Originally from Croatia, I left about 20 years ago to study Bachelor in Psychology in the USA, and then a Master’s degree in Development Studies in the Netherlands. My interest in mindfulness started about 10 years ago when I took the MBSR course as a participant. I experienced burnout in my office job and I was hungry for some change, some other purpose for living. Mindfulness has opened that door for me. With time I got more into practice, and I also became more curious about the scientific background of mindfulness. Then I started the doctoral program also in the Netherlands, investigating mindfulness, psychological well-being, and cultural adjustment. I am currently finalizing the research manuscripts on this topic.
Along with the research study, I am a self-employed psychosocial specialist/coach and I teach Kids Yoga and Mindfulness at the Vienna International School in Vienna, Austria.