Emmanuelle Portrait who-I-am page

Hello and welcome! Bonjour et bienvenue!

I am a registered meditation teacher living in Melbourne with my family. I grew up in the south of France and I have lived in Australia since 2002, after spending some time in Berlin and London.

My interest in meditation has grown slowly over the years. The seed was planted a long time ago when my mum gave me a relaxation tape to help me manage my stress levels as I was studying for my baccalauréat. At the same time, I started attending a local yoga class, and I remember falling asleep systematically during each relaxation session. These practices were my first introduction to meditation.

After completing a Masters in Organisational and Social Psychology, I worked as an organisational development manager for British Telecom, and I returned to yoga and meditation to help me manage the fast pace and pressure of the corporate world. After six years, I realised that I was not cut for the corporate life. Over the years, I had developed a passion for natural medicine and healing, so I decided to follow my heart and my Australian boyfriend to Sydney where I started studying naturopathy. During this time, my interest in meditation became stronger and I enrolled in a beginner course at the Buddhist Institute in Newtown. There, I learnt techniques that were both simple and powerful, and they stayed with me for many years.

In 2013, as I was about to start my naturopathy practice, I experienced health issues that stopped me in my tracks. It took me a few years and a team of dedicated health professionals to help me get better. During that challenging time, I listened to the guided meditations of the Australian naturopath and meditation teacher Petrea King and of the American MD Martin Rossman. These deeply nourishing practices provided self-healing support, and inspired me to learn more about meditation.

In 2017, I completed a meditation teacher training with the Australian Centre for Holistic Studies (ACHS). This training opened the door for me to teachings that have transformed my life. It gave me the motivation to establish and maintain a regular and consistent meditation practice and I started to harness the benefits. While my external circumstances had not changed, I found myself feeling happier and more contented, I could move on from places where I felt stuck, and seek new avenues for my creativity. I became less reactive, less quick to blame others or my circumstances when things did not go as planned, and more able to take a pause and respond wisely to the ups and downs of life. This course motivated me to start a meditation practice at home with my local community in 2018.

During this course, I also feel in love with the work of Jack Kornfield, an American clinical psychologist and Buddhist meditation teacher. Jack was one of the key teachers to introduce mindfulness meditation to the West and has taught meditation teachers internationally since 1974. In May 2018, I decided to “answer the call” by enrolling in the worldwide Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Programme that Jack has developed with his friend and colleague Tara Brach. I am currently in the second year of this life-changing course, and I can feel how it is shaping and influencing the way I teach and I conduct my life.  I am honoured to be part of a growing body of meditation teachers serving society’s needs for inner well-being and helping to create a more peaceful, mindful world in harmony with our natural environment.

I invite you to take your time as you explore this site. I have developed several pathways to guide you. Read about meditation and mindfulness, listen to a guided meditation in English or in French, let yourself be touched by a few poems, and maybe take the step to enrol in one of my classes. Find your own way to discover what a regular meditation practice can do for you.

My intention is that this practice will be of benefit to you. May it bear its fruits abundantly in your life.

With kindness,

Emmanuelle

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