Bill met the dharma over forty years ago and has maintained a practice and ongoing engagement across numerous working lives: studying at university; in the retail flower trade; studying anthropology as a mature-age student; in Aboriginal community health in west, north-west and south-east Australia; in university community health teaching programs; and as researcher/evaluator in Aboriginal community health in Victoria. Through those years his Dharma inspirations have been Herman Hesse, Eric Fromm, R. D. Laing, Ven.Karma Chimé Shore, Roy Jenzen, the late Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche, Leander Kane, Humberto Maturana and, primarily, Ven. Tarchin Hearn with whom Bill has undertaken several long retreats. In his teaching, Bill draws on experiences working in and with community development, sociodrama, mandala, Aboriginal wellbeing, health sociology and explorations in biology and related sciences.
Kathryn has been practicing meditation and studying with a number of teachers for over 30 years. For the first part of that period initially she followed a devotional path and spent many months on meditation and service retreats in ashrams in India, America and Fiji. In 1998 her focus of study turned to Buddhist Teachings when she was inspired by gifted teachers Karma Chimé Shore and the late Cecily Kwiat. About Fifteen years ago she was blessed to meet her main Teachers Ven. Tarchin Hearn and Leander Kane. Since then she has spent much time in meditation retreat and study with Tarchin and Leander, primarily at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre in New Zealand but also in Australia. Kathryn has also studied under other inspirational Buddhist teachers such as the late Sonia Moriceau and Lama Mark Webber. Kathryn is greatly indebted to Leander, whose work has inspired a continual exploration of the Dharma through movement. Movement, as an expression and understanding of Dharma, is the main focus of Kathryn’s teaching work.