Together we walk in beauty...

A wholehearted journey in Mindfulness, Compassion and Gratefulness Practices to plant seeds for inner & outer transformation

"With beauty before me may I walk

With beauty behind me may I walk

With beauty above me may I walk

With beauty all around me, may I walk."

“hozho naasha” translated from Navajo/Dineh language by Patricia Anne Davis (click here for the full poem)

Rationale

Walk in beauty is the translation of the Navajo term for the spiritual path of celebrating the sacredness of life. Thinking and acting in a Beauty Way sheds light on how we walk, feel physically and emotionally, and how we explore our own inner wilderness in relation to everyone and all life. To walk in beauty refers to being in balance and conscious relationship with a natural way of life, cultivating the intention to deeper understand the wisdom of nature. It is about remembering the mystery that all inter-is.

Walk in beauty also means remembering the spark of light in each of us, even in midst of challenging moments in our collective human experience. „Feel the preciousness of life", Bernie Glassman said in his last Bearing Witness Retreat in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2017. As social human beings, we are equipped to feel with the joy and the suffering of others, ourselves and life on this precious planet Earth. By experience, we also know the desire to contribute to something vaster than just ourselves. We long for meaning to be happy.

Therefore, we need each other and the energy of community. To walk in beauty together and exploring the deeper meaning of interbeing is the overarching vision and solid ground of my work, teaching mindfulness, compassion and gratefulness practices. It is a lived path towards peace.

Bio

In this phase of my life, I offer to you planting seeds and walking together on a path that is inspired by my experience as a Certified Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), a Certified Teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Yoga instructor (BDY/EYU, 500 hours). I work also as Trained Teacher with Mark Coleman’s "Awake in the Wild" year-long training in contemplative nature practice. I love to integrate elements of the EcoSattva training with OneEarth Sangha and Earth Holding practices from the Plumvillage Community. Trained in the Mindful Schools K12-Curriculum. Experienced in Council Practice (Zen Peace Makers) and various contemplative dialog formats (Bohm'scher Dialog, Interpersonal Mindfulness by G. Kramer); trained in the Foundation Course “Time to Think”. Continuous trainings like "White Awake", "Cultural Healing, Restoring Kinship", based on "My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma" by Resmaa Menakem, "Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness" with David Treleaven. Trained in related MSC formats like "MSC for Healthcare", "MSC for Shame" and "Fierce Self-Compassion". Consultant and team member at Monviso Institute, Piemonte, a real-world laboratory for research, education, entrepreneurship and new living on sustainability transitions and regenerative design for a more resilient and just society; a contributor to the MOOC and CAS at ETH Zurich "Designing Resilient Regenerative Systems". An active team member in Jeremy Lent's "Deep Transformation Network". Co-founder of the Inner Development Goal (IDG) "Empathy and Compassion Hub" and official contributor to the Inner Development Goal Summit 2023 in Stockholm by co-hosting the RELATING domain space and co-facilitating in the BEING space, Un-Conference and After Glow with mindful self-compassion-based practices.

By career, I hold one Master of Art (MA) degree in International Cultural & Business Studies (European Studies), and one MA in Development Cooperation & NGO Management. My work builds on 15 years of previous experience in international consultancy in development cooperation as project manager and consultant in evaluation in fields like education and health, among others, mostly for the European Commission, other international agencies or national governments and NGOs. In 2008, life invited me unexpectedly to change direction, arriving closer within, leaving the consultancy work and starting to practice and learn mindfulness, meditation, yoga and (self-)compassion practices. Since then, I feel immersed into continuous exploring, learning,  teaching and training in the fields of mindfulness practices. For me, these trainings are supportive bridges into important fields like regeneration, anti-racism practices and awareness about the impact of our world views on how we live life and engage with others and our planet. I still love painting, being creative in many ways, backpack and immerse in the outdoors, as I was lucky to do plenty as a child. Playing Shakuhachi flute, handpan and dance enrich my life. And mostly, our three teens are my wise teachers.

While home base is Freiburg, Germany, I have worked and lived in France, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Peru, California, and other countries. I am fluent in German, English, Spanish, skilled in French and Italian and still keeping up basic Portuguese language skills.

Portfolio of offers

While being trained in a broad range of mindfulness-based teachings formats (mindfulness understood as heartfulness, awareness and relationality), in my experience and vision, all formats flow together and support each other on a path towards a lived “Yes to belonging” and “Peace in oneself, Peace in the World”, experiencing our interconnectedness within the mysterious web of life.

