has been a resident at the Global Retreat Centre since 1994 and is a meditation teacher with over 20 years of experience.
She co-shares responsibility for the 55 acres of garden. Trained as a medical technician with a particular interest in microbiology, Gudrun is also a talented florist creating all the floral displays around the house.
Medical researchers have found that qualities like faith, hope, and forgiveness, and the use of social support and prayer seem to have a noticeable effect on health and healing. A person's most deeply held beliefs strongly influence his or her health. Some researchers believe that faith increases the body's resistance to stress. In a 1988 clinical study of women undergoing breast biopsies, the women with the lowest stress hormone levels were those who used their faith and prayer to cope with stress.