The London Meditation Project aims to make the benefits of meditation more widely available to people living or working in London. We offer a high standard of teaching and support for all those wishing to practise meditation. Our team work together to convey the practice of meditation in a direct, lively and responsible way.

London Meditation Project London Meditation Project Team

Principal instructor

John Wilson (Paramananda) has taught meditation for 30 years and is the author of three popular books on meditation. He was chairman of the San Francisco Buddhist Centre for seven years and has taught meditation in settings from prison, hospice and drug rehab centres to corporations.

Paramananda/John Wilson


Catherine Powell is co-founder of the London Meditation Project. She teaches meditation in corporate, NHS, charitable, educational, activist and team-building contexts. Catherine has 25 years meditation experience in a Buddhist context, and training in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. Since 2011 she has held a special interest in offering the benefits of meditation to veterans suffering Post Traumatic Stress caused by experiences in war, and in supporting their spouses, partners and families in welcoming our soldiers home. Catherine is training in the Feldenkrais Method, and as a parent herself, she is organising our Year of Yoga and Mindful Play for children with hemiplegia. Please feel free to contact

Catherine Powell

Nandaraja was born Obafemi Adewumi in Nigeria. In 1960, at the age of six, he migrated to London with his family, and has lived in England ever since. He grew up to study Engineering (BA), and has a Masters Degree in Information Technology. Nandaraja worked in IT support at Queen Mary, University of London, for 27 years. While at the university, Nandaraja began training in Aikido in 1996 under Sensei Dr Rick Cousins. He learned at Tomiki Aikido and Iwayama Ryu Aikido schools, explored other martial arts, and gained 2nd Dan Black belt in 2005. In 1997 Nandaraja learned to meditate formally at the London Buddhist Centre, and in 2013 he became an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

In 2014 Nandaraja created Sanbodo Aikido, to integrate Buddhist meditation practices with Qi Kung and Aikido, which he had been developing informally for six years already. In 2019 the London Meditation Project is delighted to have Nandaraja join our teaching team!


Marianne Brady (Vimalachitta) has taught meditation for 24 years, including several years full-time at the London Buddhist Centre, as well as in the corporate world in the UK & overseas. Marianne is an experienced trainer in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, and has trained in mindfulness-based approaches to stress and pain management. Marianne also runs chanting and voice workshops.

Vimalachitta / Marianne Brady

Andrew Burton has attended over 30 residential meditation retreats and studied under a number of different teachers in the past 22 years. He teaches meditation in London in a variety of contexts, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist. He is also a practising Reflexologist and Acupuncturist.

Andrew Burton

Sassirika has been meditating for 17 years. She has taught meditation in London and in Poland, at Sanghaloka, the Krakow Buddhist Centre which she co-founded. She trained in contemporary dance, performing and teaching professionally in the UK and Europe. Sassirika brings an understanding of the importance of integration of mind and body to her teaching of meditation. She is currently enjoying developing her wide-ranging creativity as a ceramicist.

Jenny Lam (Sassirika)