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Martine Batchelor

Martine Batchelor lived in Korea as a zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits.

A member of the Gaia House Teacher Council, she teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in France. Her latest work is the Spirit of the Buddha which came out in May 2010.

Martine lives in France with her husband Stephen Batchelor and teaches seminars and leads meditation retreats worldwide.

Upcoming Events

Martine was last in New Zealand in February 2012 to teach at a retreat with Stephen in Otaki, as well as offer a daylong in Auckland.

To find out more about future visits, click here. Martine's 2012 visit was coordinated by Derek LeDayn 021 355 225 or send an email.

Martine & Stephen’s travel costs

Your generosity is sought! Contributing towards Martine and Stephen’s travel costs will reduce the cost of their retreat, making their teachings more accessible to more New Zealanders.

You can make a donation through Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust. To find out how, visit


Some of Martine’s talks are available at

There are also five downloadable talks at


There are a number of communities and individuals who practise insight meditation, as well as people who teach it, in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This website lets you know who they are and where they can be found, as well as where you can find sitting groups, learn to meditate, and sign up for retreats.

Contact the community or person nearest to you to find out more.

A Thought for Today

If we do a little of one kind of practice and a little of another, the work we have done in one often doesn't continue to build as we change to the next. It is as if we were to dig many shallow wells instead of one deep one.

In continually moving from one approach to another, we are never forced to face our own boredom, impatience, and fears. We are never brought face to face with ourselves.

So we need to choose a way of practice that is deep and ancient and connected with our hearts, and then make a commitment to follow it as long as it takes to transform ourselves.

— Jack Kornfield, "A Path With Heart"