„Awake in the Wild“ Nature Meditation (AITW)
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindful Schools Curriculum Training
“Time to Think“
Mindful Dialog and Council Practice
Gratefulness as a spiritual practice
Hatha Yoga
Optional Formats
Inner Development Goals

Courses

Free Course

February 25, 2024

"Alles ist Beziehung" - Ein besinnlicher Praxismorgen (online über den Benediktushof)

Ein besinnlicher Praxismorgen mit dem Dialog-Team des Europäischen Netzwerks „Dankbar leben“

Free Course

February 26, 2024

Circles of Practice: Public Offering - "MSC and our relation to Mother Earth"

Free, Daily, Live Self-Compassion Meditation Sessions

Free Course

February 28, 2024

NATUR-WEISE - Achtsamkeit, (Selbst-)Mitgefühl und Naturverbindung

Gemeinsam durch das Jahr 2024 mit den Rhythmen der Natur – Monatliche Praxisabende zu Eco-Dharma, Achtsamem Selbstmitgefühl (MSC) und Dyadenpraxis

Free Course

March 6, 2024

Dankbar leben-Dialoge

Die Haltung "Dankbar leben" im Achtsamen Dialog miteinander erfahren und aktiv ins Wirken kommen

Free Course

March 14, 2024

Inner Development Goals (IDG) & the "EMPATHY & COMPASSION" HUB

Join us at the IDG "EMPATHY & COMPASSION" HUB for a monthly practice invitation - "Integrity and Authenticity"

Free Course

March 18, 2024

5 Days of Sunrise Meditation "Awake in the Wild"

Building Momentum Through Daily Practice with the "Awake in the Wild" Community

Free Course

April 2, 2024

MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) Core Skills Workshop

Connecting to our common humanity to build inner resources for resilience and exploring our relation to the IDG domains

Free Course

April 4, 2024

„Alles ist Beziehung – Übungsweg: dankbar leben“

"Dankbares Leben ist ein Weg zum Heilwerden der Welt.“ (Br. David Steindl-Rast). Wir möchten in diesem Kurs die Haltung dankbaren Lebens und unsere Verbundenheit mit dem Leben stärken, um in uns selbst und gemeinsam aktiv eine Basis für transformative, systemische Prozesse und Grundlagen für ein friedvolleres Miteinander mitzugestalten.

Free Course

July 9, 2024

The Way Out is In - Cultivate Mindful Self-Compassion & Resilience in Nature to thrive together in a changing world

A time to befriend yourself in community and deepen your connection to Planet Earth and your relation to the IDGs (Inner Development Goals)

Free Course

August 8, 2024

„Alles ist Beziehung – Übungsweg: dankbar leben“

"Dankbares Leben ist ein Weg zum Heilwerden der Welt.“ (Br. David Steindl-Rast). Wir möchten in diesem Kurs die Haltung dankbaren Lebens und unsere Verbundenheit mit dem Leben stärken, um in uns selbst und gemeinsam aktiv eine Basis für transformative, systemische Prozesse und Grundlagen für ein friedvolleres Miteinander mitzugestalten.

Free Course
Free Course

December 1, 2024

Achtsames Selbstmitgefühl Intensiv-Kurs in Spanien

Unser Herz berühren, Frieden finden und die Seele in der Natur Andalusiens baumeln lassen

Stay in touch

For any questions, collaborations or just a simple 'Hello' you can reach me at mirjam@walk-in-beauty.org

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Blog & Links

Exploring „flow“ in Nature

Inner and outer, mental and physical connection: Laboratory days on developing new teaching offers at the MonViso Institute

How Can the "Inner Development Goals" (IDG) Facilitate Deep Transformation?"

Deep Listening... for Deep Inner Transformation" - The Inner Development Goals (IDG) - This was a great opportunity for DTN members to encounter the IDGs—vision, strategy, and implementation—directly from those who are driving it forward. In addition, it offered the chance to have an exchange with them—and among each other—about the ways the IDGs can serve to catalyze the Deep Transformation of our civilization that we greatly need. The IDG Empathy & Compassion Hub invited into a practice space afterwards.

Mindful Self-Compassion for Underserved Communities: UCI SSIHI and UCI Health Family Medicine FQHC

The UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute (SSIHI), California, shares insights on partnering with UCI’s Family Medicine Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to offer an evidence-based Mindful Self-Compassion course to their patients in Spanish and English language.

CMSC Global Retreat for Peace and Compassion, 29-30th July, 2023

CMSC Circles of Practice Public Offering presents "Healing Hearts: Global Retreat for Peace and Compassion," a free, online silent mini-retreat

„Achtsamkeit, Naturverbundenheit und Engagement als Quelle für Veränderung" - AVE Online Achtsamkeitspraxis (April 2023)

Sind Sie wie viele andere Menschen auch immer inspiriert von der Natur und spüren eine tiefe Verbundenheit mit allem Lebendigen, wenn Sie unter Bäumen gehen? Das bewusste Erfahren von Naturverbundenheit tut nicht nur gut und macht glücklich, sie kann uns auch inmitten der globalen, vernetzten Krisen unterstützen, unsere Beziehung zum Leben im Innen und Außen bewusster zu gestalten und das Leben zu ehren.