Stephan Pende Wormland was born in Germany in 1965. He has actively practiced meditation in different Buddhist traditions for more than 30 years. He studied psychology and psychotherapy, specialized in Gestalt therapy and worked for many years in a psychiatric clinic.
Stephan lived for 11 years as an ordained Buddhist monk. At that time he was an abbot of the Nalanda Monastery in Southern France. He spent years in solitary and group retreats. He currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark and gives spiritual guidance to students all over Europe by leading courses and retreats, as well as giving individual counselling.