Meet Our Team
Meet our team of dedicated and compassionate people who contribute their time, their knowledge and experience, and their administrative and organisational skills to look after our retreatants, our retreat space and who help Samadhi thrive.
Co-Founder // Program Coordinator // Meditation Guide
David (also known as Dassetu, in Pali simply meaning ‘one who points out or shows’) is our Founder. He is an experienced contemplative, meditator & meditation guide who has studied the mind, meditation, and Buddhism for several years. He is our primary meditation guide, podcast host, and looks after our program by organising and coordinating events.
Manuel Orozco Jimenez
Co-Founder // Retreat Coordinator // Green Lead
Manu is our Co-Founder. He coordinates our retreat days and classes, looking after our retreatants and retreat space and making sure everyone has a beautiful experience. He is also our Green Lead, and will be the guiding force behind making Samadhi Retreat Centre sustainable and eco-friendly.
Sophie is one of our Meditation Guides, guiding beginners meditation classes in Spanish for people in the South of Spain. She also provides live translations for the more in-depth courses held in Spain by our other teachers.
Guest Meditation Guide
Charlotte is one of our Guest Meditation Guides. When in town, she joins us as a special guest speaker and leads workshops and meditations as part of our regular weekend and day retreats.
David Johnson (Dassetu)
David (also known as Dassetu, in Pali simply meaning ‘one who points out or shows’) is an experienced contemplative, meditator & meditation guide who has studied the mind, meditation, and Buddhism for several years. He is the Founder of Samadhi.
Before discovering the dharma, David recognised the unceasing suffering being experienced by himself, his family, friends, and colleagues, and the world around him. With a background in working for mental health services in the UK, he saw an issue with modern psychiatry (and to a lesser extent psychology) and its ability to actually cure mental disease and to not simply focus on suppressing symptoms. Seeing this, and with no real wisdom to find an answer or solution, he grew despondent and battled with his own depression. But, recognising that there must be answers to his own and others sufferings, he was motivated to seek out a solution or an answer, and from this he fortunately discovered Buddha’s teaching on the Four Noble Truths. He retrospectively identifies this experience as an expression of his ‘buddha nature’ or ‘primordial consciousness’ wanting to realise itself.
David has been fortunate enough to encounter many skilled dharma teachers, and after some time studying and meditating under their guidance, he was requested to teach and share the dharma with others. Since this time, he has taught and received teachings, oral transmission, commentary, and instructions on the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions, most prominently from his primary teacher, Lama Alan Wallace.
In his own practise and teachings, David focusses on Early Buddhism and emphasises the practices of Shamatha (meditative quiescence), and it’s union with Vipassana on the Four Applications of Mindfulness and the Four Immeasurables – which presents a direct path leading to the realisation of our deepest nature and the potentials of consciousness, and closely follows how the Buddha himself attained enlightenment. He considers himself to be the fortunate student of many teachers, including his root lama, Lama Alan Wallace, Drub-la Tsampa Karma, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Gyatrul Rinpoche, Chamtrul Rinpoche, and Zopa Rinpoche, Dhammachariya Paññadipa (Michael Kewley) and Bhikkhu Kakmuk.
David has taught classes and workshops internationally, and during the last few years in Spain has been focussing on his own study while engaging in retreat according to Lama Alan’s direction and instructions. In 2020, at the request of close friends, he decided to return to teaching and thus founded Samadhi, to bring these essential practices to as many people as possible. His teachings and retreats are clear & practical and he has a warm and pragmatic approach, coming from his own experience as a meditator in the 21st century.
In an effort to help everyone uncover the pure, luminous, and peaceful nature of their mind, and discover the ancient wisdom of the Buddha, David is dedicating his life to spiritual development and his vision for The Samadhi Eco Retreat Centre, a place where people can come to engage in short and long-term retreat and live in community.