Norman Feldman attended his first Insight Meditation retreat in 1971, while traveling in India. Since then he has practiced and studied with many teachers in the Theravada, Tibetan and Zen traditions of Buddhism, as well as visiting with teachers in the Advaita-Vedanta tradition of Hinduism. He has spent long periods of time without a home, practicing intensively in India, Thailand and Sri Lanka, as well as in the West. He has also lived in Buddhist communities in England and Canada. Norman began teaching Insight Meditation retreats in 1986, and since then he has regularly taught throughout Canada and the US, as well as at Gaia House retreat centre in England, in Bodh Gaya, India and in Israel.
As well as leading traditional, formal Insight Meditation retreats, Norman also offers forms of practice that facilitate the integration of meditation into daily life. These include canoe retreats, study classes in the Buddhist texts, non-residential retreats that emphasize the integration of meditative awareness, insight and inquiry into daily life, and pilgrimage to the sacred Buddhist sites of India and Nepal.
Since 1998 Norman has been engaged full-time in offering Dharma support to others. In previous lives he has been a pharmacist and a shiatsu therapist.
Molly Swan has been engaging in spiritual inquiry and meditation practice since the 1980's in North America, India, and England, primarily with teachers in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, but also in the traditions of Korean Zen and Hindu Advaita-Vedanta. Since 1997 Molly has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats primarily in Canada and England, as well as offering support to individuals and groups in Ontario. A part of Molly's practice has been supporting others in accessing the precious gift of the Buddhist teachings. She is a co-founder and guiding Teacher for True North Insight Meditation Centre, she has organized and managed retreats for many years in India and Canada, and co-managed at Gaia House Retreat Centre in England in 1987.
Molly's path has been primarily the teachings and practice of the Buddha because they speak with such clarity and possibility of liberation from suffering and struggle that is possible right here, right now - allowing the heart, and life, to truly flower. Other sources of inspiration for Molly have been months of pilgrimage in India, and living 'on the road' where the experience of stepping into the unknown as a daily experience is a powerful teacher.
Molly's background includes B.F.A. and M.A. degrees in art and teaching, as well as a diploma in Homeopathy. She often weaves the modalities of meditation and creativity together.
Molly and Norman are presently based in Guelph, Ontario, and travel where invited to support individuals and dharma groups. They are co-founders and Guiding Teachers for True North Insight Meditation Centre. Following the Buddhist tradition, Molly and Norman offer the teachings freely, and rely on donations for their livelihood.