Amida Mosaic came into being in 2005, when Teresa Bryant and her husband James Schmeiser began offering retreats and spiritual direction under the name "Mosaic Retreats."
Their intention then was to provide guidance and silent space for individuals needing to take "time out" from the busyness of everyday modern life.
On November 11, 2010, Teresa Bryant was ordained into the Order of Amida Buddha to become Reverend Amita Prajnatara, O.A.B., and Mosaic Retreats became Amida Mosaic to reflect the bond with the Order of Amida Buddha.
Since then, in addition to offering psychotherapy and spiritual direction, Amida Mosaic offers programs intended to nurture faith and inspire compassionate care for our world. Specific areas of focus include Earth Spirituality, Cultivating Gratitude, Contemplative Activism, Living with Illness, The Significance of Dreams, and Buddhist Spirituality, to mention a few.
Prajna continues to guide the work of Amida Mosaic, and is joined by other teachers and facilitators, including her "officially" retired husband, James Schmeiser.
Amida Mosaic is home to the Amida Mosaic sangha. The sangha (a community of friends) meets monthly on a Tuesday for book study, potluck, stone passing and sacred practice, followed by Wednesday morning service.
Teresa Prajna Bryant, R.P., O.A.B.
Registered Psychotherapist and Buddhist Minister
Founder and Teacher, Amida Mosaic
Teresa works as a supervisor for qualifying psychotherapists, as well as providing psychotherapy to clients who are living with illness, caregiving, or bereaved. She works privately and part-time in hospice and university settings.
As a Buddhist minister, Prajna (Teresa's Buddhist name) offers programs and retreats inspired by her affinity with Pureland Buddhism and Buddhist Psychology. She is the founder of Amida Mosaic, serving as the principal teacher. Prajna is a disciple of Dharmavidya David Brazier, Head of the Order of Amida Buddha and founder of Zen Therapy.
Teresa's professional experience has been in hospital, university, and hospice settings, and her credentials include degrees in Psychology (BA), and Anthropology (MA), certification in Spiritual Direction, Adult Education, and Morita Therapy, and extensive training in Buddhist psychotherapy and meditation instruction. She is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
Email Teresa Prajna here
James Schmeiser, OAB
James (now retired) has been teaching courses and leading retreats in the area of religious studies and spirituality for over thirty-five years. His recent focus has been on the spiritual significance of dreams, the understanding of life as pilgrimage, and the importance of spiritual awareness in the second half of life.
James is a retreat leader, spiritual director, and Professor Emeritus at King's University College at Western University. He is both a Christian and a lay member of the Order of Amida Buddha.
Email James here