Susie Crossland-Dwyer

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Susie has always been captivated by the vast potential of the human body, mind and spirit. At age thirteen, she began self-studying world religions by gobbling up as many books as she could on the topic. She would go on to graduate with a degree in Comparative Religion from Miami University, Oxford, OH because she wanted to know how religion influenced and motivated individuals as well as cultures. She co-founded a life-coaching company, ikigai (a Japanese word meaning “that which makes life most worth living”) to help others seek out their own potential. Here she co-taught workshops to help professionals of all backgrounds clarify and pursue their life goals. It was through this process of leading others that she discovered her own purpose—to help individuals find confidence and strength through fitness and healthy living. As a result, in 2010, she founded studio s, a boutique-style fitness facility offering personal training, Spinning™, Pilates, and marathon-training groups. From the beginning, Susie’s intention was to make studio s more than a gym. From programs rooted in the community, to classes infused with philosophical elements, studio s is an incubator for others to find and be supported in pursuing their passions. Susie continues to…


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This moment is my treasure house, filled with infinite potential to act, speak & think in a way that is good for myself & all beings.

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Opening up to the joy and peace of meditation and Yoga. <3 Marion

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.

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