2019 Rains Retreat Teachers for Armadale Meditation Group include: 

Week Date Person Topic
Week 1 Tuesday 23rd July

7 – 8.30pm


Kathryn Choules. She began meditating over 25 years ago at the Armadale group (AMG). She is the founder of “Mind and Movement”, a leading provider of mindfulness programs for individuals and organisations and is a certified teacher of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s program, “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” (MBSR) and recognised as a Senior Teacher by the Meditation Association of Australia. She is the only Perth-based mindfulness teacher with these qualifications.  For more info: https://www.mindandmovement.com.au Mindfulness – from reactivity to response.
Week 2 Tuesday

30th July

7 – 8.30pm

Kathryn Choules  Acceptance or Action – working with the judgemental mind.
Week 3 Tuesday

6th August

7 – 8.30pm

Kathryn Choules


Compassion for self and others.
Week 4 Tuesday 13th August

7 – 8.30pm

Kathryn Choules


Week 5 Tuesday 20th August

7 – 8.30pm

Dennis Sheppard. Highly respected President of the Buddhist Society of WA with long years of dedicated meditation and practice on the Buddha’s path to peace. He is also a hypnotist, Buddhist marriage celebrant, marriage counsellor, building designer and poet. He is one of the original members involved in setting up the Buddhist Society and inviting the monks to come to Perth.

You can read more about him here: http://dennissheppard.com.au

Week 6 Tuesday 27th August

7 – 8.30pm

Rob Hendry is a recent convert to meditation and an Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) regular.  Rob grew up entrenched within Christianity and has a Bachelors’ Degree in Theology. He has preached regularly in Christian churches, and turned to meditation during last year’s AMG Rains schedule as a way to deal with both stress and the pain associated with a chronic skin infection. He was quickly converted to the transformative power of meditation and is eager to share its benefits with others. He is particularly interested in the areas of commonality between Buddhism and Christianity. “living Buddha, living Christ”

(borrowed from a Thich Nhat Hanh book title)


Week 7 Tuesday

3rd Sept

7 – 8.30pm

Rachel Green. She has had a regular meditation practice for over 30 years and used meditation to help cure herself of panic attacks. Former president of the Buddhist Society of WA. She is a professional speaker with the highest level of international accreditation in the professional speaking industry – CSP – and promises not to be boring. She is particularly interested in helping people who think they can’t meditate – to meditate.  For more info-


How to meditate for those who think they can’t do it – and reduce stress on the way.
Week 8 Tuesday 10th Sept

7 – 8.30pm

Mark Simpson is a yoga teacher, writer, holistic health coach and facilitator.  His work integrates postures, breathing practices, meditation and philosophy.  He is interested in mindfulness and meditation practices and draws on them both in his own personal life and to help others observe and care for their bodies and minds. He has also attended retreats at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village including a retreat focussed on Compassionate Leadership https://www.marksimpson.yoga/
Week 9 Tuesday 17th Sept

7 – 8.30pm

Ananda Thilakasiti was born in Sri Lanka into a Buddhist family but came to meditation only in 1987 after meeting Ajahns Jagaro and Brahm. He and his family began visiting Bodhinyana and Dhammaloka regularly in 1991 and have been BSWA members ever since.  Ananda has served BSWA as Treasurer, amongst other tasks.  He has attended many retreats taught mainly by Ajahns Brahm and Brahmali and credits these, along with studying the Suttas and a daily meditation practice, for his progress. Mindfulness of Breathing,

Buddha’s Way to Awakening


Walking Meditation

Week 10 Tuesday 24th Sept

7 – 8.30pm

Zor Hane, originally from Burma, has been in Australia for over 40 years.  He is the Spiritual Advisor of the Buddhist Meditation Society in Joondalup.  He has given talks at universities, schools, business organisations and at the Perth Detention Centre.  He has worked with drug addicted young people at the Palmerston Farm drug rehabilitation centre for four years showing them the life skills that can be achieved through meditation and the Buddhist way of living with wisdom, awareness and harmlessness (to oneself and others).  http://www.buddhistchaplaincy.com/aboutus.html  


