No, this is not necessary. For some students they find it beneficial to align themselves with a specific guru and/or spiritual lineage. Doing so can help elevate their faith, devotion and spiritual practice to the next level. However, this is something that is voluntary and a process that should take place organically over time and with spiritual maturity. It should not be forced nor occur at the level of the mind or ego, but rather from the heart.
We welcome all to join this retreat and there are no expectations or demands for any participant to align themselves to the STS lineage or our teachers, nor is this a requirement in order to benefit from the transmission of spiritual energy that has the potential to take root in this retreat. As mentioned in the retreat description, this transmission is not left to the discretion of our teachers but strictly imparted according to the will of the Divine.