Albert began his journey in the healing arts in 1999 when he discovered the transformative and healing power of Buddhist meditation. Since then he has traveled around the world training extensively in meditation, yoga, Ayurveda, Thai massage, and other forms of bodywork.
He completed his first yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts in 2002 before moving to California in 2003 to learn Swedish Massage and Craniosacral Therapy at the Heartwood Institute. In 2005 Albert began his study in Ayurvedic medicine at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and in 2006 he moved to New Mexico to study at the world renowned Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad. During this time he also took his second yoga teacher training in Ayur-Yoga and began learning Thai massage.
In 2008 Albert came to Montreal to deepen his study of Thai massage at the Lotus Palm School under the close tutelage of the school’s founder Kam Thye Chow, and senior teacher Shai Plonski. He eventually became an instructor at Lotus Palm and then helped establish Lotus Palm Toronto acting as director and teaching extensively for two years.
In 2011 Albert traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to study with one of the great Thai massage masters, Pichest Boonthumme, tracing the roots of the lineage taught at Lotus Palm to its last living origin. While in Chiang Mai, Albert also took the opportunity to further his studies at the Sunshine School taking an advanced course on chronic back pain and prenatal massage. Albert returned to Chiang Mai in 2013 to study Thai acupressure at the Sunshine School and take a course in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. While in Thailand he also completed a month-long yoga intensive at Agama Yoga.
After gaining a solid foundation in the yogic system of healing, Albert is now focusing on learning the Chinese approach. Since 2014 he has been training at the Montreal Gongfu Centre under Ethan Murchie, learning about Chinese medicine, Tuina, and the internal martial arts of Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, and T’ai chi ch’uan. As a member of the North American Tang Shou Tao Association, he is an assistant instructor in Shen Long Xingyi and he also works closely with Ethan as his apprentice.
Throughout the years Albert has remained true to his Buddhist roots, practicing in meditation centres around the world. In 2000, he traveled to South Korea to practice with a renowned Zen Master for three months. Since then he has spent months in silent retreat at Spirit Rock in California and the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts. Mostly recently in 2011, he sat for two months with his current teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya in Burma.
Albert currently maintains a private Thai massage practice out of his home in Montreal’s Mile End and regularly teaches for the Still Light Centre (run by Shai Plonski) in Canada and the U.S.