CURRENTLY ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE TEAM
Alan met Igor at the Belgian Immersion in May 2015 and within minutes of their meeting discovered the meaning of a puzzling waking vision he had experienced over 30 years previously. He took that to be a sign that he was in the right place!
Trained in design, his career has been checkered, variously working in the fields of architecture, interiors, graphics, photography and web design, with sojourns crewing on the Mediterranean and beachcombing. He currently lives in Southern Spain and has three adult sons.
He has sat with many teachers over the years but it is only now with Igor that he feels he has found his place.
Alan plays a supportive role in the work wherever he is needed, currently assisting with technical aspects of the website and video editing.
Amrita Ma Devi:
Amrita Ma Devi has been Igor’s partner for over a decade, and the mother of their two children — their daughter Ramana, and son, Keahnu. Amrita met Igor at a crossroads in her life, leaving England, her country of birth, to share the life of a ‘Wandering Dervish’ in a whirling dance around the world, from Central Asia to Central America. During those years of intense traveling, she honed her skills as a chef of world cuisine, with an emphasis on healthy eating, implementing her deepening interests in Ayurveda. She tended to “eighty jobs” – to borrow Daryananda’s expression – during the early years when she helped Igor to co-found Flowing Wakefulness. Despite sharing her partner’s dharma, it took Amrita quite a few years to recognize Igor as her teacher. This took place in the autumn of 2014 during one of the week-long immersions in California, when she was showered by immense power and grace, which has been deepening ever since.
Growing up in the English countryside as a solitary child close to nature, she was introduced to meditation in her early twenties by her father, a long-time practitioner at the Brahma Kumaris organization, and was followed by her first stay in their ashram in India. She studied dance — her other passion in life — at the London School of Performing Arts and held improvised trance-dance workshops at the Science and Nonduality Conferences among other venues. Amrita Ma currently offers her service in creating special edition newsletters focused on the theme of wellness, with an emphasis on conscious eating and living, whilst continuing with her duties as a mother.
Bhumi Devi spent time alone in the woods at an early age, initiating the experience of self-awareness. In her 20’s, she moved from California to New Mexico to apprentice as a home-birth midwife. She worked as a postpartum home visitor and gave birth to three beautiful daughters, all born at home. She explored a variety of spiritual traditions, with a strong preference for earth- and feminine-based practices and a feeling of intimacy with the Christ spirit. Her life shifted with the clearing of the nervous system offered by vipassana meditation. Though not looking for a spiritual teacher, when she heard the essential truth in Igor Kufayev’s words, she was immediately moved to become his student. Since that day, and especially after a powerful experience of being led to her Divine Self by the guru principle in Igor during the autumn 2014 immersion, she has expanded more and more deeply into the bliss of life present in every moment and in every experience.
Bhumi gratefully helps the Flowing Wakefulness team by exploring publication opportunities and helping with transcriptions. She works full-time as a community college Instructor of Humanities, and lives with her husband—a fellow student of Igor, her youngest daughter, and three cats near the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz, California.
Ganapati-Kuba met Igor during a challenging phase of his life when he was desperately seeking guidance, as meditation in a Zen monastery triggered an awakening of energies in him which he did not understand. He found Igor via the internet in 2015, and after one session on Skype with him decided to attend an immersion with him. From the moment he met Igor, he recognized him as his Teacher, and since then his life has changed entirely.
Ganapati’s undergraduate studies were in television and radio journalism. After meeting Igor, he felt moved to offer selfless service to do video editing for Igor and the Flowing Wakefulness creative team. He now feels that Igor’s presence in his life “literally extracted his latent talents,” and as a result of his seva, the inspiration to pursue a career in filmmaking arose. He is now pursuing filmmaking studies at the Academy of Film and Television in Warsaw, Poland, as well as creating videos for an advertising and PR agency. Ganapati now offers his creative gifts in video editing and creating beautiful videos and slideshows, and also contributes to our FW YouTube Channel.
Helena is an artist and devoted mother of a 15-year old daughter. Since an early age, Helena’s sensitivity to energetics brought about a restless longing to uncover the truth beneath apparent reality. This seeking brought her to travel the world, where she had many deep encounters with fascinating spiritual beings and communities. Helena always felt an inborn connection to the ancient and timeless wisdom of the Divine Feminine. However, it was only after years of severe challenges and loss -- which she understands today as her dark night of the Soul -- that her fascination turned into a vital question of survival.
