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Certified MSC 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", and with "AVE-Institute" in elaborating and teaching a TT for multipliers in the educational realm around mindfulness, inter-connectedness and engagement.
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 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. Finished my yoga teacher degree and enjoy exploring awareness of our body-mind-heart connection through the breath in my work. Other trainings in contemplative communication that enrich this path were for me the "Time to Think"-Partnership course in coaching and several Council Practice trainings with Joe Provisor, Jared Seide and at the Ojai Foundation, "Bearing Witness"with Bernie Glassman and the ZPO in Auschwitz with council practice, as well as the "White Awake Training", and trauma healing related learning. Currently, I am enthusiastically reconnecting to my roots as a child and teen in nature in the inspiring year-long "Awake in the Wild" Nature Meditation Teacher Training with Mark Coleman, re-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", the teachings of "The Journey of the Universe" and the "Eco-Sattva Training" of One Earth Sangha.
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 many of our societies.
Being also a mother of three children in a binational relationship, I feel that education, health, sustainable livelihood and the core values, which shape our lives with each other deserve a very intentional focus, ranging from family rituals to a school and a work environment and from the experiences around giving birth and transitioning. My intention is to integrate these timeless teachings into settings with socially and culturally diverse target groups and to cooperate with teachers from other areas, treasuring that diversity is an expression of the beauty of life - and aware that cultivate awe for life is a beautiful start.
I have taught MSC in California, Germany and Vietnam (full course, Intensive, tailored formats for special target groups like hospice workers, from now on also the Online Short Course and Online Full Course, and the Course for Health Care Communities).
Future MSC programs will include active engagement with the Earth and Nature Awareness and the relation to our environment with body, mind and heart.
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.