About The Teacher

Benedikt Emanuel Al Khafaji is a Psychologist and Mindfulness instructor (specifically with the MBSR protocol).

He has been living in Italy almost all his life but in truth he is a “metisse” with English, Germany and Iraqi roots.

Being of mixed cultural background has made cultural filters clear to him.

Three main areas see Benedikt at work: he engages in various forms of introspection such as Meditation and Yoga; he works in the academic field thanks to collaborations with researchers (American Psychological Association, 2019; International Journal of clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 2019); he works in schools.

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My last retreat at SMC was so inspiring and so relaxing. But i'd love to have more time there to spend at the Stupa, visit the Kami shrine, and generally interact with the beautiful enlightened society happening on that entire land. Brett

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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.