Dr Elizabeth Day has been practising meditation and yoga for over 30 years, including as an ordained monastic within the Ajahn Chah monasteries in the UK. She has held leadership positions in the Health and Higher Education sectors, including as Head of Department of Psychotherapy and Counselling at AUT in Aotearoa New Zealand. She has a Doctorate in intersubjectivity, and is a qualified yoga teacher and Gestalt psychotherapist. She teaches meditation retreats locally and internationally.
Willa Thaniya Reid spent 18 years in Ajahn Chah monasteries in Thailand and the UK extending her practice of meditation and Buddhist contemplation. As the senior nun of the Chithurst community in England for eight years, she supported both the lay and monastic communities. She has taught retreats in Europe, America, Australia and the UK, and continues to teach in the US and NZ. She has a Masters of Counselling, and clinical pastoral training.
“time is our present breath” ~ Ajahn Chah
Learning to be present to our everyday experience brings inner peace. Guidance is offered for mindfulness in meditation and daily practice, as a way of protecting the mind from stress and distress, and to cultivate awareness.
Buddhist meditation and reflection:
Reflection on ‘things as they are’ attunes us to the realities of our experience and the world around us. This develops the heart qualities needed to respond freely to life. Based on Buddhist teachings as practised in the Thai Forest tradition, guidance is offered to support the process of deepening meditation and contemplation.
“In a state of yoga all misconceptions of the heart and mind disappear” ~ Patanjali
Sutra 1.2 yogas-citta-vrtti-nirodhah
Yoga is a system of internal practice to unite attention on the mind, breath and body for the primary purpose of awakening full consciousness. The practice of yoga also generates wellbeing and vitality, soothing the nervous system and reducing stress. There are classes to suit practitioners of any age, gender and physical condition.