About Me


The short version...

  • 2018                   Big gongs training with Jacomina Kistemaker, Centro Punta de Couso
  • 2018                   50 hours Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Sue Flamm in Spain
  • 2018                   8 hours webinar with Donna Farhi Yoga for Lower Back Pain: Keys to Sacroiliac Stability and Ease of Movement
  • 2017                   Sound Massage Training with Jacomina Kistemaker, Centro Punta de Couso
  • 2017                   200 hours Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Gayatri Yoga School in Tenerife, Yoga Alliance registered
  • 2013                    Reiki Training and Intiation, Level 2, with Reiki Master Annete Karpinski, Berlin, Germany
  • 2010                   Reiki Training and Intiation, Level 1, with Reiki Master Annete Karpinski, Berlin, Germany
  • 2005 - 2006    Yoga and Meditation Training at Indian Cultural Center in Cairo, Egypt
  • 2003                   60 hours Thai Massage Training at The Old Medical Hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 1996 - 2002     Photo Design at University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund, Germany
  • Feb 2002         MSc Photo Design with “Coptic Life in Egypt” under Prof Heiner Schmitz
  • 1992-1996         Art History and Italian Language at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • June 1996         BA in Art History and Italian
  •                                Here you find my complete Photography & Artist BIO

The Long Story

I am a total devotee to all things sustainable. My passion for protecting and preserving our planet began early at the age of 13 when the nuclear catastrophe in Chernobyl happened. I remember distinctively being glued to the radio and following it closely as the news was unfolding. The wind blew radioactive particles across Europe and in Germany we experienced something that was called saurer Regen (sour rain), which contaminated many forests and farms. This catastrophe made it very clear to me that everything is connected – air and water do not know borders. The same year I became vegetarian, not just for my love of animals, but also for the protection of our shared planet Earth. I had decided to become ‘planetary’.

 

I was blessed by having an extra pair of grandparents who had a large Schrebergarten (allotment) and grew most of their own food. I grew up helping in the garden and developed a strong connection to the source of our vegetables and fruits, something that many people have lost nowadays. After many years living in big cities, with little opportunity to fulfil my love of gardening, I finally enjoy my own urban permaculture project on our terraces in Seville and grow a surprising variety of fruits, veggies and herbs.

 

Whilst volunteering in an elephant rescue centre in Northern Thailand in 2003, I discovered my love for yoga and meditation. My ‘hut mate’ was passionate about yoga and introduced me to it in the middle of the jungle. When I moved back to Egypt, I found my first real yoga teacher in Jana Czipin, who continues to teach today in Valencia, Spain. In 2005, I joined the Indian Cultural Centre in Cairo and trained in Hatha yoga under the guidance of teachers Mukesh Kumar and later Yogita Mehta. In Cairo, I taught yoga classes for corporate clients, such as Procter and Gamble, but also free yoga classes for friends and people who could not always afford to pay in order to spread the spirit of yoga. I also continued these free classes for many years when I was living in Istanbul. In Istanbul, I was fortunate enough to be living near one of Turkey’s biggest yoga centres and attended regular classes with inspiring yoga teachers like Kate Beckel, David Cornwall and Chris Chavez, continually deepening my own yoga practice and scope of knowledge.

 

My interests extend to other holistic practices that harmonise very well with yoga. In 2003, I successfully completed a Thai massage training at the reputable Old Medical Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2010, I trained and was initiated to Reiki Level I with Reiki Master Annette Karpinski in Berlin and then in 2013 to Reiki Level II. In 2017, I completed a 200 hours yoga teacher training at Gayatri Yoga School in Tenerife, Spain with a focus on Hatha (Sivananda and Satyananda), restorative and pregnant yoga, and also the principles of Ayurveda. My interest in sound massage and sound healing began in 2013, and after incorporating the use of Tibetan singing bowls in my yoga classes for quite a while, I undertook a sound massage training with internationally renowned sound worker, Jacomina Kistemaker at the Punta de Couso Centre in Galicia, Spain in 2017. Then a big gongs training in 2018 in the same place. In 2018 I also completed a 50 hours Restorative Yoga teacher training with Sue Flamm, the author of the widely spread book "Restorative Yoga".

 

I am also a photographer, artist and author, and hold a Master’s degree in photo design. I lived and worked for 10 years in Egypt and seven in Turkey. My work has appeared in international publications, such as GEO, Stern, New York Times Magazine and The Guardian and I work frequently for a number of organisations and companies, including UNICEF, GIZ and Johns Hopkins.

I am the author of three photo books and my work is frequently featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues like the Kestner Museum (Hanover), Antikenmuseum (Basel), Kreuzbergmuseum (Berlin), HOST Gallery (London) and Goethe Institutes worldwide. Over the years, I have received several grants and awards for my work. If you are interested in a more detailed bio about my photographic and artistic work, you can find it on my other website HERE.

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