The Retreat: a Divine Madness Update (Interview Episode)

Special Guest: Deru Youmans

Deru came across a listing for The Retreat in New Mexico on the WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) website at the age of 25. Deru had previously spent time with intentional communities and organic farms, and was ready for a new experience. The photos of the “Scenic, secluded farm in the Gila National Forest” were stunning. Deru headed to the remote community in November 2022.


March 13th, 2024

1 hr 34 mins 24 secs


In the last episode of season 5, we looked into a Boulder, Colorado community then known as Divine Madness and led by Marc Tizer, usually referred to as 'Yo'. Its members were recognised for some amazing results in ultramarathons. At the time of researching that episode, updates about the current status of the group were hard to come by.

Deru Youmans came across a listing for 'The Retreat' in the Gila National Forest on the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) website, and it sounded amazing. Their recent experience in this remote community had them very concerned for others who might come across a similar listing in the future.