Dennis Pottenger, M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

About us

  • Couples Therapy
    Conflict in an intimate relationship often involves protecting underlying vulnerability.  In a couples setting I work to help each partner feel respectfully heard by the other, reducing emotional reactivity and increasing empathy and understanding.  Couples therapy can include inner child work, which involves healing unresolved wounds that are creating unwanted barriers to the connection we want with our partner and with ourselves.
  • Cultivating Creativity
    For me therapy is often about unlocking the authentic self -- that unseen space within where our creativity comes from.  Through sandplay, expressive arts, and a variety of experiential practices, I have had the opportunity to apply therapeutic skills to accessing creativity and helping people of all ages and all walks of life identify and move through the issues that block the flow of ideas.
  • Depth Typology:  The Singer-Loomis Inventory
    This 45-minute questionnaire can help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.  The Singer-Loomis can help you maximize individual potential, foster better relationships, elevate teamwork, and defuse conflict.
  • Wilderness Therapy
    Wilderness therapy provides a supported opportunity to discern the difference between perceived and real limits, moving through fear and self-judgment into self-respect and self-care rooted in the on-the-ground experience of self-acceptance, compassion and self-worth.  In the outer challenges we encounter, we find ourselves moved and supported by that which is indestructible and authentic in us.  In wilderness practices, drawing on my therapeutic skills and training in shamanism and wilderness rites of passage, I hold a safe and supportive space for the process of personal growth and have been witness to transformations in
    myself and in others at every level  -- mind, heart, soul, and body.

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Why Retreat?

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

My inspiration is to find some very much needed solace away from the stress of raising 4 children, working (as a dietitian) and trying to get my private nutrition counseling practice launched. I am a registered yoga instructor and have practiced for over 10 yrs, and have always dreamed of taking a yoga retreat just for my own inner well being. Linda

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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