About The Teacher

I started my wellness path by becoming a certified Hatha yoga teacher. I have been practicing yoga for over 25 years and I completed my first teacher training in 2004. Since then, I have studied Iyengar yoga (in India and France) and Anusara yoga (in Thailand, Bali - Indonesia and Canada). I have taught yoga in Asia, Europe, North America, Central America and now offer retreats in the Peruvian Amazon. My teaching style is alignment-based whether in gentle yoga, Hatha yoga, yoga flow or SUP yoga classes. 

While in India, I studied and received my Reiki Master certification, an energy healing technique that focuses on hand imposition to transfer life force energy. I enjoy treating my guest to a Reiki treatment so they can experience its amazing healing effects for themselves.

In 2016, I completed a health and wellness coaching training.  I am now a certified Mind-Body Eating coach.  A retreat setting is the perfect opportunity to touch on our relationship with food. I enjoy helping others relax around food and heal their relation with food and their body via different self-care practices.

In 2017, I completed a SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) yoga teacher training and now offer a SUP yoga retreat at Tambo Ilusión Retreat Center in the Amazon rainforest.  I am thrilled to share this amazing experience with others!

I have hosted over 60 wellness retreats and I am dedicated to inspire each participant to include more self-care practices into their daily life and live life to the fullest.

More about my life journey:

In 2011, I started and operated a yoga studio in Bromont, Quebec, Canada for almost two years which I called Studio Maya Yoga. It was a great experience that prepared me for my dream project of opening a yoga retreat center in the tropics. In 2013, Armando, my life partner and I started welcoming guests at Tambo Ilusion, a beautiful private conservation area in the Amazon rainforest where international guests come for our 5 day yoga vacation program which is offered year round. It is with the intention of creating a special place to gather, practice, share and learn about healthy living that I started my yoga project at Tambo Ilusión. Tambo Ilusión is a truly remarkable place that offers a rustic yet quaint environment surrounded by natural beauty, a beautiful fresh water lagoon, it is a spring, a spectacular yoga shala, delicious vegetarian food and so much more! The perfect setting for reconnecting and for a grounding yoga practice. 

We are pleased to also invite yoga teachers to offer their own retreats at Tambo Ilusión. 

Tambo Ilusión is truly a special healing space. In August 2014, Tambo Ilusión was chosen as one of the Top Five Yoga Centers of Peru by a prestigious Peruvian newspaper "El Comercio"! Tambo Ilusion Retreat Center has been awarded Trip Advisor's Excellence award 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the constant amazing reviews retreat participants share on their site.

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Why Retreat?

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

I go on retreat to remember who I really am. And I remember that I am alive, Deryk

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.