Teachers and sources of inspiration for Camille Hykes include: Nyoshul Khenpo, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Robert and Rachel Olds, Lama Willa Blythe Baker, Charles Genoud, Anam Thubten, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Leah Chyten, Hameed Ali (A.H. Almaas), and Lama Surya Das. Camille has been training in the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions of Himalayan Buddhism since 1995, with an emphasis on Dzogchen, Mahamudra, and practices of bodhicitta. Direct experience of the sacred nature of Mother Earth has been an essential illumining teacher for her throughout her life. Since 2008 Camille has been training in the work of the Diamond Approach, an open-ended path of inquiry into the immediacy of our experience. She is an authorized teacher of Gesture of Awareness, a unique means of exploring presence through the body amid so-called ordinary experience. Gesture, it may be said, is a kind of dance of inquiry. In light of growing up in the Deaf community, Camille has felt drawn to question hierarchies/concepts of power through nearly all her life, and is deeply committed to social and environmental justice.
Camille is a Dharma Teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship. She is the Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship’s Margha Program, which offers year-long trainings in natural meditation and practices of bodhicitta.