About The Teacher

Norman E. Brown is an international speaker, spiritual teacher, business owner and life coach with decades of experience in coaching and guiding people through transformational phases in their lives. He is the founder of Monte Vista Retreat Center, in Koh Phangan, Thailand and he created the Life Transformation Course (LTC), a holistic program dedicated to awakening, healing and living a fulfilled and happy life.

Born in Iowa, he was raised by his Cherokee grandmother who passed on ancient wisdom about mankind and nature to her grandson. Elfie was always in service to others and she taught by example: her generosity and compassion naturally got the people around her to understand how they could live life in a way that was of a loving nature to themselves and everyone around them.

At the age of 27, Norman was introduced to meditation, which accelerated his spiritual progress and pointed him towards his teachers, such as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Amritanandamayi Devi, Ramesh Balsekar, Sri Karunamayi.

In 1994, while in the ashram of Amritanadamayi he had a profound spiritual revelation that lead to a total transformation of his own life.

After spending time with spiritual teachers, he was drawn to fulfill a vision he had of building a retreat center in Thailand, Monte Vista Retreat Center. Here he spent 12 years dedicated to helping thousands of others transform their lives. Norman is also the founder and creator of Imagine Earth, an organization dedicated to opening alternative study and retreat centers globally.

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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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