BORN: Germany, January 24th. 1984
OCCUPATION: Retreat Manager & Sport / Outdoor Coach
Originally from Germany, I decided to live near the ocean at a very young age. That may be due to my name, which means “shell”.
I am a true water soul carrying a nomadic life in my heart. I found my soul-place on the beautiful rugged coastline of southern Portugal where I decided to settle down thirteen years ago. My love of surfing and the ocean reflects in spending most hours of the day in the water, catching waves. I have twice won the first place on a Longboard contest travelling New Zealand with the simple philosophy to enjoy the moment.
Almost a decade now, I have been teaching surfers of different levels. Experiencing the individual approaches brought me to a deeper interest in the holistic coaching aspect. Through my passionate approach in life and in surfing, I have gained a significant position as a female surfer and coach in the Algarve and encourage other women along the way.
Combining surfing with activities relating culture, health, nature, people, yoga and well-being is my goal, which has led me to establish my former business Seasoul Shelter and now Mooana.
Mooana or "Moana" in Polynesian means Ocean.
Mooana is a concept-driven to boost an overall healthy lifestyle of the individual in combining Surf, Soul & Wellbeing. Inspired by the sea, I aim to share my passion and knowledge by providing holistically designed classes, workshops and travel programs.
It´s all about the right balance in your personal life. Learn to dive into the secret of being happy, healthy and content. Mooana combines the three aspects of that: mind, body and spirit.
Besides gaining a number of certificates studying outdoor sport and management in the UK I am holding a BHSc in Sports Coaching & Performance. With a profound interest in health and eastern philosophies, I am now expanding my knowledge in complementary medicins to become a Doctor in Naturopathy. I am also trained in Yoga Thai Massage, Wellness Massage and Massage Therapy as well as a qualified Vinyasa Krama and Yin Yoga teacher.
I have a burning passion for life in all it’s simplicity. I believe to be kind, to share and to smile at each other is the base of our everyday happiness.