About us

Claire Thompson, author of Mindfulness and the Natural World and The Art of Mindful Birdwatching believes that a world that is more mindful of nature will be happier, more peaceful and on the path towards a sustainable future. 

Claire has always had a passion for life and authenticity - and for sharing life with others. To Claire, the point of life is found in experiencing, exploring, learning, expressing and sharing what it is to be alive - integrally part of the natural world. She believes that looking into nature within us and around us is the way to learning how to bring forth a happier, more authentic and sustainable world.

Claire graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in Natural Sciences, Zoology from the University of Cambridge. Whilst at University she led an expedition to the Chilean Lake District with the aim of inspiring passion for nature conservation in others. She also spent a number of months volunteering in Latin America on wildlife conservation projects in both Chile and Mexico.

Since then, Claire has continued to dedicate her career to the protection of our natural world. She worked with the World Land Trust, an international conservation organisation based in Suffolk, UK and as a Projects Manager with BirdLife International, the world's largest partnership of nature conservation organisations, based in Cambridge, UK.

Claire has explored mindfulness, meditation and yoga continuously for the past 10 years through reading and through participation in mindfulness, meditation, yoga and Buddhism courses. She has facilitated meditation classes and workshops at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre and in her work for BirdLife International, working with NGOs from across the world.

Through Mindfulness of Nature, Claire now runs mindfulness workshops, holidays and courses around the world for a variety of audiences with the aim of pursuing her passion for reconnecting people with themselves and the natural world.

Testimonials

"I connected to nature in a whole new way during Claire's retreat. I experienced the interconnectedness of the natural world, my sense of belonging there, and a renewed connection with my authentic self. I also had lots of fun and felt completely at ease to be who I really am."

"I loved Claire's combination of meditations, discussions, games and her relaxed attitude to leading the group - with structure but wise flexibility"

"Claire is a lovely, gentle young lady, with a delightful sense of humour. Her delivery is clear and considered, and her voice brings peace and calm to her mindfulness and meditation practices, which are appropriate and inspirational. To sum up the course I attended.....JOY."

"Claire has the ability to create an open, relaxed, fun, non-judgemental setting where I felt perfectly at ease and discovered so much about the wonders of being in the wilderness"

"The most impressive thing was the way Claire was able to hold a group of such different people enabling us not just to get on together but to become so close and fond of each other. Through the readings meditations exercises and sharing of her passion for nature I felt a new and beautiful awareness of the connection within myself not just with nature but with our whole group. Claire's openness made the whole experience a joy and very special"

"I loved how much we laughed, had fun, but also had deep connections with nature and thought-provoking discussions. Humour is a fundamental facet of the wild nature of people" 

"After a week of reflection I am still grateful for the opportunities Claire provided for me, using nature’s greatest gifts, to deeply be who I am. I also realised that I should contribute with presence to the natural world and not just take. I realise my wild side does not need just a knowledge base about nature. The more I get out of the mind the more connection I feel with myself and with the natural world"


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Retreats

Reviews  
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  • Andy Clarke   August 08, 2018

      Claire opened my eyes to new possibilities

    I met Claire last year at an outdoor session near my home in Cambridge, a lovely morning with interesting people. Claire’s exercises were deceptively simple, but fun and thought-provoking. She is a lovely lady with an understated manner who engages the whole group. Most of us stayed for a pub lunch where the conversation went further and deeper, leading me to enrol on a meditation course at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, not something I had thought to do. Recently I joined Claire on her retreat at the beautiful MoaAlm in Austria, a great week with more interesting people. Again the conversations she enabled added so much value. Now I intend joining her in Patagonia – both in Chile and in Argentina. A big step for someone used to package holidays in Europe! Thank you Claire.

  • Tina Davenport   July 03, 2018

      Insightful and unique way of looking at Mindfulness and finding our "being" in nature

    I am so grateful to Claire for opening my eyes and body to nature. I've fallen in back in love with nature :-) After doing 2 of Claires workshop I could see how I've needed to feel connection with nature for a long time. Our world now, somehow disconnects us from it and now I can see the reality of what we are and how we are part of nature and my world is different! I feel I've found my real home. I now incorporate nature into as much of my life as possible and it has made such a difference to me. I have become more mindful in every day life as a result. I would highly recommend Claires workshops / retreats. She has a very insightful way of looking at mindfulness and nature that is easily understood and makes so much sense!

Why Retreat?

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

To give my ego a break from all these construction projects. Layth
 

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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