After graduating with a M.A. in English, Spanish and Political Sciences I worked at an international student exchange organization in Bonn, Germany. But in the early 2000s a serious burn-out made me reconsider my priorities. I discovered meditation or maybe it is better to say that I started to discover meditation since it has been the start of a (life-) long journey of practicing mindfulness and compassion. It slowly became clear, that I wanted to change my professional path and focus more on this journey I had started and to share with others what I was practicing.
After coming across the MBSR program I knew that this perfectly combined meditation and teaching and I trained as a MBSR teacher at the Institut für Achtsamkeit (IAS, Germany). Since 2010 I have been teaching mindfulness as a full time MBSR teacher in Berlin – and it has always been a lot more than a job, it is an ongoing practice.
In 2014 I participated in one of the first teacher trainings for MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) given by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff (Center for MSC) and I am very happy to now also offer this wonderful program for cultivating (self-)compassion since 2015. After an intensive supervision process in 2017, I was certified as MSC Teacher (University of California, San Diego).
As a Senior Teacher and active member of the German MBSR Association (MBSR-/MBCT Verband) I am involved in establishing quality management and supervision for MBSR teachers within the MBSR Association. I completed the Supervision Training given by Lot Heijke and others, as well as the MBI TAC-training by Rebecca Crane (Bangor University, UK).
Since then I have been working as a supervisor for the MBSR teacher training at Achtsamkeitszentrum Berlin led by Günter Hudasch and am very happy to be part of the Brussels Mindfulness teacher training team as a supervisor and assessor.