Mara Elwood BA, B Ed., MA Ed.,
PG Dip. Arts Therapy

Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

Certified in MARI

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Mara is a New Zealand based Student Creative Arts Therapist, Mindfulness and Meditation teacher and artist.   

Mara is certified in Mindful Self-Compassion teaching and teaches regular classes and workshops in MSC and Mindfulness and Meditation. Mara also gives talks, and offers workshops to teachers, and health care professionals, or one-to-one coaching in meditation, mindfulness, and compassion. She believes that presenting mindfulness, meditation, and compassion training in a secular way, may enhance their availability and reach in the world.

Mara has studied Vipassana and Transcendental Meditation, and received training in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), Non-violent Communication (with Marshal Rosenberg), and Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness. Mara has also completed training in MSC for teens and Activity-based Mindfulness for Children.  She regularly attends 10-day residential mediation retreats in New Zealand and abroad, committed to continuing her growth in Mindfulness and Meditation.

During her studies at Whitecliffe, Mara has started to engage with clients in groups and individually, and is looking forward to obtaining her liscence and offering these services publicly. She has studied Focussing Oriented Arts Therapy (FOAT), Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy, and has her Level 1 training in Stand Tray and Symbol Work.  Mara loves to work with Mandalas and is certified in the Mandala Assessment and Research Instrument (MARI).

Mara holds a Master of Arts degree in teaching and has taught a wide variety of ages. She is a prolifically creative person and brings this energy to the way she teaches and engages with people. She believes that everyone is inherently creative.

Mara immigrated to New Zealand from Canada in 2014 with her partner and two children.  She is currently living in Auckland, but will be moving to Wellington in 2023.