Emma Slade

Buddhist Nun
A business trip to Jakarta changed the course of Emma Slade’s life. The chartered financial analyst was working in fund management when she was held hostage at gunpoint. She resigned from her financial career and began exploring yoga, meditation, and methods of wellbeing with the ultimate aim of turning a traumatic episode into wisdom and conditions for thriving. “A deep passion of mine is to understand things and people as they are and how they became to be,” she says. “I love to do work that is meaningful and helps others; nothing brings greater peace within.” On Emma’s first visit to Bhutan in 2011, her interest in Buddhism as a science of the mind strengthened after meeting a Buddhist lama. Eventually, that led to her becoming the first and only Western woman to be ordained in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan as a Buddhist nun. She was named Ani Pema Deki, which means “blissful lotus” — a title she is doing her best to live up to. She’s been leading yoga workshops and retreats since 2003, and in her role as a coach, she supports clients in areas including mental resilience, defining purpose, and leading with integrity. Emma is the author of “Set Free,” which details her inspirational story.
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  • Meditation
Emma Slade


  • The British Wheel of Yoga

    Foundation Course Tutor Nov 2020 - Present (3 years)
  • Barefoot Coaching

    Executive and Personal Coach Jan 2020 - Present (4 years)
  • Various Experts

    Buddhist Meditation Jan 2011 - Present (13 years)
  • The British Wheel of Yoga

    Yoga Tutor Jul 1999 - Present (25 years)
  • Association for Investment Management and Research

    Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Jul 1996 - Present (28 years)


  • University of Chester

    Post-Graduate Certificate in Coaching 2019 - 2020
  • Goldsmiths, University of London

    Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art 1990 - 1993
  • University of Cambridge

    Bachelor of Arts in English and History 1985 - 1988


  • Founder

    Power of Mind Training Apr 2020 - Present (4 years)
  • Associate

    Aesara Partners Mar 2020 - Present (4 years)
  • Chief Executive Officer

    Opening Your Heart to Bhutan Feb 2015 - Present (9 years)
  • Senior Financial Analyst

    HSBC Jul 2004 - Jul 2008 (4 years)