Esther and River met at a panel organised by London Insight and chaired by Lama Rod Owens, on the theme of ‘Practising an Inclusive Dharma’. As allies across identities of race and sexuality, they offer retreats that use the tools of mindfulness and compassion to directly address the roots of social injustice.

Esther Slattery is a black Londoner, mother of two, meditation/mindfulness practitioner and teacher. She is also a psychotherapist with special interest in trauma, self-esteem, belonging (identity, equality and inclusion) and dynamics of wellbeing (including health inequalities). She trained to teach at Oxford University (Mst in MBCT). She has been teaching in the community (voluntary and private sector) and within the NHS (staff and patients).


River Wolton attended her first Insight Meditation retreat in 2000. She subsequently helped to establish Sheffield Insight Meditation, is a Community Dharma Leader authorised by Gaia House Teacher Council, and has completed dharma teacher training with Bodhi College. A former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, she has taught creative writing in schools and communities for 25 years, and has a background in LGBTQ+ activism.