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Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

Born in 1943 in Kham, East Tibet, Lama Yeshe spent his formative years in education at Dolma Lhakang Monastery where his brother, Akong Tulku Rinpoche, was Abbot. After a harrowing six month journey escaping from Tibet as a teenager in 1959, Lama Yeshe arrived in India along with Akong Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and a handful of other exhausted refugees. On leaving the Tibetan Refugee Camp he attended the Young Lamas Home School in Dalhousie and left in 1967 to serve as Private Secretary to His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim.

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Rob Narin

Rob Nairn’s training in psychology and Buddhist practice brings him a unique ability to explain ancient Eastern concepts in modern, accessible terms. The author of What Is Meditation? and Diamond Mind, he is sought after internationally as a lecturer on Buddhist philosophy and meditation.

Akong Tulku Rinpoche

Born in 1940, in Dharak Village, Riwoche County, in the Chamdo area of Kham, which is part of the Tibetan areas of China, he was discovered at a very young age by the search party seeking the reincarnation of the previous (1st) Akong, Karma Miyo, Abbot of Lho Tsawagang Drolma Lhakang Monastery in Pashu County in the Chamdo area of Kham. The search party was following precise instructions given by HH 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Supreme Head of the Karma Kagyu Tradition.

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I am also indebted to the guidance of my two life mentors Tim and Ya’Acov.


Ya’Acov is the co-creator of School of Movement Medicine and has been drawn to the down-to-earth connection with the spirit world that shamanism invites for most of his life. He has pursued this yearning throughout his adult life, studying and practicing with many gifted teachers around the world. He has been recognised as a practicing shaman by Elder Shamans from the Sami (European tradition), and Achuar and Sápara peoples of the Amazon.

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Tim Freke

Tim Freke is the author of more than 30 books on many spiritual traditions that have been translated into 15 languages, including a top 10 international bestseller and Daily Telegraph ‘Book of the Year’. Tim has been exploring the deep|awake state since he was 12 years old and is able to guide others directly to it. He is a passionate and playful communicator with a contagious enthusiasm for exploring the mystery of life.

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