Doug Hyde – Ayurveda Diploma, retreats & classes

Adv Dip Ayur, B.A. (Biology)


Doug is the Ayurvedic practitioner & co-owner of Satmya. He first became interested in Ayurveda in 1998 during his Biology degree at the University of Denver (DU). At the time, Doug was an elite swimmer and could see the logic of this ancient system when he applied it to his own health.

In 2003, Doug relocated to Australia to pursue Ayurveda full time under the tutelage of professor Jason Chandler,  a highly respected Vaidyacharya (Ayurvedic Doctor & Teacher).  He studied classical Ayurveda for 4 years and upon graduation, in 2007, he returned home to set up Satmya in Killaloe.

He has a special interest in teaching and sharing his knowledge of Ayurveda.

Courses: Ayurveda for Practitioners, Kitchen Medicine, Ayurvedic Seasonal Cooking, Ayurveda Self CareIndian Head Massage  and other classes. Doug also runs Ayurveda & Yoga retreats in various locations in Ireland

Mindfulness Meditation

orna-cookeOrna Cooke: BSoc.Sc.,  Mindfulness facilitator, Psychotherapist IAHIP

Orna teaches mindfulness meditation at Satmya

Orna has been working for 25 years in the area of counselling and psychotherapy. In the 1980’s she worked in Adult Education and counselling. During this time she was studying in The Cork Counselling Centre and the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

In the early 90’s she began her training in Biodynamic psychotherapy, which has a strong bodywork emphasis. She has been working in private practice in Killaloe for the last 10 years. Orna has also has trained for 6 years in Art Synthesis, a process of uncovering the true self through spontaneous painting and meditation. Over the last 15 years she has been exploring meditation and for seven years has been studying in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

In recent years Orna has been teaching the mindfulness based stress reduction programme developed by Jon Kabat Zinn.

“It is a programme that I have found invaluable in my life. What I love most about this programme is how practical it is. It demystifies meditation and has helped me to integrate mindfulness in my everyday life. I love the simplicity of the practices, the ordinariness of meeting our everyday experience with mindfulness. I also love the emphasis on bringing mindfulness to awareness of the body .Although simple, it is not easy and it is only with practice that we begin to connect to the awareness that is within us all. It is a practice of kindness and encourages self acceptance, again not always easy in the face of difficulties, but these practices encourage us to be with whatever arises without judgement.”

Orna is in continuous training and supervision with The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice in Bangor University.

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