About The Teacher

Master Retreat Coach and Trainer

Helene Van Manen the Founder and Director of Training at (contact info blocked) and holds a Master Certified Coach degree from the International Coaching Federation. On the faculty at Coach University, Helene is a seasoned teacher that designs and trains leaders to create retreats that are successful and profitable. Specializing in mentoring new coaches, Helene Van Manen has trained hundreds of students to lead retreats, workshops, trainings and other programs. Drawing upon her expertise as a Business Coach, Helene will give you direct support through coaching on developing your strengths in both your business and leadership during class time. Coach Helene leads retreats for leaders, professional women, self care retreats, staff and organization retreats. Helene brings her love of music and poetry to her work and leading style and empowers others to listen deeply to their creative selves.

Helene also specializes in helping men and women create profitable and inspiring Nature Retreats through her training Certified Nature Retreat Leader that she co-leads with her husband and business partner Dave Van Manen.

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  • Regina Weber   January 31, 2015

      A True Wise Woman

    Coach Helene is the one of the most truest, intuitive, and wise woman I have ever met. She truly is a gift to all who have the opportunity to meet her. Her retreats, phone conferences and all her programs warms the heart, makes you feel special and provides such valuable information for self growth! Attending her retreats is definitely a magical gift to yourself. - Reggie Weber, ReggieRetreats & Coaching

  • Shannon McGarraugh   January 28, 2015

      Experiential Guidance and Learning

    Helene is a masterful retreat coach. She has knowledge and personal awareness that keeps her audience satisfied, yet pleasantly yearning for more. A connector, a great heart, and a knack for "knowing" is the essence of Coach Helene. A few days with her, will without doubt, be life changing.

  • Nancy Sawtelle   January 28, 2015

      Colorado Retreat Leader Training

    Helene Van Manen is one of the most inspiring people I know. She is a both a great coach and a polished retreat leader. Going to her Colorado Retreat Leader Training was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in a long time. She brings the wisdom and compassion of a teacher, along with the experience and sincere desire to grow each and every one of us as retreat leaders and as more self-actualized men and women. Her retreats are nested in one of nature's most beautiful places, southern Colorado! The training provides for deep reflection, as well as practical aspects on leading retreats. Great care is given to the comfort of each individual attending one of Helene’s trainings including food, lodging, massage and easy travel from airport to lodge! If you want a retreat experience, and if you want to learn how to lead retreats, this experience can not be surpassed!

  • Kelly Morrison   September 08, 2014

      Inspiration, juicy practical tools and gentle acountabliity from the heart of an authentic woman.

    The training I have received through Helene Van Manen has literally changed my life. Better yet, it has equipped me to make a difference in the lives of others. Coach Helene is a dynamic coach and mentor, offering wisdom and gentle guidance. She approaches life and business with a joyful heart. Helene has a sweet and sassy positive outlook that is infectious. She has a gift for inspiring others to live their best lives. Whether you are looking for a personal coach, a retreat or even to train to lead retreats, your inner and outer life will be expanded and enhanced through every interaction with Helene Van Manen.

  • Karen McMillan   August 02, 2014

      Heart-centered inspiring coach and master teacher.

    I met Coach Helene as an instructor at CoachU. Wanting more of her heart-centered teaching and ability to create community. I followed her after I graduated and became a student in her Retreat Coach Training program. She inspired me to make retreat a regular practice in my life and earn her Master Retreat Coach Leader certification. Wanting to share the power of this practice with more women, I took up leading virtual retreats. She continues to be my friend, mentor and inspiration to grow me and my business. XO

Why Retreat?

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

Having our beautiful baby boy 3 months ago gave me a new perspective and outlook moving forward. Liana

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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