About The Teacher

Thanissara is Anglo-Irish, originally from London. She started Buddhist meditation practice in the Burmese school of U Ba Khin in 1975. She was inspired to ordain after meeting Ajahn Chah and spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun where she was a founding member of Chithurst Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. She was also co-initiator of events for children and families at Amaravati. Thanissara has facilitated meditation retreats since 1989 and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice from Middlesex University & the Karuna Institute in the UK. She is author of several books - 'Garden of the Midnight Rosary', 'The Heart of the Bitter Almond Hedge Sutra', co-author of 'Listening to the Heart', and and her latest is 'Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth'. She is a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society, MA, guiding teacher of Chattanooga Insight, TN and affiliated teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA. Together with her husband Kittisaro, she co-founded Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre.

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I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.