Meditation should be simple and practical. Instructions should be clear. Practices should provide verifiable benefit. Not everyone will find meditation easy, but with the proper instruction, almost any difficulty can be overcome.
Since then Matthew has taught about 1000 students per year. In the process he has developed an understanding of the common pitfalls and difficulties beginners to meditation encounter. More importantly, he has learnt how to teach meditation in a practical, down-to-earth style, free of confusing jargon or dogma.
His main interest has been to make meditation accessible; to demystify the subject, to make it easy to learn and do, and to customize it to the needs of contemporary students.
Matthew, along with Subodh Joshi and Paul Majewski, helped establish Simply Silence and, with Garth Stone and Paul Majewski, Meditation Events, responsible for events such as the Australian Meditation Conference, Music for Meditation and The Big Retreat.
Although he has explored a wide variety of meditation techniques and traditions Matthew doesn’t belong to any particular school and doesn’t think of anyone as his teacher or ‘guru’. Instead he’s been fortunate enough to meet a number of mavericks in the meditation field; mentors who helped him to avoid the many pitfalls and to find the sweet spots amongst all the mystery and misinformation. Many people have influenced him in this way, and how he thinks, practices and teaches meditation owes much to them. Prominent, amongst them, have been Eric Harrison, Lorin Roche and Jason Siff. Matthew continues to study meditation and related fields in order to bring to his students the most useful techniques and strategies available.
Matthew usually teaches the Glen Waverley, Clifton Hill and CBD classes.
Peter’s interest in meditation began in the late ’90s. A few years later, whilst living in Sweden, an opportunity to attend a meditation retreat held by a well known international teacher came up in London. The experience had a big impact, and Peter found himself inspired to study and practice meditation further. Peter went on to attend numerous meditation conferences and retreats and eventually began teaching.
Over the years that he’s been practising meditation, Peter has found that the benefits have grown more measurable, reliable and consistent. Even so, Peter has continued to develop and learn new skills, methods and approaches to meditation.
In 2013 he completed Meditation Teacher Training with the Melbourne Meditation Centre and joined Meditation Australia, The Association of Meditation Teachers. He also runs his own classes through Always Meditation.
Peter occasionally teaches our classes in St Kilda.
After a brief (and uncomfortable) introduction to meditation at University in the late 90s, Beth’s interest was rekindled after a psychologist friend recommended incorporating mindfulness exercises into her teaching at a North London primary school in 2010. Having seen first hand the positive effects meditation had on the behaviour and well-being of the students she embarked on a journey of study into the subject and developed a personal practice.
Beth is passionate about making meditation accessible to all by demystifying the subject and helping others develop simple techniques that may ease stress and lead to greater self-awareness and self-compassion.
Having enjoyed the simple, user-friendly approach of the Meditation & Mindfulness For Beginners Course, Beth completed her teacher training with Melbourne Meditation Centre and is currently teaching classes at our Geelong venue.
Debbie is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with a bulk billing private practice. She completed her Meditation Teacher Training in 2004 and has been teaching at Melbourne Meditation Centre since 2005.
She has over 20 years counselling experience and has spent the last 10 years focusing specifically on meditation and mindfulness-based approaches. Debbie is a mental health clinician at The Melbourne Clinic where she facilitates groups on mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Debbie is also interested in the intersection between contemplative practice and Western psychology and has undertaken study in this area since 2009.
In 2016, Debbie commenced a PhD at Monash University researching the area of compassion.
Debbie is available for one-on-one consultations.