When she met Igor at the Science and Nonduality Conference in Holland in 2012, his understanding of embodiment and reverence to the Divine Feminine resonated strongly with her. This is what had been missing in other spiritual teachers she had previously encountered. Still, it took another three years, though building a friendship and artistic collaboration with Igor, before she actually attended her first immersion and experienced how deeply transforming this direct work with her teacher is. She feels this is not only truly healing, but that this is the calling of lifetimes that is finally being answered.
With a background in scientific illustrations, painting and art education, Helena is the creative director of the Flowing Wakefulness Shanta Rasa team, responsible for all visual works, ranging from photography to event advertisements, quote cards, web design and she looks forward to contributing to many beautiful publishing projects in the future.
Jenefer has been a seeker on an unconventional path guided by Mother Earth’s reflection of beauty, grace, and womb of compassion her entire life. Even as a child spirit spoke to her through the natural world, and through this exuberant connection with nature a unique spiritual journey was inevitable. Now in her thirties’ it has become clear that her journey home to self-realization, and her dharma are intricately woven by the same thread. Two years ago she experienced a Kundalini activation, that was unprepared, and led to prayers for a teacher in physical form. Jenefer was told of Igor Kufayev shortly thereafter, and she felt at that moment Igor was a gift from the divine. It took a year and a half of preparation until she able to attend an immersion in person. After being immersed in a visceral experience during meditation with Igor, Jenefer sensed in the deep waters of her heart that Igor ~Vamadeva was her teacher. This was a breakthrough, and Jenefer knew she had finally arrived in life in more ways than she could imagine.
Jenefer is from British Columbia, Canada where she currently works as a Naturalist in the Discovery Islands. Jenefer offered her devotional service to Igor and Flowing Wakefulness upon returning home from her first immersion. She now serves as part of the public relations team, honing her skills from a newly acquired Diploma of Technology in Renewable Resources from BCIT in Vancouver BC.
Karen Miller is a mother and grandmother who, some 75 years ago, experienced the sudden shock of feeling herself to be a separate being. Since then her life has unfolded in alternating cycles of “ordinary” worldly living and intense seeking to know Truth and to live the Real. A former practicing five-year member of the Adi Da Samraj community, she left to resume a thirty-five-year stretch as the mother of an adolescent son, taking dance classes, and pursuing other interests. Miraculously, three years ago, Igor Kufayev~Vamadeva appeared in her very neighborhood. She recognized him immediately as her true and eternal Teacher and lives now as his devoted student. She is deeply grateful for the priceless gift of the opportunity to know the Real; to receive Love, to give Love and, at last, to be Love. Karen is a member of the Flowing Wakefulness writing team. She resides in Berkeley, California.
Having recognized his Teacher through the interview video series from 'Buddha at the Gas Pump,' Lakshman has been continually blessed being able to witness and learn of the unspoken and bittersweet richness in the journey in finding one's Self, especially as a relative newcomer on the spiritual path.
Through the maintenance of his Teacher’s Facebook page as well as the involved creation of the newsletters, he gratefully serves in the ways that he can to further the work of the Heart so that it may be available to those who also wish to enter into the living Grace of the path.
Since an early age, Madeleine has intuitively been drawn to observing her environment and learning about the interconnectedness of life. As a teenager her interests for different cultures and religions, paired with a yearning for depth, has caused her to long for transformation and for the surrender to the Divine. The longing for Self-realisation has brought her into Yoga and Meditation, which became intensified after the birth of her now 16 year old daughter Salwa and while facing various challenges and crises. Since 2005, her spiritual journey has brought her to the feet of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known as "Amma", whose encounter stirred a devotional practice and birthed the love of service. In 2008, Madeleine was initiated into the Sufi Order founded by Hazrat Inayat Khan. These two paths of the Heart culminated in finding Igor's teaching through his interview conducted by Lilou Mace in 2015, which eventually led to the opportunity to sit with him two years later. Here she has experienced the most profound shifts in Consciousness in her 17 years of practicing meditation and felt that she has arrived at the Heart of what these paths represent.
Madeleine lives with her daughter in Freiburg, Germany and supports the Flowing Wakefulness team with her creative social media outpourings.
Prema has been fascinated with the questions of life and the search for truth for more than 25 years. A spontaneous Kundalini awakening 2007 — without any idea of what was happening at that time — brought about an enormous discharge of creative energy, and the wish arose to create art based on sacred geometry; art which has a beneficial effect on people, filling rooms with uplifting energies.
