About The Teacher

Donovan has grown up in a Tibetan Buddhist environment since the age of four and has met some of the greatest spiritual masters of our time, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Due to these amazing influences he has been practicing and studying meditation for over 2 decades and has completed a traditional three year Buddhist retreat in the south of France.

After seeing the benefits of self-discipline and exercise, Donovan had begun to incorporate Yoga into his life over 15 years ago. He is now a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, working with Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga, and is teaching yoga all over the world.

Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, one of the premier surfing capitals of the world, surfing became a way of life for him. He has travelled throughout the world surfing, and is now an International Surfing Association certified Surf Instructor.

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Why Retreat?

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

To feed my soul so that I may return to my students with more inspiration and love to share! Jennifer

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.