Panellists for practising an inclusive dharma


Please see panellists below for the ‘Practising an inclusive Dharma’ event with Lama Rod Owens.  Click here to see full details of the event.



Doreen Blake
Doreen writes ‘As a child, I saw no colour, no sexual orientation, no disability, no race, and no class…think they call this innocence…  As Trainer, Facilitator, Befriender, Intuitive I live my life happily and simply, in much appreciation and splendor knowing “I Am Held” by the Universe.’




Esther Slattery
Esther is a black Londoner, mother of two and has worked in the NHS for over thirty five years with people with mental illness. She  has a deep personal and professional interest in the science of discrimination and welcomes the emerging empirical evidence that Buddhist practices can help ameliorate the damage. She credits the practice and community for helping her to thrive and overcome emotional, physical and social difficulties and would like to share it with everyone.



Rehena Harilall
Rehena was born and lived in South Africa during the apartheid era and has been living in the UK since 1998. She is a lay member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing  and has practised in that tradition since 1998. She practices  with the Heart of London Sangha, London Insight and Colours of Compassion.




Sasha Nicole Dettmar
Sasha is a trans woman who works helping and supporting people with a range of issues such as substance misuse, homelessness and mental health using her training and experience in Buddhism and Buddhist practices as well as therapeutic models such as ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).




Stephen Portlock
Stephen writes “I am registered blind and since 2012 I have been a regular meditation practitioner . I have attended silent retreats at Gaia House and Dhamma Dipa, and have regularly attended a Central London sangha and my local Quaker meeting. I first discovered meditation through London Insight, finding spiritual support and learning at a number of their silent days, and so am keen to advise on inclusivity, especially as I have done so in other fields such as in the arts.”