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 many different countries, cultures, languages, and traditions, he settled into Paris in 1985 to study philosophy under Jacques Derrida the French philosopher.
These early beginnings ignited a passionate philosophical and spiritual journey. Hamid has focused on gaining wisdom and insight through a varied educational process.
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 authorized by his master to pass on the teachings he had received.
Expanding his educational journey, Hamid completed his School of Practitioners – Psychotherapy (École des Praticiens de la Psychothérapie) in Nice, France in 2005.
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.
Hamid also provides personal and professional counseling to those looking for additional support. He understands that this type of relationship can only provide true benefit if he gives participants a safe empathetic place to be heard and supported.
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.
Originally from the UK, Helen has been in the Algarve for 4 years, and has recently opened her third Yoga Studio.
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 for 17 years, 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.
Miri is a certified RYT500 Yoga Teacher and is a highly experienced, warm, caring and kind teacher who has been practicing yoga and meditation for 15 years.
Miri completed her first training in Bali in Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Hatha and her Level 2 with yogi Kamal Singh in Rishikesh, India. Miri also continues her training in yin, restorative and anatomy and adjustment and completed a Prana Samyama meditation teacher training with Traditional Yoga UK.
Miri’s personal motivation as a teacher is to help you let go of your past, self doubt, anxiety, negative thinking patterns, habitual patterns and guide you on a transformative path to open up your heart, to laugh, love, heal and find real happiness and lasting peace in your life.
Jen is a mountain guide, yoga teacher and thai masseuse 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.