Teachers of the Center

All instructors at our center are highly qualified in terms of training and formal practice. All of them have been authorized in their respective Buddhist traditions, have been practicing anywhere from 20 to 50 years and have been in retreat adding up to several years altogether. Many of them have been or continue to be ordained as a nun or monk.


Since 1970 Fred von Allmen has been studying and practicing under teachers of both the Tibetan and the Theravada traditions in Asia, Europe and the USA. Since 1984 he is teaching retreats internationally. He is an author of Buddhist books and a co-founder and trustee of the Meditation Center Beatenberg.

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Ursula Flückiger has been practicing insight meditation since 1980 with teachers such as Ven. Ajahn Sumedho, Joseph Goldstein, Christina Feldman. She also received many teachings in the Tibetan Mahayana tradition and feels very inspired especially by its practices of Great Compassion and the realization of the nature of mind. She is a trained Hakomi psychotherapist and has been guiding insight meditation retreats since 1990. She is co-author of “Mahamudra & Vipassana” (Norbu, in German) and a co-founder and trustee of the Meditation Center Beatenberg.

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Since 1983 Isis Bianzano has devoted herself to Buddhist mind and heart training under various teachers of the Theravada and Tibetan Mahayana tradition in Europe, Asia and the USA. Authorized by Fred von Allmen she has been teaching Vipassana and Metta meditation courses since 2008 and is a trustee of the Meditation Center Beatenberg. In the last 27 years she has worked in various areas of social work.

Künzi Rainer

Rainer Künzi praktiziert seit 1986 Vipassana und seit 2002 zusätzlich in der tibetischen Tradition. Durch Fred von Allmen als Dharma-lehrer autorisiert leitet er seit 2008 Vipassana- und Metta-Retreats. Er ist Stiftungsrat des Meditationszentrums Beatenberg, Mitbegründer des Stadtzentrums Kalyana Mitta in Basel und arbeitete 18 Jahre als Kinder- und Familientherapeut in einer kommunalen Beratungsstelle.

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Yuka Nakamura has been practising in different Buddhist traditions since 1993 (Zen, Vipassana, Vajrayana). She has a PhD in Psychology, and is an MBSR-teacher and teacher-trainer at the CFM Zentrum für Achtsamkeit, Switzerland. She teaches Vipassana meditation both at home and abroad, among them Meditation Center Beatenberg (CH), IMS (US), Gaia House (UK), Seminarhaus Engl (D). She also teaches at Bodhi College and is engaged in several Dharma translation projects.

Guest Teachers


Irene Bumbacher has been practising in Asia, Europe and the US in several Buddhist traditions (Zen, Vipassana and Mahamudra) since 1989. Authorized by Fred von Allmen, she’s been teaching Vipassana und Metta meditation since 2008. She’s a co-founder of the Zentrum für Buddhismus in Bern and also works as a Shiatsu- and Traumatherapist.

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Christina Feldman has been studying in the Tibetan Mahayana and the Theravada traditions since 1970. She is a co-founder of Gaia House -Retreat Center in England, a guiding teacher at IMS in the US and teaches insight meditation worldwide. She is the author of about twelve books. For the past ten years she has also been teaching students in training to become mindfulness teachers on postgraduate courses at Exeter, Nijmegen and Oxford Universities as well as leading retreats for mindfulness teachers and students.

Genoud Charles

Charles Genoud has been a student and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970. He studied with the Venerable Geshe Rabten and then with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He has also practiced Vipassana meditation in India, Burma and the USA. Charles studied sensory awareness for several years with Michael Tophoff and spent some time with Charlotte Selver. His unique approach of Gesture of Awareness is the result of the combination of Buddhist meditation with the practice of sensory awareness

Patricia Genoud Feldmann

Patricia Genoud-Feldman has been practicing Vipassana and Dzogchen since 1984 in Asia under the guidance of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Sayadaw U Pandita and later in the West. She completed her teacher training at IMS, USA under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and others and has been teaching Vipassana meditation since 1997 in Europe, Israel and the USA. Patricia also studied and trained in Insight Dialogue and the Relational Dharma with Gregory Kramer as well as in MBSR in Worcester, MA, USA.

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Ingeborg Mösching, MBSR-teacher and -trainer, graduate nurse, began with Christian Zen meditation in 1986. Since 1996 she has been dedicating herself to Buddhist heart and mind training under various teachers of the Theravada and Tibetan Mahayana traditions in Europe, Burma and the USA. Trained as a Dharma teacher by Fred von Allmen, she has been teaching Vipassana and Metta meditation since 2008. For many years she was a caregiver for the seriously ill, dying and newborns

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Jaya Rudgard lived as a nun in the Theravada tradition for eight years in the UK with Ajahn Sumedho. She completed her insight meditation teacher training in the USA with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield and teaches retreats in the UK and internationally. She is a faculty member of Bodhi College, and serves on the Gaia House Teachers Council.

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Akiñcano M. Weber is a Buddhist teacher and contemplative psychotherapist (MA). A former monk, he has lived and practised for 20 years in European and Thai Forest monasteries. He is the guiding teacher of Atammaya Cologne, co-founder of Bodhi College and teaches meditation and Buddhist Psychology in secular and traditional contexts in Europe and overseas.

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Carol Wilson has been practicing meditation since 1971. She studied with a variety of teachers, including Sayadaw U Pandita and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. She also practiced as a Buddhist nun in Thailand. Since 1986 she has been teaching vipassana and metta retreats around the world, including the annual three-month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA, USA.