Ian Gawler OAM

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Ian Gawler OAM  

Dr Ian Gawler OAM is an author and pioneer in the therapeutic application of Contemplative Practices. Ian is passionate about fostering the wider uptake of these practices. For Ian, Contemplative Practices are about seeking the truth of what it is to be a human being, and then living in accord with that truth. Ian’s early life as a veterinarian was dramatically re-orientated at 24 by a difficult cancer. His right leg was amputated and secondaries appeared soon after, plunging him into questioning medicine, healing, mind and spirit. Recovering against the odds, Ian established the world’s first lifestyle-based self-help programs for cancer and MS. Meditation was at the heart of these programs. Ian also convened Australia’s first Mind-Body Medicine conferences for health professionals and he helped establish Meditation Australia, Australia’s peak body for meditation teachers. Ian now has a Masters in Counselling and while he has studied with great spiritual teachers from all traditions, his main personal focus for 35 years has been the study and practice of Dzogchen. Building on this base, publicly Ian is a strong advocate for Perennial Wisdom and Contemplative Studies more generally, recognising their capacity to help people find more meaning, purpose and contentment in their lives.