About The Teacher
Nature Therapy Guide
Marion settled in Ireland in 1988 after leaving Germany to find a place to follow her dreams of a more natural and fulfilling lifestyle, at what has since become Crann Og Eco Farm in Ireland. Marion started developing Crann Og as it is today after being joined by her partner Flor Burke in 1998. Together they started the vision of Crann Og in 1999. Marion’s skills encompass the areas of nature, education, health and creativity with the natural world. Today Marion is Crann Og’s busiest instructor. Marion is a mother of two adult children and a grandmother of two.
Education & Teaching
Marion completed her degree in Social Pedagogy in 1986 in the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, encompassing social education including sociology, politics, psychology, philosophy, as well as introduction into music, sports & art therapies
Marion has been a contributor to the local community since 1990, working as a volunteer at the Orchard Centre Gort for two years and then commencing Yoga Teacher Training in the Satyananda Yoga Centre Galway in 1994. She started teaching yoga in 1996 in Gort, Ennis, Tulla and Kinvara. She has been teaching yoga ever since and has completed the additional training module Yoga for Children (2006), and teacher in-service training in Pregnancy Yoga and Yoga for Mental Health.
Nature Therapy & Nature School
Marion is a member of the BurrenBeo Trust and regularly attends training courses and events such as the “Learning Landscape Symposium” (2013) and “Place Based Learning” (2015). Further enhancing her work combining her awareness of body, mind and connection with nature, Marion gained certification as a Forest School Leader in 2016 (Open College Network West Midlands: Level 3).
In 2016 Marion gained certification as a Nature Therapy Guide with the Association of Forest and Nature Therapy Guides. This certification amalgamates much of the work Marion has been doing since starting Crann Og in different disciplines, enabling her to bring together the best of each perspective and infuse them into all of the different ways she works with children and adults alike.
Throughout the development of Crann Og Marion has also trained in other disciplines including Reiki Seichim, Polarity and Earth Energies. Furthermore she is responsible for much of the development of orchards, raised bed vegetable gardens, polytunnels, a glass house, developing wild gardens and planting trees. Not too mention contributing to the management of a small though enthusiastic menagerie of animals.
Marion has also developed her skills and knowledge of Natural Horsemanship and is a strong advocate of this approach. She would like to do more work involving horses and people from a nature therapy and horse consciousness perspective.
She is a native German and fluent English speaker, with a bit of Irish too!Source: akasharetreat.secure.retreat.guru