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Michael Doko Hatchett

Founder of the Mudita Institute

Zen Master, Mindfulness Teacher


Michael Doko Hatchett is the founder of the Mudita Institute for Mindfulness Training and Ayurvedic Medicine. He has studied the Buddhist approaches to health and healing for over twenty years and, more recently, studied Ayurveda under Dr Ajit of the Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Studies. He is a well-loved speaker on mindfulness, natural mental health, and the mind/body medicine of India and Japan. Since founding the Mudita Institute in 2008 he has helped many people feel back into what he calls “their basic human warmth and wisdom”.


Apart from his ‘day-job’ at Mudita, Michael is a Zen teacher. Hidden stress, anxiety, and 'too much thinking' led Michael to experience a brain aneurism at age 18 whilst studying at university. Soon after Michael became a Zen Buddhist monk and began a life-long pursuit of understanding the causes of stress and anxiety. Since 2009, after an almost twenty year apprenticeship with the Zen master Hogen Yamahata of Chogen-ji Japan (pictured with Doko), he began serving as a Zen Master with both lay and monastic disciples and as Abbot of the Dochu-an Zen Temple in Northern NSW.


Michael always generously shares his experience in the quieting and ‘gladdening’ of his mind and the ways to quieten and gladden yours. He is married and lives in Mullumbimby with his wife, Justine Buckley, three children, and cat.


Michael is available for speaking engagements, speaks at our retreats and also offers courses at the Mudita Institute. For more information see our Courses page.



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