Meet The Team

Southsea Sangha is made up of our community dharma leader (CDL), key volunteers, committee board members, peer group facilitators and project coordinators.

Community Dharma Leader

The Sangha is led by Daniel, who is currently participating in the first U.K Community Dharma Leader program, authorised by the Gaia House Teachers Council, and mentored by Dharma Teacher, Martin Aylward. Daniel is also the European Board Member for Buddhist Insight Network (BIN), an international network organisation which represents sangha’s and meditation communities from the Buddhist insight tradition across the world. Daniel began practicing Buddhist meditation in 2004 and has benefited from teachings and retreats from teachers across the world, from Gaia House in Newton Abbot to Monastic retreats in India.

Sangha Steering Committee

The Sangha Steering Committee is made up of 7 members, which include our Community Dharma Leader & Chairperson, Treasurer, Admin Manager and 4 other members. The committee is guided by the organisation’s constitution.

Peer Group Facilitators

Southsea Sangha also has peer-led sitting groups led by senior students designated as peer group facilitators, who give basic meditation instruction and facilitate group discussions.

Southsea Sangha designates peer group facilitators based on their years and depth of personal practice, personal development and relative training as well as their experience in Buddhist teachings, meditation practices and embodying the application of Dharma in daily life. Our peer group facilitators and community dharma leader are required to adhere to a Code of Ethics which is grounded in the 5 precepts. 

Peer group facilitators are expected to continue as students themselves, and dedicate themselves to ongoing study and dharma practice (including yearly retreats and continued personal development) and to deepening their understanding and embodiment of the dharma.

Key Volunteers & Project Coordinators

To help deliver our programs and projects, we rely heavily on a small but committed group of people, some of whom are listed below. We have an ongoing training program for several key volunteers who assist our peer group facilitators and will graduate to become peer group facilitators themselves.

Southsea Sangha Steering Committee express deep gratitude for all of the volunteers whose service make this community possible.

Admin Manager Catherine Cromier

Retreat Manager Helen Retallic

Promotions Coordinator Alice Snell

Sangha Seva Coordinator TBA

Audio Editing Volunteer Ben Hogan

Media Joe Watson, Paul Gonella (Strong Island), Leo James, Callum Sanderson, Radosław Król

Graphic Design Angelo Tirotto

Illustration James Reed