Akanista courses and retreats are held at


Akanista is based in the heart of London (Euston/Warren Street), North London (Northwood Hills), Watford (Carpenters Park) and Buckinghamshire (Gerrards Cross). Established in 2010 by Karuna, a former Buddhist monk and Nitima, an integrative therapist, Akanista quickly acquired the reputation for being one of the most authentic Mindfulness service providers in and around London.

We understand that living in an increasingly demanding work and family-life can be challenging and stress is unavoidable. However, there is hope. Scientists have discovered a 2600 years old Buddhist meditation called 'Mindfulness' can help you:

  • become less stressful and anxious
  • manage time and increase efficiency
  • have more fulfilling and happier life

Our intention is to equip you - in the midst of chaos - the knowledge and techniques of Mindfulness so you can:

  • manage stress, anxiety,
  • cope with depression,
  • improve sleep
  • become more resilient and focused
  • increase creativity and performance

We work with individuals on 1-2-1 basis, groups, families and also corporate companies. If you like to try first, please book one of our free taster sessions soon or subscribe for a free recording. If you like to join one of our courses or retreats, please book one soon. Places are limited.

Mindfulness can benefit your employees to be more productive and efficient. If you like us to offer a presentation at your workplace, please get in touch with us so we can contact your HR department and take this further.

It has completely changed my life! I am able to step back and think what is life.

― Maha Mancassola | Business Owner

Extraordinarily valuable and profoundly affected my daily life

— Chiara | Independent Media Production Professional

I am taking this opportunity to convey just how much I have both enjoyed and gained from my Mindfulness course. Karuna and Nitima provided me with an amazing experience of well-being. The provision of the tools which enables me to develop a coping strategy has been empowering. I have been provided with a simple philosophy that enabled me to address issues, which in the past would have presented me with considerable challenges.

― Nikki Chivers | Development & Social Enterprise Manager

Akanista meditation classes have shown me a simple yet highly effective way of becoming calmer and focused in my day to day life. The recordings that are provided at the end of each class are helping me practise the techniques on a daily basis. All in all, very useful class and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wishes to bring more calmness in their lives.

― Bhargav Dave | Search Account Manager

Karuna is a wonderful meditation teacher. I practised meditation for sometime before joining his classes, but found myself going in circles. With his guidance I have made positive developments in mindfulness which have extended beyond my meditation and into my everyday life.

― Natalie Nolte | Designer at Sotheby’s

Karuna devised a meditation course for a group of people, like me, who had little or no experience in this practice. His teachings were extraordinarily valuable and profoundly affected my daily life. He was inventive with his approach, and patient. I thought he was truly talented.

― Chiara Messineo | Independent Media Production Professional

I first came at Karuna`s course without knowing what to expect, as a complete beginner into meditation and his complete guide into mindfulness and meditation was a life changer for me.

― Alina Sandu | Personal Assistant (PA)

Karuna Priya provides a very calm, caring and safe environment in which to begin to learn some of the various aspects and practices of mindfulness meditation. I have found him to be very flexible and accommodating and always available with advice and guidance.

― Tanya Clements | Mother

One of many awakening experiences that I have learnt in just a few weeks is the word ‘mindfulness’ and for me I think this is the first step we needed to recognise and be aware of in order to move through our journey. I would truly like to thank you both so much for given me the opportunity of a life time with the 8 week course of mindfulness mediation along with some of Nitima’s tapping EFT. It has completely changed my life !!

― Maha Mancassola| Restaurant Business Owner