Born in Tehran, Iran in 1957, Hamid left his native land at an early age to become a nomad of the world. Exposing himself to different countries, cultures, languages, and traditions, he settled into Paris in 1985 to study philosophy and at one point had Jacques Derrida, the French philosopher, as teacher.
These early beginnings ignited a philosophical and spiritual journey that he still pursues today.
Drawn to Buddhist meditation and philosophy in the early 1990’s Hamid encountered Japanese Zen Master Ryotan Tokuda in 1997, was ordained as a monk at Ei Tai-Ji Monastery in the South of France in 2000 and, in 2011, was given permission by his master to pass on the teachings he had received. Although doing that for over ten years Hamid does not consider himself a teacher.
Hamid studied at École des Praticiens de la Psychothérapie in Nice, France, and after finishing his training in 2005 became a counsellor, an activity he still pursues today.
Realising that acquiring knowledge and understanding was only part of the equation, Hamid has continued his personal studies and practice while sharing his experience by conducting lectures, meditation retreats, and personal therapy sessions.
Hamid’s lectures draw not only from personal experience but his combined interest in Eastern and Western meditative traditions.
Originally from the UK, Helen has been facilitating yoga and meditation retreats in the Algarve since 2016.
Helen been practicing yoga and meditation for over 35 years now, exploring the physical and the spiritual aspects of yoga and experiencing many different “styles” of yoga and meditation around the world. She took her first Yoga Teacher Training Course in 2003 with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, going on to take further certifications in Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga for Pregnancy and Children.
Helen has been teaching full time since 2003, drawing on her extensive experience of the different yoga traditions. She aims to provide clients with a safe and supportive environment in which to explore, heal and transform their inner world, allowing them to fully experience their outer world with love, joy and gratitude.
Andō is a spiritual director, silence facilitator, stillness coach, writer, and poet.
From England, Andō is a Zen trained meditation teacher, lay ordained in both Sōtō and Rinzai traditions. Authorised to teach Zen meditation in 2012 by Zen Master Daizan Rōshi, she has been a Zen student and practitioner for forty years. She teaches and guides retreats on contemplative poetry, meditation, contemplation, and silent prayer.
She writes on simplicity and the contemplative life. She spent many years living remotely in the forest, focused on contemplative practice and poetry.
Sarah is a yoga teacher and physiotherapist from Sydney, Australia.
Sarah was first introduced to yoga and meditation during her childhood as both her parents explored transcendental meditation and Ayurveda. It took two decades before Sarah would follow suit and began exploring yoga classes on her own. Sarah found the yoga class to be a magical place in which she could access a sense of safety, peace, and freedom.
In 2012 Sarah attended a yoga teacher training course and it was during this course that she was introduced to Hamid Ebadi. It has now been 10 years since that time and the experience, insights, and wisdom gained through Hamid's mentorship moved through Sarah’s world view, yoga teachings, and into her physiotherapy practice. Sarah intention as a yoga teacher is to facilitate your exploration of present moment awareness through felt experience in the body.
Sarah has experience working on retreats in Sydney and Bali, and has taught in large class situations however prefers to work one-on-one with clients or in small groups.
2012: Level 1 Teacher Training - (200hr) - (in the lineage of Sri, T. Krishnamacharya) with Santosha Yoga Institute, Canggu Bali.
2013: Diploma of Yoga Studies (500hr) under Michael De-Manincor (student of Desikachar) - The Yoga Institute, Sydney (in the lineage of Sri, T. Krishnamacharya)
2013 – 2015: Vedic Chanting & Yoga Sutra study with Pamela Tyson, The Yoga Institute, Sydney.
2014 & 2015: Svastha Yoga Therapy Program with Ganesh Mohan (son of AG & Indra Mohan, direct students of Krishnamacharya).
2015: Pre & Post Natal Yoga Training Santosha Yoga, Canggu Bali.
2018: Yoga Synergy Teacher Training - (200hr) with Simon Borg Olivier, Goa India.
2020: Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University.
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Jikai (1961) is a zen teacher from the Netherlands. She began her zen practice over 30 years ago. Jikai received Dharma Transmission from Irène Kaigetsu Bakker Sensei in the White Plum Lineage of Maezumi Roshi. She teaches in the Zen Spirit Sangha, in zen retreats and on online platforms mainly in the Netherlands. Jikai lives the life of a lay person and is a monk at heart. She divides her time and energy between the contemplative field of silence and social action. She works as a psychologist, mindfulness and compassion trainer and coach.
Jikai is her second Dharma name, meaning 'compassion ocean'. Her first teacher gave her the Dharma name Mokudo which means 'silent way'. Both names she considers a huge gift and also continuous practice. Jikai is known to provide a safe and compassionate space for all meditation practitioners. She is married to Paul, and together they are blessed with three wonderful daughters, who are in their twenties.
www.dewerkschuur.nl (website in Dutch)
International Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500 Traditional Vinyasa Krama (Krishnamacharya Lineage) & Yin
Born in France, Johanna has travelled and lived abroad for 23 years between the US, Canada, Spain, England and is now based in Indonesia. Johanna discovered yoga at university and practiced over the years but it was not until much later, after years of working in the corporate world and hitting rock bottom, that she had the opportunity to dive a lot deeper into the meaning of Yoga and its ability to heal and transform. After completing her Yoga Teacher Training, she answered her call to leave everything behind and started a new adventure in Bali as a full-time Yoga Teacher. Since then, her passion & love for yoga as a philosophy of life have grown stronger, as she believes in freedom of the mind, body and soul. She refers to it as ‘Embodied Freedom’.
Her focus lately is mostly on Yin Yoga. She has been accompanying people healing from trauma, reconnecting with their body & their emotions and teaching them to create new tools within themselves to cultivate peace and live authentically. Johanna has been teaching in several parts of Europe & Asia since 2015 and lecturing for 200HR Teacher Trainings since 2018.
Jen is a mountain guide based in the french alps. She first met Hamid at the start of her spiritual journey at a yoga teacher training in Bali in 2012.
They stayed in touch over the years that followed and Jen has continued to explore buddhist teachings under Hamid's guidance. Jen assists in the organisation of the retreats in Europe and helps manage the website and facilitate our online meditation sessions.