Sensei Derek Fletcher, Founder, Master Teacher
Spiritual Counselor | Buddhist | Vegan | Author | Martial Artist
There is a lot of noise in the world today. This noise has resulted in a great deal of existential nihilism, physical and spiritual malnutrition as well as anxiety. This seems particularly true in “the West.” We all need healthy ways to prevent falling victims to this. For Sensei, it’s a love of reading, a fulfilling spiritual life, martial arts and plant-based eating. His mother instilled a deep thirst for reading in him at an early age. His favorite areas of reading include philosophy, religion, ancient metaphysics, phenomenology, theoretical scientific thought, spirituality and Consciousness. Sensei was raised in the Southern Baptist Christian tradition. Yes, that meant church several times a week and twice on Sundays all the way through high school. His spiritual odyssey traversed several traditions and paths including Sufi mysticism, both Gnosticism and agnosticism as well indigenous healing practices. Ultimately, Sensei found his spiritual home in Chan Buddhism (Mahayana tradition) and is a lay disciple of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun.
Educationally, Sensei’s background is in speech communications, rhetoric and philosophy. (B.A. Speech Communications & Rhetoric) He’s been influenced by several western philosophical traditions including: the ancient Greeks (esp. Plato), Stoicism (Seneca the Elder and Epictetus), Existentialism (esp. Kierkegaard & Nietzsche), Metaphysics (Aristotelian & Medieval era) and Phenomenology (Husserl, Sartre, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty). St. Ignatius, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine were also of deep interest. When it comes to fiction there’s only one author on his shelf… the amazing Fyodor Dostoyevsky! Sensei is a published author (see Amazon) and is presently working on the release of the next book in his 4 volume ‘Love Letters’ series as well as his first book of poetry.
Though the west had captured his mind early on in his life, Sensei’s heart and spirit always felt most at home with eastern traditions. Some of the eastern influences on Sensei include the writings of Yogananda (Yogi mystic), Vedanta philosophy, Miyomoto Musashi (the Japanese swordsmen) Laozi also known as Lao Tzu (Chinese mystic, scholar & philosopher), Sun Tzu (Chinese general, philosopher & strategist), the monks of Shaolin and the writings of Venerable Master Hsing Yun founder of Fo Guang Shan. The Buddha’s life and wisdom have by far made the deepest impressions on Sensei. Sensei has been a life long martial arts practitioner and instructor. At age 11, he was introduced to meditation through his martial arts training. He became a black belt in karate at age 19 and is one of several high ranking black belts in his family. Meditation, and martial arts, have remained essential components of his daily life practices. Nutritionally, he follows a plant-based diet. (i.e. vegan no eating dairy products, soy or meat) Sensei maintains an alkaline body pH by following an alkaline protocol he’s created. His reasons for doing so are primarily spiritual and secondly for the health benefits.
The result of decades of spiritual training, personal sacrifice, deep exploration, steady practice & wisdom immersion combined with unrelenting discipline and an astounding amount of suffering have culminated in a single goal for Sensei…relieving the suffering of others.
“As a teenager I wanted what many young men wanted and strove to obtain. A good education, 6-figure salary, nice car, perhaps get married and a posh place to live. What I later called the “Triple M Life.” (marriage, mortgage, Mercedes…not necessarily in that order) That mission was accomplished…the suffering it brought me was overwhelming. But, as a young man, more than all of these things I wanted to achieve a life free of suffering. After an arduous journey and commitment to experiencing Truth firsthand…it finally happened. It was a process. I lost my self and along with it the sense of suffering. I am grateful beyond explanation.” -Sensei
Yogi Suprabha Jain, M.D., Director, Master Teacher
Yogi | Vegetarian | Physician
Dr. Jain was born and raised in India: the land of Yoga, Ayurveda and Spirituality. She grew up in a family of engineers, physicians, surgeons, doctors and scientists. For several years she was recognized as one of the finest of yoga students. She learned the science of yoga in great depth even as she was getting her formal school education. During her high school years she became her state, and then the all India, Yoga champion for three consecutive years. Her medical school training was done in the beautiful cities of Ajmer and Jaipur in India.
After migrating to the United States in 1992, she completed her residency training in Internal medicine and then the fellowship training in Geriatric Medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). As a resident and fellow, she showed keen interest in integrative and complementary medicine. She joined an integrative medicine practice in 1999 in Walnut Creek, California and then started and managed her own medical practice (Mount Diablo Integrated Wellness Center) from 2000 through 2019. She developed, designed and delivered many ways for treating and promoting true health. Dr. Jain has coached numerous loyal clients on the science of inner well being.
After nearly two decades of her practice, Dr Jain came to the realization that merely working at the body and disease level not only limits our full potential but also deprives us of a complete possibility of healing from within. The many dimensions of human existence need to be opened up, felt and included in a regimen for healthy living. Today, her work focuses exclusively on consciousness and utilizing the yogic tradition to nourish souls. Dr. Jain teaches us how to understand the higher levels of Consciousness within so that we may attempt to heal our own bodies, minds and souls.
As she often states, “The only way out is in.”
Dr. Jain’s exclusive focus on offering her consciousness services and teachings rather than medical or body treatments may surprise some. But, for her it’s a perfectly natural progression. Addressing illness and diseases of the body simply does not allow her to offer her truest gifts. Now she is free to fully implement the principles of Yoga and Preksha Meditation to provide a well-rounded approach to deepening consciousness. She received her training in Preksha Meditation at the Preksha Center, New Delhi, India. Her deep connection with spirituality and interest in soul wellness brought her back to India many times over the years to directly experience, see and learn the ancient and authentic wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda. Some of those places include: Kottakal Ayurvedshala, Kerala, Santhigiri Ashram, Kerala, Ayurgram, Bangalore, Patanjali Yog Peeth, Haridwar, Vivekanand Yog Institute, Bangalore, Ayurveda Hospital, Jaipur and several others.
For years only patients could benefit from Dr. Jain’s wisdom and compassion. Now that she has moved beyond treating bodies and physical illnesses to exclusively addressing souls, the general public may now benefit from her wisdom…
“True healing and well being is possible only if we dare to look within and learn to purify our bodies, minds and souls.”– Dr Jain