Bryce began meditating and studying texts of wisdom at the age of 16, when he was struck hard by existential depression. For the following eight years he unsuccessfully tried to use philosophy, psychology, and sports to pull himself back into the light. Matters became worse when he developed a series of auto-immune issues, including systemic pseudo-arthritis, which left him unable to comfortably stand or walk for nearly two years. In a state of desperation, Bryce attended a weekend meditation retreat, where something clicked. He felt released from his illness and sorrow for the first time in years. Soon he entered another retreat- this time a five week ashram stay, under the guidance of a Master named Mooji. In this ashram, Bryce discovered for himself the truth he had been chasing: when the mind is quiet and the heart is open, love and meaning come pouring in.
The depression washed away, and Bryce’s body started to heal.
To assist with the processes of healing and integration, Bryce later sought a movement practice. He wanted a practice that would: 1.) Accommodate his uncomfortable and limited range of motion 2.) Help him regain full and pain-free use of his body 3.) Support him in living a life in alignment with honesty, compassion, and courage.
When he stumbled upon Sheng Zhen Meditation, he fell head over heels in love. The grace, the power, the beauty, and the deep truths of Sheng Zhen enraptured him. This attraction took him to a 36-day intensive training, where he would be encouraged to start teaching by the Master, Master Li Junfeng. With that blessing, Bryce realized that Sheng Zhen represented not only a transformative personal practice, but also a gateway through which all who earnestly sought peace and well-being could find it.
Bryce is very grateful to now be sharing this practice with his hometown of Santa Barbara.