European Mind Centre and Contemplative Observatory

About us

Here’s a few of the people who are making the European Mind Centre possible.

Spiritual Director of the Centre

Alan Wallace

Dr. B. Alan Wallace

Honorary President
Renowned Buddhist scholar, meditation teacher, author and scientist. Spiritual Director of Mind Centers and Contemplative Observatories.
Ordained as a Buddhist monk by H. H. the Dalai Lama in 1975, Alan has taught Buddhist meditation and philosophy worldwide and has served as interpreter for numerous Tibetan scholars and contemplatives, including the Dalai Lama. After graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, he returned his monastic vows and went on to earn his Ph.D. in religious studies at Stanford University. Visit his www.alanwallace.org.

Trustees of CCN


Elizabeth West

Founder of Contempative Consciousness Network (CCN)
Elizabeth West has been involved in Interfaith dialogue in various forms over the past 25 years. Since 1977 her particular interest has been in the Contemplative Traditions of all the major faiths.
For 30 years of her life, Elizabeth was a Roman catholic nun, so the experience of several traditions from the inside inspires her to continue the work of dialogue at the level of practice, enabling people to deepen their understanding of the spiritual journey. Recently she has become interested in the dialogue between religion and science and the ways in which meditation can be taught in a secular context for the benefit of society. To learn more please visit www.c-c-n.org.

Julie Smith

Trustee at Contempative Consciousness Network (CCN)
Julie has a unique story of transition from a successful corporate career to secular meditation teacher. She is the founder of Nature meditations. Julie is a Trustee of the Contemplative Consciousness Network and an active member of our London Study Group. Learn more about Julie at www.julie-smith.net.

Katie Morrow

Trustee at CCN, Chairperson of the Charitable Company CCN
She has a life time of experience in Dharma, and has worked in and helped run several Dharma Centre in the Shambhala tradition and has been the operations manager of the Awakened Heart Sangha in Wales, she has also worked for Oxfam in UK and a Literacy Council in US. She is heading up the development of the Business plan.

Mark Fahey

Trustee at CCN
Mark Fahey, is a scientist and is particularly interested in the interface with science that Alan has developed. He also has knowledge of computers, and technical skills in recording and editing materials. He produces the wonderful CD’s many of you have bought.

Joanne Feld

Trustee at CCN
Joanne Feld, is a councellor and teaches psychology, she is also involved in Mindfulness and has worked as a PA in the past.

Steering Group

Jim Parsley, Quinn Comendant and Pangiota Panagiotaki working on Web development, advertising, and marketing. We have been awarded a Google Grant for Charities, which gives us around the equivalent of $10,000 worth of free web advertising monthly. This group will administer this. They also plan to set up a crowd funding site in the near future.

Katie Morrow, Anika Ian Mothersdale, Mikk Tamme, Corinne Dobinson and Edward Eisler on the business plan, budget and finance.

Jochen and Monika Beck, Alma Ayon and Elizabeth with David Simpkin are looking at management issues and good practice in running a centre. Also into ways of using recommended donations rather than fees.

And you?

This project would not be possible without all our helpers and collaborators working on various aspects of the project. If you would like to collaborate, please contact us.