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The team


Dr Ian Gawler

Saurabh Mishra

Dr Ruth Gawler

Nithya Shanti

Johanna Rosie

Peter Roberts

David Berlin

Carolyn Berlin

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya

Dr Ian Gawler

OAM, BVSc MCounsHS, founder of MBM and the Australian male voice guide in the program

Ian’s experience and knowledge of meditation and philosophy comes from over 30 years of studying, teaching and writing numerous books on these subjects. As an experienced and respected global authority, Ian has introduced meditation to over 100,00 people worldwide and is also the founder and ex-therapeutic director of the Gawler Foundation. In 1987 he was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) for his contributions to the community.

Diagnosed with a very difficult cancer in the mid 1970s Ian’s journey to recovery led him to, Dr Ainslie Meares, an Australian psychiatrist who was the first major Westerner to apply meditation in a therapeutic setting. Ian was mentored by Dr Meares for many years and also became a student of the great Tibetan teacher Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

Ian has also kept his humour - deciding to wear a kaftan when you only have one leg does make people give you a funny look, but the comfort is worth it!

Saurabh Mishra

BE (Hons), BCom and founder of MBM

Saurabh is the business head of the team. He is a details man who likes to resolve problems through new technologies, and has developed four successful IT based service businesses in the healthcare industry (healthnotes.com.au, eclinic.com.au, marketreach.net.au, palcare.com.au). His interest in meditation started in the mid 1990s when he read many books on the subject before becoming a serious practitioner in 2005. His storytelling abilities are legend round the office (and at home unfortunately!) as he loves to share any pearls of wisdom that come his way. Although a busy dad of three children, Saurabh finds time to volunteer for TIE, a not-for-profit organisation to promote entrepreneurship, and for Eastern Palliative Care, spending some time each week with one of their clients, giving them company. Saurabh is also a trained singer in the Indian classical music tradition.

Dr Ruth Gawler

MBBS, MGPPsych, FASPM

The Australian female voice guide, Ruth is also a Medical Practitioner, a Mindbody medicine and mental health authority and the wife of Dr Ian Gawler. Ruth has practiced yoga regularly since her teens, is also a student of Sogyal Rinpoche and has been a meditator for over 40 years.

Nithya Shanti

Indian male voice guide

Internationally respected spiritual teacher, seminar leader, writer and educator, Mindbody medicine and mental health authority.

nithyashanti.com

Johanna Rosie

American female voice guide

Jo Rosie is a professional actor and singer, and has lived and worked in both Australia and the USA. As the American voice for Mindbody Mastery, Jo adds a very special quality to these recordings by combining her experience as an actor and singer along with a long-term interest in meditation and the power of the mind.

Peter Roberts

Acclaimed harpist and harp maker

Featured on ABC TV Australian Story, Peter brings heart and mind together like no other with his harp music. You can hear his Harp tugging at your heart-strings in the Progressive Muscle Relaxation exercise (week 2) and also in the Journey of Transformation (week 7) of the Mindbody Mastery Program.

David Berlin

Principal Cellist, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

David studied the cello with Lois Simpson at the Sydney Conservatorium and with Channing Robbins at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. For 30 years David has been at the forefront of music performance in Australia, as Principal Cello of both the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (1985 to 1988) and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (since 1989). You can hear David’s deeply grounding Cello in the Progressive Muscle Relaxation exercise (week 2) and also in the Journey of Transformation (week 7) of the Mindbody Mastery program.

Carolyn Berlin

Acclaimed flautist and teacher

You can hear Carolyn’s lilting flute in the Journey of Transformation (week 7) and a deeply contemplative rendition in the Contemplation on Gratitude (week 8) of the Mindbody Mastery program.

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya

Saby as he is often known, is an acclaimed sarod player of 20 years standing.

The Sarod is an instrument from the Indian classical music tradition, and is known for its deep, weighty introspective sound. Sabyasachi is a master Sarod player, having learnt his art directly from the legendary masters of our times, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Sugato Nag (sitar), and Ustad Shahid Parvez (sitar). You can hear Sabyasachi’s enchanting Sarod play in the Progressive Muscle Relaxation exercise (week 2) and also in the Journey of Transformation (week 7) of the Mindbody Mastery program.