I am from Berlin, and although I love it as a city, there came the time when I felt the need for more space, bigger skies, and the wild ocean. So I moved to West Cork in May 2000.
I had visited the Beara peninsula many times before and made friends there. In Dzogchen Beara, a Buddhist retreat centre set on the cliffs with the most stunning views over the Atlantic, I learnt and practiced Sitting and Loving Kindness meditations, and studied Buddhist philosophy with local and international teachers who came to the centre. It was a place for community and vibrant exchange with quite exceptional people and great for making friends.
The energy and beauty of the peninsula and the West of Ireland still open my heart and soul, even though I live in Dublin now. Every time I travel West, my heart sings when I get to the other side of Cork city…. From childhood my parents showed us the beauty of nature and I learnt early that being in Nature helps my mind to relax and softens me to feel a deep sense of freedom, inspiration and peace….
I met a yoga teacher on Beara, who introduced me to the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli. Becoming Margaret Hardman’s student began to change my yoga practice entirely. I discovered a depth and freedom in my body, which seems to have no limit… I found a new sense of connection and ease that changed entirely how I experience my body.
Gradually feeling how gravity supports us and encourages lightness and spaciousness in the body, the focus on un-doing tension and exploring the body in asanas, rather than performing, the very personal assistance and Margaret’s dedication to the process inspired me and helped to let yoga become one of the most important parts of my life.
I completed my yoga teacher training with Bill Wood in Bristol…. and every year I work with Diane Long and other Scaravelli inspired teachers, among them Svenja Becker in Berlin.
My first Shiatsu session many years ago in Berlin felt like a recognition of something I needed in my life and had not received yet. I also felt I had something to give that was expressed in this form of bodywork. I attended a three year training in Berlin and in 2005 completed another 3 year practitioner training in Dublin with the Irish School of Shiatsu. It is one of the most profound healing practices I so far encountered. I love how I can support people with the simplicity and effectiveness of Shiatsu to live healthier and happier lives.
Last November I completed a practitioner level training in Lomi Lomi massage with Louise Kleu at Aloha House in Killorglin. For many years I was intrigued by this ancient Hawaiian Healing Art and instead of going for holidays abroad embarked on a flowing, challenging and very inspiring journey in the soft rains of Kerry.
Lomi Lomi’s flow and philosophy already are a growing part of my work and weave themselves into all parts of my life.
2017 was a year of studying and exploring and I’m sure the Positive Neuroplasticity training ( Rick Hanson), connection and sensuality of Tantra and chakra work from courses with Dawn Cartwright and Margot Anand, refined yoga practice with Diane Long, story telling with Joel Ben Izzy on Cape Clear and the loving flow of Lomi Lomi, the never underestimated learning from clients and students, friends and random encounters will craft my way of living and the work I offer.
May it be of help to make this planet a peacefully exciting place for all of us ….