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Since the ’60s, the yogi Lex Gillan has studied with world-class teachers, including Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Ram Dass, meditation masters Dhiravamsa and Stephen Levine, Father Thomas Keating, Andy Gold and James Ezelle, M.D. He has been a full-time instructor since 1974, when he founded The Yoga Institute in Houston. He has taught more than 40,000 yoga classes, 200 Yoga Teacher Training and National Certification Courses, and 300 meditation workshops to more than 100,000 students, and has certified more than 3,000 teachers globally. Mr. Gillan now teachers – full time – the Yoga Teacher Training and National Certification Course (YogaALLIANCE and National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers approved to the 500 hour level), one of the oldest Teacher Certification courses in the United States. He is a co-founder and trustee of Rose Mountain Retreat Center in New Mexico, and is on the Faculty at the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center (Houston). Mr. Gillan serves on the board of Brazos Bookstore (Houston) and the Margaret Austin Retreat Center (Chappell Hill, TX), as well as serving as an Advisory Director of the Hope and Healing Institute (Houston). He has also served in an advisory role to the YogaALLIANCE board, as well as serving on the YA Compliance Committee and Studio Committee. Mr. Gillan is degreed from Stephen F. Austin University (Texas) and splits his time between Houston, Texas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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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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