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 after 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. An active member in Jeremy Lent's "Deep Transformation Network" and a consultant and team member at Monviso Institute, Piemonte, as a real-world laboratory for research, education, entrepreneurship and new living on sustainability transitions and regenerative design for a more resilient and just society.

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 children 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

Upcoming Courses

Free Course

September 14, 2022

Grateful living - Dialogs

Experiencing and co-creating a field of mindful dialog and grateful living in a world-wide community

Join us for an experience in Mindful Dialog practice inspired by the spirituality and lived practice of Br. David in "Grateful living". Everyone is welcome.

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Free Course

October 7, 2022

IV Jornades Menorca Mindful

Mindfulness in Nature - Workshop - Associació Balear de Mindful. Sede Menorca

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Free Course

November 4, 2022

Mindful Self-Compassion – 8 Week Course ONLINE - mHub South Africa

A course for Rwandan and Kenyan Health Counselors who support vulnerable individuals and communities during COVID-19 pandemic

Do you know this feeling: Most of us feel compassion for our close friends, when they are struggling; but how about yourself? What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself, when you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in attention — recognizing that as a human..

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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

Dankbarkeit als Achtsamkeit im Dialog - Impressionen aus dem Netzwerk "Dankbar leben" in der Zeitschrift INTERSEIN (Mai 2022)

‍Ein Artikel zu Dialog, Dankbarkeit und der Praxis "Neubeginn" von Mirjam Luthe und Andrea Zacke im Mai 2022

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Designing Resilient Regenerative Systems

Climate change, biodiversity loss and pan-syndemics are some of today’s most pressing complex challenges. Much of our economies and societies are exhaustive, vulnerable, and unfair. Instead, we need to actively restore and regenerate ecosystems and their services while transforming our economies to become more circular and just. We require new knowledge systems and cultures leading to transformative action as the human impact on earth needs to be fundamentally redesigned. Therefore, this MOOC series entitled “Designing Resilient Regenerative Systems” offers four consecutive MOOCs that aim to address these urgent and complex challenges.

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Self-Compassion Around the World

Acknowledging Our Many Names: My Experience of Bearing Witness in Auschwitz

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Noble Mind Podcasts

Gratitude, Family Rituals, and the Natural World

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Honoring all facets of life - Mother Nature Podcast

A conversation about honouring birth and death, grace and dignity in motherhood.

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Igniting Self-Compassion in Africa

My idea for this grant was to involve one of the CMSC partners, the "Global Engagement Institute" for our Kenya and Vietnam “Globally Engaged MSC Intensives” (and hopefully a future one in India) and a more recent local partner "Mental Health Hub" (mHub) in South Africa. My intention for the grant was to strengthen these organizational relationships and helping build local MSC teacher capacities by sharing the grant with a local MSC Teacher in Kenya. We hope to start rolling out a larger MSC project in Africa that mostly relies on local teachers.

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Moment by Moment - Das Magazin für Achtsamkeit

"Meditation in Auschwitz" - Aktueller Beitrag Spätsommer 2021 zu unseren Erfahrungen mit einem "Bearing Witness Retreat" der Zen Peace Makers mit Bernie Glassman in Auschwitz. Beitrag von Christine Brähler und Mirjam Luthe

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"Designing for resiliency - Re-Generate", Mindfulness meditation, ETH EPFL SDL PhD Summer School June 4 - June 12

What is mindfulness? Talk and Guided Morning mindfulness meditation framing (video) and two practices (audio meditations 10-15 min.)

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Circles of Practice at CMSC (Center for Mindful Self-Compassion) - Teacher presentation

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is proud to offer free, online Circles of Practice. There are Circles of Practice - Public Offering sessions which are open to the general public. Certified Teachers present themselves on video here.

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"Reawakening our Bond with our Wild Earth" - A dialog with Susan Eirich from EarthFire Institute at Cortona Pearls of Cortona Week

The wild animals are lonely for us. We are lonely for them. We have become disconnected from each other. What would happen if we expanded our sense of community to truly include all living beings in our thinking and planning? Imagine what the state of our environment would then be. A conversation and an invitation.

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Exploring „flow“ in Nature

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

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