Laurel Marshall ~ Trip Leader

About The Teacher

An insatiable curiosity for the unknown.  An addiction to wanderlust and adventure.  A never ending quest for bliss: finding balance, mindfulness and wellness.  A passion to inspire, empower and develop others around her.  A pursuit and love for warm tropical waters and waves.   Welcome to Laurel’s inspiration and foundation for personal growth and development.  Somewhere along the way, high up in the Nepalese Himalayas, she fell hard and stumbled deep into others’ cultures, collecting over 25 years of experiences, memories and friends while living, working and surfing her way around the world, from San Diego to South Africa; Sydney to Singapore; traversing the coastlines of Central and South America.  She serves as an inspiration to others, by living her dreams, developing self and encouraging and supporting others’ personal transformation journeys around her.


A desire to get deep into mindfulness, she took a noble vow of silence high up the mountains of Japan during a Vipassana meditation immersion, completed two yoga teacher training and officially certified as an RYT in 2006, sharing this gift with women in a Guatemalan prison, while on an 18 month around-the-world sabbatical with her husband.  She has led transformational travel experiences for small groups of friends, as well as corporate teams & leaders throughout the Asia Pacific Region and Central America, and inspires those around her to dream big, set intentions, cultivate growth, accelerate performance and achieve personal greatness.


After a 28 year run as a Human Resources executive, focused on coaching and developing talent, teams and leaders around the world, Laurel has discovered her calling, helping others to have breakthrough insights and achieve their vision of greatness.  She is an internationally certified leadership coach, a sought after for her cross-cultural expertise, and joins our SwellTeam to lead thoughtfully curated experiences combining cross-cultural inclusivity, mindfulness, NeuroLeadership, and wellness, embracing a Blue Mind - on, in, and around the water.


Put simply, Laurel is powered by dreams, a passion for building up others, and a whole lot of saltwater.   She brings her dynamic and nurturing style to lead our co-ed and leadership retreats.


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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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