Hi, My name is Maree!
I am a mother, yoga, spiritual, and secondary teacher, and health professional. I have been studying the Indian spiritual traditions, including Buddhism and yoga, for over ten years.
Currently I am teaching yoga and a weekly Dharma group and directing POM along with my friend Sue.
I have not always been in the position, or had the opportunity, to work with others in facilitating peace of mind and an increased sense of connection.
At many times in my life I have been unhappy and unsure. It is thanks to wonderful, wise teachers in many areas of my life who commit so generously to teach, support and guide me, that I am in a position to share and connect with others. Thanks also to my family and friends (including you) for their love, support and encouragement.
It is funny how, in so many ways, all the spiritual training I have done has lead me right back to where I was ten years ago. I remain a mother, wife, teacher, friend and community member. However one thing is thankfully different - my mindset.
I am so grateful to be able to take the wisdom I have been fortunate to receive, and apply it to my life in simple, practical, and heartfelt ways. It guides me in my role as a wife, mother, teacher, friend, facilitator, public speaker, blog writer, organiser of events and workshops, and director of POM. This learning and opportunity to share with others has allowed me to facilitate my own and others' wellness, confidence, happiness and peace of mind. It has also helped me get over many negative, unhelpful habits and be a more positive, helpful, happy force in the world. (An ongoing job!)
I have been teaching a weekly Dharma group for over four years. Our group meets each week to study Indian spiritual texts and share practical ways to apply this wisdom to our daily lives to promote happiness and meaning.
I love handicrafts including sewing, knitting, crotchet, and baking sourdough bread, biscuits and cakes.
More recently, I have had the opportunity to combine my interest in Buddhist philosophy and yoga teaching, as well as my passion for home craft, cooking and community service into POM.
POM’s profits are used to support community projects, which include the Kandy Women's Development Centre, Don Bosco Rehabilitation Centre and families in need
I grew up in Melbourne. I was the 'very responsible and somewhat bossy' eldest sister to two younger brothers. I am very grateful to my family for a happy, healthy childhood and the wonderful opportunities they
provided for me.
During my teens I developed some unhelpful habits, including a whole 'shy, not good enough story', which at times involved comparing myself to others, unrealistic expectations, unhappiness, fear of academic failure and low self-confidence.
I was often uncomfortable in my own skin as a teenager and adult. I am so thankful for my teachers and the spiritual study I have done for giving me the practical tools to transform those unhelpful habits into more helpful ones to promote a happier, more peaceful, connected and confident me .
After school I trained as an Occupational Therapist and worked in rehabilitation. I then went on to train in secondary school education, spirituality, yoga
I am married and have a family of four children who are now all adults. Being a mother and teacher has provided me with many wonderful challenges and opportunities to practice the wisdom I have integrated as a result of my training, especially in Buddhism
Being a mother and teacher is the best. I am so thankful to the Fowler Family, my teachers and my many wonderful students and friends.
I love sharing this practical wisdom in my blogs each week, and enjoy connecting through yoga and handicrafts.
I have fun spending time with family and friends, teaching, camping, being in the outback, tap dancing, cooking, handicrafts, and teaching and doing yoga.
I am passionate about sharing and connecting with others. This allows me to find meaning, happiness and purpose in my life, to practice kindness to myself and others and be a more positive force in the world.