Selima Gurtler is a Eurasian born in London in 1956 to an Indian muslim and a British catholic. She has travelled the world for over 40 years, living on three different continents.
As a child, she suffered severe racial prejudice and isolation from the bigotry shown to her parents in London, and endured the damning shame and outcasting from the Britain of that uncompromising era when mixed-marriages were an absolute taboo, and illegal in some countries.
Selima sought to understand herself within her cross-cultural heritage, and this profound psychological search for her true self, God and inner peace led her finally to realise the answer to the question, “Who am I?”
A Jnana yogi who now teaches a form of Hatha, she is a graduate in Art History and Philosophy. She speaks 4 foreign languages, has a great love and knowledge of music and art, and possesses a lifelong understanding and knowledge of Western rational thought, traditions and psychology and Eastern culture, with its mystical and spiritual teachings.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Grace Archbishop Desmond Tutu honoured her perspective by becoming patrons of her Foundation in 2006 and 2009.