Maryjane Behforouz


About The Teacher

Maryjane is passionate about connecting people across cultures and contexts. She often states, “The deepest understanding of “other” is when you immerse yourself into the life and thoughts of another person. By going to ‘their country’ literally or figuratively, you find shared truths and greater understanding. The distance between self and other diminishes while compassion grows.” She believes purposeful travel is a peace-building endeavor, which is why her travels have taken her to six of the seven continents with a concentration in the Middle East. As the founder of Pedal for Peace and a board member of a peace building school in Nazareth, Israel, Maryjane raised awareness and substantial funding by connecting her local community to the school’s mission. See C-SPAN'S Q&A with Maryjane to learn more. She has also led commercial adventure trips around the world with her National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Wilderness First Responder training. Maryjane has a Master’s in Organization Development and has owned a consulting business that supported contractors in the building of healthy homes and offices utilizing her certifications in Building Biology and the US Green Building’s LEED certification. As an expert in the field, she gave televised interviews on HGTV’s Living Fresh and on Discovery Health’s Living Green. After practicing yoga for the last twenty years, she recently completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training through Yoga Alliance. Welcoming people of various religious traditions to share in this embodied approach to spirituality is something she cherishes. Maryjane looks forward to sharing meaningful adventures with other curious souls who desire to enrich their lives and the lives of others! “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…” -Mark Twain “The shortest path to oneself leads around the world.” -Hermann von Keyserling


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