Joelle Khalila

About us

After growing up in a violent household and experiencing physical and sexual abuse in my early years, I've developed a deep passion for helping women overcome difficult situations.

People come to me for all types of reasons. They may be looking for spiritual guidance to reconnect with the One, rediscover the childlike joy of life, and reengage with the natural cycles and rhythms of life. Many are involved in a major life transition such as menopause, divorce, career change, or relocation.

I guide my clients to be vulnerable, make sense of their lives, reaffirm the inner marriage between the masculine and feminine essences, and be more intimate with themselves and others. Ultimately, the practice is to trust and surrender to life completely. Every situation can be a gift teaching us important lessons. If we perceive the world in this way, even our sadness, anger, shame and guilt can be transmuted into ecstatic joy and humble gratitude.

As part of my own transformational work, I have spent more than 30 years delving into my own psyche with psychotherapy and other modalities. I trained as a transpersonal psychotherapist in France and worked closely with George Kohlreiser to understand the grieving and attachment processes from '96-'00, learned shamanism practices from the Queshwa tribe of Ecuador from '10-'13, have practiced fluid movement since '13, and received a life coaching certification from NYU in '10. I'm a facilitator for Simplicity Parenting (a movement inspired by Waldorf Education) and Birth into Being (a movement for conscious birthing and rebirthing). I have been a member of the Mystery School of the 13 Moons, exploring the various masculine and feminine archetypes, since '13.

Although working with women is my specialty, I've worked with dozens of men who've benefited tremendously from our interactions. All are welcome in my world.

I am also the founder and Director of Tree of Life Experiential Learning Center in San Marcos La Laguna on Lake Atitlan.

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Why Retreat?

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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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