SEAN WILLIAMS has been Chairman of Bodhi College since 2017. He has been attending retreats since 2003, frequently at Gaia House (where he was formerly a trustee), and at Spirit Rock and Scheibbs. Sean has been following the secular dharma path since 2010, and travelled with Stephen Batchelor in India in 2010 and 2013. He is studying for a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies. Professionally, Sean works in the UK telecoms sector, currently as Chairman of two small fibre network businesses and formerly as Chief Strategy Officer of BT Group. Sean is married, with four grown-up children.
BRIGITTE HUBER-JORDI has worked as a pharmacist and is married with grown up children. From personal experience she became interested in the Buddha’s teachings about living with suffering. Since 2003 she has studied the early Buddhist texts and practised under the guidance of various Theravada and Secular Dharma teachers. In 2009 she finished her degree in teaching MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) courses and then taught classes in public and in clinical settings. She actively participates in the Swiss MBSR Association and has served on its board for some years. In her free time she loves to explore and photograph nature and human life in all parts of the world, where she and her husband travel.
GARY BORN Since retiring as a Director of a multi-national IT software company, Gary has taught mindfulness, focusing on people with cancer and on health professionals. He also supervises other mindfulness teachers and mentors graduates of mindfulness courses. Gary is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leadership Programme led by Gaia House, and completed the Committed Dharma Practitioners Programme of Bodhi College in 2010. He has been practising Insight Meditation since 2001, and has been a Board member of the Buddhist Insight Network and Sitting Groups Coordinator for London Insight Meditation. Gary is married, with two grown-up sons.
GERIT STÖCKLMAIR is a microbiologist and psychotherapist, originally from Austria. Curiosity about the inner and outer world has put her on many journeys, and she has lived in England, Scotland and South Korea, before settling in Denmark, where she now lives. She has been practising meditation since 1994 and has been on extended retreats since 1998, mainly Vipassana, but also within the Zen and Triratna tradition. She graduated from the Committed Dharma Practitioners Program in 2010 and has an interest in personal development through body-mind-soul integration, which means you might also find her dancing on various occasions. Currently Gerit is a Teacher Trainee at Bodhi College.
RICHARD FERNYHOUGH has been a follower of the dharma since 2002, initially in the Tibetan tradition, and more recently following the path of Vipassana. He has been on Buddhist pilgrimages with Shantum Seth and Stephen Batchelor, both in India and in Sri Lanka, and has attended many retreats including with Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock in California. Until January 2021 Richard had been a practising lawyer for over 50 years acting as advocate and, latterly, as arbitrator mainly in international commercial disputes. He is married and has three grown up children and lives in Wimbledon in the UK.