Our teacher, Hamid, has been a student of Zen for over 20 years and was ordained as a monk in 2000. He is also a trained counselor and this unique blend allows him to help participants fully open up and view their lives with greater clarity.
Born in Tehran, Iran he left his native land, becoming a nomad of the world.
Exposing himself to many different countries, cultures, languages, and traditions, Hamid settled in Paris in 1985 to study philosophy under Jacques Derrida the renowned French philosopher.
These early beginnings ignited a passionate philosophical and spiritual journey. Hamid has focused on gaining wisdom and insight through a varied and interesting educational process.
Drawn to meditation in the 1990’s Hamid encountered Japanese Zen Master Ryotan Tokuda in 1998, was ordained as a monk at Ei Tai-Ji Monastery in the South of France in 2000 and, in 2011, was authorized by his master to pass on these ancient teachings.
Expanding his educational journey, Hamid completed his School of Practitioners – Psychotherapy (École des Praticiens de la Psychothérapie) in Nice, France in 2005.
Realising that acquiring knowledge and understanding was only part of the equation, Hamid has continued his personal and professional development by sharing his expertise and experience conducting lectures, meditation retreats, and personal therapy sessions.
Hamid firmly believes that giving unconditional support and guidance is fundamental to a joyful existence.
Hamid’s lectures are truly inspiring, drawing, not only from personal experience but his combined Eastern and Western education.
He has the ability to delve into thought-provoking, interesting topics that truly resonate in today’s world and genuinely touch participants in a meaningful way.
His seminars are unique, inspiring, articulate and well thought out.
Hamid’s meditative teachings are brought to fruition in a comforting and comfortable way.
Leading the uninitiated and practiced practitioner with ease, he finds a unique balance that allows all participants to make the most of each experience.
Hamid also provides personal and professional counseling to those looking for additional support.
He understands that this type of relationship can only provide true benefit if he gives participants a safe empathetic place to be heard and supported.
Jen is a mountain guide, yoga teacher and Thai masseuse based in the French Alps.
She first met Hamid at the start of her spiritual journey at a yoga teacher training in Bali in 2012.
They stayed in touch over the years that followed and Jen has continued to explore Buddhist teachings under Hamid's guidance.
Jen assists in the organization of the retreats in Europe and teaches Yin Yoga during the retreats.