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MSC Trained Teacher (California), MBSR Teacher (Germany / Switzerland), teacher of the Mindful Schools Curriculum Training (California). M.A. in "International Cultural and Business Studies / European Studies" (Germany). M.A. in "Development Cooperation & NGO Management" (Spain). For 15 years, I have worked as a consultant and project manager in development cooperation in different parts of this world, mostly in Central / South America and Africa, out of which ten years of www.particip.de , other than independent consulting for NGOs and Universities.
Since 2016 to date, I am involved in the team of the "Center for Mindful Self-Compassion" (CMSC), San Diego, as "International Affairs Manager", and with "Arbor Seminare" (Freiburg, Germany) in the area of training events and courses around mindfulness, following a few years with "Arbor Verlag", an editorial for mindfulness books and now also in their Online Center.
Since 2012 and still ongoing, I have taken an active part in the setting up of a "European Network for Grateful Living" (www.dankbar-leben.org ), covering over a broad range of responsibilities in the coordination team, in online and event support of the teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast and in the off-line support for local gratitude groups. I have finished my yoga teacher degree and one to integrate awareness of our body-mind-heart connection in my work. I have enjoyed the "Time to Think"-Partnership course in coaching and several Council Practice trainings with Joe Provisor, Jared Seide and at Ojai Foundation, also ongoing after "Bearing Witness"with Bernie Glassman and the ZPO in Auschwitz with participating in council practice online, which led to a "White Awake Training", and some trauma healing related learning, too. Currently, I am enthusiastically reconnecting to my roots as a child and teen in nature: I found an inspiring pod environment in the year-long "Awake in the Wild" Nature Meditation Teacher Training by Mark Coleman, and I enjoy discovering the teachings of nature in all other teachings. Dear to me are Joanna Macy's attitude and life work in "The Work that Reconnects" and the teachings of "The Journey of the Universe" and "Eco-Sattva Training". More to come - and I love to explore here, while hiking and being outdoors like in my earlier years.
In my experience, mindfulness and mindful self-compassion practices are paths to explore our connection with ourselves and with the miracle of everything that is, nourishing our trust in life, which is so needed in time of virtuality, disconnection and much loneliness in some of our societies.
Being also a mother of three children in a binational relationship, I feel that education, health, sustainable livelihood and the qualities upon which we interact in our daily lives with each other deserve a very intentional focus, from within family rituals to a school and a work environment, from birth to death. My intention is to integrate these timeless teachings into settings with socially and culturally diverse target groups and to cooperate with teachers from other focus areas, treasuring that diversity is an expression of the beauty of life, aware that we can all contribute to cultivate awe for life.
An important inspiration to me is Thich Nhat Hanh's practice: "Peace in oneself, peace in the world.“
We can start right here where we are to contribute to more peace.