Jennifer Degan

About The Teacher

Yoga and mindfulness meditation lead to a depth of clarity, calm, and insight that other forms of personal exploration don't offer. Retreats are opportunities to pause from life, tune in with a greater lens, and intend changes in our lives.

Fifteen years ago, my meditation teacher Joni Zweig (Cirasmita) gave me my meditation name, Jayalila. In 2011, eleven women traveled to San Pancho, Mexico, and Jayalila Retreats was born. The women inspired me to continue creating unique experiences, explore beautiful places, and engage different village communities. Retreat participants who adventure with us help to inspire future retreats. In essence, our students are our teachers. They have taught us that when people are inspired to take risks, meet new friends, travel internationally, and practice yoga and meditation, an amazing retreat experience is about to unfold. At Jayalila Retreats, we are passionate about cultivating the mind-body connection and the grounding, clarity and peace that this connection offers us.

Retreats build community and connection for all who participate.

Coordinating retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Italy brings joy and creativity into my life work.Core Values

The Core Values in all of our retreats are:

• A playful & open environment

• Diverse offerings & a diversity of participants

• Safe & supported experiences

• Open & honest community

• Affordability & accessibility

• Clarity of expectations, attention to detail, quality customer Service

• Honoring curiosity

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Why Retreat?

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

It would my first vacation in the mountains. I think getting away and beginning a new routine would be good for me and a friend. Dianne

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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