Gertrud is a retired international fencing athlete, a massage therapist, and a Reiki practitioner. She has studied different approaches to meditation and mindfulness and has a deep interest in the non-dual philosophies detailed in the eastern Shaivinist Tantras. Drawing on these and other interests, Gertrud has formalised a mindfulness practice called Embodied Meditation, which she teaches on retreat at Yobaba Lounge. The practice incorporates use of Ujjayi breath, mindful movement, and uses sound and visualisations to facilitate a deep state of meditation and awareness of inner space.
She has transformed her own life through this comprehensive healing practice.
Gertrud has also developed a mindfulness food philosophy and clean food diet which compliments and accompanies the retreats she runs.
Gertrud is hugely grateful to her teachers Anaiya Sophia, Maria Rawlins, Mangalo, Amaranatho and authors, current and historical, whose writings have given context to her journey.
Gertrud now spends her time between London and the village chateau she renovated in Chalabre, situated in one of the most magical areas of the Southern-French Pyrenees.
Leading retreat website, Queen of Retreats, asked Gertrud all about Noble Silence.
Christine Spring, award winning photographer of "Liberating Self - A Soul's Journey" interviews Gertrud for her Roaring Souls series
Jane Alexander, published author and journalist on alternative health, interviews Gertrud for SPA.Magazine for their Women's Wisdom section
"Crone" is the word. And its meaning, and subliminal vibration, are "an ugly old woman". Despite many attempts from some corners to reclaim a positive content, the word sends shivers down my spine. I had visions of a thin-lipped, dried up self, empty of sexual energy and life force …
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When asked not to speak, most of us experience this as an admonishment .... Queen of Retreats asks Gertrud why many of us are increasingly drawn to retreats where silence is practiced. What exactly is it, and why is it good for us?
And then, and this I seem to find hardest, I need to take the first action: the first word on an overwhelmingly blank page, the first stroke on an expansive piece of paper...
My yoga is gloriously feminine, chaotic and alive with connection. It reaches for the light in the earth, our source, our nourishment. Physically, it builds strength in the hips, the legs and the back. Bringing to us a sense of support, of being held....
..... Beauty and generosity permeate everything here in this deep ancient land. To be held by all that Yobaba Lounge is was like a brief but deeply amorous affair the potency of which you can carry within you forever....