A Steiner education gave Luke a broad foundation from which to explore, especially in nature. This led to a BA (Hons) in Outdoor Education at La Trobe University, Bendigo, which finished with an honours thesis, 'Analysis of the Parallels between Physics and Mysticism for the Purpose of application to Outdoor Education.' It was during this transformational year at the age of 23 that Luke began a deeper meditative inquiry. What followed has been 20+ years of study and contemplation of various wisdom traditions and teachers. This study has taken place in Australia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, USA and India; including training both in formal settings and in silent solitary practice.
Luke began sharing meditation in 2016: he has taught in corporate settings with Carey Grammar School, on retreats with Sacred Earth Music and Zenthai Shiatsu trainings as well as offering private group, one on one and Skype sessions. Luke has taught Zenthai Shiatsu since 2013 and is currently co-teaching the first Zenthai Shiatsu Therapist program in Melbourne. He offers one on one consultations from his Melbourne based practice. Along the way Luke has also studied and worked in the fields of acting, writing, visual arts, photography, carpentry, music management and outdoor education.
BA (Hons) Outdoor Education, Vic.
Dip. Ed. (Vis.Arts), Qld.
Zenthai Shiatsu Therapist/Facilitator - Mt. Ninderry Healing Centre, Qld.
Zenthai Flow Yoga Teacher - Shanti Agung, Bali
Yin Yoga Teacher - Yoga 213, Melbourne.
Meditation Teacher - Rishikesh, India & Byron Yoga
Real freedom is the absence of someone wanting to be free
Luke's predilection for the spiritual was fostered by his Baptist Minister Grandfather who relished a wider spiritual dialogue. He had insights as a child he could not explain, only to realise later they amounted to glimpses of a way of perceiving. A specific experience at the age of 22 led to deeper exploration during his honours thesis, a fundamental shift in his relationship to life was the result. Since then he has sat with considered masters and alone to illuminate further the treasure within. Luke brings an immediacy and presence to his teaching, and an approach free of dogma and ideology. Meditation and life itself are now an ongoing opening to this treasure, to a presence beyond perspective.
"The act of meditation is an invitation to relax into your true nature. To be established in meditation is to live from our unconditioned being. Liberate the mind and consciousness itself, find stillness and equanimity within and invite a full heart, compassion for self and others and an unwavering foundation from which to be in the world."
"Luke is a deep listener and intuitively knew what I needed... I got so much from our discussion... and I left the session feeling deeply whole and centred. Just being in his presence is therapeutic - a rare and special find."
Emily Toner - Mindfulness Consultant - emilytoner.com
Luke has been established in Zenthai Shiatsu since its inception in 2003. Studying with Gwyn Williams from the beginning has meant following and adapting a practice that has continued to develop and evolve. With its source in the spirit of all things and a five element Chinese medicine foundation, it is a meditative practice that is both energetic and physical therapy. Luke has also studied with other bodywork teachers including Arnoud L'hermitte, Kaline Kelly, Roland Combes, Jack Chiya, Pichet Boonthume, Itzhak Helman and Ronan Tang.
Awakening and Bodywork
"The first glimpse of awakening is a moment or two of life, as it is, without narrative thought. For whatever reason this narrative drops and the experience of simply being is all that’s left. ‘You’ leave the building. This doesn’t cost ‘you’ anything, the glimpse is free. Remaining as, or more accurately realising, pure being will cost you 'you'. This is enlightenment, as conventional language would have it these days.
Some people hear about or have this first experience and will chase it no matter what, they simply must know what it’s about. Most others will try to be happy with their narrative of life, until life throws a curveball that doesn’t fit said narrative. Some people will have an experience out of the blue and have no reference for it at all leaving them potentially very confused. For others still there will be the slow burn of dissatisfaction, that’s trying to be escaped from; to no avail. No version is good or bad, it’s just how it is; and every individual version will have it’s own flavour. In my case, it was the former with plenty of narrative belief and dissatisfaction along the way.
In any case, for more and more people these opening or curveball moments are potentially wonderful, benign or brutal or anywhere in between and they can come with a raft of psychological, emotional and physical manifestations. It’s come to pass that my practice is centred around and attracting these people. We dialogue to illuminate the narrative veil or belief and the bodywork supports the openness realised to register through and instil within the whole being. It’s simply embodying a change or shift that wants to happen. As we get more attuned to moving as life would have it, a natural or more true being is revealed.
Maybe see you on the mat for a chat and some Zenthai."
'Rarely do you come across a practitioner who is truly a master of their art. Luke is such a person. What he does is bodywork but so much more. It is bar none the deepest and most thorough, healing and satisfying bodywork I've come across, and I've had lots! Don't think about going to see him. Just do it! I guarantee you will be very glad you did.
Belinda Bailey - Transpersonal Counsellor/Life Coach
"Fluid consciousness" - I am in deep awe at the potency that Luke's fluid presence has the moment I enter the Zenthai Sanctuary. I often don't arrive feeling my most easeful and centred, but, within an hour and a half, I always remember something, underneath the layers and patterns I’d wrapped myself in and gathered over the days/weeks/years, or in a moment, I find joy and hope again.
Zenthai with Luke is a looking back, into oneself, with the kind, gentle and clear midwifing of Luke, guiding, supporting and giving space for my heart, mind, body and spirit to emerge fully and lusciously in this moment.
Charlotte Roberts - Vocal Artist www.charlotteroberts.com.au
- Learn the art of Zenthai Shiatsu -
Luke, with fellow teachers, offers the 4 day Level 1 Introduction to Zenthai Shiatsu training at least once a year in Melbourne, it is prerequisite for the 9 month Therapist Program.
62 Kernot St. South Kingsville 3015
p: 0416 118 206
Once in a blue moon you'll receive an email with info regarding trainings or changes to meditation schedule.