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.


Ursula Flückiger has been practicing insight meditation since 1980 with teachers such as Ven. Ajahn Sumedho, Joseph Goldstein, Christina Feldman and feels very inspired by the compassion practices of the Tibetan Mahayana Tradition. She is a trained Hakomi psychotherapist, has been guiding insight meditation retreats since 1990 and is a co-founder and trustee of the Meditation Center Beatenberg.


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.


Samuel Theiler. After various contacts with therapy and meditation, the Buddhist practice path proved to be the clearest and most helpful. He has been practicing for more than 25 years, with Buddhist teachers from east and west. Trained by Fred von Allmen, he gives importance to a practical, everyday teaching style. He is a board member of the Meditation Center Beatenberg and manages the distribution of «Dharma Tapes».

Nakamura Yuka

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

Aubry Mary

Mary Aubry began meditating in the Vipassana tradition in 1993. In 2014, Tara Brach authorized her to teach insight retreats; in 2016, Leigh Brasington authorized her to teach Jhana retreats. She is a facilitating teacher for Bhikkhu Analayo’s online Satipatthana course offered by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Mary lives in the forested mountains of Western North Carolina, USA

Brasington Leigh

Leigh Brasington began practicing meditation in 1985 and is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema. He began assisting Ayya Khemma in 1994 and began teaching on his own in 1997. He has taught Jhana’s and multiple insight practices at over 100 residential retreats. He is the author of “Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas”.


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.


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.


Catherine Felder praktiziert seit 1985 Vipassanameditation und wurde 1995 von Fred von Allmen zum Lehren autorisiert. Seit 1982 Schülerin von Dr. J. Yogendra (Klassischer Yoga Mumbai), hat sie über 30 Jahre Yoga unterrichtet. Weitere Impulse für ihre Praxis kommen aus dem Mahayana und der Gindler-Arbeit. Sie ist Mitbegründerin des Meditationszentrums Beatenberg und des Stadtzentrums Kalyanamitta Basel.


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.

Rudgard Jaya

Jaya Rudgard trained as a nun for eight years with Ajahn Sumedho in the Thai Forest tradition. A graduate of the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training, her other teachers include Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson, Kittisaro and Thanissara. She teaches at IMS, Gaia House, and Spirit Rock, for Bodhi College, and for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

Weber Akincano

Akincano Marc Weber is a Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist. A former monk, he practiced for 20 years in European and Thai Forest monasteries. Particular interests are early Buddhist texts, stillness and contem-plative psychology. He is co-founder of Bodhi College. He lives in Cologne, Germany and teaches internationally.


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.