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David Ashby

David has lived in cities, the country and also overseas. An erratic working path has seen him restore a 600-year old Cornish Manor House, play in a band, write for a wide range of guides and set up and run his own tour operator business in Western Europe. Lucky to have travelled extensively, to enhance his love of the outdoors and of people, he thinks of himself as a worshipper in ‘the church of the open sky’. He is now firmly planted in the Welsh Borders with the woman of his dreams and busy spinning multiple plates for various local and international organisations. He also manages to play tennis in any free time available.

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Julia Wallond

Julia started meditating regularly after an inspiring retreat with Martine and Stephen Batchelor at Gaia House in 2005. Her journey took her towards Insight Meditation and other Gaia house teachers including Kirsten Kratz who invited her to facilitate a retreat for Sanghaseva (Meditation in Action’s sister organisation) at the Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales in 2017. This has led to several years of enriching annual retreats at CAT and more recently joint holding of Sacred Place days for Meditation in Action, which she has loved as a way to connect more deeply with her local environment through litter picking and tree planting. Her trainings include roles as a mindfulness teacher (MBCT with Exeter University ), a Community Dharma Leader under the Gaia house programme, and Dharma teacher with the Bodhi College. She has combined these roles with part time work as a medical GP and is inspired by Meditation in Action’s mission to integrate the blessings of meditation and dharma practice with practical actions of service.

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Linda Vincent

Linda has been practising meditation and yoga for more than 30 years and is committed to encouraging and supporting others on their journey of inner exploration. She has volunteered on many SanghaSeva & Meditation in Action retreats: picking olives in Palestine, helping in the Wisdom Bank (the home for the elderly) in a community for those affected by leprosy in India, and tree planting on Dartmoor.

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Trevor Fielding

Trevor first came across Vipassana meditation and the Thai Forest tradition in 2014, and has been irregularly attending silent retreats across Europe and in India ever since. Combining meditation with beautiful nature, whilst helping support a good cause, matches both his values and interests on many different levels. He is currently living very close to nature in rural Southern Finland, enjoying the extremely varied climate and contrasting Finnish seasons.

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Grace Loveday

Grace has a background in oncology nursing and specialised in integrative cancer care blending her knowledge of conventional treatment with evidence-based supportive therapies. She has developed health and well-being programmes, facilitated spiritual retreats and taught meditation and mindfulness practices.
Grace currently works as a massage therapist, encouraging and enabling people to deepen their connection with their body wisdom and is training as an Interfaith Minister with the OneSpirit foundation. She lives in rural Powys where the landscape is a constant source of nourishment and inspiration to live with courage, compassion and connection.

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Nathan Glyde

Nathan began meditating in 1997, and teaching retreats in 2007. From continued exploration grew a deep love for meditation's alive stillness and creative silence. Feeling the potential for all of life to play a part in awakening opened an interest to cultivate attentiveness in every experience. In 2004 this led to the co-founding of SanghaSeva | Meditation in Action to offer retreats combining meditation with social and environmental action.

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