Visiting Teachers

Martine BatchelorMARTINE BATCHELOR lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits

Gaia House guiding teacher, Martine teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in Southwest France. Her latest work is The Spirit of the Buddha.

Ajahn_SucittoAJAHN SUCITTO was born in London; he entered monastic life in Thailand in 1975 and since 1978 has lived in Britain. He has been teaching Dhamma since 1980, both in meditation retreats and in talks given regularly in monasteries. He has written a number of books and teaches worldwide.

Since 1992 he has been the Sanghathera and senior incumbent of Cittaviveka monastery in West Sussex. Website: || Blog: Reflections

MauraSillsMAURA SILLS is Founder of Core Process Psychotherapy and Founding Director of Karuna Institute which offers a psycho-spiritual approach to therapy and integrates western psychotherapeutic models with Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices. Maura became involved in Buddhism in the early seventies and has studied with teachers from Chan, Tibetan and Theravadin traditions. She is an Honorary Fellow of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), Director of Training at Karuna Institute's Master Degree Programmes for Buddhist Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy and teaches retreats in the UK and other countries.

LETIZIA BAGLIONI graduated from the Oriental Studies Department, Universityscreen-shot-2016-09-06-at-14-53-13 of Rome, and trained in Buddhist ethics and meditation mainly within the monastic Thai Forest tradition as an eight-precept laywoman, as well as the retreat centres Gaia House and Insight Meditation Society. She is a psychologist and Focusing trainer, and has been teaching the Dharma in Italy for 16 years.


jenny-wilks1JENNY WILKS has practised in various Buddhist traditions since the late 1980s, and has an MA in Indian Religions. She has taught for several years at Gaia House, the Barn Retreat near Totnes in Devon UK, and local meditation classes.

She trained in clinical psychology and works as an MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) therapist and trainer at Exeter University.

Yuka Nakamura

YUKA NAKAMURA has practiced Buddhist meditation in different traditions since 1993 and has a PhD in Developmental Psychology. Currently in training as a Buddhist meditation teacher by Fred von Allmen she has assisted a number of Insight Meditation teachers over the last years. Yuka works as an MBSR-teacher-trainer at the Zentrum für Achtsamkeit (CH) and is active internationally both as MBSR trainer and as meditation teacher e.g. at Beatenberg’s Meditation Center (CH) and at Barre's Insight Meditation Center (USA).


ANDREW OLENDZKI, PhD, was trained in Buddhist Studies at Lancaster University in England, as well as at Harvard and the University of Sri Lanka. The former executive director of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) in Barre, Massachusetts, and executive editor of the "Insight Journal," he is now senior scholar at Integrated Dharma Institute.

Last updated: 2017/05/24