Stefanie Blech was born in Germany. After mainly theoretically looking at many different philosophies and traditions through her studies in Philosophy and Social Work, she began to spend both long and short periods of time in different branch monasteries of the Thai Forest Tradition in Europe since 2017. This journey also brought her to Sunyata Buddhist Centre, where she returned most years to sit and assist with retreats. After a long term stay in a German Theravadan hermit monastery and solitary periods in nature, she then left Germany and is residing in Sunyata Buddhist Centre since August 2020. She is currently one of the managers on-site in Sunyata.