6 Eastview Avenue, Leura NSW 2780

meet the team

We’ve combined our areas of expertise to bring you a unique retreat experience.

Edward Fernon


  • CEO of Belong Capital & Freedom Development Group.
  • 2 x Olympian in the Modern Pentathlon (London 2012, Tokyo 2020)
  • Winner of the World’s Longest Horse Race (Mongol Derby, 2017)
  • Summited Aconcagua the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere (2016)
  • Completed a 5-week 1000km horse ride from Braidwood to Melbourne as an ambassador for the Black Dog Institute (2012).
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Economics)- Sydney University
  • Master of Commerce – Sydney University



Craig Schuetrumpf

CEO and Retreat Director

  • IT specialist with expertise in R&D, software/hardware and service development.
  • Co founder of Quickcut – established in 23 countries.
  • CEO of Snaphop APAC – a specialist in recruiting systems.
  • Experienced in developing and managing retreats, developing programs and implementing for corporates and retreat groups.

visiting teachers

Geshe Ngawang Tsundu

At the age of 13 he ordained as a monk and studied Tibetan language, prayer memorisation and ritual practices.

At the age of 24 he took the Getsul (Sramanera) vow and at the age of 25 the Gelong (Bikshu) vow. He holds the status of a fully ordained monk.

He studied and completed the 3 year Dura (Elementary of logics) level, the 7 year Pharchin (Prajnaparamita) level, the 4 year Uma (Madhyamika) level, and reached the Dulwa-nyingpa (Vinaya III) level.

He was awarded the esteemed Geshe degree (Phd in Buddhist studies) after 27 years of monastic study.

He has qualified knowledge and extensive experience on many Gelug tradition Rituals/Puja ceremonies. He has studied and teaches sand Mandala designing and construction.  He served as Sera Jey’s monasteries Ritual trumpeter for many years.

He has studied and traveled extensively through the Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia.  He settled in Australia in 2018 and is now a permanent resident.

We are so fortunate to have Geshe Tsundu in the Blue Mountains – he is much respected and loved by the Tibetan and local community.

We pray that Geshela live long and make heartfelt requests that he continues to teach us.

Geshe Tsundu

Venerable Paldrön

Venerable Thubten Paldrön

Venerable Paldrön brings her experience of Buddhist Dharma practice which began in the mid 1970s at a Thai Forest monastery in NSW, Wat Buddha Dhamma.

Venerable Paldrön was ordained in the Mahayana tradition in 1999 and has spent time in communities in Italy, Queensland and Mexico, teaching and expanding her knowledge and practice.

We are very fortunate that she has been teaching in the Blue Mountains for some years now, integrating many years of Dharma teachings & practice with an emphasis on developing clarity & awareness.