Let me share a few pivotal moments in my life that showed me the way to my inner stillness and deepest joy in life—leading spiritual retreats and accompanying people on their spiritual journeys.
I was about five years old and sat with my grandmother in the courtyard of my childhood home in Hameln, Germany. I remember very consciously trying not to think. But as soon as I succeeded and I thought, “Yes, I can do it,” I realized I had just thought again. This was my first experience of practicing inner stillness and Centering Prayer. My grandmother and I sat often in the courtyard of our house when I came home from school, enjoying silence together and practicing Centering Prayer.
At the age of six, on my first day of school, I went up to my teacher and asked her what I had to do to become a teacher. I knew that day my vocation was to become a teacher.
When I was about thirty years old, with an MA in special education from the University of Bremen, Germany, I recognized that I was called to be a “healing teacher.” It was a clear message from a deep place within and an undeniable truth. I had always had a gift of knowing what was going on in people and intuitively being able to help them. After years of preparing through prayer and meditation, I now use this gift in my life and work.
After I had moved to the United States, I furthered my education and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. I also became a certified spiritual director and teacher of Centering Prayer in the years that followed. Along with a BA in physical education and 20 years of yoga practice, I am well equipped to include body movement and body prayer in my work.
I now live in St Petersburg, Florida where I work as a lifelong learning coordinator, spiritual director and group leader for Centering Prayer. I lead retreats in the United States and Canada.