Marianne served in the United Nations mission in Afghanistan (2005-2007) with a focus on human rights and gender issues. Her book, Zen Under Fire, is a memoir about doing good and being well in Afghanistan. Marianne also helped develop human rights strategies for the governments of New Zealand and Timor-Leste, and has worked as Policy Advisor for Oxfam, a non-profit international development agency.
Much of Marianne’s work focuses on the use of yoga and mindfulness to support sustainable, conscious activism. She created the popular 30 Days of Yoga courses to help people start their own yoga practice, and Changemaker School to help people find their own way to be brave, do good and stay well.
Marianne lives in a converted church above the zoo in Wellington, New Zealand, where she is woken by the lions roar, and works to the sound of singing monkeys. Continue reading >>