About The Teacher

Known for his compassionate insight, remarkable sense of humor, and life-changing advice, Doug Sensei leads retreats and courses designed to guide individuals to attain their fullest potential as human beings. As well as drawing from decades of experience, Doug Sensei can seamlessly weave in wisdom from the realms of traditional and contemporary gurus of psychological and scientific thought. His direct, no-bullshit style were learned from Namgyal Rinpoche, and designed to cut through illusion on the fast path to awakening in this lifetime.

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  • Irene Arriaza   August 20, 2018


    Sensei Doug Duncan is a wealth of wisdom and compassion that comes through in his teachings and actions. He has a funny and entertaining way of explaining things that otherwise could be very confusing or tedious. His experience and knowledge are indisputable and constantly evident.

  • Maryline Fortier   May 31, 2018

      An awakening master!

    Doug Sensei has been my spiritual teacher for 5 years. I'm consistantly impressed with his clear vision and guidance. Spending time with him changed my life for the best. He is a real spiritual flamme, full of compassion and loving kindness. Embodied awakening, that is Doug Duncan.

  • Richard Nathaniel   April 15, 2018

      A teacher fully committed to your spiritual awakening

    I have known Doug Sensei for three years, and I remember when I first talked with him, I sensed his wisdom and knew he was a person I can trust. I appreciate his love and support on my spiritual path, especially with my personal challenges with living in a foreign country that is considerably different from my home country. I appreciate his direct and honest way of helping me. He is 100% committed to the truth and your spiritual awakening. If you have the opportunity to spend time with Doug Sensei, I highly recommend it.

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

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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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