• Jake Dartington

    JAKE DARTINGTON has practised Buddhist meditation since 1995. After training as a Dharma teacher with Christina Feldman, he started teaching in 2007. He has a background in Philosophy and Buddhist Studies and has trained as a teacher of MBSR/MBCT. Jake lives in Nottingham where he teaches mindfulness and Insight Meditation. 


  • Jaya Rudgard

    JAYA RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in theJaya newThai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the Insight Meditation Society/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally. Jaya is a qualified yoga teacher and a certified Holden Qigong instructor. 

  • Jenny Wilks

    JENNY WILKS has practised in various Buddhist traditions since the late 1980s, and has an MA injenny-wilks1Indian 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.

  • John Peacock

    JOHN PEACOCK is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly fifty years. Trained initially in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. After doing a doctorate in philosophy, he taught Buddhist and Western philosophy and then Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. He went on to be Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre , co-direct the Master of Studies programme in MBCT(Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University, and teach Buddhist psychology on the same course.  John is now retired from academia and continues to teach meditation, as he has done for more than thirty-five years.

  • Martine Batchelor

    MARTINE BATCHELOR lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for LifeThe Path of CompassionWomen in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits.A Gaia House guiding teacher, Martine teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in Southwest France. Her latest work is The Spirit of the Buddha.

  • Martine Batchelor (SD)

    MARTINE BATCHELOR trained in South Korea as a Sŏn nun under the guidance of Kusan Sunim from 1975-84. Today her interests range from how meditation can be integrated into Martinedaily life to how Buddhism can engage with issues of social inequality, particularly those involving diversity and women’s issues. Her emphasis in teaching is, above all, practical: whether in psychology, ethics or meditation she is concerned to present what will make an actual difference in the quality of one’s life.  She is currently co-facilitating a three-year research project at the University of Caen that is studying the effects of meditation practice on the process of aging. She has written articles on topics as diverse as the Korean way of tea, Buddhism and women, Buddhism and ecology, and Zen cooking. The author of Meditation for LifeThe Path of CompassionWomen in Korean ZenLet Go, and The Spirit of the Buddha, she teaches meditation worldwide and lives in south-west France. (

  • Robert M. Ellis

    ROBERT M. ELLIS is the founder of the Middle Way Society and the author of a number of books on Middle Way Philosophy – including the introductory Migglism and the more detailed Middle Way Philosophy series. His most recent book, The Buddha’s Middle Way: Experiential Judgement in his Life and Teaching was published by Equinox in 2019, with a foreword by Stephen Batchelor. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, is an experienced teacher, and was formerly a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. He now regularly leads retreats for the Middle Way Society.

  • Stephen Batchelor

    STEPHEN BATCHELOR is a Buddhist teacher and writer known for his secular or agnostic approach to the Dharma. Formerly a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions, he is the translator and author of several books including Buddhism Without BeliefsLiving with the Devil and Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist. His most recent  book, After Buddhism, was published by Yale University Press in 2015. He lives in southwest France with his wife Martine.

  • Stephen Batchelor (SD)

    STEPHEN BATCHELOR has been practicing Buddhism since 1972. Throughout this time he has Stephenbeen concerned to find ways of articulating the Dharma in a language that speaks to the conditions of modernity. This has led him to dispense with elements of Buddhist doctrine that he considers artifacts of ancient Indian culture with limited relevance to the world we inhabit today. In recent years his approach has become increasingly pragmatic: he is concerned primarily with whether a teaching works rather than whether it is true. He encourages a secular approach to Buddhism that challenges religious dogma and the unquestioned authority of priests. He envisions a Dharma that values equality, critical reflection and personal and communal transformation. As well as being a scholar, translator and writer, he works as a photographer and collagist. The integration of the imagination and the creative arts into Dharma practice is of particular importance to him. A co-founder of Bodhi College, he is the author of Buddhism without Beliefs, Living with the Devil, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, After Buddhism, and Secular Buddhism. His most recent book is The Art of Solitude. (


  • Yuka Nakamura

    YUKA NAKAMURA has practiced Buddhist meditation in different traditions since 1993, has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and is a certified MBSR-teacher. Trained as a Buddhist meditation teacher by Fred von Allmen she teaches meditation at Beatenberg (Switzerland), Gaia House (UK), Insight Meditation Society (Barre, MA) and other places. Yuka offers MBSR-courses and MBI-trainings at the CFM Zentrum für Achtsamkeit (CH).

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