About The Teacher

Sebastian Nienaber is an impact coach and consciousness entrepreneur. He is the founder of Shift Retreats and Shift Foundation which aim to facilitate transformation and change in individuals and organizations.

He started his professional career at Rocket Internet, a fast-paced incubator for internet Start-ups. There he was part of multiple hyper-growth startups and founded an e-commerce company called Dealstreet. After leaving Rocket, Sebastian advised multiple early-stage tech companies at the intersection of Product Development, Finance and Funding. In a longer commitment with one of these companies he launched the US business of (contact info blocked) – a European B2B SaaS company digitizing Small and Medium Businesses – opening offices in Los Angeles and New York.

Next to all things digital, Sebastian has been interested in contemplative sciences and self-inquiry technologies from an early age. Practicing meditation since age 16, Sebastian has been studying various traditions such as Zen, Theravada and Advaita. Being also drawn to Shamanism, Sebastian has been working and training with various medicine men and plant teachers since 2009. Between 2010 and 2014, he underwent a profound inner transformation during which he traveled extensively, and also spent time living in retreat centers, monasteries and jungles retreats across Asia and South America. Emerging from this inner journey, Sebastian started to fuse his interest in tech and entrepreneurship with his passion for awareness-based practices by founding Profuse29, a mindfulness-based business consultancy, and Hacking Happiness, a conference on the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology and wellbeing.

Sebastian is passionate about sparking transformation within organizations and individuals. He believes that freedom, power and abundance are the result of our commitment to self-discovery and our willingness to change. Only when we understand our inner workings, can we adjust unconscious behaviors and unlock our full potential.


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Why Retreat?

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

My inspiration is a desire to gain a deeper connection to and understanding of myself, something that I've been working hard on for so long and will continue to do in the future. I view a retreat as a wonderful way to focus entirely on this without the distractions of every day life! Nicola

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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