About Susanne

Since my teen years in Europe – I was born in Germany, and grew up in France and Belgium – I have been searching for answers to life’s most fundamental questions, and I am discovering that the more I grow spiritually, the more meaningful both the spiritual search and the answers are becoming.

Growing up in a secular family I thought that the Holocaust, our German bête noire which I delved into deeply as a teenager, was proof that there was no God.  I was unable to comprehend this and other human atrocities at the time.  Then again, this quandary was what sent me searching for answers.

Originally, I was going to be a doctor. But things changed and I studied interior design instead. I kept pursuing my spiritual search all the while working in various fields over the years. Living in different cultures and travelling quite a bit since early childhood has helped me to become a keen cultural critic.

Then, when I had my beautiful babies, my protective mothering gene switched into gear and I wanted to shield them from all the dangers of the world.  This impulse led me to the world of organic food and agriculture, the Waldorf School movement, alternative healing modalities, and compassionate communication (although adopting this last one has been very difficult for me and is ongoing, while embracing the others came easily).

During this time two people pointed out the strong philosophical and spiritual inclinations in my astrological chart. I took this as a sign to embrace this aspect of myself more fully and returned to school, first for an undergraduate degree in cultural and religious studies, then for a graduate degree in liberal studies, which I specifically designed around the idea of exploring our relationship with life and writing a book from the research that would come of it.

Each one of my graduate courses has evolved into one of the chapters of Deep Living, due out this winter, chapters on healing our life and our culture, healing our relationships with nature, agriculture, food, our bodies, healing the way we communicate with one another, and speculation about why our culture is in such seeming disarray and what we can do about it.  Although I will never be a physician, I love the fact that my life is coming full circle back to healing, albeit in a much broader sense.

I live in a net-zero house in the beautiful Hudson Valley with my loving family, two cats, and four bee hives.  Good food and good company make me happiest, and I still love to travel as much as I did when I was younger.

My life is my art, my art is my life; my convictions are my profession and my profession informs how I live - it’s all one and the same.
— SMF