Teacher Friends

Over the years, many renowned international teachers have found their way to Venwoude since its foundation in 1988. The beautiful natural surroundings, the excellent food and the community’s continuous, profound, embodied spiritual practice, expressed in the impeccable care and eye for detail that can be seen and felt everywhere, all provide a huge extra value to any training or retreat given here. People will often say that just by entering the estate, their inner journey gets off to a good start already.

Our international Teacher Friends are regularly invited as guest teachers on our Sangha’s Sunday Evenings.

Jun Po Denis Kelly

Jun Po Denis Kelly received his Zen Masters recognition in 1992. From 1987 to 1993, he was head monk as well as resident yoga teacher at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kong-ji in the Catskill Mountains in New York state. He is the architect of the Mondo Zen™ Koan Process, a very effective transformational method that combines traditional Zen practice from the East with Western psychological understanding. Once a year he comes to Venwoude to give a 7-day Mondo Zen Retreat.
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Mondo Zen at Venwoude >

Miranda Macpherson

Miranda Macpherson is founder of the Interfaith Seminary in London and a prominent teacher of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. Miranda lives in California. In her work with people, non-dualistic spiritual teachings come alive through her synthesis of self-inquiry (inspired by Ramana Maharshi), spiritual psychology and her own feminine grace.
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Embodying Love – Awakening Wisdom >

Isaac Shapiro

Isaac Shapiro is an internationally known facilitator with a zest for living life in alignment with the great wisdom traditions. He is a disciple of Papaji, a guru in the Advaita tradition of Ramana Maharshi. For 15 consecutive years, he has been leading an annual silent retreat at Venwoude. His retreats have a deep and lasting impact on people, who are supported by therapists with extensive training in Somatic Experiencing.
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Silent retreat >

Doshin Michael Nelson Roshi

Doshin received Inka, his recognition as a Zen master, from Jun Po Denis Kelly in 2011. Doshin has put his life at the service of transmitting and spreading the light of the transformational Mondo Zen™ Koan Process designed by Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi. In his practice, Doshin shows his deep understanding of Integral thinking and personal and collective forms of shadow.
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Mondo Zen Retreat >

Teja Bell

Teja Bell is a committed practitioner of the Dharma and the Tao. His Radiant Heart Qigong is a synthesis of qigong, martial arts and healing energy work. From a very young age, he has been practicing and teaching Aikido (black belt 5th dan) and Chinese internal arts with special emphasis on the healing and health-restoring effects of qigong and meditation. He is also a Roshi in the Hollow Bones Zen Order. Since 1999 he regularly leads residential retreats in the Spirit Rock Meditation Center together with Jack Kornfield and Robert Hall.
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Qigong at Venwoude>