Will James is Tallowwood Sangha’s
resident teacher. He attended his first Insight Meditation
Retreat in the late 1970s with Christopher Titmuss, a
pioneer meditation teacher in the west. This meeting
kindled a deep interest in meditation and a great love for
the Dharma teachings and practices.
Will continued to study with Christopher
through the 1980s and also studied with Subhana Barzaghi
in the Zen and Insight traditions. In 2005 Will was
invited by Christopher and Subhana to take up the
responsibility of teaching in the Insight tradition.
Will’s teaching lays great emphasis on
seeing into the ‘dependent arising’ and empty nature of
all phenomena. This seeing makes possible a deep
understanding that frees the mind and opens the heart.
As well as teaching at the Tallowwood Sangha, Will leads
retreats in Bellingen, in Byron Bay and in Bali (http://www.willjamesinsight.com/bali.html).
Will has taught at the Dharma Gatherings in Australia and
India, taught the Australian Dharma Facilitators Programme
and teaches a Mindfulness Training Course and Dharma Study
Tallowwood Sangha acknowledges these
apprentice teachers in our midst:
made her first trip to India about 20 years ago.
The experiences there continue to transform her
dharma practice into the foundation that informs
her life. Jude has been sharing her
understanding of the dharma for many years.
Currently, she leads a
women’s dharma group in her hometown of
Bellingen and also teaches with Radha Nicholson
at the annual Women’s Retreat held at
Yarrahapinni. Jude’s teaching emphasises a
non-traditional creative approach, particularly
using nature and the arts as a path to support
people to find their unique means of expressing
the dharma. Her experiential method applies the
Buddha’s teaching to daily life and explores
opportunities to embody the dharma. She is
interested in a feminist perspective of
Jude is a mentor for the
online Mindfulness Training Course and is
available to mentor people in the local
community. She has participated in the Dharma
Facilitator’s Program and has organised and
managed retreats for many years.
These days, Jude is
studying mindfulness-based psychotherapy and has
recently completed the Heart Based Life Coaching
training. Her business “Art Meditation Ritual”
runs workshops and day retreats that enable
women to connect to what really matters.
Jude can be contacted at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at:
has an innate curiosity about both the material
world and the intangible aspects of life. Childhood
questions about the physical and mechanical
broadened in adulthood into an enquiry about the
human struggle for inner peace.
Rowan attended his first retreat with Christopher
Titmuss in 1981 and a deep interest in the dharma
was kindled. After many years of inner enquiry and
attending retreats in the Insight Vipassana
tradition, Rowan has been encouraged by Will James
and other Insight teachers to explore opportunities
through which he can share his dharma understanding.
Macgregor studied the dharma for eleven years and
attended the Dharma Facilitation Program for five
years. Rob managed Tallowwood retreats and led the
Ocean Sangha at Coffs Harbour. She was a passionate
Rob was also a Yoga Teacher and led Dru Yoga
sessions at Tallowwood Retreats.