About Emma

Emma Slade in BhutanEmma was born in Kent and was educated at universities in Cambridge and London. She had an exciting international career in finance which she committed to with mental drive and a tasteful selection of suits. But a deep seated desire to enquire into the deeper aspects of what it is to be a human being was brought to the surface following a life-changing visit to Jakarta, Indonesia.

She resigned from her financial career and began travelling and exploring yoga and meditation. Since then she has taught yoga and meditation for over 15 years and continued to deepen a life-long interest in Buddhism.

Her interest in what lies at the roots of yoga and meditation strengthened after meeting a Buddhist Lama on her first visit to Bhutan in 2011.This crucial chance meeting led to her studying Buddhism with this Lama and, eventually, led to her ordination in Bhutan as a Buddhist nun. She was named Pema Deki which means blissful lotus – a title she is doing her best to live up to!

In 2015 she set up the UK charity – Opening Your Heart to Bhutan – to help children in Bhutan. She continues to travel to Bhutan frequently to manage these charity projects and continue her Buddhist studies.

Her first book, Set Free, detailing her inspirational story, was published in April 2017. All proceeds from the book will be donated to the charity. The book can be ordered on Amazon UK. For more information on Opening Your Heart to Bhutan click here