Paul Wooden and Teresa Tirol make up the owner/management team at Wild Dharma Eco Retreat.
Together Paul and Teresa have the vision, the experience and the passion to bring this venture to fruition.
Paul's extensive experience with the yoga industry and his experience running a successful small business in Australia combined with Teresa's expertise in health/medicine and food make a potent management team.
Together they look forward to making your stay at Wild Dharma
a memorable one
Paul has been running yoga and meditation retreats for over 30 years in Australia and Asia,
He has many years experience in the yoga and health industry, starting his own very successful yoga studio and healing centre in Melbourne in 1997 and guiding it to become one of the Melbourne's finest yoga and health establishments.
Paul has had this vision for a yoga eco retreat centre for years. His aim is to make Wild Dharma the go to retreat venue for deeper trainings in all fields of yoga, meditation and personal and social development.
In his own teaching he draws from his experience in many different styles and traditions and through a practical understanding of their underlying unifying principles, he weaves together a cohesive and integrated approach to yoga.
He has been running retreats for many years and finds them fertile ground for real transformation.
He continues to study the wisdom traditions, non-duality, integral theory. Paul is also a student of comparative religion, developmental psychology and somatic experiencing - working with trauma in the body.
Teresa is a licensed GP. She practiced as a community doctor and worked as a local health officer for 2 years in Palawan. She is also an avid foodie and ran a small catering business for a few years while pursuing her medical degree.
Her experience as medical practitioner and exposure to different communities has taught that health is far more than a medical issue.
She is passionate about the environment. Growing up in Boracay, she has experienced the nourishing space that nature offers its guests. But she has also seen firsthand the changes that tourism and progress brings to once pristine shores and their indelible effects on its environment, wildlife and, inevitably, its people.
She envisions a space where health means wellbeing, where development is sustainable and inclusive, and where progress means protecting and nurturing the environment
Having seen firsthand the lack of healthcare and the living conditions in the area, she wants to build a clinic that will provide primary healthcare to the local people.
Drawing on her passions and expertise, she is keen on crafting wellbeing programs for the healing centre guests and socio-environmental programs that will uplift the local community and promote nature conservation.