Ingrid Goudsmit

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Ingrid Goudsmit held a strong interest in Buddhism and Shamanism as a young girl but it was not until 2002 that she started practicing Zen with Jeroen Witkam, a Zen master and Benedictine monk in Zundert, Holland. In 2004, after pursuing a degree and career in Communications, she decided to travel the world where she ‘by coincidence’ encountered the Agama International Yoga School in Thailand. Following the teachings and practices of Agama both opened her to a new level of spiritual practice as well as helped her recover from heavy physical trauma that her doctors believed she had no chance of recovery from.  Ingrid then dedicated many years to in-depth study on yogic philosophy and practice. She has been teaching for Agama since 2006 and consequently yoga has been a large part of her life until now, both in Thailand and India. Ingrid is very grateful to have the ability to give something back through teaching, to introduce and share yoga with others. Over the years she also continued to explore and deepen her Zen practice, studying with various teachers. She feels that the two practices enrich and complement each other in a beautiful way. In 2008 Ingrid participated in…


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I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim

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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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