Andrew (Drew) Litchy N.D.
Drew is a senior student of Bhante Vimalaramsi. He has been training with him since 2006, and was authorized to teach in 2008. Since then, he has introduced hundreds of students to TWIM, and has been actively leading meditation groups at universities, his clinics, volunteer organizations, and local hospital systems.
During his medical training, Drew designed and conducted several IRB approved studies on TWIM on novice meditators using loving-kindness and the breath as a object of meditation. He conducted research on advanced TWIM practitioners seeking biomarkers in connection to jhana states (stages of meditation) utilizing heart rate variability. He found that novices who developed these states displayed similar patterns after training.
Dr. Andrew Litchy, aka Drew, is a naturopathic physician in private practice. He is graduate faculty at the University of Minnesota, and adjunct faculty at his alma mater, the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Organ. Drew lives with his wife and son in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"At age 14, I read my first meditation book. By the time I met Bhante in 2006, I had intensely explored straight Vipassana, a Karma Kagyu presentation of Buddhism include Phowa, and had completed 11 years of formal training in Ortho-bionomy, Body Mind Centering, qigong, and Tao Yin/shiatsu. However, many of my questions about jhana and Awakening were addressed only after reading Bhante’s book: "The Anapanasati sutta."
"I did four retreats with Bhante in the first year of practicing TWIM– one online and three in person at the center. After this, I have done retreat every year except the year my son was born. In 2008 I spent 4 weeks as a novice monk, my name was "Pannananda".
"Since that crossroads of lay and monastic life paths, I have settled into being an extremely busy householder. Keeping a rigorous daily and retreat practice has been a priority, and continues to bring inspiration and balance. It is possible to have ease and profound joy in this busy and challenging world, without withdrawing from the complexities and difficulties of life. I wish everyone knew what is possible as a result of consistent practice; the rewards are beyond words and quite attainable. I hope to share this possibility with all my students and friends."
Drew has led many 9-day online retreats with participants world wide. He has had remarkable progress and success with people of all ages. He leads 10-day residential retreat that are open to all levels of experience.