Peter Fernando trained as a Buddhist monk in the Thai Forest tradition for seven years, and lived within intensive practice environments for most of his twenties. Upon leaving the monastic life he was invited to teach in Wellington by New Zealand mindfulness trainer and meditation teacher, Stephen Archer, and was one of the founders of Original Nature Meditation Centre in 2009.

He finds a lot of joy in exploring ways of translating Buddhist mindfulness teachings in an urban, lay context, and supporting others in the practice of awakening. As well as his influences in the Buddhist tradition, his current interests include contemporary approaches to somatic healing and practices for living with chronic illness and pain.

He is the author of ‘Finding Freedom in Illness – A guide to cultivating deep well-being through mindfulness and self-compassion’, published by Shambhala in 2016. You can read more about it here.

Peter is mentored by Sharda Rogell, teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre in the U.S.A, and studies with Ajahn Sucitto and other teachers in the Buddhist tradition.

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