1. Kim Katami, Founder and Head Teacher
2. Pauliina Katami, Co-Founder
3. Karl Eikrem, Assistant Teacher
4. Jonathan O'Donovan, Assistant Teacher
I started practicing prayer and meditation when I was 3-4 years old. In 1986, when I was 7 years old, I received my first meditation instructions from my judo teacher. I kept practicing almost every day for about 6 years. Learning meditation and other arts at an early age, set the direction for the rest of my life.
As a teenager I trained in music, while joining guided meditations every now and then. After I ended my music career, I took up zen meditation. From the first day of practice, I started sitting 8 hours or more every day, and kept this routine for 8½ years, until 2011. I received training from notable zen teachers, mostly in Japan, but also learned tantric practices from various teachers. Learning healing and zen art also has an important place in my life. Eventually I was asked to teach by my teachers.
Since I was a child, I have had mystical experiences. I grew up with them so I don't consider them any special but rather see them as a natural part of my life. Later I received in-depth training in them from my tantric teachers.
At the same time, I grew up with craftsmen, and learned to use common sense. I trained in music, management and engineering that taught me how to make sense of things and how to be practical.
I am married with two children, and a cat. I have been a full time teacher since 2008.
Open Heart head teacher and founder, Kim Katami, has been a member of Association of Professional Spiritual Teachers since 2018.
I am a yogi who has been fortunate enough to find the authentic dharma in this life.
Born in 1989, I grew up in a costal town in Northern Norway. In my early teens I discovered alcohol and by the age of 18 I was already drinking heavily, eventually getting into to other drugs as well. It was all fun and games until a psychedelic trip in my early twenties left my ego and world view broken and bruised.
As a result of this I started studying philosophy and practicing yoga and meditation. I spent the following years exploring several traditions; Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Daoist and Buddhist, while at the same time suffering from alternating periods of depression and mania. After finishing my university studies, my existential suffering led me to spontaneously uproot and hitchhike alone around Europe for three months during which I experienced a mental-emotional break down.
Despite having already had several glimpses of pure awareness, as well as visitations from various non-physical mahasiddhas, it was in the aftermath of this breakdown, while staying in isolation on a farm in Germany that I truly saw the importance of consistent spiritual practice. Thus I went back home and deepened my efforts on my own until I finally found my heart teacher Kim Katami and my root guru Guru Rinpoche, with whom I have studied extensively with ever since.
I am here to share with others what has been given to me.