Our Coordinators help run our events, supervising the events team and organising our programme. The team are volunteers themselves and offer their time freely at the events in the spirit of service. We also have a paid part-time freelance events manager who deals with operations and programming who also volunteers at many of our events.
Catherine is the Director and she has been meditating since around 2000 beginning with TM. She discovered London Insight Meditation after taking a mindfulness based stress reduction course in 2006. Since then she has gradually got more involved, becoming a co-ordinator, attending residential retreats at Gaia House and elsewhere, and now attending a weekly sitting group in central London. Catherine is teacher specialising in children under 5. She is currently deputy head of a children’s centre in North London. Her most consistent “hobbies” are walking in town or in the country, and swimming but she has many other interests but not enough time!
Andrea was introduced to Zen Buddhism through Roshi Kapleau. In 2008, Insight Meditation through Gaia House offered her a lifeline. After training as an MBSR facilitator, she completed the Committed Dharma Practitioner Programme. She does free-lance work for local government, following a career in green issues and initiation to beekeeping.
I have probably been practicing Mindfulness for many years as a sort of “mental hygiene” for coping with the pressures of busy Medical Practice. I retired in 2012 and have sustained a daily Meditation practice since. Shortly after retirement I completed the correspondence course of the Buddhist Society which introduced me to the Theravadan tradition. I attend Amaravati from time to time and have helped at a number of London Insight events. I practice Yoga in a creaky sort of way. I find the expressions “beginner’s mind ” and “no nothing mind ” both helpful and encouraging.
Louise is our Events Manager and a member of the Coordinators team. She has been involved with London Insight since the late 1990’s. She is an Iyengar Yoga teacher, a member of the East London sitting group and enjoys walking and gardening.
Pilar came across mindful meditation in 2013, when she joined a student meditation group at her university. Since then, mindfulness has become an increasingly important part of her life. Initially, it helped her deal more skillfully with the stress and business of her job as a management consultant. Later, supported by the rich Insight Meditation teachings, it became a way of living. Pilar now works for The Mindfulness Initiative and is coursing the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy masters at Oxford University.
Steve teaches the Japanese Martial Art of Aikido and is also a Personal Trainer. He has been attending London Insight events since the late 1990’s and is a member of the East London Sitting Group. Originally Steve’s practice was in the Zen tradition but he feels very much at home with Insight Meditation. His favourite quote is from Bhante Bodhidhamma “Feed the need, starve the greed” which he finds easier said than done.
We offer these appreciations of members of the team who have passed away: