OUR TRAINING INSTRUCTORS
Chandresh Bhardwaj is a spiritual advisor, international speaker, and the author of the bestselling book, Break the Norms: Questioning Everything You Think You Know About God and Truth, Life and Death, Love and Sex. Currently based in L.A., Chandresh quit his Wall Street job to launch the nonprofit Break the Norms Movement with the intention of awakening the human awareness from its conditioned self. He is a world traveler who frequently speaks about spirituality across the globe, from Europe to Asia and the Americas. Chandresh hails from a line of spiritual healers in India that spans over seven generations, and his teachings combine ancient wisdom with a modern approach to spirituality. Chandresh is a disciple of his father, His Holiness Shri Chamunda Swami, a universally recognized authority in spiritual healing. Chandresh is revered as a credible teacher of eastern tantra traditions; the incredible healing powers of mantra, tantra, and meditation have long fascinated him. He designed his easy-to-access meditations to help students realize truth from within. “Spirituality is a borrowed knowledge,” says Chandresh. “We must meditate to experience our own version of it.”
Originally from New Jersey, Hilary has traveled the world collecting wisdom and experience for her meditation practice. After spending some time in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, she went to an ashram to learn about traditional Hatha Yoga and Vedic and Tantric meditation. She then trekked to India, where she studied Kundalini Tantra. She also studied traditional Buddhist techniques, including Compassion and Vipassana Meditation, and focused on classical yoga and meditation for two years while living in an Australian ashram. Hilary has since channeled her inside-out approach to wellness into a teaching career. She is committed to helping people find their way inward through focused breath-work, sustainable self-care strategies, and systematic meditation and relaxation techniques.
Heather Prete is a UCLA certified Mindfulness facilitator, Self-Compassion teacher, and Mindfulness in Recovery coach. She began her formal training with Tibetan Compassion practices in 1998 and has received instruction in the U.S. and Asia. Heather spent time training PhDs at the Tarzana Treatment center and working as a guiding teacher for Mindful School’s online adult courses (which were featured in Time magazine’s cover story, “The Mindful Revolution”). She also worked with those in recovery at Alternatives Treatment Center, Westside Treatment, and BLVD Centers. Heather also spent 20 years in the theater. She is published in the book Remembering Arthur Miller and has been featured in The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, Time magazine, and Times of India. Since mindfulness transformed her own creative process, she’s worked with actors through the Khan Institute to teach her program, “Mindfulness for the Actor.” Since 2000, Heather has remained committed to yearly retreats ranging from seven to 30 days in length and has completed three teacher trainings. She also sells her paintings to the lovely residents of Los Angeles.
Scott Tusa is a Buddhist teacher and musician. He teaches Buddhism and meditation classes, workshops, and retreats nationally and supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor. He trained as a Buddhist monastic in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for nine years, and has developed his Buddhist studies and practice under an array of well-respected Tibetan Buddhist masters and in a variety of solitary meditation retreats since his early twenties. Through his down to earth approach, Scott makes meditation more approachable and acts as a bridge for modern spiritual seekers.