Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī, a native of Montreal, is the founder of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage, a Theravāda Buddhist training monastery for bhikkhunīs in Perth, Ontario, Canada. After years of meditation study in India and malnutrition work in UN and other aid programs, in 1988 she took 10 precept nun’s ordination with Sayadaw U Pandita. In search of training in the west, she joined the nuns’ community at Amaravati Monastery, UK for 10 years before moving her base to New Zealand and later Penang. She taught retreats in the antipodes, Asia and the West.
In 2007, she was ordained as a bhikkhunī in Taiwan, and returned to Canada the following year to establish Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage. She is the guiding teacher of the nuns’ community and leads retreats and meditation courses, including programs for Hospice volunteers and staff in the Ottawa area. Her Dhamma reflections, ‘Gone Forth, Going Beyond’, were published in 2007.