Anna Murray Preece
ROB PREECE (BSc. Psych. 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. MA Mindfullness Based Core Process Psychotherapy, UKCP reg.)
I have been working in the field of health and healing for over 30 years. I initially trained in Homoeopathy at the The School of Homeopathy which I started in 1984 and have practiced ever since.
A love of movement and a need to be more connected to my body led me to study with Sandra Reeve and subsequently train with her to teach 'Move into Life'. I also studied and apprenticed with Suprapto Suryodarmo in Java and the UK. Both of these teachers have been inspirational for me and my past studies with them continue to inform my work.
I begun teaching under the name of 'Healing Movement' in 1996 in the context of workshops, individual sessions and ongoing groups. Between 2002-2004 I facilitated a weekly group at Harmony Rehabilitation Centre for adults with addictions. Since 1997 my husband, Rob, and I have co-facilitated meditation and movement retreats in Tibetan Buddhism.
In 2002 I begun working with Ruth Noble who supported me as I begun to take my practice more in the direction of therapeutic healing. In 2009 I completed training with her in "Rhythmic Healing', which has deeply influenced how I work.
A dream gave me the awareness that I needed to study Plant Spirit Medicine with Eliot Cowan, a Tsaurirrikame (elder shaman) in the Mexican Huichol Tradition. This practice has changed my relationship to nature and opened many doors in my life. I have practiced Plant Spirit Medicine since qualifying in 2005. I am a clinical consultant for the Plant Spirit Medicine Seminary and completed training to teach Plant Spirit Medicine with Eliot in 2020.
I have an MA in Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy which I completed in 2018 and am UKCP registered. I am excited to be able to offer this to new clients while also bringing these skills into my other practices.
The common element in all my work is a relationship to 'Source' which holds me in a greater field of awareness, as well as helping to facilitating that in others.
My practice of Tibetan Tantric Meditation is a great support to all that I do in my work and life. My journey as a mother to two lovely young men is both a joy and a challenge to all that I think I know!
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