Ayya Dhira was taught in Samatha-Vipassana meditation since 1994. During the last years she has been trained according to Mahasi Sayadaw methods. She is the first Theravadan Bhikkhuni who has received her full ordination in Germany 2015. From June 2016 until May 2017 she is guest of the Dhammdharini Sangha in Penngrove.
Ayya Sobhana has meditated and trained with Bhante Henepola Gunaratana since 1989. Her primary practice is the Eightfold Noble Path, that is, integration of meditation with ethical living and compassionate relationships for the sake of liberation. She ordained in 2003 and obtained full Bhikkhuni ordination at Dambulla, Sri Lanka, in 2006. Last year, Ayya Sobhana moved from the Bhavana Society in West Virginia to Aranya Bodhi Awakening Forest Hermitage, where she is the Prioress. Aranya Bodhi is a new community for monastic women located on the Sonoma Coast of California.