About The Teacher

John Joseph Wood and his contributions to the development of

The House of Compassionate Gratitude are immense. He is my personal coach and I am forever grateful for his friendship and guidance.

John was born at West Point Military Academy and is a retired State Park Police officer, and 1st Lieutenant in the US Military. After surviving a life threatening accident nine years ago, John rebuilt himself from the ground up. Learning to walk again, fighting pain and frustration, he found salvation in faith and inner-strength in himself. He is a Loving family man who leads his family and peers with a smile and positive attitude.

With his huge heart, he claims the humble motto "I am just earning my wings". With that in mind he lives a selfless life, under the principal belief of "duty, honor, country".

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To give my ego a break from all these construction projects. Layth

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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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