Yanai first encountered the teachings of the Buddha while travelling in Asia in 1989, and has been teaching Insight Meditation and Buddhist practice internationally for 30 years. He is much inspired by the teachings and practice of the Thai forest tradition, and the transformative power of the natural world. Yanai is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council, and a Core Faculty member of Insight Meditation Society, Massachusetts. Since 2018 he has devoted a significant amount of his time to activism and nonviolent civil disobedience, calling for an appropriate response by government, to the intersecting climate, ecological and social justice emergencies of our time. Having grown up in New Zealand, with parents of European and Asian heritage, Yanai lives with his wife Catherine McGee, in Devon, England.