About Amoda Maa
Amoda Maa is a contemporary spiritual teacher and author.
Her teachings are both timeless and refreshingly modern, offering profound pointers to truth beyond spiritual tradition or ideology while bringing a cutting-edge perspective to spiritual inquiry.
“With diamond-like clarity, a cup of compassion, and an almost poetic intensity, Amoda Maa debunks the myth of enlightenment and invites you to root the full flowering of your consciousness in the very belly of your humanity.” - Kirtana, singer-songwriter
There’s an urgency today to evolve beyond humanity’s current ego-based paradigm, and along with it, a unique expression of enlightenment is emerging.
Amoda’s teachings show you that awakening is no longer about abandoning or transcending physical reality in order to live a spiritual life: it’s about the fulfillment of your divine destiny by living the truth of your inner radiance while in an earthly body. Through these teachings, you are called to anchor yourself in the pristine perfection of your inner light and then to fully embody and express this light amidst the imperfection and darkness of the world.
The invitation is for you to discover authentic freedom by being both fully awake and fully human.
“Amoda Maa has the mind of a zen master and the heart of mystic.” - Kavi, musician & poet
Both as a spiritual teacher and in her personal life, Amoda fully embodies and expresses the essence of her teachings. She is utterly anchored within the light of awakened nature and yet passionately committed to the bittersweet juiciness of earthly existence.
Her childhood and early adult years of personal hardship - marked by isolation, unexpected events, loss, and depression - were the catalyst for her spiritual search many years later. When her academic career as a psychologist (she pioneered the early research at the University of London into the “runner’s high” and the relationship between psychological well-being and exercise) and her long-term relationship collapsed in the late 1980’s, she became penniless, homeless and without an identity. At rock bottom, she found herself fully open to living in the present, and she embarked on a journey of inner exploration that eventually led to a love affair with India. After many years of intense meditation and psycho-spiritual practices, as well as a series of spontaneous transcendent and visionary experiences, she stopped searching for a teacher or teaching and life became the real guru.
In 2002, an experience of the dark night of the soul led to a profound inner awakening. After a long period of integration, in 2012 she started speaking to small gatherings in the UK. Her mother’s unexpected and dramatic death in 2013 was a pivotal experience that not only completed a painful chapter in Amoda’s life, but also brought an even deeper realization of the oneness of being and the mystery of existence.
Today, Amoda Maa is a unique voice attracting spiritual seekers all around the world as well as countless ordinary people looking for peace and fulfillment in an increasingly chaotic world. She offers talks, meetings and retreats, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events.
She brings to her teachings a depth and breadth of understanding of the human journey, born out of her own immersion in the furnace of personal transformation. She also has a wealth of experience as an emotional release therapist and transformational group leader, and is a highly skilled breath-worker. In the 1990’s, she developed a revolutionary method of “ecstatic movement meditation” which she taught for many years in the UK. While she no longer focusses on these methods, her teaching includes the wisdom of a holistic perspective.
She is the author of How to Find God in Everything (2008), Change Your Life, Change Your World (2012), Radical Awakening (2016) and the newly released Embodied Enlightenment (June 2017).
"I never suspected such grace and beauty could reside within a human being. If you find yourself fortunate enough to come near her, be prepared to be pierced by arrows of incomparable Truth and Light." - Danny C
Amoda lives with her husband and beloved, Kavi Jezzie Hockaday. Kavi is a poet and talented guitarist, and often supports Amoda’s events with his music. Their initial meeting in 2002 transformed both their lives and continues to bring joy, laughter and unbounded love. Together, they ride the challenges of being pioneers in the adventure of life and share a passionate drive for personal and planetary evolution. They recently left their home in England to embark on a new adventure on the west coast of America, where they now live.