Jess Huon has been engaged in meditative and embodiment practices since the age of seventeen. She has trained in traditional Buddhist monastic settings, in inter-faith contexts of meditative inquiry, and also within long periods of solitary forest practice. This training has taken place in India, Australia, Spain, and the USA. In 2009 Jess was awarded a scholarship to study Buddhist texts at Spirit Rock, near San Francisco. She holds a bachelor of Creative Arts (VCA), and a post graduate degree in Therapeutic Arts practice (RMIT). Jess brings traditional teaching alive in a fresh, feminine, and transformative manner. A natural orator, her talks have been described as “street language for the soul.” Whilst deeply informed but not bound by tradition, her style is grounded in contemporary life.
Jess has taught with other teachers from the Australian Insight tradition, with Open Dharma and with Christopher Titmuss. She co-facilitates annually on Yatras (meditative walks in different Australian wilderness areas – see https://yatra.org.au) with Ronny Hickel. She is a guest speaker at the Annual Emerging Women Live Festival in New York. She is a published author (The Dark Wet, Giramondo Publishing), and when based in Melbourne, writes and co-directs for rollercoaster, a theatre company comprising actors with intellectual disabilities. Jess is currently under the tutelage of Sofia O Diaz, a master in female embodiment, in the United States. She teaches regularly with the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group.