About Meditation

Meditation practice offers the potential to access a deep level of release, relaxation and expansive spaciousness in body and mind. In my experience, this is often far greater than can be achieved through physical practices alone – and in my view, this is the real meaning of Yoga. These deeper meditative mental states accessed through meditation – sometimes referred to as Samadhi or Jhana, are also related to the concept of Wu Chi, emptiness or non-duality found within the Daoist or Tai Chi philosophy.

My Background

I began to practice meditation from books and CD’s while studying psychology at university. Some years later I started attending meditation classes for a couple of years with a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk. My first meditation / mindfulness retreat experience was with Thich Nhat Hanh in 2008 (and again in 2012). In 2010, I attended my first 10-Day Vipassana Course (Goenka) and undertook several more of these of various lengths over the following years. In 2012, I attended my first week long meditation retreat at Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre, and have since attended a dozen or so retreats on various meditation themes – I continue to attend retreats at Dhanakosa whenever possible with various teachers – I particularly appreciate the ‘Uncontrived Mindfulness’ retreats run by Vajradevi. I’ve also undertaken some online retreats and courses with Guy Burgs (The Art of Meditation), whose teachings I find very rich, accessible and helpful. In addition, I’ve also explored ‘shamanic’ and alternative approaches to meditation with various groups and teachers over the years.


“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves . . Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle Of Mindfulness

Teaching Approach

I teach meditation initially as an extension of body and breath practice and normally begin by focussing on aspects of physical posture and breath. This can naturally lead on to a more internally focussed practice, working with sensations and body awareness – moving towards a ‘just sitting’ style of open embodied awareness practice.


2024 Yoga & Meditation –  Workshops

Scaravelli-Inspired Yoga & Meditation Workshops at Partickhill Bowling & Community Club


Saturday 9th March 2024 – 11:30am to 1:30pm


Saturday 8th June 2024 – 11:30am to 1:30pm


Saturday 9th November 2024 – 11:30am to 1:30pm


2024 Qigong, Yoga & Meditation –  Retreat


Sunday 6th October 2024 – 10am to 5pm

See also About Yoga section