Anna Murray Preece
ROB PREECE (BSc. Adv. Dip. Transpersonal Psychology UKCP reg.)
Following a 4 year apprenticeship in electronics engineering Rob went to university to study psychology. It was at this time he met both the work of C.G. Jung and Buddhism. In 1973 after a period of travel he met met Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Nepal. Since that time he has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist.
After working as a social worker Rob was part of a small group that founded a Buddhist centre in the UK for his Tibetan teachers. For the next four years he studied the foundations of Tibetan practice in that Buddhist community. In 1980 he returned to India and was in retreat for much of the next five years. This gave him a chance to explore the practices of the Tantric tradition in some depth meditating under the guidance of Lama Yeshe, Zopa Rinpoche and Gen Jhampa Wangdu in particular. While in India he was fortunate enough to receive teachings on many of the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism, in particular Tantric teachings, from Lamas such as H.H. Dalai Lama, Song Rinpoche and many others. It also gave him the opportunity to learn Tangkha (Tantric Icons) painting.
Returning to the west he at first lived as a Tangkha painter and then in 1985 he trained as a psychotherapist principally with the Center for Transpersonal Psychology. This began the process of bringing together the two worlds of Buddhism and Western psychology. He has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1988 gradually developing a style that is a synthesis of Buddhist and Jungian understanding.
Since 1985 he has been leading meditation retreats following the instruction and guidance of his teachers. Lama Yeshe was particularly influential is this, supporting his integration of a more Western approach. This has meant gradually guiding people through a kind of apprenticeship in the practice of Tantra. Rob's one-to-one work is now principally spiritual mentoring bringing together his experience of both Eastern and Western approaches.
He is the author of many books bridging the Tibetan tradition with Western psychology intended to support Buddhist practice in contemporary life. These include The psychology of Buddhist Tantra; The Wisdom of Imperfection; The courage to Feel; Preparing for Tantra; Feeling Wisdom and Tasting the Essence of Tantra.
Rob leads many meditation retreats in the UK some of which incorporate a movement practice facilitated by Anna. He also teaches in Europe and the US. As a father of two sons, an experienced Tangkha painter and a keen gardener he tries to ground Buddhist practice in a creative practical lifestyle.
ANNA MURRAY PREECE (R.S.Hom. DSH, Dip. RH, ATH reg.)
has been working with movement and healing since the early 1980's. What she brings to this work in particular is a combination of her “Healing Movement’ work, her training in Plant Spirit Medicine and her many years of Homeopathic practice.
Anna started her working life taking photographs of rock bands in the late 1970's and studied photography, film and tv at the London College of Printing. In 1982 she began studying Tai Chi which opened her to new possibilites leading her to train at the School of Homeopathy and set up practice in 1987.
In 1996 she started teaching “Healing Movement” having trained to teach “Move Into Life’ with Sandra Reeve and studied extensively with Suprapto Suryodarmo and other teachers of movement. Since 1997 she and Rob have co-facilitated meditation and movement retreats in Vajrayana Buddhism. Between 2002 – 2004 she facilitated a movement group at Harmony Rehabilitation Centre for adults with addictions.
In recent years Anna trained in 'Rhythmic Healing' with Ruth Noble, completing this in 2009. This has influenced her movement practice considerably taking it more into the realms of deep healing to support greater alignment between the physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual aspects of being In 2012 Ruth requested that she beccame the designated teacher for introductory courses in Rhythmic Healing which Anna now offers at regular intervals.
A wish to bring together the worlds of healing, movement and nature led Anna to study Plant Spirit Medicine with Eliot Cowan. She completed this in 2005 and has practiced ever since.
Anna’s movement teaching is informed by her own process of healing, and the growth that this has, and does necessitate. Working with nature has always been a large part of this. Her practice of Buddhist meditation has been a support and source of nourishment for many years. She is mother to two lively and lovely sons which brings much joy and many challenges.
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