At 18 years old Brian Hilliard received life-changing teachings from the great Tibetan master, Chőgyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He completed advanced training seminaries including Ngedon School, Nitartha Institute and Vajradhatu seminaries under qualified Tibetan masters. He did undergraduate studies at The Naropa Institute. After many years of training, Brian completed the traditional Tibetan three-year retreat. He has taught mindfulness in business, centers for well-being, and holiday retreats for over 35 years. Brian teaches beginning and advanced students meditation for everyday life and Tibetan yoga. He is Shastri (senior teacher) for Shambhala International. He was born in Connecticut and has lived in Europe since 2000. Brian Hilliard loves cooking, running, accordion, Italia, yoga and travel.
Brian Hilliard carefully and expertly guides beginners and experienced meditators through all the steps of mindfulness meditation. He provides many opportunities to build on strengths and let go of weaknesses. With humor and precision, Brian invites students to explore solitary connection with themselves. As a group leader he encourages warm and friendly interaction. It is a safe atmosphere that sparks learning and increases personal enjoyment. Group interaction is enhanced with private meditation instructions that address special needs. Brian places special emphasis on bringing meditation practice into daily life. Students may confidently align themselves with new goals and aspirations based on personal experience. With Brian Hilliard's help, students' experience will remain an invaluable milestone on the mindfulness journey.
Shannon van Staden has been practicing yoga for over ten years and is a certified Yoga Alliance Teacher. She teaches Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative Yoga. Shannon has a keen interest in Yoga Therapy to work with physical limitations and improving the quality of life of the elderly. Shannon continues to expand her learning through courses and workshops worldwide and through her work with students. Born and raised in South Africa, Shannon van Staden has lived in London, New York and France.
Shannon practices yoga daily, teaches meditation and deepens her path with Shambhala International. With a background in fashion, styling, interiors and luxury travel, she is especially adept at taking care of guests' needs. As a leader at an international retreat center for four years, she is skilled in the design and management of effective retreats. As a leader for National Geographic Expeditions and Singita Luxury Safaris, Shannon van Staden's magic lies in creating retreat ambiences of style, simplicity, and fine attention to detail.
"Brian Hilliard and Shannon van Staden are leaders in their field when it comes to mindfulness and meditation. Brian is an expert guide - soft spirited, practical, full of empathy, tips and appreciation for the challenges of modern life. Shannon stylishly holds the space and ensures everything runs smoothly. Together they are a dream team on the wellness scene."
– DAISY FINER, Spa and Health Writer
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