In her experience, a lot of the pain and stress we experience in the body, mind and emotions correlates with internal and external conflicts. And when we resolve these conflicts, the resistance and tension we were previously experiencing, transforms into creative fuel and energy.
Aninia combines her Bodywork training with her extensive experience in Community Leadership. She started coaching and leading teams at the age of young 16 with CISV Germany e.V. and has continuously been involved in community focused projects with them and Camp Rising Sun Europe. In 2016, she graduated from Seth Godin’s altMBA program and has recently co-created Embodying Ethics, a community of professionals who meet once a month, to discuss any issues and concerns around ethics and personal integrity they have in their lives.
She is also a Certified Intercultural Trainer and Coach, a Certified Theaterpädagoge and in 2016 she decided to get a Doula Diploma due to the overwhelming number of pregnant women who were coming to her for help.
Aninia’s passion and optimistic approach to life allows her to not only help her clients with pain, stress and conflict, but to also invite a sense of play and playfulness back into their lives.
Certifications & Trainings
2017 Pantarei Cerified Practitioner
2017 Body-Mind-Centering Course: Senses and Perception
2016 Seth Godin’s altMBA
2016 Doula Diploma
2013 Qualified Grinberg Method Practitioner
2009 Certified Theaterpädagoge (Physical Theater, Masks, Theakademie Berlin)
2007 Certified Intercultural Trainer/Coach (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
Work in Communities & Organisational Development
2014–2016 Board member, International Association of Grinberg Method Practitioners
2007–2009 Secretary, CISV Germany
2006, 2008 Counselor, Assistant Director at Camp Rising Sun Europe
2003–2005 National Junior Representative, CISV Germany
THREE LIFE EVENTS THAT HAVE CHALLENGED & CHANGED ME
When I was 11 I went to an international youth camp in Norway, without my family. With only four other German speakers there, it was challenging, but I loved it. Still today I find these four weeks of living in community to be a starting point in how I connect with people today. I discovered that I am interested in people and that I love learning about human behaviour. I also discovered that I could play and be with others – even if we don’t have words or the same culture and values… we found other ways of communicating and connecting.
At 25 I burnt out. I had been working several theatre jobs and just started a youthcamp for the summer. My body was aching, my tinnitus was annoying, I couldn’t sleep at night. I started to snap at people I actually cared for. Finally I couldn’t stop crying because I was so exhausted. Something had to change and I couldn’t go on living the way I was. I found bodywork and started first as a way to recover and heal my body but I was enjoying it so much, I decided to train so I can have the tools to help others. So this phase of burnout completely changed my approach to life and how I navigate life.
In 2016 I turned 33 and during that year I realized how serious I had become in the bodywork-world. I decided to do something I had been dreaming of for years and I enrolled in a two-week training in building masks in Italy. It ended up becoming one of the most magical summers of my life. I loved being with this group of people who were all a bit weird in their own little way and all so full of heart, laughter and spirit of exploration. And that’s when I realized I was missing the element of play and pleasure in my life. I knew the body is a wonderful tool for healing and transformation but now I reconnected to the body as a way of creative expression in the world.
5 ROLE MODELS THAT I RESPECT AND ADMIRE
Ursula, my godmother, who was such a warm, funny woman. She always authentic to herself and genuinely interested in seeing and supporting those she met.
Anne-Lise, one of my close friends, for the empowering and honest way she is mothering her daughter. And for her ability to be both critical and loving at the same time.
The Flöz-Academy Team 2016, for authentic organic team, collaboratively creating a clear, shared language while being true to each their own strength and interests.
Terry Pratchett wrote really funny fantasy novels. I love him for his sharp vision of humanity and his ability to tell humorous, smart stories reflecting on the absurdities of being alive.
Stella is an inspiring writer, wordsmith she calls herself. I enjoy her authentic, quirky, powerful way of being, working and creating spaces for others to tell their stories.
MY CURRENT CREATIVE ENDEAVORS
The Handstand… It’s a long-term project and I’m not working on it daily but I still follow the dream. I have come to the headstand so far and am getting ok, when there is a wall close. But eventually I want to be able to stand for a few seconds, maybe even make a few steps.
100 Sillyfaces… In November 2016 I started creating these little clay heads. Once I’m putting out ‘into the wild’ in the cities I travel or live in, hoping for them to find a new home. And for someone to find a fun surprise in their everyday lives. My goal is to create 100 sillyfaces for now… and then I’ll see where this project brings me.
Rediscovering Berlin… Living in a new old city. I just moved to Berlin. Where I grew up and haven’t lived in 8 years. I am exploring how to be in this old place in a new way. Connecting to places and people I like and that still are here from way back. And still exploring it like being in a new place. Finding new people. New Cafés. New places to dance.