About Us

It was beneath the shelter of the Bodhi Tree that the Buddha sat in meditation, until he attained Nirvana – liberation from suffering. Bodhi means “awakening”, literally “waking up” to the truth of the way things are. The Buddha went on to share his insights into the causes of suffering - the Dharma - across India. The Dharma has since spread across the world, addressing as it does the universal human truths.

Bodhi Tree Brighton is an umbrella charity that includes a range of meditation groups and events that explore Buddhist practice and build community. We do not have any one particular tradition as our focus. Instead we offer the chance to explore a range of expressions of Dharma practice from ancient traditions to modern creative forms.

You are welcome to come along to our events, whether you call yourself a Buddhist or not. At our heart is a supportive community of meditators that we hope will develop and grow in the local area and beyond.

We have a management committee that meets regularly to discuss any issues that arise and to make decisions about the short and long term vision of the charity.  We currently have seven trustees, who are elected by our members every year at our AGM.

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Meet The Team

Judy Simon

Trustee, Chair

Judy has had a meditation practice for the past 15 years. She is a member of the LGBTQI meditation group and helps out with the group and its events.

Corky Vale

Trustee, Programme Manager

Corky has been following the teachings of Ajahn Chah and the Thai Forest Tradition for 40 years.

He is responsible for managing our retreat programme.


Charlie Bell

Trustee, Secretary

Charlie started practicing meditation in 2016. As well as Bodhi Tree events, she enjoys retreats at Gaia House and London Insight, and particularly likes the teachings of Martin Aylward.

Jiva Masheder

Trustee, Publicity Coordinator

 Jiva runs the Open Meditation Group on Wednesdays. She has been practising meditation since 1997, mainly in the Theravada and Insight traditions.  She has completed the Community Dharma Leader programme run by Gaia House and teaches day retreats for Bodhi Tree. She teaches secular mindfulness courses - MBSR/MBCT and Mindful Self Compassion for her day job and finds the interactive teaching style in this tradition particularly helpful.

Sheila Roche


Sheila is our Treasurer and has been running the LGBTQI group for 20 years, and attends and teaches the Awakened Heart Sangha group. She has recently started running day retreats for Bodhi Tree.

Ian Mackenzie


Runs Awakened Heart Sangha group. Ian Mackenzie (Sherab Dorjay) has been a meditator and student of Buddhism for over twenty years. Since 2005, he has been a student of Lama Shenpen Hookham in the Awakened Heart Sangha. He guides students in exploring Lama Shenpen’s approach to Formless Meditation, a meditation practice based on the Tibetan Mahamudra teachings. As well as being a group leader and mentor, Ian provides Student Support for the Awakened Heart Sangha.