In 2013, Prema watched her first video of Igor and was surprised at the profound physical effects of watching the video. Though she knew nothing of Shaktipat, or energetic transmission, at that time, she took this for a sign of guidance and contacted Igor immediately. Meeting him for the first time felt like coming home. She is more than grateful to have found her guide and teacher in Igor. As an artist and lover of beauty in all its forms, she supports the Flowing Wakefulness “Shanta Rasa“ creative team with visual composition and photography.
Stefan is a PhD of Physics and works as a project manager for research and development in the industrial environment. During his academic studies, he faced personal life challenges and reached a point of hopelessness, not knowing how to manage these difficulties. Thus, he took his first steps on the path of Yoga twelve years ago, trying different schools and Vipassana Meditation, but his heart was still unsatisfied by what he had come across. There was a deep longing that kept him searching.
However, upon meeting one of Igor’s facilitators in 2017, Stefan felt a deep resonance with the energy emanating from her accounts of the path with teacher Igor Kufayev. Immediately he felt drawn to participate in his first retreat in Belgium and recognized, with tremendous gratitude and humility, the answer to his calling. Touched by this path of the heart, and with the great feeling of homecoming, Stefan is now part of the Flowing Wakefulness team, where he offers technical support and his advanced computer skills.
Sundari Ma attended a high school specialized in music and fine arts in her hometown of Bamberg, and studied contemporary dance, new dance, and improvisation in Munich and Freiburg, Germany. She learned Ayurveda and Kerala Ayurvedic treatments in South India. She founded and directed Soma Yoga – a studio for Yoga, Ayurveda, and Meditation in Freiburg – for many years, and has been teaching Vedic and Tantric wisdom for almost two decades. She studied closely with Dr. David Frawley, and Tantric teacher Sally Kempton, among others. Sundari Ma has been on the spiritual quest all of her life. Since childhood, her life has always felt like a streaming river, following the powerful inner calling of the ocean, the longing to fully know and realize her true essence.
In Igor Kufayev, she has recognized her ultimate spiritual guide, her Guru and serves the work of her Teacher and his community, Flowing Wakefulness. Igor has trained and assigned Sundari Ma for the role of facilitating his work, because of her direct recognition of the subtlety and depth of his Teaching of the Heart. Aside from acting as facilitator, Sundari Ma supports our creative team, Shanta Rasa, and offers her communicative, organizational, and artistic gifts, as well as inspired writing. She currently lives in the beautiful city of Freiburg.
Thomá Dattatreya, or Geert Acke by birth name, is a social entrepreneur and transformational coach, active in the world of philanthropy and impact investing. He brings his entrepreneurial spirit into whatever is asked of him to perform within the Flowing Wakefulness Fellowship. He lives with his family in Belgium, Europe.
He currently coordinates our events, explores fundraising possibilities, and is working to co-develop the Flowing Wakefulness Fellowship in Europe.
In 2014, he recognised Igor Kufayev as the one to call his teacher, and he loves to be deeply involved in cutting-edge inquiry into the nature of Consciousness and realising the Self in service of humanity, and in honour of our collective Mother.
Our Flowing Wakefulness Team is being additionally supported by dedicated students who offer their service by transcribing Igor's words for publication, and who support us in our social media campaigns and technical infrastructure, and include Gail Mills and Vera Starz.
Jae first encountered Igor by chance in December 2018 when she listened to an online interview he had made about his extraordinary life. Hearing the truth in Igor’s story moved her deeply, and from that day onwards Jae was inspired to meditate daily, having had no prior meditation experience. She immersed herself in Igor's online discourses and found much clarity through his words, and deep resonance as a fellow artist.
Six months after hearing the interview, Jae met Igor in person for the first time at a week-long immersion in Germany and during her time there, went through a profound shift in consciousness. The experience was extremely powerful, quiet and reverent, in a groundbreaking sort of way, and it felt as though her whole life up to that point had been a preparation for such an encounter. It marked the beginning of a long-awaited, and yearned for return to a place that resembled her ‘true home’.
Through the grace and mastery of her teacher, Igor Kufayev Vamadeva, the heart is gently and lovingly tenderised in a thousand and one different ways, and life, resplendent in beauty and mystery begins to sweetly unfold. Jae currently resides in London, UK and is a professional musician and counsellor in training. She serves the ongoing work of Flowing Wakefulness on the PR team.