Originally from Vienna, Austria, my life journey has taken many turns and I have come to appreciate each bolder or unexpected turn as a lesson and hidden blessing. I love guiding learners in embracing their life journeys and discovering their life purpose and intrinsic value as a whole person and gift to the world. Academically, I have a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning, and undergraduate degrees in environmental studies, theology, and languages (German, English, Russian). I am the proud mom of a 21 year old daughter who continues to be my greatest teacher. Nature offers deep inspiration and sustenance for me and guides my approach to learning and teaching. I am also a certified Biodanza movement facilitator, teaching classes in the Bay Area, and operate a small gluten-free Austrian home bakery on the side.