During travels in Asia in 1979, Beth was inspired by visits to Bodhgaya and Sarnath. She began formal meditation practice in New Zealand in the mid 1980s with retreats in the Mahasi style, continuing with these after her move to Australia. The Dhamma became a central focus in her life after her husband’s death in 2004. She returned to Asia, sat retreats in Burma and Malaysia, and realized her keen interest in the Ajahn Chah tradition. She lived at the Bhavana Society in the US and Vimutti Monastery in New Zealand and was live-in manager at the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Center near Sydney, Australia. Her first visit to Abhayagiri was in November 2011. She appreciates the varied schedule, encouraging continuity of practice and the strong emphasis on community harmony.