About us

Chantal is passionate about sharing the teachings of yoga, as a daily practice which invites us to embrace life as a sacred gift. Having studied yoga for over 16 years, her yogic studies began in 2001 in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition, which led her on a journey to Costa Rica, where she met her first Anusara teacher and now dear friend, Nancy Goodfellow. Falling in love with Tantric philosophy, Chantal went onto to become Anusara Inspired and apprenticed with senior certified teacher Sianna Sherman from 2010-2012.  She has since completed over 800 hours of teacher training, including extensive studies in prenatal yoga, yoga therapeutics, trauma sensitive yoga and tantric philosophy. 

Chantal is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and founder and director of The Well, a yoga and holistic living studio on Bowen Island in British Columbia, where she currently resides. She is also runs the yoga and nutrition program at The Orchard Recovery Center, teaches workshops throughout Canada and Europe, leads retreats around the world, and has recently published her first bestselling book, Wildfire Within. 

When not teaching or writing, she can be found gardening with her husband and son, reading by the fire, or travelling the world in search of good waves, healing foods, and nourishing conversation. 

Learn more at chantalrussell.com

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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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