Andrew has had a regular meditation practice since he was 17 years old. He trained in the Theravāda Buddhist tradition, including both vipassanā and samatha meditation, and also has experience of Transcendental Meditation, Mantra Meditation, Kirtan, and Christian Contemplative practices. His early practice was most influenced by Godwin Samararatne, Sister Uttama, Ven. Vajiragnana Nayaka Thera (all from the Sinhalese tradition); Mother Sayamagyi (Burmese U Ba Khin tradition); and the monastic sangha at Amaravati (Thai Forest tradition). Since reconnecting with Christianity his personal practice has been influenced by the teachings of the desert fathers, the Ignatian tradition, Benedictine monasticism, and the English and European mystics.
He has taught meditation to groups, on retreat, and to individuals since 1997. He has been principal teacher for the Vipassanā Fellowship, which pioneered online meditation courses, for more than 20 years. He is developing courses for Contemplative Faith.
Andrew continues to be available to lead retreats and to teach one-to-one.
If you have an existing meditation practice but would welcome the opportunity for guidance and a “tune up” periodically, or you are a lapsed meditator keen to restart or refresh your practice, it is possible to book one-to-one sessions online with Andrew. We use Zoom (or Skype) to communicate during these face-to-face and personally-tailored meetings. All you need is an internet connection and a webcam. Andrew recommends a minimum of 4 sessions per year; these can be spaced at quarterly intervals or over a shorter period if there is a particular issue that you are trying to tackle.
If you are a complete or near beginner and would prefer to work one-to-one rather than joining a class or retreat, Andrew offers an individually-designed course. This is a minimum of 6 sessions. We use Zoom (or Skype) for these initimate and bespoke meetings that can be tailored to take into account the meditator’s background and beliefs.
If you’d like to enquire about either of these services, please use the contact form.