Tim leads classes in meditation, yoga and relaxation. He trained as a brahmacari (student monk) for eight years
on Inis Rath Island before meeting his wife, Carmen, in 2004. When they met it was love at first sight and they got
married immediately. Their story was featured on the front of the weekend supplement in the newspaper with the
highest circulation in NI, the Belfast Telegraph. READ MORE HERE. Tim is from Castleknock, Dublin.
Carmen hails from sunny Panama in Central America. From the tender age of 15 she practised as a brahmacarini
(young student nun) in the ISKCON temple in her home country. Her father, mother, brothers and sister are also
Krishna devotees. She loves to cook, and is pretty good at it, which is not good news for her husband's waistline!
Carmen (aka Champa) teaches cookery on our retreats. Tim and Carmen have two children, Janaki and new baby
Syamananda Das Brahmacari
Syamananda has been living as a monk for 20 years - based at Inis Rath, Dublin, Belgium, Australia and
international touring with His Holiness Jayadvaita Swami. In November 2009 he was requested to be the Centre
President at the new ISKCON Centre in Dublin City, so he divides his time between the island and the city.
Syamananda teaches Eastern Philosophy, specialising in bhakti-yoga and Bhagavad Gita. The cheerful monk, being
multi-talented, also teaches Indian cookery classes when the need arises. Syamananda is a local man, born just 10
miles from the shores of Upper Lough Erne.
Fiona is a lecturer in sustainable living, an energy healer and a massage therapist. She is also a young mother
of five, and a very gentle, calm and collected individual. With husband Ani, the family built a straw bale
eco-house in County Fermanagh that generated so much positive interest that it has been featured on RTE Nationwide
and in various newspapers. Fiona is a certified aromatherapy and Indian head massage therapist,
reflexologist and reiki healer.
Manu Das Adhikary
Manu is the former Temple President of ISKCON Inis Rath Island. He is a humble soul, and an accomplished
and dynamic kirtan lead singer. Manu gives talks and presentations in advanced Vaishnava philosophy. He also runs
an art gallery to pay the bills.
Above: Manu (left) talks to a Christian
Minister in Belfast prior to a Ratha Yatra street