Retreat Guru Team – About Us
We believe all human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present.
Going on a retreat can be a skillful way to reconnect to one's basic sanity. But putting on retreats is hard and complex work. We believe that retreat centers should have state of the art digital tools that allow them to work as effortlessly as possible. Our mission at Booking Guru is to help retreat centers thrive.
Our company started in 1998 building websites and booking systems for spiritual retreat centers and teachers. We are located in beautiful Nelson, BC Canada. It is a truly amazing little town to live and work in while providing booking software for retreat centers throughout the world.
Deryk has two decades of experience as a programmer and project manager and has completed over 50 IT projects. He is a long-time buddhist and non-dual practitioner.
Cameron is a project manager, designer and marketing advisor. He has been managing IT projects for over 15 years including 4 years as IT Manager for Shambhala International.
Christine has over 15 years experience in office administration and bookkeeping, she is dedicated to keeping the office running smoothly.
Cloud tried to build a robot, but had to learn how to code. He learnt Python, built Pong, an Android App, then dove into web development. Cloud enjoys skateboarding, making music, doing taxes, solving horrid technical problems, and building things people care about.
Michelle started as one of our clients when she introduced our software to her team at the Clear Sky Retreat Center. Her passion for new experiences and waking up, has made for great alignment with our vision. She is less sheepish now that she's out of New Zealand.
Shayne has been writing code for over 19 years. On his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, and composing music for film.
Tanin's path has led him from business school, to living and studying at an ashram, to apprenticing and travelling throughout Guatemala and Peru, and finally landing full circle in the world of conscious business. Tanin has discovered within himself a deep commitment to helping people and being of heart-centered service.
When Olivia discovered so many of her loves coming together in this mindful, mountain-town, tech company she thought, ‘Could this be real?’. It was! So she packed up her life in the big city and moved to Nelson where she now gets to live & work in alignment with her true self.
Eli joined the Israeli army programming division thinking he knew how to code. He didn't. One would hope he learned a thing or two in the 20 years since. He combines his misguided perfectionism with his critical nature to make people happy and occasionally, himself, miserable.
Andy loves making cool software and has been programming since he was in high school with Shayne. He also enjoys working around the house and gardening with his wife and cat.
Steve's walk of life has been in corporate software, yoga, world travel, and living in retreat centres. He is passionate about conscious business, retreats and people finding connection to self. Steve is stoked to help bring to life the vision of growth and awakening at Retreat Guru.
After serving in senior roles with multiple major holistic learning centers, Dennis decided to work for them all, and joined Retreat Guru. A voracious generalist, his management career has spanned technology, hospitality, arts and culture, and sport and leisure. He loves the journey.
Diana left the high-tech world 10 years ago to pursue a life with less stress and more fun. She filled her days with sun, ski, travel and ownership of a small hotel. Arriving in Nelson, she tumbled upon the team at Retreat Guru. She was so enchanted by the match of code and purpose, she dove right in.
Grant's path has gone many places. He's pleased to have found a home in Nelson and a purpose at Retreat Guru. If he's not offering a smile and a helping hand to customers, Grant is often challenging himself in the mountains learning in the company of laughter and good times. He loves sharing their lessons in his interactions with everyone.
Rachel explored the professions of teaching and project administration before taking her love of problem solving and diving into to software development. Skier, mountain biker, climber, and thrift store enthusiast, she enjoys the good life in the Kootenays.
"Our communication and efficiency has greatly improved with Retreat Booking Guru now that we have the ability to accept credit cards online and schedule automatic notification emails."
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