Retreat located in the Pisgah National Forest is the next chapter in her life story.

Training/Educational Background

  • Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management from Michigan State University

  • Professional certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance from George Mason University

  • Professional certification as a Certified Nature Retreat Leader  via

  • Certification of completion of Wilderness First Responder  course, Great Smokey Mountains Institute at Tremont, Tennessee

  • Completion of Shinrin-Yoku Guide training, Shinrin-Yoku is Japanese for “Forest Bathing” – a gentle path to wellness, Santa Rosa, California

  • Completion of Self-Compassion training taught by Kristin Neff, PhD and Chris Germer, PhD

  • Fluent in Spanish acquired through formal education and living and working internationally


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Why Retreat?

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

So that I am rejuvenated to be the best I can be in my relationships - personal, work and in Society - offering and giving to be of benefit to others! Laura

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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