Kovido Maddick has over 35 years’ experience in mindfulness and meditation and spent 10 years training as a Buddhist Monk in the Thai Forest tradition under Ajahn Sumedho. He has been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programmes since 1996. He is co-facilitator of the Dunedin Men’s group, and is a Hakomi Graduate.
Although his training is primarily Buddhist he is very eclectic drawing on the wisdom of many different traditions and contemporary teachers including Rumi, Osho, Ajahn Chah, Ram Dass, Jeff Foster, Thich Naht Hanh. Probably his greatest teachers have been his two foster children Mason and Savannah who can take him to love, joy and delight and rage, frustration and despair on a daily basis.
For many, many years he tried to get enlightened, improve himself and get better at meditation and constantly failed. Gradually his focus has changed to more self-acceptance, trusting his own intuition and being with life as it is on this wonder-full and mysterious journey as a human being.
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