I’m a mindfulness and compassion teacher, I teach secular and Buddhist classes in the Vipassana (Insight) meditation tradition. I am a published author, a regular contributor to mindfulness magazines, and a speaker.
I am committed to doing my part to create a more just and inclusive world, to protect our environment, and to educate myself about my white privilege and share my learnings through the lens of mindfulness and compassion.
In case you want to know more:
I started my professional life as a Gynecologist at the University Hospital in Berlin, Germany, doing clinical work while trying to make a name for myself through conducting and publishing research papers in gynecological oncology.
I had fallen in love with the universality of the Buddhist teachings as a searching teenager and it surely helped me stay sane through medical school and residency!
In 2003 my husband, baby daughter and I moved to Los Angeles “for just one year” as I enjoyed my maternity leave. I met Trudy Goodman, an Insight meditation teacher, who had just started an organization she called “InsightLA” a few months prior.
Trudy and I deeply connected and she encouraged me to train as an MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) teacher to share with my patients once back home in Berlin. While we were still in LA, we started teaching MBSR together – which turned out to be a very high-in-demand class, which Trudy and I enjoyed teaching immensely.
I became an MBSR teacher trainer and head consultant at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration, realizing that the combination of my medical and mindfulness training is a powerful combination to train fellow clinicians on how to teach mindfulness.
In 2015 my dear friend and colleague from the VA, Dr. Greg Serpa, and I published the book “A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness”, which became required reading for numerous mindfulness teacher programs around the world.
I wrote another book, “Outsmart Your Pain” on practicing mindfulness for chronic pain, which will come out in the Spring of 2021.
On the Buddhist side, I received teacher transmission from Trudy in 2011 and then also completed the 4 year Dharma/retreat teacher training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center and IMS (Insight Meditation Society), under Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. In 2016 I received, together with 25 of my Dharma siblings, teacher authorization in the Theravadin Thai Forest Monastery lineage of Ajahn Chaa.
When I’m not meditating, teaching, or writing I can be found running long distance or training for triathlons – all good methods to help me stay (more) sane, patient, and centered while we parent our three teenagers.