Victor von der Heyde has been practising meditation for thirty five years. He's spent over two years in total in silent retreats and has taken dharma teaching roles since the mid 1990s. He was co-founder of Sydney Insight Meditators and of the Bodhgaya Development Association. He also trained in Gestalt Therapy and worked for years as a counsellor. His main teacher was Rob Burbea from Gaia House in the UK.
Victor writes: These days my passions in teaching - and practice - include ethics, exploring the various responses to climate breakdown and the ways that we get often stuck with particular concepts of self and world. And stuck with particular meditation practices. My intention is to open up freeing and soulful possibilities for people.
Suzie Brown has been practising meditation for twenty years and is co-founder of the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group. Her teachers have included Subhana Barzaghi, Carol Perry and James Baraz. She has also practised with and supported the Sri Lankan born Buddhist yoga teacher Channa Dassanayaka. Suzie trained in both Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has been teaching mindfulness since 2010. She developed Mindfulness for Parents courses and workshops and she has a mindful parenting blog and e-course, called Feed the Parent. Suzie has worked as a facilitator, trainer and educator for over a decade in the areas of environmental sustainability and organizational strategy. She has a young daughter and is founder of the group Australian Parents for Climate Action which works for a safe climate future for our children.