About Founder

In 2020, Jamie Gominger founded Lotus Compass out of a desire to help people travel in a more meaningful way. Her goal is to bring conscious travel to the world.

A Note from Jamie:

Hola amigos!

Thanks for taking time to stop by. If you’re reading this, we probably have at least one thing in common: We’re both passionate about travel. 

Travel has shaped my life and continues to be my biggest teacher.  I’ve lived in more than 10 countries including Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Italy, and I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to more than 30 countries around the world.

More importantly than the amount of countries I’ve visited is the eye-opening experiences that have shaped who I am and how I look at the world. Traveling taught me about myself, about others, and the interconnectivity we all share.

Throughout my journeys, I’ve honed in on the type of travel that truly supports my growth: conscious traveling. Through respecting the local culture, leaving a small footprint, maintaining a daily practice, and allowing curiosity to be my guide, I began to trust myself more along the journey. Traveling in this way allows for an expansion of the body, mind, and spirit, and this is what I want to bring to the world.

Read more about our travel philosophy.

My Teachers

 

It is my pleasure to share with you the people and places that have influenced me most deeply on my personal spiritual path. I am where I am today because of them. If you feel drawn to any of them, I invite you to follow that inspiration!
Rebeca Castella

Rebeca Castella

Mindful Living Coach, Dharma Teacher

This radiant being first introduced me to the practice of meditation and Buddhist teachings when I lived in Ibiza in 2015. Rebeca presents ancient teachings in a fresh, relevant way that has been so extremely useful in my life. She offers group classes, retreats and private meditation instruction. For more info, visit her website

 

Braddon Hall

Braddon Hall

Circus yogi, Dharma practitioner

Braddon, Rebeca’s husband, has been an incredible teacher to me along the path. A devoted student of Richard Freeman, he has practiced Ashtanga Yoga since 1988. He is also a playful being, circus yogi, meditation practitioner, Bitcoin guru, and a long-time mentor and friend. 

Frank Berliner

Frank Berliner

Dharma Teacher

Frank is a dharma teacher, writer, psychotherapist, and life coach in Boulder, Colorado. He became a student of the Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974 and later served as the national director of Shambhala Training, and executive director and resident teacher of the Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center. Read his books and check upcoming programs here
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Dharma Teacher

Mingyur Rinpoche possesses a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a fresh, engaging manner. His profound yet accessible teachings and playful sense of humor have endeared him to students around the world. Watch his teachings on YouTube!

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Dharma Teacher

Like his brother Mingyur Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche is a meditation master in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and son of the late Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He offers his teachings in the West and oversees nunneries and monasteries in Tibet and Nepal. 
Pema Chodron

Pema Chodron

Dharma Teacher

Pema Chödron is the ultimate teacher of bodhicitta, which is centered around living with an open heart. She’s written many wonderful books that I constantly find myself turning to for guidance. She is a Tibetan Buddhist nun and the main teacher at a monastery in Novia Scotia, Canada called Gampo Abbey. Pema is a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Steven Harper

Steven Harper

Wilderness Guide, Gestalt Teacher

Steven is a wilderness guide, consultant, author, and artist. He has led both traditional and experimental wilderness expeditions in the North America and internationally for over 40 years. He is an extremely gifted teacher of Gestalt Practice as well. 
Take a look at his website to learn more!

 

 

Chris Price

Chris Price

Gestalt Awareness Practice Teacher

Chris is a teacher of Gestalt Awareness Practice, an approach to expanding awareness derived from the works of Fritz Perls and influenced by Buddhist practice. Chris established Tribal Ground LLC in Aptos, CA.

Deborah Eden Tull

Deborah Eden Tull

Sustainability Coach, Meditation Teacher

Deborah is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, activist and sustainability educator. She bridges personal awakening with collective transformation. I highly recommend reading her books! I found her book The Natural Kitchen especially helpful on my path to learning about sustainability.

The Lineage

 

In Tibetan Buddhism, there is a high importance placed on the student/teacher relationship.  The teachings are passed down in this way, from teacher to student, for centuries and can be traced through a direct lineage. As a result, the teachings are always alive and perfectly relevant. I find it astonishing that so many people who have directly influenced my life in a profound way are students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (below). It is because of this that I felt it necessary to share a bit about him and his teacher, Dilgo Khentsye Rinpoche. 
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939 – 1987) was a Buddhist meditation master and holder of both the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages, the eleventh Trungpa tülku, a tertön, supreme abbot of the Surmang monasteries, scholar, teacher, poet, artist, and originator of a radical re-presentation of Shambhala vision. Recognized both by Tibetan Buddhists and by other spiritual practitioners and scholars as a preeminent teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, he was a major, albeit controversial, figure in the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, founding Vajradhatu and Naropa University and establishing the Shambhala Training method.

 

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–1991) was a highly accomplished meditation master, scholar, and poet, and a principal holder of the Nyingma lineage. His extraordinary depth of realization enabled him to be, for all who met him, a foundation of loving-kindness, wisdom, and compassion. A dedicated exponent of the nonsectarian Rime movement, Khyentse Rinpoche was respected by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and taught many eminent teachers, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He tirelessly worked to uphold the Dharma through the publication of texts, the building of monasteries and stupas, and by offering instruction to thousands of people throughout the world. 

 

Places 

Big Sur, California

I lived in Big Sur on California’s Central Coast as I worked at the Esalen Institute in 2019-2020. If you’ve ever driven down the jarring cliffside turns of Highway 1, you know that nature rules in Big Sur. It’s dramatic, powerful, and cannot be ignored. It’s hard to live in a place like this with all the fires, road closures, rocks falling in the road, and no cell service or modern amenities close by, but I absolutely fell in love with the place. Big Sur, with all its gorgeous nature and hiking trails, showed me that I must be a steward of the land. I listened to that calling when conceptualizing Lotus Compass’s focus on conscious travel.

Ibiza, Spain

In 2015, I quit my job and moved to Ibiza, Spain. I didn’t know a soul on the island, yet I knew that I wanted to learn and grow in a big way. Ibiza didn’t disappoint. The mainstream media portrays it as a crazy party island, and while this is true in the summer, the rest of the year Ibiza is a mecca of happy hippies, spiritual teachings a plenty, and lots of sunshine. I lived on the island for 2.5 years, and during that time, I fell in love with the world in a way and all the beautiful people I got to know during my time there! 

El Camino de Santiago, Spain

Have you ever been stressed out, decided to go for a walk to clear your head, and then afterwards felt sooo much better? Imagine walking for a month on a path that is meant for self-reflection. That’s the Camino. It was the hardest, most rewarding, most incredible thing I’ve ever done. I can’t recommend it enough.