Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author. He ordained as a monk 26 years ago at Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Scotland. He has spent over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was 4 years.
Thubten specialises in teaching mindfulness meditation internationally, in businesses, hospitals, schools, universities, prisons and addiction counselling centres. He works with major global companies such as Google, Accenture and LinkedIn, he teaches mindfulness to medical students at the National University of Ireland, and he collaborated with Ruby Wax on her book ‘How to be Human’. Thubten is the author of ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’, published in June 2019.
Gail Taylor (Daya Jyoti) is an Akhanda Yoga Teacher and Accredited Personal Life Coach who trained in India with world renowned Himalayan Master, Yogrishi Vishvketu (PhD). Akhanda Yoga . As a teacher she draws together aspects of the traditional practice including posture (asana), breath-work (pranayama), relaxation, meditation and philosophy. Her teaching emphasises a connection with mind, body and breath and encourages compassion and non-competition, through embodying a joyful approach to yoga practice.
At Akhanda Yoga we say that yoga is a ‘work in, not a workout’. As a teacher she aims to make yoga accessible and emphasises that the practice becomes advanced when the practitioner experiences it at deeper levels of awareness. Gail also teaches Brahmaree Pranayama (honey-bee breath) and blended with natural meditation.
Mahesh has been a seeker all his life, and at the ripe old age of 19 he sat down with a closed group to meditate, this spark of wonderment would continue to the present day. With over 20 years of practice and a thirst for knowledge Mahesh has been a keen explorer on his spiritual path. Working as a young healer Mahesh found that he was drawn to work with people, and his day job cutting hair lead him to meet those in need of guidance and a sympathetic ear. After having his family and running business Mahesh is now looking for the balance in life, and yoga seems to have been the gateway to a more gentle way of life. Yoga led Mahesh to start a mens Meditation group called All Us Men in May 2017, this has been a great success leading him to deliver talks and yoga sessions at schools, work places, Dorset CID, and festivals. Mahesh has also written articles for Yoga magazines, hair industry, and for Lush on line, these have helped to raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing. Life is all about experiences and Mahesh loves to shine a light for those looking to explore yoga for the first time, or just to sit and be in the present moment.
Heather Dawn Godfrey
Heather is author of bestselling Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation, and the soon-to-be-released (Autumn 2019) Essential Oils for the Whole Body (Inner Traditions, USA).
Heather first learnt about essential oils, alongside other complementary medicine and integrated therapy principles and practices, in the early 70’s. She worked for Robert Tisserand when he first began to develop his business, then later studied at the University of Salford and was awarded a BSc (Joint Hon) Degree in Counselling and Complementary Medicine, and Masters Certificates in Integrated Mindfulness, and Supervision of Counsellors. She was also awarded a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate (PGCE) from Bolton Institute.Claire Thompson
Lama Chodrak (Tony) has been teaching and presenting workshops on Mindfulness and Meditation in the UK, Europe, South, Africa and the USA since 1984 when he was ordained a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Being fluent in Tibetan, Tony has acted as interpreter for various Tibetan teachers in the UK and in India, most prominently Venerable Mingyur Rinpoche, author of the books ‘Joy of Living’ and ‘Joyful Wisdom’. He was Rinpoche’s secretary when he lived in the Palpung Sherabling Monastery in Northern India for 4 years, acting as his interpreter both there and on all his UK teaching tours and during the writing of ‘Joy of Living’.
Chris Finn is a Mindfulness Teacher and fully qualified and accredited Psychotherapist. Chris has over 10 years experience teaching mindfulness to groups and individuals and has a passion for bringing mindfulness to any setting including the workplace and in nature. With his background in psychology and training in group dynamics, Chris brings excellent group leadership skills helping to get the best out of people. Chris has worked in various settings teaching mindfulness including workplaces, wellbeing days, retreats, and mindfulness in nature.