Week 11 Tuesday

1st October 7 – 8.30pm

Rachel Green.    (see week 7)


Loving-kindness meditation to reduce anger and anxiety and feel happier.
Week 12 Tuesday

8th October

7 – 8.30pm

Richard Thomas was first taught to meditate in the early 1980s and discovered BSWA in1992. He has completed several 3-month Rains retreats and has stayed in Bodhinyana. He has also attended retreats at Kyaswa monastery in Myanmar.  He was the editor of the book “Emptiness and Stillness” which marked Ajahn Brahm’s 60th birthday, a key co-ordinator of the 2015 Global Conference on Buddhism in Perth and a Member of the BSWA Committee and occasional teacher of the Introduction to Meditation course at Dhammaloka.
Week 13 Tuesday 15th Oct

7 – 8.30pm

Barry Gaskin.  Learning and teaching martial arts taught him at an early age how important a clear mind and meditation are.  He discovered, while living in Asia, many different presentations of Buddhism and found all meditations to be similar – we all breathe our own breath, scan our own bodies and search for happiness.

He has gone from an aggressive businessman to one who is seen to be peaceful and kind. AMG member.

Finding Inner Peace and Happiness.

2019 “Our Stories” Rains Retreat Teachers for Dhammaloka include: 

19 July Shaun Nannup Well respected Aboriginal leader from Perth. Accompanied by Julianne Wade for a community canvas
26 July Dennis Sheppard President and long time member of BSWA. Meditator, hypnotherapist, marriage celebrant. Join us to explore reality, deep meditation and the meaning of life with BSWA president, hypnotherapist, and long time meditator, Dennis Sheppard.
02 August Archbishop Kay First female Archbishop in the world, and Order of Australia recipient 2017
09 August Imam Shakeeb Imam of Northbridge mosque
16 August Youth Night Includes three young guest speakers, pursuing three different vocations, but all having a powerful positive impact in our society.

Kenzie Dann is a Nyul Nyul/ Banjima man from Broome. He has many years of lived experience working with youth. His current focus and passion is within the corrective services area where he has been delivering mentoring programs for 4 years, combing culture and therapeutic approaches.

Tamkin Essa is an aspiring young journalist born in Afghanistan and raised in Perth. She is on the Youth Affairs Council of WA where she advocates for young multicultural people through planning state youth summits, helping to nurture future young leaders.

Zal Kanga-Parabia is a multi-disciplinary artist from Perth. He was the West Australian of the year 2018 finalist in the youth category, creative co-ordinator at Propel Youth Arts WA, and currently involved in many community projects including Moonboorli (Beyond) for National Science Week.

23 August Doug Solomon Lawyer for BSWA and lay meditation teacher with the Insight Meditation group
30 August Richard Yin Doctors for the Environment
06 September Behram Gista International meditation teacher from India
13 September Kelsang Ani Buddhist nun from the Kadampa meditation centre in Fremantle
20 September Vicki Freeman Lay meditation teacher. Helped to establish Liberation Prison Project in Australia
27 September Rachel Green Past BSWA president and emotional coach: ‘Using meditation to manage anxiety and anger
04 October Len Warren From Hayagriva Buddhist Centre in response to new voluntary euthanasia laws being passed in WA
11 October Kathryn Choules Kathryn Choules, founder of Mind and Movement, is the last guest speaker for 2019. Her love of mindfulness, meditation and compassion comes from experiencing the benefits first-hand. She uses mindfulness and compassion training to work with people as they respond to the inevitable stresses of the modern world and live more satisfying and fulfilling lives. Kathryn is a certified instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the University of Massachusetts and recognised as a Senior Teacher by the Meditation Association of Australia, and has done training with Jon Kabat-Zinn directly.

Click here for “Dhammaloka Rains Retreat Poster”.

This page is designed to inform you of the guest speakers i.e. visiting teachers at Dhammaloka and Armadale Meditation Group during the Rains Retreat.

You can view the dates for “the monasteries entry to the rains retreat ceremonies and Katina Ceremonies” on our events page here: https://bswa.org/events/

If you are interested at staying at a monastery during the rains retreat then please visit that monastery’s webpage.

Thank you.