Jennifer Leary

About The Teacher

Jennifer is a holistic health coach, yoga instructor, Reiki level 2 practitioner and herbalist. She manages the wellness retreats at Essence Arenal. She healed her own debilitating health problems (from allergies to strep throat to chronic back pain, hypothyroidism and hormonal issues) with natural methods, and loves sharing this experience and knowledge to empower others to heal themselves. Jennifer worked in the environmental industry for over 15 years providing litigation support for huge lawsuits that often involved illnesses caused by environmental factors and foods. This work, along with her own experiences of dis-ease and witnessing many of her friends and family members get sick and die from cancer and complications of diabetes allowed her to see how much of an effect lifestyle and environment can have on our health. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification with the Samudra School of Living Yoga in 2013. She has also studied yin yoga and mindfulness meditation for many years. Jennifer has worked at herbal apothecaries and farms in New England, and helped to develop three permaculture and wellness/ecotourism projects in Costa Rica. She has also worked since 2015 as a health coach for an online lifestyle medicine organization supporting people with type 2 diabetes. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Business Administration and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in March 2018.

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Reconnecting with basic goodness in an environment of people who share a vision for a better society. Wimberly

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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