Dr. Petra Altmann studied communication studies, history of art and sociology in Mainz and Munich. For many years she has held executive positions in a number of publishing houses and today works as a freelance journalist and book author in Grünwald near Munich. She has published numerous books, amongst others with Anselm Grün. For many years she has devoted her work to monasterial tradtions and spends a lot of time in convents - as part of a silent period, seminars or spiritual exercises. In 2010 she was the first foreigner to be honoured with the Italian women's award "Premio Donne Eccellenti". More information under www.dr-petra-altmann.de
Anselm Grün, OSB (born January 14, 1945 in Junkershausen, Germany) is a German Benedictine padre. He is in charge of Münsterschwarzbach Abbey's financial matters, being its Cellerar. Anselm Grün is the author of approximately 300 books with focus on spirituality. Of his books more than 14 million copies have been sold in 30 languages. Furthermore Anselm Grün holds courses and lectures. He also counsels managers spiritually.
Anselm Grün terminated his school years in 1964 with the A-level equivalent Abitur at the grammar school in Würzburg, Germany. In the same year he began as a novice at the nearby Benedictine Münsterschwarzach Abbey. From 1965 to 1971 he studied philosophy and theology at St. Ottilien Archabbey and in Rome. In 1974 he completed his PhD in theology on Karl Rahner. From 1974 to 1976 Anselm Grün studied Business in Nuremberg. Then he became the Cellerar of Münsterschwarzach Abbey and is thus responsible for the economic administration of the abbey with its over 280 employees and 20 businesses.
Heinrich Hemme, born in 1955, is a German physicist, university professor and author. From 1979 to 1984 he studied physics and obtained a PhD in 1987. From 1988 to 1993 he was a scientist at the Philips research laboratories in Hamburg and Aachen. Today, he teaches physics at the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen.
Heinrich Hemme is the author of numerous articles and books on mathematics and physics as a popular science.
works as a midwife and has more than 20 years experience in homeopathy, herbal medicine and
anthroposophical medicine. She has worked as a teacher for the medical professions, and
as a medical advisory for a pharma company producing complementary medicines. She
has published numerous books on questions of health, education and family relationships.
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Bjørn Thorsten Leimbach is an alternative practicioner for psychotherapy, a couple and sexual therapist with his own practice in Dortmund. He develops and carries out partnership seminars and LifeCreation® vision and personality trainings. He has worked as a communication trainer for Skoda, Thyssen-Krupp, Douglas and is a certified trainer in Superlearning. He has taken part in regular further education and training in humanistic psychology as well as the practice of Zen Buddhism. More information under www.lovecreation.de
Marie-Sophie Lobkowicz, born in 1980, lived in Prague and England, studied history in Vienna and Salzburg and now lives in Munich as a freelance author. She became known as an author through her bestseller Ich werde da sein, wenn du stirbst (I Will Be There When You Die). More information under www.ms-lobkowicz.de
Mark McKeon is Austrailia's leading work-life balance writer and speaker. In addition to 20 years in the AFL as a fitness coach, runner, motivator and player and 10 years as editor of ultraFIT magazine, Mark has instigated many of Australia's largest corporate wellness programs. He is a Director of Conference and Training Company, Mischief, Motivation, Attitude Pty Ltd (MMA). MMA conducts workshops and training in wellbeing, time, leadership and sales and team building. Mark edited Ultrafit Magazine in Australia and the UK and is the author of four internationally published books. Mark has delivered over 1,000 motivational presentations and teaches the Go Zone to improve self effectiveness. More information under www.markmckeon.com
Stephanie Palm, born in 1960, is an expert image, style and type consultant. Since 1995 she has guided numerous people to look better, appear more confident and perform more positively. Both private clients as well as corporate businesses have come to appreciate her concrete tips, her friendly demeanor and describe her approach as being exhilarant, amenable and conducive. More information under www.stephanie-palm.de
Ursula Scholz, born in 1972, is a creative art photographer, focussing on portrait, people and event photography. Her speciality and passion are "character portraits". More information under www.scholzphotography.de
Stefanie Stahl was born in 1963 in Hamburg, where she grew up. She studied Psychology at the University of Trier. Since 1993 she has had her own practice in Trier, where she works as a psychotherapist and family court expert. More information under www.stefaniestahl.de
The Pirate and the Apothecary - nominated for the German Youth Literature Award 2013! (Click on the book cover for a detailed info sheet).
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