Cindy has studied and practiced Buddha Dharma and meditation for 20 years, under the guidance of various teachers in the Gelug, Nyingma (Dzogchen) and Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, initiated into Vajrayana and Dzogchen practices. She has also undergone intensive training in the classical texts of yoga and Hindu philosophy. After undertaking multiple solitary retreats of up to six weeks at a time, Cindy now teaches at group retreats around the world.
In 2006, while working as an artist in residence at the 18th Street Arts Center in Los Angeles, Cindy met Lama Marut (Brian K. Smith) with whom she began collaborating in developing podcasts, websites, video broadcasts, books and graphic design. They are now married and live in rural Australia. They co-teach internationally with the intention of helping to ignite the universal wisdom of all authentic spiritual traditions in our daily lives.
As an artist, Cindy’s teaching and practice has been inspired by creativity; utilizing mythical archetype and the power of storytelling, leading kirtan and singing, and recalling training in dance, martial arts and yoga to inspire an energetic, visceral approach that encourages embodied awareness and integration with our true nature.
With a Bachelor of Arts from Swinburne University (Literature and Media Studies) and a Graduate Diploma in Electronic Design and Interactive Media, Cindy has taught as a university lecturer in film and media programs in Australia. She has produced video installations and short films for dance performances in Europe, and has designed motion graphics for VJ’ing (video jockeying) at electronic music festivals worldwide.
She continues to develop multimedia projects that are created with the intention to awaken wild, deep and fearlessly fun living.