About Us

We met in Master Life Coach training in 2014. Through that shared experience, we developed a deep respect, trust, and confidence in each other.

Emily DownwardEmilyD

I’m a master certified life coach, health educator, and writer, who is passionate about empowering people to be their own health advocate and enjoy life with more peace and joy.

With a love of learning, I studied health education to understand the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual components of well being. I worked at a non-profit cancer organization when the internet came along, and I was tasked with creating the organization’s first website. I recognized the potential of the online space to empower patients with the information they need about their health and pursued a career in digital marketing and communications. At the height of that career, I realized the need to make a change, to follow my joy and create a life that was more conducive to my own health and well being. I studied and became certified as a life coach to help others learn how to follow their inner guidance and create happy, healthy lives.

Through it all, I’ve had several health challenges. I know the frustration of dealing with doctors who don’t listen or who push prescriptions instead of discovering the source of the issue. I know the fear of feeling completely at the mercy of a body that isn’t cooperating. I understand the challenges of asking for help and understanding from family and friends.

Since becoming a life coach, I’ve studied and developed my skills on the spiritual side of health, helping people integrate their own spiritual wisdom into their physical existence, to live their soul’s purpose and find the inner peace that is always available and present to us.

Kris McGuffie

Kris Bio Pic for Retreat 2 Heal website

I’m a master certified life coach, a writer, and a writing mentor with a passion for supporting individuals as they breathe life into their dreams. Whether I am dirtying every utensil and dish in my kitchen creating a soul-satisfying meal, coaching someone through a state of temporary psychological paralysis, or churning my stream-of-consciousness into a narrative composition, I am thrilled to drive transformation. Underneath my job descriptions, I’m a being who loves to connect, to laugh, and to feel inspired.

I believe that with compassion, humor, and courage (dark chocolate helps too), all challenges can be overcome. I work with creative, motivated, and truth-seeking people searching for a gentle way through seismic change.

I discovered my passion for healing through experience rather than preference; while I’ve had a lifetime of weird and often unexplained health challenges, in 2008, I thought I was a goner. Unlike with my other ailments, I had not been able to bounce back. I was so ill and had so little quality of life, that if I was not also a new mother to a beautiful infant son, I would have wanted to die (in the parlance of California, it was gnarly). My achingly slow and plodding recovery from the perfect storm of bodily woes that robbed me of a good life provided me with the foundation for not only true healing but for my professional and personal reinvention. Retreat 2 Heal is a delightful way to provide to others what I so desperately sought on my path to health and well being.



Kris and Emily held a free webinar in which they shared 4 simple techniques for accessing your inner wisdom, connecting with peace, tuning into creative flow, and strengthening your energetic reserves. You can access it and get the accompanying worksheets by signing up below.