About Amoda …
Amoda is a spiritual teacher, offering meetings and retreats to support and deepen the living of an awakened life. She has been sharing her teachings since 2012, initially at small gatherings in the UK. Today, she lives in the US and her teachings are followed by a growing number of seekers world-wide. She has been a speaker at the Conference for Nondual Wisdom and Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, a regular speaker at the Science and Nonduality Conference in California, a guest teacher at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness in Massachusetts, a guest teacher at Wisdom’s Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies in New York, as well as a guest on numerous radio and podcast shows (including Buddha at the Gas Pump). Her work has been featured in a number of magazines (including Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazine and Conscious Lifestyle Magazine), and she is the author of four books (How to Find God in Everything, Change Your Life Change Your World, Radical Awakening, and Embodied Enlightenment) with translations in 5 languages.
Amoda (whose name means “joyous” in Sanskrit) 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 both as a counselor and as a group leader, drawing on a broad spectrum of modalities including emotional release, authentic dialogue, breath-work and family constellation work. In 1996 she developed a unique method of ‘ecstatic movement meditation’ which she taught for many years in London.
Brought up and educated in England, she comes from a broken family with uncertain ancestry. At age 14, she avidly read Carl G. Jung and spent hours carefully replicating Leonardo da Vinci’s line drawings. An artist by temperament and talent, her father forbade her to study art, preferring a career path in science for his only daughter. At 18, she was accepted at University College London to study Experimental Psychology. Disillusioned with the dry academic nature of this topic, together with traumatic family and personal circumstances, she fell into a deep depression with suicidal tendencies for many years. Nevertheless, she successfully went on to complete a PhD and her cutting-edge research on the effect of running on psychological states has been published in academic journals and featured in mainstream media in the UK.
In 1989, a combination of meditation practice and long-distance running led to a series of transcendental experiences and a profound shift of consciousness. Walking away from her academic career and stripped of all material security, it was the beginning of a long period of introspection that led to a love affair with India and Osho.
In 2002, in the depths of existential aloneness, she experienced a profound awakening in which there was a liberation of self from the knot of ego and an ongoing unfoldment into inner silence. After a long period of integration, in which all seeking and all methods stopped, she started to speak in public. Her teachings are free of any ideology and are not affiliated with any lineage or tradition. While she is often referred to as a ‘nondual teacher,’ she prefers to emphasize the full embracement of the human experience as a path to liberation. Her work continues to evolve in alignment with the real-life concerns of the modern-day seeker of peace and fulfillment in an increasingly chaotic world.
Amoda lives with her husband and beloved, Kavi Jezzie Hockaday. Their initial meeting in 2002 (they were introduced by her music-producer husband and Kavi went on to play wild improvised music at her ecstatic movement events) transformed both their lives and continues to bring an innocent joy, a Rumi-esque love, and a deepening into the grit and grace of being human. Together, they ride the challenges of being pioneers in the adventure of life, sharing a passionate drive for personal evolution and a vision for serving humanity. In 2016 they left their home in England to follow an inner calling and embark on a new adventure in America, where they now live.
“My teaching has nothing to do with upholding lofty spiritual ideas, or regurgitating spiritual truths, or following spiritual traditions. It’s about the bare bones of direct experience.
I’m not concerned with doing spiritual things, or looking like a spiritual person, or pretending to be higher or better than those who are not being spiritual. It’s about being audaciously true to your soul’s expression.
It’s not about living in nirvana, or resting on a cloud of endless peace, or being cushioned from the world by a blanket of bliss. It’s about the grit of being human and the tenderness of a heart broken open.
I’m here to show you how to be an artist of life. A true artist does not conform to an external authority, does not twist themselves into how family and friends and society wants them to be, does not sacrifice their truth for safety and comfort. A true artist dances to an inner rhythm deep in the belly, and listens to the raging song of beauty in an untamable heart, and tastes the blood, sweat and tears of brokenness - over and over again - in order to offer one drop of nectar to the soul of the world.”
- Amoda Maa
A little more about Kavi …
Kavi (whose name means “poem” in Sanskrit) is a poet and talented guitarist/songwriter, with roots in psychedelia and existentialism. He has transformed a dysfunctional childhood, addiction and chronic illness through the power of love and awareness, as well as a serious commitment to holistic health and Ayurvedic principles.
His awakening has flowered gracefully through his relationship with Amoda, and today he has matured into a deeply intuitive and wise guide to support the teachings by offering music, wisdom and insights at events, especially at the longer events such as retreats. He also offers one to one guidance to those who are ready to heal the wound of unworthiness and meet themselves more authentically.
“If you see me as a soft man, or flawed. If you see some brokenness. If you see me defer to the feminine, or hail women as the future of humanity, and that makes you cringe, or even angry. If you see me as spiritual, or you think I go on about love too much.
I don’t mind, because it’s all true. I tore off the veil. I stopped pretending to be the man I never was. And let my true face shine.
That true face is kind and compassionate. It sees a future led by women’s wisdom. And it sees that love is the only thing that will transform us all.”
About the vision …
Amoda and Kavi have a vision to establish the Open Hand Center as way of providing a central hub for the teachings, a meeting place to replenish the spirit amidst challenging and changing times, and a grounding of love as the new frequency of humanity’s evolution. They are currently looking for land in New Mexico. More news when things have moved forwards!