About The Teacher

Marissa Nolan is a professionally qualified and highly experienced therapist, social worker, lecturer, therapeutic meditation and yoga teacher and researcher. She runs a successful online counselling and supervision practice, provides outreach therapy, academic research and social work throughout Asia and the Himalayas. Marissa holds both a bachelor's degree in counselling and social science and a master's degree in social work from the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), Sydney. Along with many other natural healing and alternative medicine qualifications. She is highly trained in both Eastern and Western psychological medicine and social work. She believes healing depends upon timing, the right therapeutic relationship, with the appropriate modality. Methods for healing vary individually because, different approaches make sense to different people. Marissa is fortunate to have experience in a diverse array of treatments to find a solution that is right for you.

 As a therapist, Marissa's intention is to empower you to understand yourself and develop abilities to manage the highs and lows of life. She utilises a variety of methods to help you with your challenges and obstacles. As a social worker, Marissa acts to promote a world where equality, respect for difference and the ability to achieve one's potential is a realisation for all and not just an ideal. As a yoga teacher, Marissa's aim is to help you find the practices that work and make sense for you. Combining the benefits of neurobiology, psychology, trauma and recovery therapy, therapeutic yoga and Buddhist philosophy, Marissa promotes the benefits of meditation and yoga for mind, body and spirit. As a researcher, Marissa produces academic papers on women’s empowerment and the current social development context in Nepal, the fundamental importance of the ‘social aggregates’ in healing trauma and preventing mental illness. As a trek and retreat organiser, Marissa combines all her professional skills and local knowledge to create unique experiences that are deeply rewarding to all members and also beneficial to the communities they visit.

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To drop deep into the practices and connect with my true nature. Rubin

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.